Homeowner’s are divided into two groups: those who have remodeled their kitchens and those who want too. If you fit into the latter category and want to update your kitchen but a tight budget is hindering you from achieving the interior design you want so you keep putting the project on hold, consider these three cost cutting kitchen remodeling ideas. These money-saving ideas just may help you cut some corners so you can move the project along ahead of schedule and under budget.
Fake a Banquette
If a custom made banquette is on your kitchen wish list, fake it until afford the read deal. A corner booth in a small kitchen is a practical space saver and can be very affordable when you use off-the-shelf, prefabricated kitchen cabinets for the banquette seating base.
Measure height and width needed for banquette seating and purchase the corresponding prefabricated, unstained (raw wood) kitchen cabinetry. Top cabinets with cabinet grade wood, finish off with kick boards around the base and stain or paint to match or compliment other kitchen wood colors. Add a few throw pillows and/or create a seating pad (piece of foam cut to fit and covered with fabric) and you have created a fake banquette that provides more kitchen floor space, more seating and more storage space.
Don’t forget to look at salvage and thrift stores for a banquette or other potentially useful and cost cutting item needed for the interior design for your new kitchen. Former home re-modelers sell or donate the items removed from their home and it just might be a piece you can re-purpose. You know what they say about one man’s trash being another man’s treasure.
Need new kitchen counters but money is tight? Tile it. Ceramic or granite tile will give you a new kitchen counter surface without using up all the re
modeling budget. Ceramic tiles are durable, economical, scratch resistant and stylish. Ceramic tile will need to be sealed regularly to prevent staining. Granite tile is also an option that will update kitchen counters for about one-half the price of slab granite. Tiles can also be used for creating a custom backsplash in the kitchen. Installing a new tile countertop or backsplash is a simple DIY project and taking on some of the remodeling work yourself will also cut costs and perhaps leave money for a few interior design splurges that are really important to you.
Time Tool Rental
Tool rental can take a huge chunk of the remodeling budget. A cost of $75 or more per day is not an uncommon rental fee for popular tools needed when remodeling a kitchen and timing your tools rentals can save a lot of money. For example, when needing to rent a wet saw for cutting tile, lay all the easier tiles that do not require cutting first. Then rent the wet saw and do all the tile cutting in one day (or at least fewer days than renting a wet saw and keeping it every day that tile is being laid).
Other money saving options is to borrow tools from friends whenever possible and get advice from those who have just completed a kitchen remodel. If doing some of the kitchen remodeling work seems a little overwhelming, check with you local home supply centers for any free workshops they offer so you can learn some valuable how-tos before undertaking the DIY project. A little knowledge and DIY elbow grease goes a long way to cut costs when creating the kitchen of your dreams.