From Cabinets to Countertops – Creating a Kitchen on a Budget
It is the busiest room in the house and often needs the most improvement: the kitchen. A remodeled kitchen
increases the value of the home and makes it more enjoyable to cook, live and dine in. However, many
homeowners are left wondering how to create the culinary oasis of their dreams on a budget.
Just about everyone has cost concerns when it comes to remodeling. Very few people have unlimited budgets, so
doing research on various options will goa long way to stretching your dollars.

  • Do as much of the work yourself as you can. Wallpaper removal, light demolition, and cleaning up after
    subcontractors require hard work as opposed to skill; there is no point in paying skilled contractors to clean up.
  • Buy stock cabinets. Instead of having cabinets custom-made, find a line of stock cabinets that you like.
    Lowe’s and Home Depot both offer a wide range of cabinets with premium construction features and accessories at a value price.
  • Use alternative materials instead of costly marble or stone. Laminate countertops and vinyl flooring create rich-looking surfaces on a modest budget. When choosing faucets, brushed and polished chrome is vastly less
    expensive than more exotic finishes, and basic white fixtures are budget friendly and won’t look dated in a decade.
  • “Wow” the island. The island is the first thing that people notice when they walk into
    the kitchen, so keep the main cabinets simple and put the emphasis on the island. Make the island pop by increasing the thickness of the countertop, using a premium finish or glaze on just the island cabinetry, or illuminating the island with inexpensive but attractive pendant lights.
  • Work within your existing space. Annexing space from an adjacent room or removing a wall can be costly, so add storage and organization features to new cabinets to utilize space you already have. Many of these accessories
    are now factory installed, making things simpler for the consumer and easier on the wallet.