Any home needs improvement and renovation at some point. As a responsible homeowner, you know that and you probably already consider some financial planning for your next house renovation project. Successful renovators know just how to get the best bang for their buck. Here are five ways to keep your kitchen renovation costs down and get the look you’ve always wanted. The trick is to know how to stretch every dollar.
The Kitchen Counter top
Wood is the most budget-friendly option for counter tops. It looks amazing and is highly durable. Just be sure to seal the wood to prevent future damage. Another pocket-friendly option is Carrara marble which is a soft marble and it is more prone to scratches, but you can finish it with a polish to protect it. Don’t rule out laminate, either. Choose an edge detail that isn’t a bull-nose. A square or stepped edge on dark laminate will make your counter tops look like they’re made of stone.
Updating your kitchen cabinets doesn’t mean you have to start from scratch. If your cabinets are in good condition, you could reface them with new doors. You may want to include glass doors and drawers for a contemporary look. Or, you could save even more money and simply paint your existing doors, which can breathe new life into the kitchen at just a fraction of the cost of new cabinets.
Upgrade the Sink
You will have to determine what you want in a sink. Do you need a double or single basin? What width will work best in your space? When buying a new sink, you should already know which counter top material you are going to go with and how you are going to want to install your new sink. For instance, a wood counter top around the sink is not advisable as water damage can occur. The color of your counter top will also influence the sink you choose and the color. For instance, white counters look better with a light sink as opposed to stainless steel. Don’t forget about the taps. If you want brushed bronze or brass, they won’t work well with stainless steel.
Counter tops and back splashes should be replaced at the same time. If you’re opting for budget-friendly counter tops but want to make them look more expensive, splurge on the back splash. If you’re on a tight budget, consider elegant yet simple subway tiles that never go out of style. Stay away from a matte finish tile or rough stone as they are impossible to keep clean.
No doubt you know what the typical flooring options are, but there are a few others worth considering. For instance, Forbo flooring works well in kitchens and is made from re-purposed products that are comfortable and anti-slip. Hardwood also works well on a kitchen floor. Ceramic tiles are the most common and budget-friendly choice for kitchen floors.
Ready to start your kitchen renovation with tight purse strings? Use our top five tips and you’re sure to come out on budget with a brand new kitchen. It doesn’t take much to add a splash of new life to the most important area of the house.
Getting More Done with Financial Planning
You will require a bit of careful financial planning to be able to tackle all these renovation projects on a budget and in the long run, it is better to ask an expert how safe certain investments are for you. A reliable planner will not only help you organize your finances but they will provide education and important advice about what risks you should be prepared to take on your home improvement projects.