When you’re remodeling your kitchen, you want the best result for the lowest price. But how do you know when choosing a cheaper product is a good idea and when it’s a mistake?
Trust the experts. We’ve done thousands of kitchen remodeling jobs, and we know what will happen if you go with the one-quarter-inch cork flooring instead of the half (it will quickly be pockmarked with lots of dents).
Keep the Footprint
If you’re looking to save money with your kitchen remodel, try to stick with the same floor plan. Most people want to replace cabinets, countertops, fixtures and appliances. But if you want to move them around and knock down walls, it means much more labor, which means more money.
However, if your kitchen is unworkable as is, it’s silly to spend money sprucing it up but leaving everything in the wrong places. Talk it out with an experienced designer. They will undoubtedly have some good suggestions for you.
Piping and Plumbing
For instance, relocating the fridge in a kitchen remodel is not a big deal. All you need is an outlet, and your new cabinets can be built around the appliance. Moving the stove might not be too hard, unless you have gas hookups. Then it will be extra work. And if you have a hood to vent cooking odors outside, you’ll need to move that, too.
Probably the most expensive part of the kitchen to move is the sink. Moving plumbing is major work. Get a new sink if you want, but try to keep it in the same spot.
What if your kitchen is too small? Then should you knock down walls? You could steal space from another room, or you could add room onto the back or side of your house, but the most economical solution is a bumpout. It technically involves knocking down a wall, but it’s a comparatively small job that makes a big difference.
An 8-by-4 bumpout gives you an extra 32 square feet of space you can use for a table and chairs or storage, and it allows a lot of extra light into the room. You can install skylights, or build the whole room out of glass!
Get Good Cabinets
One integral part of the kitchen you don’t want to skimp on is the cabinets. It’s true, the particle board and veneer designs are much cheaper, but it’s because they don’t hold as much weight. If they ever get wet — or even if you just live in a humid climate — they can swell and warp. They’re low quality and should be avoided whenever possible.
If you’re buying new appliances, go for Energy Star models. They use less electricity and water, so they save you money. They cost more than the traditional ones, but you’ll recoup this cost soon enough.
So now you know where to save and where to splurge — mostly. For more tips and ideas for your kitchen remodel, call Falk Construction. We’re the Odgen-area experts, offering services in home remodeling, new construction and general contracting.