The cost to remodel a kitchen can range anywhere from $12,500 to over $34,000. But if you’re looking to remodel your kitchen and you’d like to find ways to keep your cost down, we get it.
For a cost-effective kitchen remodel, you’ll want to:
- Plan well and research your options
- Hire a professional instead of DIY
- Keep the existing layout
- Refinish or reface cabinets
- Update appliances and fixtures
- Splurge on the right stuff
We’ll cover each suggestion in more detail.
Want to remodel your kitchen cabinets too? Contact us online or call 480-641-9611. One of our cabinet experts will come to your home for a same-day, no-obligation quote for a cabinet remodeling, or help you save money with a refinishing or refacing.
Plan Well And Research
The key to keeping kitchen remodel costs within your budget is to have a detailed project plan, which should include:
- Blueprints and sketches of the finished remodel
- Detailed steps for the project
- Prioritized list of wants and needs
Also, research your options for remodeling materials. Shop around and ask friends and family who have remodeled kitchens before, so you know that you’re getting the best prices. You might even luck out by looking for materials and appliances at a reuse store.
You’ll also want to make sure you research the professionals you hire.
Hire A Professional
Hiring a professional might sound like just another added expense, but they’ll actually save you money in the long run.
Even if you’re big into DIY, a professional will:
- Deliver higher-quality work since they can access any tools or materials you need during the project.
- Save you money because they’ll estimate the cost of the plan and effectively budget for any problems you may not think to account for.
- Show you a wide range of materials and give you the best options for your budget.
A professional can help you determine the best ways to keep remodeling costs down, including whether you should keep your existing kitchen layout.
Keep The Existing Layout
The majority of remodeling costs come from demolishing existing layouts and building new ones.
If you can (and want to), stick with your existing kitchen layout to save on:
- Updating your plumbing and electrical systems. Updating the kitchen layout often means rerouting plumbing or electrical wiring for appliances. Keeping your existing layout will save money since a professional won’t have to cut into the walls to run new pipes or wiring.
- Replacing the backsplash. Remodeling cabinets means you’ll need to either replace your backsplash (a plus if you wanted to anyway) or install a backsplash where there wasn’t any.
- Installing new flooring. If you update the kitchen layout, you’ll likely need to add new flooring to where there wasn’t any before—like under cabinets or appliances that got moved—to cover gaps.
- Remodeling cabinets. Instead, you can opt for a more affordable update like cabinet refinishing or cabinet refacing.
Refinish or Reface Cabinets
One of the top kitchen upgrades you can make is updating your cabinets.
To keep remodeling costs down, you can keep your existing cabinet layout and choose either a:
- Cabinet refinishing: This allows you to change the finish color. A refinishing involves stripping your existing finish and applying the new one you chose on your existing cabinet boxes, doors, and drawer fronts.
- Cabinet refacing: This allows you to change the color and the style. A refacing includes everything in a refinishing, plus you get brand new cabinet doors and drawer fronts. This means you can change your current style of kitchen cabinets to one that’s more modern or suited to your taste.
Happy with your existing cabinet style and color? Changing the hardware on your kitchen cabinets is an easy DIY upgrade to give them a new look.
Updating cabinets for a remodel is also a good time to update appliances and fixtures.
Update Appliances And Fixtures
Appliances and plumbing and lighting fixtures have a big impact on the look and feel of your kitchen—which means replacing your existing ones can be a cost-effective way to remodel.
For cost-effective appliance and fixture upgrades:
- Buy bundled or used/refurbished appliances. You usually get a better deal if you buy new appliances in bundles. If you don’t want to foot the bill for new appliances, you can shop around for used or refurbished appliances that will also get the job done.
- Choose energy-efficient fixtures. LED lighting uses around 75% less energy than incandescent lighting. And WaterSense plumbing fixtures are roughly 20% more efficient than the average fixture. While these products will cost more upfront, you’ll save on utility bills each month.
That said, if appliances and fixtures are important to you, go ahead and splurge.
Splurge On The Right Stuff
What fun is a kitchen remodel if you don’t splurge a little? Just make sure it’s on the right stuff!
For example, if you want to:
- Modernize your kitchen with a few sleek upgrades, you may want to spend your money updating the backsplash, appliances, and fixtures.
- Invest in your kitchen remodel with timeless upgrades, installing new flooring, countertops, and cabinets may be the way to go.
Want to Update Your Kitchen Cabinets? Call Cabinet Coatings Today.
Schedule an appointment online or call us at 480-641-9611. We’ll discuss the updates you’re looking to make and give you the best recommendations for your kitchen remodel—without upselling you. Our finishing pros will then give you a free in-home or virtual consultation (that same day) for creating the kitchen you have in mind.
For 20 plus years chuck has been helping homeowners make decisions on how to bring new life into their kitchens. Most homeowners know what they want but don’t know how to communicate it. When chuck does the in-home consultation he draws from the client and uses his expertise to help them bring their imagination to life (achieve the look they imagine.) Chuck dubs himself a “professional mind maker upper.”