A kitchen remodel has the potential to cost a lot of money, but you don’t always have to undergo a major gut of your space to improve your home’s appeal and value. If you have a kitchen that’s generally functional and a limited budget, consider a minor remodel. It can improve the overall feel of your space and may because it can net up to 87% return on investment!
Don’t fret, you can increase the value of your house with a lower cost kitchen remodel
So what are some of the most practical and desirable upgrades for homeowners trying to get the most bang for their buck?
Give Your Cabinets an Inexpensive New Look
Good quality cabinets can cost tens of thousands of dollars. If you don’t have that kind of money right now and your existing cabinets are in good shape, refacing might be an option. Best done by a professional, refacing consists of covering the exposed frame of your cabinets, as well as doors and drawer fronts, with a thin veneer of real wood. New hinges and molding are added to complete the change. It’s a process that takes just a few days, costs on average about $6000, and offers a major upgrade to your kitchen’s appearance.
Refresh Your Faucet …
Is your kitchen faucet a basic, ‘builder’s best model’? If so, there are some stylish, functional, and reasonably-priced designs available that can take your sink from ‘meh’ to ‘wow!’. Gooseneck faucets in stainless steel, rubbed bronze, or brushed nickel are pretty. They’re higher so they don’t get in the way of the things you have in your sink. And new touchless options keep them cleaner, longer by eliminating the number of times you touch them with grimy hands laden with bacteria from your food prep.
… and Fittings
Quick, go take a look at your cabinet and drawer pulls. Are they a dirty, brass in the shape of a flower? Nothing screams 1970’s like dated cabinet hardware. The funny thing is, it’s such a simple and inexpensive fix. Take yourself down to the local hardware store and shop for something pretty!
And about the inside of those cabinets … Kitchen designers have come a long way in creating cabinet storage that’s incredibly functional. You don’t have to buy all new cabinets to take advantage of aftermarket systems like lid organizers, lazy susan’s and slide out drawers that will make finding and accessing pots, lids, and appliances 500 percent easier.
White refrigerators, stoves, and dishwashers circa 1990. Ugh. If your appliances are more than a few years old, there’s probably a new option that’s way more energy efficient. So why not think about donating the old stuff, and installing new appliances in a more desirable finish? Stainless steel might cost several hundred dollars more over other finishes, but it remains one of the top, timeless choices. If you ever sell your home, buyers will be looking for it. Plus, new appliances offer smart-home technology with all sorts of new functionality for your busy life.
Light It Up
Lighting is perhaps one of the most underappreciated aspects of home design. Lighting design improves your space dramatically, without you even being conscious of the reason you’re getting more enjoyment from the room.
Adding under-cabinet, ambient task lighting adds character, reduces shadows, and provides needed illumination of your workspaces. Plus, it offers a high-end look to your kitchen space.
If you’ll be incorporating pendant lights, or already have a basic style hanging over your island, replace them with something amazing. There are no limits to what you can do with pendant lights and choosing an upgraded, unique style creates an instant wow when you walk into the kitchen.
Have Fun with Tile!
A lot of older kitchen used melamine countertops with a little rectangular backsplash on the wall. Aside from being ugly and clunky, they offer no visual appeal whatsoever. Installing a tile backsplash is a great way to add color, pattern, and general visual appeal. And unlike an exposed, painted wall, it can be easily cleaned so sauce splatters and the like won’t ruin your kitchen.
These kitchen renovation ideas will set you back far less than a major remodel and are easily accomplished in a reasonable amount of time. Call us so we can surprise you with budget-friendly ideas that will dramatically improve the look, feel, and functionality of your kitchen!