Kitchen remodeling is one of the most popular home improvement projects. In fact, 26% of respondents to our survey plan to renovate their kitchen in the next year.
However, actually finishing a home improvement project can be a challenge. According to one third of all home remodel projects currently under way will be postponed for as long as five years. Of those delayed, 17% will never be completed in full. One reason for delays that the study cites is budget concerns. In particular, costs associated with a kitchen remodel can add up quickly, and going over budget can be a common problem.
Today on the Ally Straight Talk Blog, we’re going to take a look at a few kitchen projects that won’t break the bank.
Planning: Before you start remodeling, it can be helpful to plan ahead by picking materials that fit your budget. The materials you choose often have the greatest impact on the cost of your remodeling. Check out Kitchens.com for a helpful guide for choosing materials for just about every price point. You may also want to try out this kitchen remodeling calculator from CraftsmenNetwork.com.
Floors: If you’re looking to replace your kitchen floors, TodaysHouse.com suggests using bamboo or cork. Both materials can last longer than traditional wood, potentially saving money in the future. If cost is an immediate concern, DIYLife.com suggests using vinyl floor tiles. The material is both affordable and easy to install.
Lighting: You can also save money by renovating your kitchen lighting. ThisOldHouse.com recommends installing more windows and skylights in your kitchen to help reduce lighting costs. You can also try to limit recessed light fixtures. Not only do they cost more to install, but wall or ceiling mounted lights tend to deliver more wattage than the recessed variety, cutting down on the amount of fixtures you may need.
Appliances: TodaysHouse.com recommends replacing old appliances with new, energy efficient alternatives. Try looking for appliances with an ENERGY STAR® rating. Many energy efficient appliances cost the same as traditional appliances and can cut down on your energy bill.
Cabinets: Renovating cabinets is one of the most popular, and expensive, kitchen renovations. But you don’t have to overspend to upgrade your cabinets. Lowes.com has a simple guide to give your kitchen cabinets a facelift without going through an entire remodel.
Energy Efficiency: In an article on FrugalDad.com, it’s recommended that you unplug appliances in your kitchen when they’re not in use. For example, if you have a small appliance, like a toaster, that stays on even when not in use, unplugging it can help save a few dollars on your energy bill.
In another article on Yahoo!, it’s suggested that you try to keep your refrigerator full more frequently. Refrigerators that are full run more efficiently and save energy, so even if you don’t have a lot of food to store, you can try to keep the refrigerator full with water pitchers or other beverages.
Are you planning to remodel your kitchen? What kitchen repairs have helped you save money?