Since cabinets take up such a large portion of your kitchen, they can easily account for 50% of the cost of a kitchen remodel. Whether you decide to replace or reface your cabinets, it’s important that you spend your money wisely. Here are a few simple budgeting tips that will help you create elegant cabinets without breaking the bank:
Determine the scope
Before you buy a set of cabinets, you should determine the scope of your kitchen remodel project. If you’re thinking of completely redoing your kitchen, it’s a good idea to get a set of new cabinets; if you’re simply updating it, refacing your old cabinets should work just fine. As you can imagine, refacing your cabinets costs a lot less than replacing them.
Choose inexpensive materials
When looking at cabinet materials, you can’t help but daydream about the fancy, expensive options. Though solid oak may be beyond your price range, you should be able to find comparable materials for much less. For instance, particle board cabinets with wood veneers cost much less than solid cherry cabinets.
Create a sensible layout
Since you probably won’t be replacing cabinets again anytime soon, you should try your best to get it right the first time. During the planning stage, you and a remodeling professional should create a layout that will satisfy your style and needs for years to come. That way, you’ll be less inclined to remodel your kitchen again in the future.
Keep the hardware
When you buy new or refaced cabinets, you may be tempted to get new handles and hinges as well. Since cabinet hardware can add another few hundred to your overall bill, you should consider sticking with your original hinges and handles. If you need to change them, you should focus on the less expensive options.
If you’re looking for elegant, affordable cabinets, contact the Southwest Kitchen & Bath of Tucson. We’ll gladly review the various cabinetry options and help you find the perfect set for your kitchen. Call us today at (520) 531-9187 to speak with one of our remodeling experts.