There are so many options for kitchen remodels here in Rhode Island. With so many choices, a lot can go wrong, costing you quite a bit of money. Here are some essential tips to save you time and money on your kitchen renovation:
1. Don’t Overspend (or Underspend!)
Before you plan your kitchen remodel, consider the market in your area. Does a high-end renovation make the most sense or would a lower end job fit better with the rest of your home? Costs can run from $2,000 for a simple paint-and-hardware upgrade to $50,000 or more if you are installing premium countertops and luxury appliances. Knowing your neighborhood will help guide your decision. You may not get your investment back installing quartz in a starter home. On the other hand, nobody expects to see Formica in a high-end home in Providence’s east side either, and it could become a barrier when you go to sell in the future.
2. Keep Your Plumbing Where It Is
Moving water and gas lines to accommodate the reconfiguration of sinks, ovens, stoves, dishwashers, or baseboard heat is costly, much more so in older homes. If at all possible, keep pipe-connected elements where they are will save you quite a bit of money.
3. Your Existing Cabinets May Still Work
If your current cabinets are made from quality wood and still in good working order, hang onto them! It’s pretty easy to give working cabinets a face lift. Some common ways to repurpose old cabinets and save thousands on new ones include: adding new doors and drawer fronts, and re-laminating or repainting fronts and sides (have a pro do this! Trust me.). When it comes to painting, a professional spray job can make ugly cabinets look factory new.
4. Need Free Advice? There’s Plenty of it
Besides consulting with an honest professional contractor here in RI, big box home improvement stores like Home Depot and Lowes offer free, computer-based design services for help laying out your kitchen. They are well-aware of today’s decorating trends, and besides public how-tos and seminars, they also offer one-on-one assistance in-store, usually with no obligation.
5. Don’t Forget Appliances, Sinks, and Fixtures
When buying new fridges, ranges, and dishwashers, there are usually financial promotions when sticking to the same brand that can save you $500 to as much as $2000 on the set. Be sure to consider Energy-Star appliances which may cost a bit more upfront but will save you hundreds over their lifetimes. With a little research and smart shopping, you can find affordable appliances that look high-end – and when they all match, you get a designer look for much less. When it comes to kitchen faucets, get the best possible faucet you can afford, one with a pull out spray attachment or a gooseneck with detachable head. It’s so handy you’ll never want to be without it again. Stick to one consistent fixture finish (white, stainless, nickel, etc.) since mixed finishes can look like sketchy.