If you’re in the process of upgrading or remodeling your kitchen, you’ve likely discovered that the recent economic downturn has not been accompanied by a decrease in prices. Despite reduced public earning power, inflation has risen, fueled by historically low interest rates. This means that Americans are effectively earning far less than we used to earn. The result is that the real cost of the goods and services that we purchase has increased significantly over the last few years, and nowhere is that more readily apparent than at the home improvement store. But there are a few simple ways to keep your kitchen remodeling project within your budget limit.
First, while it may sound tempting to have custom kitchen cabinetry made for your project, it’s rarely worth the extra expense. It might be nice to be able to boast about your kitchen’s custom carpentry, but it will add another 40% to 50% to your remodeling expenses. Ready-made cabinets, on the other hand, are fairly easy to install, significantly less expensive, and come in a wide variety of styles and wood options to fit your style. Odd-shaped kitchen areas can usually be fit fairly easily, as well, as a corner cabinet unit with flexible installation options will help you overcome a not-quite-square corner. You’ll save a significant amount of money by opting against custom cabinetry.
Lighting is another easy area to reap healthy savings. While recessed ceiling lighting is attractive and useful, it’s also fairly pricey. Instead, consider using a cabinet touch lamp to provide lighting for high-use areas. Not everyone prefers this option, but using a touch lamp in place of ceiling lighting can often create a more intimate and inviting atmosphere in your kitchen, and you’ll save a bundle on your kitchen remodeling bills.
Finally, there are a number of relatively inexpensive floor cover options to help you achieve the look you’ll most enjoy without exceeding your budget. If you’re more than a little handy, you can even install many of these flooring options yourself to save a bit more money, though a professional installation is often worth the added cost.