New kitchen designs can be costly, especially if your remodel includes new cabinets, countertops, flooring, furniture or appliances. But compromising isn’t the only way to save money on your redesign. There are plenty of great options, alternatives and a few hacks that you can tap into to cut your costs. Did you know The RTA Store offers a FREE online kitchen design service that can help bring your new kitchen to life, at a fraction of the typical cost of box box stores? Here are four more tips to consider before you go over budget on your kitchen redesign.
1. Choose ready-to-assemble cabinets over custom.
One major expense in a kitchen redesign is cabinetry, but you don’t have to break your budget to get the look and style you want — as long as you’re willing to do some of the work yourself. It’s easy! Ready-to-assemble cabinets (or RTA cabinets) can cost almost half as much as custom cabinets, and most people can’t tell the difference. If you’re purchasing quality RTA cabinets, your cabinets will be well made, and you’ll still have a nice selection of styles and finishes to choose from.
2. Skip the expensive stone countertop.
Granite is gorgeous, but it is also one of the most expensive materials you can choose for your countertops. Laminate is a quality alternative that looks like stone, but is a fraction of the cost. Today’s selections also offer such a close comparison that there’s really no need to splurge on granite.
If you’re not even set on stone, you could save money by going with a more affordable countertop material such as butcher block. Want the best of both worlds? Consider mixing and matching by installing stone for your cabinet countertops and butcher block for your kitchen island, or vice versa. Want the ultimate savings? Mix laminate and butcher block for a beautiful budget kitchen remodel.
3. Don’t rewire your plumbing and electric.
It can be tempting to change the layout of your kitchen as part of your redesign, but is it really necessary? By leaving your appliances where they are, you’ll save a significant amount of money. This is because you won’t need to hire a professional to rewire the electric and plumbing to accommodate the new placement of your appliances. Buy the new appliances, but install them in the same place.
4. Go with a partially-open-concept kitchen.
Open-concept is one of the more popular kitchen designs, and essentially means you remove the barriers between the kitchen and living room (or dining room). While an open-concept kitchen can make the home feel more open and spacious, it can also cost you a lot of money. Homeowners often encounter issues when removing an entire wall in the home. There is the possibility that water, electrical, or venting is running through the wall, which would all need to be rerouted. Even more complicated and costly is the need to repair the ceiling, adjacent walls, and flooring after the wall is removed. An easier and less expensive way to open up your kitchen is going with a partially open-concept design, by creating a cutout in the wall rather than removing it completely. You will still need to be mindful of what runs through the wall, but will likely spend much less and save a lot of time.
At The RTA Store we help make your dream kitchen a reality with RTA (Ready To Assemble) and Pre-Assembled kitchen cabinets, and accessories with the same (if not better) quality you would find at any retail store but for a fraction of the price. Stop by our website or give us a call and let us make your kitchen dreams come true with the help of our free kitchen design tool!