Imagining your dream kitchen – with all the high-end finishes and bells and whistles -- can really start adding up, especially if you are planning a complete renovation. But updating your kitchen doesn’t have to be a budget-breaker. You really can get more bang for your buck if you follow these expert tips on ways to save money during your kitchen renovation.
Start with a Professional Designer
Unless all you’re planning to do is paint the walls or install a new counter over your existing cabinets, don’t try to save money from the get-go by skimping and trying to plan the design, layout, and cabinetry yourself. Hire a professional to work with you and create your design plan. When you hire a professional designer from the beginning you can save time, money, and costly mistakes.
Prepare Before You Begin
Once you’ve chosen your design professional to collaborate with, and you’ve come up with a working plan, decide on every must-have that you want in your kitchen, and try to make sure it’s on site before you start tearing up the flooring or the sledgehammer hits a wall. One big mistake homeowners make is picking out products during a renovation. An easy way to let your budget get away from you is not having made firm decisions and ensuring the products are available and delivered on time. If a product is back-ordered, you may feel tempted to make the choice to select a pricier product that is available now, rather than going with your original choice to avoid being charged for waiting for the items to arrive.
Know When to Cut Corners
While your backsplash technically serves to keep oil spatters and food off the walls behind your sink or stove, in a kitchen makeover the backsplash is all about design, colour, and style. The backsplash can set the tone and theme of your entire kitchen design, but it can also drive the costs up. Instead of turning the corners with your backsplash to carry it over the kitchen wall, only tile up to the point the walls meet. The important thing is that the tile is placed where it is functional and delivers the most visible impact. Then you’ll have the money for some really beautiful tile in the area behind the sink, or a new countertop and you can use your budget in the other areas.
Bring in the Light
Nothing makes a room look smaller or dingy than not having proper lighting. When it comes to kitchen lighting, placement is everything. Hang beautiful pendant lights over key work and gathering areas for style and light, and ensure the overhead lighting concentrates in areas where the cook will be prepping and cooking. Little details matter with lighting – under-cabinet lighting won’t break the bank, but it will make an impressive impact.
Don’t Move the Plumbing
Moving appliances such as the dishwasher, sink, or gas stove can really eat into your renovation budget. Whenever possible, keep the plumbing in place. This is another reason working with a designer can save you headaches -- they’ll be able to work around your existing plumbing.
Consider Remnant Stone
For small counter surfaces, and renovations that don’t involve covering huge swaths of countertops, check out granite supply yards for remnants. You can find great granite and solid-surface counters that won’t cost a lot, and many have multiple pieces available from the same slab that match if you get creative with placement. A good renovator will be able to help you plan your counters with remnants.
You Paid For It, So Use It!
According to many design experts, the average kitchen renovation project wastes from 5-15% of their material. If you are creative you can create rollout inserts for cabinets or high-end pieces such as a granite cutting board from leftover pieces. Don’t let the end pieces and remnants go to waste either – use them to install mouldings and countertops in your pantry for a custom prep and work station or dry bar.
Add Architectural Interest
It’s the details that help create a luxurious, high-end feel in a kitchen remodel. Try adding high-impact details on a large or small scale: add beadboard panelling to your island, or consider adding bun feet to free-standing cabinets to provide a furniture-inspired aesthetic. Instead of installing expensive mosaic tiles, install something with an unusual visual impact, like a concrete countertop or a stacked stone wall as a focal point.
Got Wood Floors? Keep them!
If you already have wood floors you might save a bundle by having them repaired and refinished rather than laying all new flooring over the top. You’ll save some of the charm, even if a wall is knocked down because wood flooring can be laid next to the old and refinished by sanding and staining them together. If you are replacing tile or vinyl floors, opt for less-expensive alternatives such as sealed cork. Not only is it affordable, but it causes less strain to your back and feet than wood or hard tiles.
Are you imagining your new dream kitchen yet? Want to know how to save money on a kitchen renovation? At Kitchen Art Design, we can help you plan the perfect room for you and your family. We create high-quality custom cabinetry for every design aesthetic. Give us a call to start planning your renovation today!