Ways To Control Cost When Remodeling Your Kitchen
Remodeling your kitchen can get a little pricey. The average cost of a kitchen remodel is around $23,000 or $150 per square foot. Smaller projects can go between $10,000 and $15,000 and that may include painting walls, refacing cabinets, upgrading the sink, and installing a tile backsplash. The industry says to spend 5% to 15% of the home's value on a kitchen remodel to avoid negatively affecting the resale price of the home.
Here are a few ways to control costs on a kitchen remodeling:
Determine the goal.
Start by asking yourself "What do I do most in the kitchen?". How your kitchen is used should guide your design choices, from adding an island all the way to figuring out where you'll hide the trash can.
Do your research.
After you have determined your goal, visit showrooms to help you get a better look and feel to how you want your kitchen to be. Going to showrooms and home stores can also help price things out and help you build your budget.
Just in case, you can add these key kitchen products to your shopping list:
- Sinks and faucets
Create a budget.
Figure out your must-haves and want-to-haves and price them out. Be practical and don't buy unnecessary items. Prioritize the replacement of elements that waste money, like inefficient appliances or ones that make your kitchen look dated, i.e stained flooring. Only when the must-haves fit into your budget should you splurge on things on your want-to-have list.
Here are a few things you have to have in mind when compiling your must-have list:
- The kitchen must suit the lifestyle needs of the household.
- The kitchen must suit the dimensions and features of the particular space.
- The kitchen must be completed within a limited time frame.
- The kitchen must be completed within a finite budget.
Stick to the budget.
Once you have the design and budget, stick to the plan. Refrain from adding things when the contractor is already in the house. That can easily go from a simple kitchen remodel to a whole house project.
Quality over quantity.
With that being said, quality should come first. Always buy the best you can afford. When it comes to kitchen renovations, you want to have high-quality functional items, both for you to use and for potential resale value if you sell your house in the future. Even with hefty up-front costs for some appliances, you can make some of that money back in the long run by choosing high-efficiency machines. Buying the best quality products can also help ensure your appliances can last longer. You don't want to skimp out on buying a cheaper appliance that gets the most usage in the kitchen.
HGTV has a great in-depth guide on where to splurge or save on kitchen remodeling.
Keep it simple.
Don't move any plumbing if possible. Moving a sink to the opposite wall could mean pulling your entire kitchen floor to move the drain line. The same goes for relocating electric or gas ranges, which often add a full day of labor. Use a similar approach with appliances and keep them where they are.
Maximizing the space you have in your kitchen can make your remodel much more significant. Even with a small kitchen, being efficient with your space (extra cabinet space) can make it feel surprisingly roomy, and an efficient layout can make cooking much less stressful. Give your kitchen extra storage as well by replacing drawer guides with better-quality versions. Add interior storage such as pullout organizers, pullout shelving, and drawer organizers.
Retain old elements.
Keep certain features from the original kitchen, and making do with certain pieces, saves both money and character. New things are nice, but sometimes they just can't rival a good deal.
Remodel in stages.
You can break up the projects and remodel in stages. Doing so one at a time could help you save for future remodels and also help you plan your budget better. Plus, you don't have to do everything. You can simple upgrade the materials and appliances that truly need updating.
Do a little YOURSELF.
If you have the time, tools and know-how doing parts of your kitchen remodel on your own can trim the cost.
Here are a few things you could do to help with the cost of a kitchen remodel:
- Remove old cabinets, countertops or appliances before the remodeling starts to reduce some labor, avoid damaging them and disposal costs.
- Pick up materials instead of having them delivered.
- Paint walls, doors and window frames on your own.
Don't be afraid to ask for help!
Professionals can help make style decisions, let you know about future problems and help you avoid them. They're happy to help as long as you ask!
Now that you're more prepared for your remodel, you know a company that specializes in making amazing cabinetry with the latest styles, trends, and technology in mind. Click here to get in touch with us about your latest renovation project, or better yet show us! Create a LaFata Ideaboard so we can see what you want in your kitchen.
Our 4 Favorite Kitchen Trends For 2019
2018 was a great year for kitchen design. We saw new styles, new colors, and new kitchen features become the go-to in kitchen trends. But that was last year, and with every year new designs become the hottest option on the market. We've put together a list of our favorite kitchen trends for 2019. Check them out!
1. Open Floor Plans
One of our favorite trends is the number of new approaches to kitchen floor plan! Open layouts are becoming one of the most popular. Many homes are doing away with a kitchen that's cut-off from the rest of the home. Kitchens utilizing an open floor plan take this to an extreme by having nearly an entire floor with as few barriers between as possible. It gives your home a spacious, open feeling and really makes you appreciate how big your home actually is.
For homes that can't pull off a completely open floor plan, glass dividers are becoming a close second to open floor plans. Setting up a glass divider between the kitchen, dining room and living room gives you the same sense of connection, light and space as an open floor plan but with a little more privacy between rooms.
2. Backsplashes & Islands
New features are making themselves known in 2019 kitchens! The feature that's become the most popular are tile backsplashes, and it's not hard to imagine why! Tile backsplashes can add texture and color to any kitchen. They can be a small accent to your kitchen or the main focal point! The variety and flexibility is just one of the things that's making them so popular in 2019!
Islands continue to be a must-have feature, but now more than ever. Kitchen islands have also become the calling card of a modern and social kitchen. Extra storage space, counter space for your food prep, and creating a friendly, open environment are all great reasons for a kitchen island.
3. Color Duos
Kitchens with one color designs have been left behind, and in their place are beautiful color duos of blues, greens, blacks, and more. In 2019, a lot of kitchens are taking on a dual-color palette either for contrast or compliment. White accents or other neutral colors are being mixed with more popping colors to help balance a smooth kitchen design.
Matte colors are becoming popular. Matte blacks, blues and greens can become a soft splash of color that won't overwhelm visitors or yourself.
4. More Kitchen Storage
Cabinets are being heavily emphasized in kitchen designs in 2019. Some homes are designating entire rooms for pantries, appliance storage, and food prep areas. Walk-in pantries, butler's pantries and floor-to-ceiling cabinets are the new go-to in kitchen storage.
Luckily, you know a company that specializes in making amazing cabinetry with the latest styles, trends, and technology in mind. Click here to get in touch with us about your latest renovation project, or better yet show us! Create a LaFata Ideaboard so we can see what you want in your kitchen.