If you have always wanted that dream kitchen, but you are on a budget, it is possible!
Here in Portland, it is possible to create a beautiful and functional kitchen that you will enjoy for years to come. Accomplishing it on limited funds can seem impossible, but I am going to show you how you can have a beautiful space without breaking the bank!
First, you need to take a realistic look at your budget. Set a budget and stick to it! You have two options when creating your new kitchen. A full kitchen remodel is going to be far more costly than doing an update. If your kitchen has good “bones,” and solid cabinets, you might consider updating by painting the cabinets, adding new hardware, and perhaps new counter tops. These few changes, along with some new appliances, can transform an old tired kitchen into a fabulous new space! On the other hand, if the space isn’t functional, or the cabinets are in poor condition, a complete overhaul may be what’s needed. (One caution, there are endless upgrades and gadgets which can quickly add up! Remember, stick to your agreed upon budget.)
Second, if you choose to do a complete remodel of your kitchen, do you have the time and skills to take on all or part of the job? Doing some of the work yourself can save you thousands of dollars. A word of caution, unless you are an expert in plumbing, electrical or gas installations, leave those jobs for the professionals. Tackling those jobs may save you money initially, but may cost you down the road when leaks occur or improper wiring or gas installation leads to a fire. So save those jobs for the pros. Installing cabinets, painting, and even tile installation can be good DIY, jobs and will save you lots of money. If you do hire a contractor, you may still be able to negotiate parts of the job, such as painting to save you a little money. (Be sure to consider all of your options, but do keep in mind that if you decide to go the DIY route and make a mistake, it will cost both you and the contractor time and money.)
Lastly, you can find real savings when choosing materials. Again, you must be mindful of the budget you have set. The array of materials is endless – not to mention the costs! Remember, you can create a beautiful and functional space without emptying your bank account! In most big-box stores you can purchase cabinets of very good quality at a middle-of-the-road price. (For example: The above cabinets can be ordered from The Home Depot These are not the stock cabinets that are in boxes on the floor. You want the special order cabinets, but resist the temptation to go for every option and upgrade they offer. These cabinets come in different grades, and you can choose which one best fits your budget.)
I installed cabinets with solid hardwood frames and doors, but not a hardwood box, and I have been more than happy with the quality and durability. When you do order these cabinets, you will see a display of hardware predominately displayed nearby. These come at a premium price! Go to the hardware aisle and select something you like, or shop online for a huge selection at a good price. While your kitchen remodeling work is going on you can take a relaxing fishing vacay with the opportunity to go fishing with your family but don’t forget to take your fishing gear!
If you keep these tips in mind as you plan your new kitchen, you will end up with a beautiful kitchen you can be proud of and enjoy for years to come, and still stay on budget!