5 Secrets for a Budget Kitchen Renovation

Planning for a Better Renovation at a better Price

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.

  1. The Kitchen Counter top

kitchen laminate installWood 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.

  1. Kitchen Cabinets

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.

  1. Upgrade the Sink

new kitchen sinkYou 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.

  1. The Backsplash

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.

  1. Kitchen Floors

New and improved kitchen floorNo 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.

Home Renovations – Attracting the Eyes of the Beholder

Old House

Really old homes do not have to be left out and forgotten. Homes could have really good structures or architecture. With a good remodel, an old home can be revitalized back to being a classier house in no time. Little changes could mean big things when done right.

A really old home could start off with a cool wash off. The old paint should be removed, making way for the new paint to dry on the skin of the old home. Coating the house with newer paint makes sure the house does not have uneven painted sections that would make your house look messy.

DoorAn amazing rounded front door would always want a popping bright color to make it stand out in the view. Opting for the classic red color for the entrance of your home creates a feeling of being kissed by the home entrance every time you stay facing this door.

A large porch light would fit the entrance of the dream cottage style home. Little bougainvilleas would be lining up the garden porch. The porch light would provide the much needed night light that would further create a more highlighted entrance.

Lining the walkway with bricks, flowers, and boxwood hedges would make any house beautiful and inviting. Everything leads up to the big red beautiful door and creates a better impression of a symmetrical house.Old Room

When you feel that your kitchen really needs a rework, be open for the need to removing your shelves and saying hello to cabinets. Shelves display an entire array of kitchen items that are really hard to sort everyday to look tidy. Instead, it would be neat to convert to being a cabinet fanatic as cabinets would stand as containers of your kitchen ingredients without really showing your messy catsup bottles or a severely destroyed soy sauce bottle cap.

Never forget to plan for the wiring network of your house. You would not want to end up having to reposition the whole living room just for the television to be able to connect to a nearby outlet. I personally do not want to stumble upon a wildly connecting extension wire as well since it would mean that there should have been a better electricity networking in my house.

WindowWindows do miracles. During the day, it provides a good entrance for wind to flow in and out of, and it also provides for a viewing site for the outdoors. During the night, a well-angled window could provide a great source of moonlight, or possibly a view of the moon, which could mean a really enjoyable night, or even a romantic dinner with your loved one could be done at home.

So whenever you are trying to renovate your home, go see what perks your house has and concentrate on improving them. A small difference in angle could create a beautiful night view of the city, or maybe provide for a beautiful place to view sunrises or sunsets. Concentrate on something you want to accentuate to attract your visitors when recreating your entrance too. Do not forget to add decors and ornaments that would fit the theme of your house.