How To Cut Kitchen Remodeling Costs

Remodeling your kitchen this summer? We know that remodeling any part of your home doesn't come cheap, but you definitely want to get the kitchen just right! Check out these four easy ways to cut down on remodeling costs! 

According to Remodeling Magazine average cost to update a 200-square-foot kitchen including the installation of new flooring, semi-custom wood cabinets, and standard appliances totals around $62,000. Homeowners who would rather go with the more luxurious approach spend as much as $123,000. Here are four simple ways to get your dream kitchen without breaking the bank! 

1. Paint or resurface your cabinets instead of replacing them: "A bold and modern hardware can breathe new life into old, ordinary cabinetry" says interior designer CeCe Barfield Thompson. Thompson told Times that her renovations cost around $7,050, which included labor, laminate flooring, paint, and new cabinet handles and drawer pull.s

2. Consider alternate materials for countertops: Instead of choosing high-end items such as quartz or stone, go for less expensive options such as butcher block. This material can be purchased for as low as $99 in standard sizes. “It’s kind of like having a built-in cutting board throughout your kitchen,” says Kimberly Winthrop, an interior designer in Santa Monica, Calif. She says she paid $500 for a 20-foot butcher block to use in a recent kitchen makeover. But it requires some maintenance: Butcher block typically needs to be sanded and oiled twice a year.

3. Keep the layout intact: When moving the entire layout around, you are likely going to need to move plumbing around, and let's be honest, that just a pain.  Mina Fies, a Reston, Va.–based designer and creator of RenovationRoadmap.com, recalls a client who wanted to reconfigure the kitchen walls to allow for more natural light. The layout changes would have required moving plumbing. Fies says she was able to show the client a design that met her needs but did not open up the walls, instead of installing recessed lighting, pendant lights, and under-cabinet lighting. The client saved $8,000, Fies says.

4. Do the demolition yourself: While this terrifies some people, it actually is pretty fun. It can be pretty easy to do over a weekend with a friend or spouse. Begin by turning off your circuit breakers, water, and gas. Remove appliances and plumbing fixtures, followed by cabinets, backsplash and then counters. You can do it!

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