During a remodeling project everyone has a budget. Whether you’re doing a simple cabinet reface or a full-on kitchen addition, sticking to a budget is important. If you go over budget it means you didn’t plan well or you chose materials that you really couldn’t afford.
An easy way to keep the cost of a renovation down is to choose cabinet refacing. But you will still have a budget that goes along with it. I’m here to show you some ways to stay within your budget but still get most of what you want in a kitchen or bathroom cabinet remodel.
1. Pick a budget and talk to the experts.
Everyone’s budget is different but not everyone’s budget reflects what they want. If you have a budget of $2,000 for an entire kitchen remodel you’re never going to find a contractor to stay within budget. You’re also going to be sorely disappointed when everyone quotes you quite a lot more. Have a number in mind and talk to someone that does this all the time. They will know what a typical remodel costs and where you can cut corners to save money. Remember, they do this every day so they have a better estimate of what you will be paying.
2. Choose less expensive materials
Now we know that you want the best of the best. But if your budget only allots for something less, then you’re going to have to choose a cheaper or less expensive material. It doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to forego quality, but you may not be able to get the best of the best. Hey, remember the $12 champagne tastes very similar to the hundred dollar bottle. When choosing cheaper materials, make sure to ask the contractor where to sacrifice for your budget. You may want to choose a cheaper material for your cabinet faces but go all out for your countertop. Or more expensive cabinets but a budget-friendly countertop. This can keep you within range but not sacrifice what you had your heart set on.
3. Save on the externals
When cabinet refacing, there are other things that we don’t really think about going into our budget. Like draw pulls or hinges. Yes, hinges have different price points. It may not be a super significant difference, but if you’re trying to save as much money as possible, then saving $100 here and there is going to be a huge bonus. The same thing goes for your backsplash. Instead of tiling the whole wall you may want to choose an area or go with paint instead.
4. Refinish instead of reface
Refinishing cabinets can come at a different price point than refacing. It’s not always cheaper but sometimes it is. It really depends on what already exists in your kitchen or bathroom. If the style of your cabinets are something you can live with you may want to refinish them to give them a newer, cleaner look. Refinishing can be a great way to save money and also put less waste into the environment. Hey, the vintage style is coming back!
To sum it up, cabinet refacing can be a great budget-friendly option, but your choices can quickly climb that price higher. Being cognizant choosing and prioritizing what really means the most to you can help you stay on track with your budget during a remodel or cabinet reface. Always remember to talk to someone who is an expert before beginning a project.