The kitchen is often one of the most used areas of your home. This is especially true when it is large enough for a table and chairs. You prepare and eat meals there and often entertain guests while sitting at the table. Luckily, there are a number of tips for remodeling or upgrading to better fit your style and personality. Here are a few that will allow you to do so while keeping the costs down.
Plan Around Main Appliances
Unless it is absolutely necessary, when planning the new kitchen keep your sink, oven, stovetop and refrigerator where they are now. Moving these appliances often requires plumbing or electrical work. This will require professionals to make sure they are done correctly and that can add a significant amount to the project.
Use Less Expensive Wood
If you will be putting in new trim around doors and windows, go with a less expensive wood like pine. You can always stain and varnish it to the desired color and texture once installed. In addition, you won't feel as bad about painting it to match the cupboards or rest of the room as you would if it were a more expensive wood like oak.
New cabinets will easily be the largest expense in a kitchen remodel. However, there are some options that can reduce this cost. Unless they are falling apart, it is best to keep all, or at least the majority of the cupboards that are currently there. You can replace any that are not useful to you, or those that are in the way of a new one that would be better suited to your needs. The important thing when buying new is to go with standard, premade ones instead of having something custom made.
You can also replace only the doors. The rest of the cabinet is not really seen or obvious when you look at them. To save even more money, simply paint everything. You can paint the cabinets one color and the doors a different one if you like.
Since you spend a lot of time in the kitchen, you should make it as comfortable and pleasing as possible. Take some time to decide how you want the area to look and then contact a couple of contractors to get estimates on how much the project will cost. Of course, if you need, you can always do some of it now and keep going as money allows. Before you know it, you ideas will become reality. For more information, contact companies like Luxcucina.