Money Where Your Mouth Is: Balancing Your Kitchen Remodel Budget

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Saving up money to remodel your kitchen is no mean feat. In fact, with the low-cost remodeling of a small kitchen averaging at $5,000 and a full overhaul reaching up to $45,000, you need to plan your remodeling project carefully. The best way to go about this is to think of how you use your kitchen when planning your budget and design.

Accent Interiors, a leading provider of custom countertops in Utah, notes the importance of building a kitchen that reflects your personality and lifestyle. If you cook for and entertain guests often, then a high-quality stove or a large kitchen island are good investments. What other things can you save or splurge on?

Splurge: Countertops

Countertops are one of the most visible elements of your kitchen. It can even serve as the focal point and basis of your kitchen’s entire look. Consider splurging on a granite or quartz countertop. Both are nearly indestructible and can take substantial heat from your pots and pans.

If you do splurge on countertops, you can make up for it by spending less on the backsplash. Instead of tiling the entire wall space (which can quickly bring your costs up), you can limit it to a height of four or five inches. Try using unconventional and cheaper materials as well, such as glass or stainless steel.

Save: Cabinets

It may be tempting to splurge on the cabinets, but most affordable base cabinets are durable enough for your needs. Pressed wood cabinets, in fact, can last up to 20 years with care. If your cabinets are still in good condition, hold off on getting custom ones. Refurbishing your cabinets and drawers can eat up 29% of your whole budget. That’s almost a third of your budget gone!

Revamp the look of your cabinets with a fresh coat of paint, instead. Switching out the cabinet doors, handles, and drawers give your kitchen an instantly different look, too. If you want a high-end feel, go for glass or glossy doors. You can pass up on doors for some upper cabinets, too, for added contrast.

Carefully plan out which elements to focus on when remodeling your kitchen to stretch your hard-earned budget. Always consider your lifestyle and kitchen habits to make the most of your renovation.