If your ballpark budget projection or the initial project estimate for your kitchen renovation make it seem like your new dream kitchen will never be more than just a dream, don’t worry. There are lots of ways you can save money on a kitchen remodel and keep costs down without sacrificing your vision.
KEEP YOUR CURRENT KITCHEN LAYOUT
Costs can balloon when you add windows, remove walls and relocate plumbing, gas or electric lines. Explore ways to make improvements without significant changes to your existing space.
LOOK FOR AFFORDABLE ALTERNATIVES
Seek out material options that give you the look you want for less:
Instead of a kitchen cabinet door with a solid-wood center panel, look for a comparable style with a veneer center panel to cut cost without dramatically changing your design plan.
You can get the appearance and character of hardwood floors in laminate, engineered hardwood or even tile.
Design choices don’t have to be all or nothing. For instance, consider budget-friendly butcher block on the perimeter counters, but splurge for quartz on your feature kitchen island.
CONSIDER UPDATES IN PHASES
Maybe your appliances are in good working order. Make that a future upgrade. Or add the tile backsplash next year. You won’t necessarily reduce your overall costs, but you’ll spread out your expenses over time.
DO (SOME OF) IT YOURSELF
If you’re up to the task, consider doing the demo work yourself. Or tackle the painting. Or tile your own backsplash after the kitchen is done. Saving on labor adds up quickly.
TIME IT RIGHT
Contractors are generally busiest in the summer and the months leading up to the holidays. You may find a better deal on labor if you schedule your kitchen remodel work just after the new year.
SELL YOUR OLD STUFF
If your kitchen cabinets and appliances are still in good working condition, carefully remove them to list for sale online. You may not fetch much, but you’ll offset some of your costs.