A well-designed kitchen not only saves time and effort while cooking, but also offers a social hub for the family and friends, and adds to a property's resale value. According to HomeAdvisor, an average kitchen remodel will set you back around $22,120, with smaller projects coming in at around $12,600, and more lavish revamps costing around $33,400. If you want to revive your kitchen, but keep costs low, here are six helpful tips.
1. Avoid Changing the Layout
If your kitchen layout is already serving you well, focus on upgrading appliances, cabinetry, and finishings rather than rearranging everything. Moving appliances around means you’ll need to hire electricians and plumbers for rewiring and plumbing jobs, which will increase costs.
2. Understand What the Space Can Accommodate
If you’re undertaking a large-scale remodel, take some time considering the flooring, walls, and ceiling. Ensure that walls and ceilings have the right dimensions to accommodate the type and number of appliances and cabinetry that you have planned. Think about the positioning of windows, too. With careful planning, you won’t have to waste money later making alterations to improve efficiency.
3. Repaint or Reface the Cabinetry
Joinery and cabinet doors are the "face" of the kitchen, and thankfully, a makeover is often affordable, and easy to do with a new coat of paint, or refacing. Select your flooring, walls, backsplash, and countertop surface materials, then choose a new paint color for your cabinets that best complements the overall scheme. If you have cabinets that cannot be painted or stained, then consider refacing—a process that involves keeping the cabinet framework but replacing all the cabinet doors, side panels, and drawer fronts.
4. Upgrade Your Kitchen Sink, Taps, and Hardware
Rather than splurging on expensive countertops or tiles, a smart—and less expensive—way to reinvigorate your kitchen is to focus on the features that you use frequently, such as cabinet handles, sinks, and taps. Well-chosen, high-quality sinks, taps, and cupboard and drawer handles can elevate your kitchen, and give it a much more luxurious look.
5. Mix Worktop Materials
Stone worktop surfaces, such as marble or granite, are often one of the costliest components of a kitchen remodel, but this doesn’t mean you can’t include these texturally interesting, natural materials in your kitchen. Rather than have all worktops made out of a more expensive stone, you can use these materials in sections (say, for the breakfast bar portion of the island counter), combined with cheaper laminate or composites for the surfaces of more heavy-duty work areas.
6. Install a Butcher Block Island Counter
If you want a versatile, fuss-free island counter, one very affordable option is a butcher block. IKEA sells pre-cut butcher block islands in standard sizes for as little as $99. Though some maintenance is required—you'll want to sand and oil the surface at least twice a year—butcher block islands bring both warmth and practicality to kitchens: as a bonus, you can prepare food directly on it, saving the effort of using a cutting board.
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