Whether you’re doing an elaborate new home renovation or just getting a kitchen to revamp completed, it can feel like that there aren’t any good opportunities to cut corners when it comes to costs. Trust us, we’ve all been there! But what should you do when telling yourself that it’s perfectly possible to renovate on a budget without jeopardizing the style, quality, and overall comfort of your new home? Well, keep reading to find out how you can transform your “cheap” renovation plan into a stunningly successful undertaking that leaves both you and your wallet intact!
Sketch out your goals
Before starting on any renovation project, you need to first sketch out your goals. What do you hope to accomplish by renovating your kitchen? Are you hoping to add extra space and functionality to your dining area? Would you like to give your kitchen a new look? Maybe you’ve got an eye on updating your walls, flooring, or ceiling to update the atmosphere of the room.
If you are simply hoping to make your kitchen look better than your current one, then you need to think about how you want your kitchen to look. If you are replacing an older kitchen with a newer model, then your best bet is to keep the same basic style (white, stainless steel, etc.) and just replace any hardware in the kitchen that you don’t like – such as knobs or drawers handles.
Start thinking about your budget
Once you have your goals in mind, start thinking about your budget. It doesn’t have to be anything huge, but it does need to be a realistic one. Many people make the mistake of not considering their finances when planning renovations, which leads to financial mistakes such as hiring an inexperienced contractor, purchasing too many materials, or not planning for long-term wear and tear. When you take a realistic look at your finances, you’ll find that making renovations on a budget can be done – especially when you choose light-colored, modular fixtures. By choosing a color scheme and a style that match your existing decor, you can trim your budget to the point where you can make changes to other areas without drastically increasing costs. As long as you don’t buy more materials than you need, you can plan for minor repairs while making upgrades in other areas.
For most home renovation projects, the cabinets will probably be the largest expense. They come in all shapes and sizes and can go from being very inexpensive to very expensive. If you’re hoping to make your budget go further, consider purchasing custom cabinets that match the existing decor. Also, consider installing high-end lighting fixtures that will accentuate the kitchen. You can also save money by choosing cabinets that open up instead of swinging shut, but opening cabinets up require more amount of work.
Consider a contemporary design
If you’re looking to change the entire layout of a room, especially if you have a smaller budget, consider looking at what is being offered by contemporary design. This look is quite popular these days and you can have your walls and floors done in bright geometric patterns. Oftentimes, this type of renovation requires professional help, since some features may require remodeling the structure of the home. In this case, use your imagination when it comes to adding elements to the room. You may find that a feature wall becomes a focal point if you take the time to place a big picture in the middle of it. This type of renovation typically requires more skill than an average renovation project.
To give a more simplistic look to your kitchen, try repainting one wall, making it the accent wall, and leaving the other neutral. You can achieve this look by using pale, white paint and by doing a new decorative feature. If you have a countertop that has no color in it, then consider repairing it. You can do a decorative backsplash on the wall as well, which will allow you to add depth. Using a mixture of these strategies, you’ll quickly be able to renovate your budget.
To sum up
These are just a few examples of how you can do renovations on a DIY budget. If you are looking for ideas, shop around at home improvement stores and discount centers. Many of them have a lot of great ideas that cost less than you would think. You can also check out magazines, TV programs, books, and even go online to see what you can find. A renovation on a budget doesn’t have to be boring and overwhelming, though. By doing a bit of research, you should easily be able to come up with some great ideas.