Kitchen remodeling doesn't need to break the bank - Photo by Sikamo

Many of us homeowners dream of the day we can finally rip out our old kitchens and do a complete remodel. The kitchen is not just a place to cook food in, but instead is now part of a larger, more flexible family space. Of course the main obstacle for your dream kitchen remodel is the cost, with the kitchen being one of the most expensive rooms in the home to remodel. But there are a few ways you can make big savings on your remodelling project.

Materials

Some of the highest mark-ups on kitchen remodels come with materials. Granite and marble countertops are in high demand so you will be charged a premium price. However, if you buy tiles instead of made to order pieces you will make big savings and still achieve the stylish look you’re after.

Linoleum and vinyl flooring is hard-wearing and easy to clean, which are the two biggest qualities you need in your kitchen floor. They are also much cheaper than hardwood or ceramic tiles.


A great tip for saving money on expensive wall tiles is to buy plain white ones and hire a local artist to paint on a design of your choice. This is a great, affordable way to get a bespoke look to your kitchen, and you can even get the whole family involved to paint them yourselves for that really personal touch.

Fittings

Many kitchen designers will also want to cover every available bit of wall space in cupboards or cabinets. If you can relocate some of the storage place to a pantry or existing cupboard then you will not only save money but you will create a more spacious, less enclosed feel in your new kitchen. If your existing cabinets are in good repair then it’s much cheaper to simply refit, repaint or re-cover them in new materials than to replace them altogether.

Islands are also very popular, but they don’t need to break the bank – reclaimed islands from other kitchen remodels can be found at a fraction of the cost of a brand new one, and you can even find moveable islands on wheels from most hardware or DIY stores.

And last but not least, don’t go for the contractor that gives you the cheapest quote for any work you want carried out – make sure you do your research and feel certain that this is the right person to do a thorough, high quality job.