When remodeling a kitchen the first step is to make sure you have a plan that fits your budget. The last thing you want is to get halfway through your project and realize you don’t have enough room in your budget to finish your plan. This could leave your space looking unfinished or end up with something that is half what you want while the other half is what was available in your budget. This creates an eclectic design in the worst way, which is when it is done unintentionally.
And so, you may be wondering how you can keep costs down during your remodel to ensure that you are able to get the results you want. A kitchen remodel can be both an expensive project and a time-consuming one. For the most part, there isn’t much you can do about this. However, the ways in which you prepare and plan for your project can help you ensure that your budget is accurate and your schedule is realistic. One of the biggest reasons projects can go over budget is when there are delays that cause the project to last longer than it should.
In this guide, we are going to take a look at 2 ways you can keep your kitchen remodel costs down and make sure your project turns out the way you want!
1. Refacing vs. Replacing: Knowing which to choose
When thinking about kitchen remodels, most people picture ripping the kitchen down to the studs and replacing everything. Depending on your kitchen, this might be the right choice for you. However, it is not the only option. Many homeowners aren’t aware that they can instead just replace their cabinet doors and drawer fronts.
This process is known as refacing, and it can be a great way to cut costs on your kitchen remodel. However, you should note that this is not always the best choice for everyone. If you are wondering if refacing is right for your project, head over to your cabinets and open them up. Using a flashlight, carefully inspect your cabinets for any damage. You should be looking for any water damage, mold, mildew, or structural issues. If your cabinet boxes are in solid shape, then refacing is for you!
How Much Will Refacing Save?
The total amount of money refacing can save you over replacing depends on the materials you are ordering and the quantity. Refacing could save you as much as $250 to $500 per linear foot that you remodel depending on whether you were going to choose stock or custom cabinets for your project.
You can then take these savings and re-invest them into higher-quality cabinet doors, drawer fronts, and hardware. Oftentimes, hardware is the first on the chopping block when looking to create room in your budget. Soft-close hinges and drawer slides can add a major luxury feel to your remodel. In addition, soft-close options protect your cabinets from damage, as they prevent the doors and drawers from slamming into the cabinet boxes. As an added bonus, you won’t have to worry about accidentally slamming a cabinet or drawer when getting your midnight snacks ever again.
2. Unfinished Cabinet Doors and Drawer Fronts
This probably comes as no surprise, but the more of the work you do yourself, the more you save. One big, unavoidable, part of remodeling is finishing your cabinets. This refers to applying a paint or stain to seal the material and protect it from the elements. Ordering your new cabinets pre-painted or stained will take that work off your plate and save some, but it will increase the price you pay for them. If you have the time and motivation, you can order your doors and drawer fronts unfinished, which is typically cheaper than ordering finished products (depending on the materials used).
One of the best ways to maximize your savings is to choose unfinished MDF cabinet doors and drawer fronts. MDF stands for medium-density fiberboard and has become one of the most sought-after materials for new construction projects. This is due in part to its availability and price.
Never Finished Cabinets Before?
Finishing your own cabinets can be a little tricky if you have never done it before. However, with enough research, patience, and motivation, most homeowners can DIY this project. However, if you are feeling intimidated, there are options to skip some of the steps. For example, you can order your new cabinet fronts pre-primed, which means they arrive ready to be painted. Primer is the foundation for your paint, and it is required for achieving the best results.
The best way to save money on your kitchen remodel, or any home improvement project, is to take your time to thoroughly plan and research the work. While some issues can be unavoidable, bad weather and sickness, with enough prep, you can avoid many pitfalls that can drive up costs. And so, the best advice we can give you is to take your time.
If you are struggling with getting started, or you have a list and are ready to talk style and material, feel free to give us a call at 1-855-669-5222 or an email to [email protected]. Our well-trained sales staff can help you with everything from measuring to ordering.