1. Save money on your kitchen remodel by refinishing your existing cabinets the most cost effective way to go! Refinishing is much more than a simple paint job it requires removing the old finish, surface preparation then applying the new finish and will run about $2,500 to $12,000.
2. Pre -assembled kitchen cabinets available at stores like The Home Depot for about $60 to $250 per linear foot installed is the next cost affective way to save. Ready to assemble cabinets (semi custom) requires assembly at about $100 to $700 per linear foot installed but will be considerably less than custom cabinets that can run $8000 to $50,000 depending on the type of materials, finish and style you settle on.
3. Countertop materials cost can be cut to fit your budget. Granite, marble and other exotics will be $40 to $90 a square foot or even more! Budget conscious consumers may consider laminate tops for example at $7 through $20 a square foot with installation. Laminate counter tops have improved over the years are durable and will beautify any kitchen remodeling project.
4. Don’t relocate appliances, electrical or plumbing fixtures if your looking to save as these modifications are costly. Instead plan your kitchen design around your existing appliance, sink and refrigerator locations perhaps add a little trim or ornament hardware for change.
5. Install Track lighting as an alternative to recessed lighting for savings! Track lighting today is much improved and can be an interesting solution for your lighting needs. Recessed lights are nice too but require cutting precision holes in your ceiling and additional electrical work thus the more money it will cost.
DIY? Obviously the best way to meet your budget is to do it yourself! Many home owners have tools and skills to get some of the work done but when it comes to finishing the job from demolition to painting the final finish you may want to consider hiring a pro. One way to let out some stress over the whole remodeling idea would be to take a hammer to your old kitchen effectively arriving to the point of no return so you can easily make the decision to remodel! Just do it! You will be glad you did.
Best bet is to hire a Residential, building or general contractor whom is willing to do most if not all the work himself or who can coordinate the task to completion through his network of specialty trade subcontractors this way there are no conflicts with scheduling different tradesmen each day to get the work done. Time is money so if your not organized the job will take longer and be more expensive in time and money which kills the budget.