The kitchen is the heart of the home, and the most utilized room in the house. It’s also the most expensive room to renovate. Homeowners remodel their kitchens for many reasons. Somewhat surprisingly, only 8 percent of those surveyed by Consumer Affairs remodeled with the intent to add home value. 49 percent of respondents actually remodeled to encourage more time with family and friends, and to lead healthier lifestyles. Additionally, those with newer kitchens cook at home an average of 5 nights a week.
Costs associated with kitchen remodels vary, though typical renovations run between $14,000 and $37,000. You don’t have to break the bank to have a beautiful kitchen, and we’ve compiled a list how to stretch your renovation budget.
1 | Make a Plan
Establish your budget and project timeline beforehand, and make sure you’ve received multiple estimates.
2 | Have All Materials
One factor that sends budgets over the edge is a homeowner choosing components during renovation, since they may have to use pricier materials due to availability, so make sure all materials are onsite, even before you pencil in demo day.
3 | Be Patient
If under budget constraints, renovate in stages. Be mindful that there is a sequence of events for a kitchen remodel: flooring first, cabinetry next, countertops, backsplash and tile, then molding and paint.
4 | Location, Location, Location
Consider keeping your appliances in the location they’re already in. The average cost of moving plumbing more than three feet can cost $500-$1000 per appliance.
5 | Find Your Floors
Hardwood floors are classic, but expensive: hardwood can cost upward of $22 per square foot. We’re impressed with wood-look tile, which can cost $6-$12 per square foot, and is a great option for looking for durable, worry-free flooring. Yes, we’re talking to you, pet owners.
6 | Restoring Instead of Replacing
If your existing cabinetry is in good condition, save tens of thousands of dollars with a facelift: new hardware and a resurface with some stain or a fresh coat of paint could make it new again.
7 | Consider Countertops
If you’re set on granite, consider remnant stone. Remnants are leftover (read: less expensive) parts of high-quality slabs that have been used for other projects. You can also mix granite counters with butcher block for a nice contrast, and a slight reprieve on cost.
8 | Re-Imagine Your Island
The base price of most kitchen islands is around $1,000. Add character by centering an old wooden farm table as an island, or an antique dresser with updated hardware.
9 | Air It Out
Open shelving makes your kitchen look bigger AND keeps your renovation costs low: you can save thousands compared to traditional cabinets.
10 | Do it Yourself
There is a lot of work that you can complete on your own. Painting, tiling, and changing hardware are all doable tasks. Some demolition work is even fine, though take care around plumbing and electrical.
If you’re starting to plan your kitchen renovation but need some guidance on who to work with in the area, stop by our office or give us a call. We’ve worked with many of the area contractors and designers.