Economical Kitchen Remodel

Just because you can’t afford a fancy showcase kitchen doesn’t mean you can’t make your worn out kitchen feel wonderful. It’s more important that the space be functional and reflects the people who use it, than look like something from a high-end home magazine.

Sometimes even small changes can add up to a big difference.

Here are some ideas on how to your kitchen fancy showcase kitchen:

Do your research
Before you begin visit kitchen design stores to get a sense of the range of options. Talk with contractors and other remodeling professionals to get a better sense of what might be possible. Professionals in the field are very up-to-date on all the latest trends and products. They know what works and what doesn’t. Bring sketches of your kitchen and ideas for remodeling with you and listen to what they have to say.

Use quality materials
You may not be able to afford crown molding for your , or the soapstone countertop of your dreams, but choose the best you possibly can for your money.

Replace old hardware and refinish/reface cabinet doors
The largest expense in most kitchen remodeling projects is the cabinets. If your cabinets are structurally sound but just look outdated then refinishing or refacing them will give your kitchen an instant facelift. Even just a new coat of paint will brighten the space immeasurably. Choose hardware that complements your kitchen faucet to give the room a coordinated look.

Just like old cabinets, walls can quickly date a kitchen. Luckily for homeowners on a budget, however, painting is one of the easiest and least expensive ways to completely change the look of a room.

Add a tile backsplash
A tile backsplash serves a very useful purpose in the kitchen, but it’s also a great way to add a touch of color and personality. Buy a basic stock tile and add a few decorative tiles for creative flair.

Replace countertops
If the last time you looked at countertops plain laminate was the only option, you’re in for a surprise when you begin looking at countertop materials. Laminates are still one of the most cost effective choices around, but there is a huge range of colors and styles available now. Choosing a laminate countertop is a great way to save money, without compromising on looks.

Get new window treatments
Although they are peripheral to the function of the kitchen space, a well-dressed window can bring a whole new look for very little cost. If you can sew yourself, all the better. If not, there are plenty of beautiful stock window treatments to choose from.

Go easy on the gadgets
Yes, those commercial-grade ranges and Italian espresso bars look wonderful, but they add up to a lot of extra money in your renovation budget. Stick to the basic appliances. If your old appliances are still in good working order but just look outdated, buy new panels and see them transform into something much more modern=looking.

Create an island
Most people who remodel their kitchen want an island. They look great, but they can be expensive. If building an island is out of the question you can buy a free-standing unit. It may be smaller but will offer extra storage space. A well-chosen table with roll-out shelving units underneath can also look stylish.

Install new lighting
Most are poorly lit. Invest in custom-lighting and see your kitchen transform before your eyes. If you don’t want to hire a lighting designer (even a one hour consultation will be money very well spent) then consider under-counter lighting, pot lights for main work areas and pendant lighting over an island. You can find some great fixtures for moderate prices at your home center.