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Kitchen remodels make for higher resales, engaged spaces and happy chefs. But while kitchen renovations offer a larger return on investment than most other remodels, the costs can be overwhelming. Even minor kitchen remodels can sneak over your budget limit if you aren’t careful. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to cut costs without sacrificing style.

First things first: don’t move the big stuff. If your renovation requires the plumbing to change, your project is going to get expensive quick. Keep pipes in place and you’ll save thousands right out of the gate.

There’s also savings to be found in the countertops. While granite continues to be the most popular choice, it also remains a very costly choice.

  • Butcher block wood counters are less expensive than granite, but are subject to frequent stains and burns.
  • Waxed concrete counters have a classy modern-meets-retro look and will save you a load of money.
  • If you must have the look of granite, but don’t want the price-tag, consider laminate patterns which have come a long way.

Speaking of laminates, copper and other recycled metal materials remain popular for backsplashes and wall finishings. Even more savings can be found in using metal-pattern laminates instead of the real thing.

One of the first items renovators look at is cabinetry. New cabinets and alterations to existing storage space can eat a big chunk of your budget fast.

  • First, consider a fresh paint job and new hardware.
  • If you are replacing the cabinetry, remember that custom will cost you.
  • Prefabricated cabinets will save hundreds of dollars per linear foot, compared to custom cabinets.
  • If you need a custom touch, almost anything can be turned into new handles and pulls for opening drawers and cabinet doors.

If you want to retain storage space with a new kitchen cabinet vibe, open shelving is a growing trend. There are nearly limitless options for creative shelving, from glass to dolled-up 2x4s.

Lighting is an important factor in most kitchen remodels. Track lighting and pendant lights are inexpensive and simple to install.

It never hurts to do a big job in small stages. Making smaller investments along the way, can help you afford everything you really want.

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