With some strategic thinking about design, materials, and timing, you can cut costs without cutting corners. A universal truth about renovations is that every little thing adds up. So save a little here, save a little there, and pretty soon you’re talking about lots of money .
Read the tips listed below to help you save money when doing kitchen remodeling.
Increase efficiency, not size.
If you can reorganize and equip your kitchen for maximum utility, you may not need to blow out the walls to gain square footage. Start by replacing space–hogging shelves with cabinet–height pullout drawers 8 inches wide, containing racks for canned goods and other items. You could easily shell out a few thousand to outfit cabinets with upgrades like dividers, pull–out pot trays, and lazy Susans…. but you’ll save many times that amount by skipping the addition you thought you needed.
Bring in natural light without adding windows.
Before cutting a big hole in the side of your house and rearranging the framing, consider less invasive—and less expensive—ways of capturing light.
Do your own demo
Knocking down may not be as costly as rebuilding, but you can still shave dollars by doing some of the demolition yourself—as long as you proceed with care. When it comes to interior spaces, most professionals would dissuade folks from doing it unless they have done it before. The reason: a reckless wrecker might unwittingly take out a load–bearing wall or, worse still, plunge a reciprocating saw into live wiring or pressurized plumbing.
Limit recessed light fixtures
The more recessed lights you put in, the more it’s going to cost. In addition to the fixtures, it takes additional labor to cut all the holes and insulate them properly. A wall– or ceiling–mounted light can also deliver more wattage, which means you may be able to get away with fewer fixtures. Be honest with yourself. If you add 12 recessed lights, do you really think you need that many?
Do your own pick-ups
If you’re doing your own project, slash your materials–delivery fees by picking up goods yourself. No pickup truck? You can rent a utility trailer, which you can tow behind your SUV. Get one just big enough to carry 4–by–8 sheet goods flat. Use it for a half–dozen trips, and it’s paid for itself.
Don’t move the kitchen sink
Don’t move the sink if you can avoid it. That often becomes the biggest part of the plumbing–price increase. If your new layout requires that you move the sink, use the opportunity to upgrade the pipes at the same time, that will save you money in the long run.
Plan with stock sizes in mind
Ask yourself, “Why am I building something 10 feet wide if plywood comes in 4–foot–wide sheets”. The same applies to stock windows and doors: Use manufacturers’ off–the–shelf dimensions from the outset and you will save the premiums of custom fabrication.
Make decisions early
Start browsing the aisles at the hardware store or home center way before the wrecking starts. Get a good feeling for what you want in fixtures and appliances and what they cost. It will cut down on impulse buying. If you aren’t absolutely specific up front about what you want, look through magazines or go to kitchen builder showrooms.
The best way to save in this area is to use your existing appliances. Purchasing floor models that are on clearance is a good idea too. Floor models may have a scratch or two, but the savings can be significant.