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The ability to differentiate between home repairs and improvements that you can make yourself and those that will require the help of a contractor is a very important skill to have. Not only will this skill prevent you from spending more money than you need to on professional services, but it will also help you to avoid costly mistakes by attempting DIY projects that are out of your league. It is my hope that this information contained in this blog will help you to obtain this skill. More importantly, it is my hope that once you have identified a project you wish to take on, this information in this blog will help you to get the job done.

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Four Approaches That Will Save You Money During Kitchen Remodeling

Ross Stewart

If you are planning a kitchen remodel, there are some ways to curb the costs of overhauling your existing kitchen. One key is to identify the one area of the kitchen that definitely needs work or replacement, such as faulty appliances. Once this focus has been budgeted or addressed, use the following tips to refurbish the rest of your space affordably and stylishly. Four areas that you can save some money on during your remodel are:


If your appliances do not work as efficiently or effectively as they should, replace them. With the costs of kitchen appliances, it may be more practical to look into buying gently used or display models at a lower price than retail. Ask retailers about trades and potential for buying good, used appliances at a discount.


Cabinetry typically eats up around half of a homeowner's kitchen remodeling budget. However, new cabinets can dramatically change the mood and looks of the space. There are some ways to update and refresh your cabinets that will cost far less than what it would be to replace them. Try these tips to update your kitchen's cabinets:

  • Reface your cabinets with new doors. Buy these at a home improvement retail venue, or create your own with your choice of low-cost materials.
  • Cap your cabinets with decorative wood molding and trim. This can be used to extend the tops of the cabinetry to the ceiling of the kitchen, giving them a taller, far different look.
  • Invest in unique pulls, knobs, and hardware to give existing cabinets a fresh look. Consider also staining or painting the cabinets for a dramatic effect.


Flooring is another area of the kitchen that you will likely want to freshen up during your remodel. It is important to evaluate the wear and tear expected on the kitchen floor in order to find the most practical flooring options available. For instance, laminate flooring is durable and easy to install, costing far less than wood or tile, and that is available in a wide, diverse range of styles, colors, and patterns.


Before investing in pricey light fixtures or track lighting, or replacing the ambient lighting in the room, make sure that you are not hindering the natural light that comes into the room. Remove items from being positioned directly in front of your kitchen windows to make the room brighter and larger-feeling, and trim-down the window treatments that obscure light from entering the space. This may reduce the need for elaborate fixtures and lights, saving more money on the overall remodeling budget.

Remodeling the kitchen is a wise investment for homeowners. This is one of the areas of the home that prospective buyers will scrutinize, and that can make or break a potential sale. Try these money-saving tips to give the kitchen a fresh update, while not busting your home remodeling budget. For more information about kitchen remodeling, visit Cascade Design/Build.