Tips for Achieving an Inexpensive Kitchen Remodel
For many families, the kitchen is an area where they come together to spend time with one another. Because of this, it is no surprise that many homeowners wish to remodel their kitchen at some point, either for their own enjoyment or to increase the home’s value. Traditional kitchen remodels can be very expensive when the cost of new materials is added to the cost of having a professional come out to do the work. While it may seem unavoidable to pay the cost of new cabinets, countertops, and floors, it is possible to minimize some of these costs by using salvaged items or repurposing current materials. These items are not only less expensive but they also add unique character and flare to any kitchen.
Consider Using Salvage or Remnant Material
New stone or marble countertops that are cut to fit your specific kitchen can be expensive – in some cases upwards of hundreds of dollars per square foot not including labor and delivery! If you do not mind a more eclectic look to the space to give it character, the remnant area of a local stone supplier is a great place to start looking for more affordable remodeling options.
These pieces are often discounted greatly since they cannot be used for custom jobs and many times it is possible to find pieces that will fit either a small counter space or a kitchen island. Another salvaged material that can be used for countertops are nice pieces of wood – these can be found at a lumberyard or even around your home. Salvaged wood, when cut and treated properly, can make a great butcher-block countertop option.
Repurpose What You Already Have
If you cannot find a supplier who offers access to salvage areas, it is possible to reuse the materials that are currently in the kitchen. For example, if the countertops are in good shape but need an aesthetic facelift, consider painting them instead of replacing them – there are many countertop painting kits on the market that can help turn old, but still useable, laminate countertops brand new.
If you are replacing cabinets but the wood is still useable, consider repurposing the wood to be a kitchen island top or even a rustic backsplash for behind the stove. It is important to be realistic. However, if you are paying contractors to come in and do the work, you may as well make it worth your money and time. Make sure to only save the items that are really worth saving and replace the ones that need it most.
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