When you're investing in a kitchen remodeling project, always remember two vital things that the new kitchen will add a new charm to your home and increase the value of your home if you are looking to sell it soon. The most important thing to keep in mind is that kitchen remodeling is expensive and you can go easily over budget so make a list of the costs and the most important things you need to be done.
To avoid that and keep costs in line, and yet still get the kitchen of your dreams, here are a few recommendations to keep it on a tight budget:
1. Cabinets: Accommodating new cabinets is expensive option in order to stick to a strict budget if you can consider to invest in ready to assemble cabinets. Some other options are semi-custom cabinets and in-stock cabinets that you can buy right off the shelf and get going. These stock cabinets come in standard sizes, shapes and colors. These cabinets are very affordable, often costs vary on the wood and the look and feel of the cabinets.
2. Open Shelving: Open shelving creates interest in the space as well as saves money. Using salvaged wood or painted planks from your local hardware store for shelving is a cost-effective and functional option to display everyday dishes (items that don't spend enough time on the shelf to accumulate dust). Open shelving can save a few thousand dollars, but while it may be tempting to do away with fitted cabinets altogether, they're still valuable and efficient for storage, particularly if you have a small kitchen and a lot to pack into it.
3. Countertop Materials: There is a wide range of countertops to choose from -- solid surfaces, recyclable products, concrete, tile, stone and more. Granite is still a popular choice for countertops, consider using two different surfaces to cut the cost in half. If granite is not in the budget but you like the look of stone, consider laminate, an inexpensive alternative. Laminate has come a long way; new laminates look so much like stone, you could be easily fooled.
5. Islands: Think re-purposing if you cannot afford an expensive island with an old table or a dresser it is a great alternative to bring unique character into the space. Garage sales, flee markets and vintage furniture shops are an amazing resource.
8. Try track lighting instead of recessed lighting. Adding recessed lighting can become a bigger project than planned. Holes need to be cut into the ceiling, electrical wiring needs to be added, and there may be hidden costs in repairing the ceiling. The overall cost for a single recessed light is $100 to $150, including the costs for materials and an electrician. This can add up quickly.
The most wiser approach to adopt while dealing with kitchen remodeling project, is work in stages. This will spread out the remodel costs, allowing you to save for that next project.