When was the last time your kitchen was renovated? Replacing a refrigerator doesn’t count. If your kitchen is the same as it was when you moved in several years ago, then you might be long overdue for that renovation. The first concern with any kitchen remodel project is, “how much is this going to cost?” As you start to pull together the prices, you might want to consider some of the following smart tips to help you keep your bottom line from skyrocketing:
Don’t Move the Appliances
You may be tempted to rearrange your appliances and sink. That could prove to be rather costly. Anytime you reroute plumbing or gas lines you’re going to run into major demolition throughout the area. It is much better to keep everything where it is and build out from around it. You might even find it is cheaper to put in a window then to move a sink.
Consider Different Island Options
A center island is a much in demand feature for a kitchen remodel. But those custom-made islands can become very expensive. Instead, keep an eye out for an old table or dresser that can be repurposed for this space. If you’re just looking for an area to eat on and prep meals, then these could be a great alternative. You might even look into estate sales and Craigslist for more inexpensive islands.
Make a Cut Out Instead Of Losing a Wall
An open floor plan is a popular renovation but you have to consider what type of wall it is you need to bring down. If this is a load-bearing wall or one that is hiding water pipes preventing, then it might not be smart to bring it down. However, that doesn’t mean you can have a cut out to open up the space.
Up For Track Lighting versus Recessed Lighting
Recessed lighting means going into the ceiling. That can run up your costs. Track lighting is a more affordable approach to adding lighting to your kitchen and can be just as bold and dynamic as recessed lighting.
Take Care of Your Own Demolition
You can also save money by doing some of the work on your own. The biggest job you could probably tackle is demolition. Once you worked out a plan with the contractor, you will know exactly what needs to be taken down or pulled up. If you can save the day of labor, then you might be able to use those funds elsewhere. The only consideration is what to do with all the debris you create. That’s easily taken care with one call to Junk King Orange County. These are expert junk haulers who have a lot of experience with this type of clean up. In addition to removing all your hazardous construction debris, Junk King Orange County can also take away the rest of the clutter around your house. You can always count on Junk King Orange County to keep your home clean of debris during your kitchen remodel.