5 Tips to an Affordable Kitchen Remodel

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What will it cost to remodel your kitchen? Perhaps less than you think. We’ve watched the endless home remodel shows, the kitchen makeovers, the chefs in their fancy “home” kitchens, and we’re totally inspired. But they convey a message that one must be ready to fork over a Brink’s truck full of black truffles to pay for a nice kitchen. Truth be told, there is a kitchen makeover for almost every budget.

Now, if you just won the lottery and you simply must have a $41,000 Meneghini Arredamenti refrigerator, we’ll be happy to design your dream kitchen to go with it. For the rest of us, there are some smart ways to get an updated kitchen, often for less than $20,000. According to Home Advisor, the average kitchen remodel costs $21,829, with most kitchens ranging in price from $12,588 to $33,172 (as of October 2017).

Here are five tips to help you get the most out of your budget and your kitchen:

  1. Make a must-have list and a wish list. In order to ensure your new kitchen includes all of your must-have features, make a list of high-priority items. If there's room in your budget for extra wish list items, your designer can help you integrate those as part of your custom design.
  2. Skip the DIY route. DIY kitchen remodels often result in costly mistakes that require the help of a professional. We can’t emphasize this enough. A good designer can save you thousands of dollars in mistakes and hours of frustration and headaches. At Marsh Kitchen & Bath, our designers will be happy to consult with you to draw up a custom plan that fits your needs and dreams.
  3. Consider what materials you'll use. It’s smart to invest in quality because it isn't often that most of us get to remodel our kitchens. But when it comes to countertop material, for example, there are many excellent durable choices that cost less than granite. Today’s solid surface materials and laminates are durable and high in quality. With a wide range of colors, patterns, and textures, you have an opportunity to be more creative as well. This also applies to features such as flooring material, cabinet finish, and backsplash. 
  4. Budget a minimum of 10% for miscellaneous expenses. You may not be able to see that leak behind your dishwasher until you have your kitchen torn out, but if you have set the emergency funds aside you’ll be far less stressed and you won’t have to sacrifice something else to pay for the repairs.
  5. Think about the ultimate reasons you are going to remodel. If you are planning on being in your home less than five years following your remodel, design your space to enhance the resale value of your home. Your decisions should be based on what will sell to the majority of buyers. On the other hand, if you are planning on being in your home more than five years, personalize your kitchen to fit your family needs. Invest in quality cabinetry and countertops, because you’ll get what you pay for over time. Cheap cabinets can look nice at first, but a few years later you may find yourself needing to replace them. Quality lasts.

There you have it. Before you know it, you’ll be celebrating in your new kitchen. Next step, talk to a Marsh Kitchen & Bath designer and get a plan for your new kitchen without resorting to a Ramen Noodle diet for the next two years. You can find our location closest to you here, and start researching your kitchen remodel here.