Kitchens are one of the most used spaces in your home. Not just a place to prepare delicious meals, they can be gathering spaces, where family and friends come together to enjoy food and drinks and make memories together. Kitchens need to be functional and efficient, but that doesn’t mean they can’t also be beautiful. Kitchen remodeling costs can also add up though.
If you are considering a kitchen renovation, there are areas where you can save and places to splurge. Here are our tips on the best places to save and splurge on your next kitchen remodel.
Where To Save
Kitchen cabinets can set the tone for your kitchen and are often one of the priciest parts of a kitchen remodel. Custom cabinets will drive the cost of your remodel way up, whereas semi-custom or purchased cabinets with custom doors and side panels can be just as stylish without the steep cost.
Save on material costs with veneer cabinets that look like solid wood. With today’s finishes, most people can’t tell the difference. But make sure cabinet sides and shelves are plywood, not particle board. Many mid-range cabinets offer a rich look without the hefty price tag.
Kitchen appliances have come a long way in the past decade or so. You don’t need to break the bank to purchase high-quality appliances. Look for solid brand names, energy efficiency, and good warranties. A refrigerator may last 15 years, while a stove may last a little longer. If dirty dishes are your nemesis, invest in a quality dishwasher. Just keep in mind that any extra bells and whistles will add costs as well.
With so many options out there, you can easily get carried away and spend too much on cabinet hardware. Drawer pulls, knobs, and handles come in so many designs and finishes, including custom pieces that can cost upwards of $100 each. Go with classic, high-quality pieces with finishes like polished nickel, soft satin brass, or more on-trend oil-rubbed bronze, pewter, or other time-worn metals for the perfect finishing touch. YOu don’t have to match your hardware to your faucets. A little variety makes your kitchen more interesting.
Kitchen flooring is another area where you can save money but still attain a luxurious look. If you opt for eco-friendly materials like bamboo, engineered cork, or reclaimed wood, you are not only saving the environment but you will save on breakage as well. They are beautiful and affordable and easier on your feet than tile.
You might love the look of ornate crown molding but not only does it add to the cost of your kitchen remodel, but overly ornate designs also might not impress buyers if you ever go to sell. Stick with classic, clean lines and quality products to keep your kitchen looking sleek and polished.
Where To Splurge
Kitchen countertops are a major focal point in your kitchen. Your kitchen countertops can set the tone for your whole kitchen. Make a statement with a gorgeous granite countertop that will last for generations. If your budget is limited you can still make a statement by going with a lower grade of granite or laminate that looks like stone. If you have a kitchen island or plan on installing one, splurge on an exotic piece of granite for your island countertop.
Your kitchen backsplash is a great place to splurge a little. With so many beautiful tile options, you can add a few custom tiles to create a beautiful and unique backsplash. Or go with a natural stone look with sheet porcelain that looks just like stone.
3. Vent Hood
Proper ventilation is so necessary in a kitchen. Investing in a high-quality vent hood is not a splurge when you think about how necessary it is to keep your kitchen and your from smelling like last night’s baked salmon. Not only will it keep your kitchen from smelling greasy, it will help reduce damage to your new cabinets. If you have the space and budget, install an external exhaust fan, rather than a filtering ductless model that just recirculates air back into your home. It’s well worth the investment to ventilate your kitchen properly.
Quality lighting in a kitchen is a must. You want to go with various types of lighting, not just overhead. Choose a statement piece for your overhead lighting but don’t forget important areas like under cabinets. Splurging on task lighting to illuminate prep areas will be well worth it since it will be so frequently used and make your life easier as you prepare meals.
Installing cabinets, flooring, countertops, and backsplashes, and doing electrical work to install lighting are areas you just don’t want to skimp on. Hiring a professional to do the job right will save you money and headaches in the end. Choosing the right contractor who has experience with kitchen renovations is your best option.
Choose the Kitchen Remodeling Pros
Whatever kind of kitchen makeover you have in mind, the pros at Brunson Construction will put your mind at ease. We have been remodeling kitchens in the Dallas area for more than 50 years. Our experienced professionals have the skills and knowledge to do the job right.
Contact us today to get your free quote for the kitchen of your dreams!