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Kitchen Remodeling: When to Splurge, When to Save

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As you plan your kitchen remodeling project, you will encounter one common limitation on your plans. Your budget will determine whether you can install your dream kitchen, or force you to compromise a bit on the design. As you review your plans, you might find yourself wondering which elements are most important. Where should you concentrate your budget? And can you save a bit on other items?

When it comes to kitchen remodeling, it’s important to focus your money and efforts on the most important elements of the design. If you can only splurge on a few, choose these:

Cabinets. Cabinets should be built to last. Focus on quality cabinetry, so that you don’t face the regret of cheap cabinets that begin to fall apart within just a few years.

Countertops. Countertops, too, should stand the test of time. Spending a bit more can assure long-lasting, durable countertops. And since they take up a lot of visual space, go for the ones you really love.

On the other hand, there are elements of a kitchen remodeling that can be a bit more budget-friendly. If you need to save money in some areas, consider these:

Flooring. Tile and laminate flooring are both durable options that won’t break the bank. And they are so versatile in design that you will definitely find something that suits both your aesthetic preferences and budget.

Backsplash. Check the clearance areas of home improvement stores for discounted tile. A discontinued product will look just as good in your kitchen, and save you a lot of money. Just make sure you can get enough of it to finish the job!

Hardware. Hardware can run up the bill if you opt for trendy designs. But simple, clean, and inexpensive hardware can look just as great on high quality cabinets. And you can always upgrade later.

Finally, what about appliances? It depends. Do you expect to sell your home in the next few years? If so, this might not be the time to invest $5,000 in your dream stove. A simple, more affordable option can round out your design, and you can save the dream appliances for later. On the other hand, if you’re staying in the home indefinitely and certain options are important to you, now might be the time to splurge and get what you truly want.

Kitchen remodeling can feel like a complicated series of decisions, but it doesn’t have to be stressful. Give us a call and we will guide you through the design process.