The kitchen is one of the most used rooms in the house. That’s why when you’re going for a remodel you want to make every dollar count. While you want the entire room to look good, there are things you can save on so that you can splurge on other areas.
Splurge on the Sink
Installing a sink is no easy task. You want to make sure you choose one that’s durable and practical. There’s no use buying a small sink if you have a family of four and will be doing a lot of dishes, regardless if you have a dishwasher. That’s why it’s important to spend a little more and get a good sink.
Splurge on Cabinet Doors/Hardware
Chances are you’ll have a good amount of kitchen cabinets. So, you’re going to want to make them shine. That goes for the hardware too. Choose cabinet doors that really make your kitchen stand out. Start with the wood finish to figure out the look you are going for. From there you can choose the style of the door. If you have kids and you’re looking for one that’s easy to take care of, go for one with less detail. There will be fewer grooves to clean guck out of!
As far as hardware choose a metal that compliments your wood finish. Some people like brass while others go for more of a brushed nickel. Once you decide which finish you can choose the style. You’d be surprised at the various styles of kitchen hardware and how they can really jazz up the room.
Splurge on Countertops
Just like the cabinets, the countertops are a big part of the kitchen. From granite to Corian, you can decide just how much money you want to invest. But if you’re looking to splurge, this would be the place to do it. Having a durable and good-looking countertop can make all the difference in your newly remodeled kitchen.
Save on Appliances
While there are many bells and whistles on the newest appliances, you don’t need them all. There’s nothing wrong with choosing a middle of the line stove or fridge that gets the job done. Do your research and you’ll be sure to find one that suits your need. Also, ask about bundle discounts. Many stores will give you money off if you are buying more than one appliance at once.
Save on Interior Cabinet Accessories
While you may want to splurge on the actual outside the cabinet, you’ll want to save on the accessories inside. Inside of buying accessories especially fit for your new cabinets, try to buy them at a store and just put them in yourself. This way you can save money while giving yourself the flexibility to change it down the road.
Save on Plumbing
Moving sinks can rack up your renovation costs. If possible, keep sinks and plumbing where they are. You will save a lot of money!
Save on Backsplash
While your dream kitchen may consist of a completely tiled backsplash, your reality kitchen may not once you see the price tag. Tile and all the materials that go along with a backsplash add up quickly. Sure, it looks nice, but there are other materials that will also compliment your remodel. Basic sheet materials cost less and are easier to install, bringing down your remodeling costs. You may be surprised at just how good they look too!
Before you decide on the various aspects of your kitchen remodeling project, sit down with your contractor and discuss your budget. This way you can work together to create a dream kitchen that gives you the most for your money.