With the average cost of a kitchen remodel close to forty to fifty thousand dollar range, it’s easy to see why many homeowners are turning to do-it-yourself solutions. With a little elbow grease you can turn your kitchen into a real show stopper without an extravagant budget.
1. Plan (months) ahead.
The longer you take planning your kitchen renovation, the more likely you are to have it completed quickly. Contractors and tradespeople book their projects well in advance, and it takes time to select the materials and finishes for your reno. Plan to spend three to six months brainstorming ideas, researching products and building your team of professionals.
2. Hire the right contractors.
Word of mouth is, by far, the best way to lock down a quality contractor. Talk to friends and neighbors about contractors they have worked with in the past, and then visit their homes to see what the finished products looks like. Make sure the work is up to your standards!
3. Do the finishing labor yourself.
Take on jobs such as mudding and sanding drywall, painting, and installing baseboards and trim. These things are a great learning process for anyone who wants to build confidence before they start tackling projects like building a cabinet box or installing cabinetry.
4. If possible, avoid moving gas, plumbing and electrical hookups.
If the existing layout of your kitchen is functional, keep the appliances where they are. Why? Because plumbers and electricians are expensive. If you’re unsure about the flow of your kitchen, consider the work triangle, an imaginary line that, in theory, should connect the sink, refrigerator and range.
5. Add some ‘jewelry.’
Simple fixes like updating the hardware on your cabinetry, or using semi-gloss paint on the baseboards and crown molding can lend an upscale look to your kitchen. Proper lighting is important to consider, too. Retailers offer indoor LED lighting tape that is easy to install under or above cabinets. You don’t need to hire an electrician to install them because they’re plugins.