Somewhere between Pinterest and Instagram posts lies a vision of our dream kitchen. It might seem like a total renovation isn’t in the budget at the moment, but is that really true? You are only seeing the final results all over the internet but no one ever tells you how they got there.
Most homeowners in the U.S. spend between $18,000 and $27,000 in total project costs to remodel their kitchen. Sometimes the number goes even exceeds $50,000!
We all know that remodeling your kitchen is one of the best ways to add value to your home. Sure, it’s an investment but is it wise to invest a quarter or even half of your home’s worth into one room? We don’t think so! So how do you maximize your home’s value on a budget?
Use Your Existing Kitchen Layout
- If you’re happy with your kitchen layout, try to maintain as much of your current layout as possible for significant cost savings.
- Moving the actual layout of a kitchen comes at higher cost. Moving the position of an oven or sink involves changing wires and plumbing. So keeping the same layout will save you thousands of dollars.
Tip: Use our Free 3D kitchen design to help you with the existing layout. It’s free and it can give you a fresh perspective on your next steps.
Pick Ready to Assemble Cabinets
- The biggest cost in a kitchen remodel is new cabinets. The most expensive option is buying custom cabinets. They are designed, built, and installed to specifically fit your space.
- Custom cabinets can cost from $10,000 to $60,000, as cabinets can range from $250 to $1,500 per linear foot.
- Ready to assemble cabinets can sometimes be half the cost. They cost from around $125 to $900 per linear foot depending on the material, style, and cost of installation. If you are a DIYer, you can assemble these yourself and this will also save you money.
Tip: If this option exceeds your budget and your cabinets are in good shape, you can replace the fronts. Front door samples cost around $20. And if you have a lot of time, you can repaint all your fronts for a few hundred dollars.