Remodeling requires not just a good plan and commitment, but also a reasonable budget. Sometimes this is too much for homeowners to handle. This does not mean that you can’t do great things in the kitchen with limited funds. Even a small project is worth the time and money, as it will add beauty and value to the home.
- Make a plan. Every kitchen remodeling project must be planned to the finest detail, but this is even more important when you don’t have a lot to spend. Unlike with bigger projects, you can’t afford to change your mind while the work is ongoing. Take a look at the kitchen and make note of the areas most in need of an update. Keep in mind that some things will have to be left for a later date.
- Consider DIY. You should not attempt to tackle major parts of a remodeling job, but there may be a few tasks that you can handle. This will help to cut your labor costs, and maybe move things along more quickly. Once you have a plan in place, you will know exactly which tasks you can handle. You can even work out the DIY details with your contractor.
- Spend less on materials. Materials eat up a lot of your remodeling budget. Spend some time shopping around for deals on the materials you like. You may have to choose something that is similar to what you really want in order to keep your costs down. If you are working with a small budget, keep the material changes to a minimum. In some cases, a new color can make a big difference.
- Update cabinets. Kitchen cabinets get a lot of attention, so you can improve the look of your kitchen by refreshing them. A quick refinishing job or a new paint color can work wonders, and it will look like you spent a lot. Applying a new veneer to the face of the cabinet can make it look brand new as well. New knobs and pulls are cheap and will have a big impact on the look of the cabinets.
- A new countertop. This is the central spot in the kitchen, so even with a small budget, you should avoid going too low on price. You might be able to afford a pricier countertop material if you keep other changes to a minimum. Choose material that are sturdy and that require minimal maintenance. Good choices include solid surface and quartz.
Make small changes over a period of time to make the most of your small kitchen remodeling budget. If your appliances are still in good condition do not be in a hurry to replace them. Be on the lookout for sales, and choose energy-saving products to save money in the long term.