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Some Ways to Keep Your Kitchen Remodeling Costs Down

Jun 12, 2008
Kitchen cabinets are definitely going to be THE biggest expense from your entire kitchen remodel so if you're on a tight budget here's some things you might consider re-thinking or doing to keep this expense down.

So one of the options could be going with all wood cabinet doors instead of solid wood cabinet doors. All wood refers to cabinets with side panels that have a hardwood veneer applied to a plywood core and solid wood is a solid piece hard wood.

Hardwood veneer is a thin piece of solid wood that is typically applied to plywood or particleboard with glue to give it strength. It is uniform in finish and its grain is very consistent and there are really beautiful options in this area.

This is the process that is done when you have your kitchen cabinets refaced instead of replaced so if you like the current layout of your cabinets or even if it isn't your favorite layout but it could still work this will save a lot of your remodeling costs.

Not only is this much less expensive for you it's also less trees being cut down and protects the forests and still gives you the look of solid wood. All wood cabinet doors also have the advantage of less warping due to humidity and temperature change. So you could be friendlier to your budget and to the environment at the same time.

You might also consider for the cabinet frames ordering plywood sides for just the cabinets that will have one or both sides exposed.

Another option might simply refinishing your existing kitchen cabinets to a more contemporary or suitable finish than replacing the kitchen cabinets altogether. That can really change the entire look of your whole kitchen and would definitely be the easiest on your budget. That's probably the most economical option.

Another option you might consider is reducing the number of cabinets in your kitchen plans by using one cabinet where you now have two. That might not always work but sometimes it can so look at the layout and see if this is something that is possible.

Another area that you could save on kitchen remodeling costs would be in the decorative options. Molding inserts add a LOT to the remodeling costs of a kitchen remodel. Could you still achieve a good look with fewer moldings?

Another decorative option that really racks up the expense is the handles and drawer pulls. They come in many price ranges and there are thousands of companies that offer them so by doing some shopping around you could find something quite nice in a lower price range.

Another way to save on kitchen remodeling costs would be to reduce or eliminate the number of modifications or construction options. For example could you have a countertop wine rack instead of a custom built-in cabinet? Or does the cabinet depth really need to be modified or could your objectives be met in other ways?

Yet another way to reduce some of your kitchen remodeling costs would be to perhaps put off including some of the fancy cabinet accessories and cool gadgets that could be installed later on or don't even really need to be custom built at all.

Could the roll out shelves for the base cabinets for example be installed later on? And do you really need the custom knife drawer or the custom spice rack? If you could live without these things it would definitely be a money saving option.

So you don't need to give up everything but there are always things you could negotiate, compromise on or eliminate altogether. So if you are really needing to keep your kitchen remodeling costs down these are some options that could really help.
About the Author
Rebecca Noel is a licensed real estate agent and real estate investor. Remodeling houses and home improvement diy are her area of interest. Planning a kitchen remodel? Find out insider information that will save you $1000's and hours and hours of time. Visit: Remodeling Recon Kitchens.
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