How to Remodel Your Kitchen on a Budget

Kitchen remodeling company are usually just as good as their previous job. That is why there are so many people dissatisfied with their kitchen remodeling. “Generally contractors are only as good as their previous job,” says architect Dennis Wedlick, author of Good House Hunting: 20 Steps to a Great New Home.

The first step in kitchen-remodeling is determining the budget for the project. This includes the price of the kitchen cabinets, and countertops, tiles, flooring, paint, backsplash, everything in the kitchen except for appliances and maybe a nice table. Next, homeowners must decide whether they want to have a “one shot” renovation or a “do it again” renovation. A one-shot renovation means renovating everything at once; a do it again renovation means renovating it again but this time, focusing on parts of the house or room rather than an entire kitchen. The second step is to choose a contractor. Some people say kitchen-remodeling contractors are fine; others believe it’s best to hire an architect, because remodeling an entire house requires skill and experience.

The next step is determining what appliances, flooring, countertops, tiles, backsplash, painting, and cabinets will be included in the total budget. In addition, budgeting should include any ideas for making the kitchen more efficient by replacing worn, outdated, or obsolete equipment or appliances, installing energy saving or low-flow toilets or fixtures, or reconfiguring the kitchen so that it meets the needs of the present occupants. The contractor should provide all details such as cost, material, and timeline for the project. Some people hire an architect, others an interior decorator, others a landscape designer, others a plumber, and others still, a kitchen-remodeling contractor.

A kitchen-remodeling project doesn’t have to be costly. There are a variety of ways for remodeling projects to be cost effective, such as using the same materials and doing it yourself rather than hiring a contractor to do the work. Some homeowners may be hesitant to undertake a renovation, if they’ve always been used to having everything done professionally. Others may fear that renovations will be messy, difficult, or expensive.

As stated before, one of the easiest ways to remodel kitchens inexpensively is to use the same color, theme, and style of cabinets that have been used previously in the home. Many homeowners also don’t realize that it’s possible to save money by doing their own kitchen design and remodeling. Cabinets, floors, countertops, and appliances can be customized, as can the entire kitchen design. By adding new cabinets, backsplashes, flooring, tiles, and other customizations, it’s possible to create a kitchen that is uniquely one’s own. The homeowner doesn’t have to hire a contractor or kitchen designer; he or she simply has to follow a few simple steps.

In addition, some homeowners are trying to save money by doing their own kitchen remodeling and are doing so by selecting “ten day kitchens.” Ten days kitchens have become extremely popular and they provide an extremely low cost remodeling options. These kitchen designs are generally small and only need to be installed one time. This can make them ideal for do-it-yourselfers who want to remodel their kitchen in a hurry but don’t have the experience necessary to do it properly.