HOW TO KEEP KITCHEN REMODELLING COSTS IN CHECK – The kitchen is often the first room that homeowners remodel and can also be the most expensive. If you are considering a kitchen remodel and you want to keep those remodelling costs in check, there are a few things that you can do.
1. Plan on doing most of the work yourself, or at least as much as you can. While you may not be able to do the plumbing and/or electrical work, you can do quite a bit yourself. You can save thousands on your overall remodel if you just do a few things. If you are changing your cabinets, you can pull out the old ones and virtually everyone knows how to paint and wallpaper.
2. Make sure that you plan properly and stick to your budget. You can really cost yourself a few extra thousand dollars if you make changes to your remodelling job after you have begun. Once you have started, stick with the plan.
3. Cabinets are going to be one of the largest expenses so if you are trying to cut down on the overall cost, steer clear of custom cabinetry. If you choose stock units you can cut more than 30 percent off your total cost. If your current cabinets are in fairly good shape and you like the way they are laid out, you can save even more by simply refurbishing the cabinets that you already have. Sand them down and add a fresh coat of stain and then replace door and drawer pulls with new hardware.
4. Stay away from high dollar kitchen appliances. Mid-range refrigerators, ranges and even dishwashers will give you the function that you need while offering a price that you will appreciate much more than higher end choices. Remember too that just because they cost more does not necessarily mean an appliance is going to give you better performance. Shop around a bit when purchasing appliances and make sure that you are getting a good deal before you purchase.
5. Watch what you spend on your countertops. High priced countertops or kitchen work surfaces may look good but they are not going to be any more functional than those that come in at a more budget friendly cost. Instead of choosing marble or another high priced stone, consider laminate or something that is a bit less expensive. Where floors are concerned, vinyl can also be used if you want to save a bit and there are a number of design and colour choices that will fit any personal preference.
This article was written by Britannia Living, leading suppliers of premium kitchen appliances.