5 Little-Known Ways to Save on Your Kitchen Remodel

From on August 26, 2011 in Kitchen Remodel

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Once you’ve made the decision to remodel your kitchen, the next challenge may be to find the right balance between getting all the features you want and making costs manageable. Keeping in mind the five P’s – planning, priorities, proportion, placement, and professional – can help you accomplish your goals.

1. Planning.

Precise planning can go a long way toward saving you money. When it comes to remodeling projects, it’s the unforeseen, unanticipated and unexpected that can break a budget. Draw up kitchen plans, check plumbing and electrical connections, compare prices and get an estimate for labor costs. Measure, measure and re-measure to ensure that everything you purchase fits through the door, and fits into its proper spot in the kitchen once it has arrived.

2. Professional.

For truly professional function, design and quality, hire a contractor experienced in kitchen renovations. The overlapping functions and purposes of a kitchen make it the most complicated room in a home. Experienced contractors will be well-versed in all the technical and practical applications of which you might not be aware. Contractor referrals can be as valuable as references from satisfied clients, ensuring that your contractor is licensed, insured and certified.

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3. Priorities.

Establish a clear goal for your kitchen remodel, and repeat that goal to yourself as you set your priorities. The first priority for most people in a kitchen remodel is function. We want appliances, countertops and organization that will make our lives a bit easier. If you’re remodeling to raise the value of your home for resale, you must see the remodel through the eyes of a potential buyer. Even if you plan to stay in your home, however, keep in mind that how you remodel your kitchen will affect your home’s value.

4. Proportion.

The one design element that distinguishes a great kitchen renovation from a so-so affair is establishing the correct proportions. Mismatched heights and sizes make a kitchen look cluttered and small. Each kitchen cabinet should be the correct proportion in comparison with other cabinets, and the cabinets as a whole should be the correct proportion for the size of the room. Forego expensive custom sizes and shapes, and present a uniform design, and your kitchen will look sleek and modern, without any added expenses.

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5. Placement.

The primary purpose of a kitchen is for cooking, making the kitchen stove the star appliance. The placement of everything else will relate to the stove. The stove is the main point of the kitchen triangle – the other two points are the sink and the refrigerator. Ideally, these three points should be within 4 to 8 feet of each other. If you sacrifice this triangle in a search for additional storage, you may regret it later. Consider adding an inexpensive freestanding kitchen island instead, which will provide plenty of additional storage and counter space.

Remember, the point is to keep your kitchen remodel from going totally berserk. And if you follow these steps, you’ll do just that.

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