How Can I Decrease the Cost of My Kitchen Renovation?

kitchen-renovationThinking about a new kitchen? If you’ve started doing research, you’ve probably already figured out that it’s not hard to rack up the cost of the project. Read on to learn five things you can do to keep your cost low on your upcoming kitchen renovation.

1. Give DIY A Try

Being able to hire someone to complete your entire kitchen reno may be the most convenient option, but it comes with a price. Keep costs low by taking on some of the work yourself. Demo, painting, and installing new hardware are all things that can easily be learned and done on your own. Of course there are some aspects, like electrical work, that you should leave to the professionals, as mistakes can be dangerous.

2. Check Your Cabinets

Before you rip out your kitchen cabinets, make sure they actually need to be replaced! There are a ton of less expensive options that will still allow you to give your cabinets a new look, for example:

  • Staining
  • Painting
  • Replacing the hardware
  • Replacing only the cabinet doors

If your cabinets are in bad shape and in need of replacement, stick to standard cupboard sizes to keep costs down. Opting for custom cabinets can result in significant price increases due to the extra work that goes into the process.

3. Don’t Move the Stove or Sink!

Moving your stove or sink to a new location can be a costly change, as it requires the gas and water hookups to be moved as well. Unless you’re knowledgeable in the area, you should hire a professional to move the connections – which also increases the expenses. If you’re looking for a low cost renovation, it’s best to stick with generally the same layout as you had before.

4. Keep Your Appliances

If your appliances are still in good working condition, keep them! Sometimes all it takes is one replacement part to make your fridge run like new. When your appliances finally start to bite the dust, be sure to purchase energy efficient models to replace them.

5. Track Lighting vs. Recessed Lighting

While aesthetically pleasing, and very popular, recessed lighting can be an expensive addition to your project. Not only do you need to cut numerous holes in your ceiling, but you’ll most likely need to hire an electrician to install the proper wiring. Track lighting is a cost effective alternative that will give you a similar look and feel to recessed lighting.

If your upcoming kitchen renovation includes new countertops, stone flooring or cabinets contact the experts at Stoneworks Granite & Quartz! Our team will help you build the kitchen of your dreams.