Remodeling Your Large Kitchen on a Budget
You love your large kitchen. It’s perfect for hosting a holiday meal, entertaining friends, or being the landing spot for your child’s friends after school. Whatever you use your large kitchen for, remodeling it for proper workflow and beauty comes with a cost. According to HomeAdvisor.com, the average remodeling job for a large kitchen measuring over 200 sq.ft. It is between $30,000 – $60,000, which is an investment for any homeowner.
Bring new life to your large kitchen and stay on a budget– Here are six ways to remodel and save money.
Have a plan
Paying for a designer may seem like a waste of time, but consider getting 75% done with your renovation only to realize you have the wrong cabinet sizes or colors. You’ve just doubled your costs. Many cabinet companies have certified cabinet designers on staff, and no, I’m not talking about the home improvement stores. The interior designers can help you with your floor plan, understand where your appliances should fit and where each cabinet works best with your layout. It might seem like space is endless in a large kitchen, but that also means a mistake will cost more money.
Working with your layout
Again we are focusing on sticking to a substantial budget, and one of the best ways to do that is to work with your existing layout. This doesn’t mean you need to keep your cabinets and countertops, but it does mean you need to work within your plumbing and electrical confines. Costs start to add up when you have a plumber in to move the pipes or an electrician to move outlets. You can replace old, sagging cabinets with beautiful new cabinets in your chosen style and keep the built-in utilities where they currently sit.
Choose your items
Choosing your appliances ahead of time and knowing the size and measuring your room layout can help your designer choose the perfect cabinets, countertop, and flooring for your remodel. By selecting these items in advance, it will save you from making impulse purchases because you need flooring installed tomorrow. It also helps you understand how you can best utilize the cabinets and accessories in your design to make your large kitchen more efficient. You can also make high-quality swaps without breaking the budget; for example, if installing granite countertop is a must for you, consider quartz. Because quartz is an engineered stone and not cut from a slab, it is made to be stronger than granite at a budget-friendly price point. If you are looking for beauty on a budget with your countertops, quartz might be a good fit.
Add some lighting
Lighting is one of the areas we need to add to in a large kitchen. After all, you are remodeling, let’s turn your kitchen into an area you love to be in when you’re done. Adding under the cabinet lighting or pendant lighting over the kitchen island can give you much-needed light in a dark kitchen. Area lighting and task lighting do not take much to install, and the cost comes in the design you choose rather than the installation.
Your current cabinets may have to stay depending on your plan and budget. But that doesn’t mean you can’t swap out cabinet doors for glass instead of wood. It also doesn’t mean you can’t add crown molding, or if you have a clean line cabinet door, add one with framing and beveling. You can also add to the room’s personality and style with new knobs, handles, and cabinet organizational accessories.
Choosing a budget-friendly flooring for a large kitchen can be difficult, especially if you’ve had your heart set on a unique hardwood or tile. While new flooring is nice, choosing one that will last a long time and still look beautiful with minimal maintenance is the key to budget-friendliness. With all of the choices of wood-like, vinyl/resilient tiles, you can easily find a color and pattern that fits right in with your cabinets, appliances, and overall style of your home. Not only will it cost less than hardwood, but you also have less maintenance over time.
These six steps to remodeling on a large kitchen on a budget can be used for any size kitchen. If you are considering a renovation and not sure what choices to make, visit with the cabinet designer. They can help you choose the right cabinets, countertop, flooring, and accessories to update your kitchen on your budget.