Clever Ways to Save Big on Kitchen Remodel

Clever Ways to Save Big on Your Kitchen Remodel

Kitchen remodels are the most cost effective remodeling projects you can tackle for your home, in terms of the value it adds to the home. However, they generally don’t come cheap. That is unless you consider a few of these knockout ideas for your next remodeling project.

Mix Countertop Materials

One thing that many people don’t understand is that you do not have to have identical continuity throughout the kitchen. It’s OK for the island to be a different color or have a different countertop than the cabinets. The same holds true of the bar or side bar in the kitchen. You can add a touch of granite to certain countertops for the beauty while using less expensive materials on additional countertops. This gives you the touch of elegance you want but doesn’t leave you footing the bill for more than you really need. It also gives you an opportunity to explore your light and dark side (of the color palate) by contrasting the two if that floats your boat.

Install a Backsplash

Sure. You could paint the walls but a backsplash is an inexpensive extra touch that will add a great deal of appeal to the room. You can go much bolder with your choice of backsplash than you can typically go with your paint selection. This is your opportunity to add a touch of completely frivolous fun to your kitchen that isn’t likely to break the bank. Go for it!

Consider Open Shelves

Kitchen cabinets have been used for years to hide what’s behind them. Today’s kitchens often have huge pantries where the mismatched Tupperware can be stored out of sight and out of mind. Use open shelves to clear up wall space and show off your nice dishes. It makes the room look much lighter, brighter, and bigger at a fraction of the cost of cabinets.

Use Lighting Wisely

In a modern kitchen, lighting is very important. It’s not enough to rely on a single overhead light anymore—no matter how bright that light may be. Find ways to bring outside light in, whenever possible, install task lighting underneath shelves and/or cabinetry, and consider using light bulbs that mimic natural light. Brighter light makes is easier to work, read recipes, and do countless other tasks that are performed in your kitchen each and every day.

You do not have to spend a huge fortune in order to make big, noticeable changes in the look and feel of your kitchen. Little changes like this carry small price tags and still manage to yield large visual results.

Amy Wright
Amy Wright is the Lead Editor of Remodeling Central. When she isn't playing with her dogs she is trying to remodel a classic Chicago style brownstone with her husband.

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