Remodeling a kitchen can be expensive. However, if you make an effort to keep costs down and save, you can usually save more than you'd expect. It mostly comes down to making multiple small, responsible choices when selecting materials and prioritizing projects. The following are a few simple ways to save.
Keep your hardware.
Even if you need new cabinets, see if you can keep the hardware from your current cabinets. The cost of hinges can add up, but they are pretty durable. Chances are, the hinges on your old cabinets can be reused on your new ones. You may also be able to reuse the handles and drawer pulls. Sometimes, you may want to paint them with metal paint to change their color. Spending a few dollars on a can of metallic spray paint is cheaper than buying a dozen or so new drawer pulls.
Put a new floor down on top of your old floor.
Choose a type of flooring that can be put down on top of the existing floor. Vinyl, snap-together flooring, and sheet vinyl flooring both work well in this situation. Not only are these types of flooring affordable, but not having to rip up the existing floor will save your contractor time, which will save you money on the cost of labor.
Keep appliances, when possible.
It is common for people to have their kitchen redesigned, notice their old appliances won't fit, and then buy new appliances to fit the new design. But you can save money by taking the opposite approach. Keep your appliances, give your kitchen remodeler their dimensions, and ask for the new kitchen to be designed to fit them. Even if you only do this with one appliance, you will save.
Use one paint color.
Paint your entire kitchen the same color, and use decor, like towels, to add color. This will save you money in two ways. First, you will often get paint cheaper if you buy a lot of one color versus a little of several colors. Your contractor will also be able to paint faster if they are only using one color throughout the whole space.
If you follow the tips above, the savings will add up, and your kitchen remodel will cost you less than it would otherwise. Talk to a professional remodeling service in your area such as Baker Kitchen & Bath to learn more.