5 Tips to Minimize Costs on a New Kitchen

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A kitchen renovation does not have to be as painful on your wallet as you may think.  A consultant can work with your budget and use many design strategies to help you attain your goals without breaking your bank.  Here are some simple tips to keep in mind as you plan your renovation.

1) Use Standard Cabinets & Sizes

Most cabinet manufacturers have a catalogue of standard cabinets with pre-designed configurations that help create a customized kitchen that suits your specific needs.  These cabinets will also come in a series of standard sizes that maintain consistency throughout your space.

Requesting a custom cabinet configuration or size outside of the standard selection can result in significant price increases since they require the creation of drawings and new programming for machines.

2) Choose the Right Door Style

There is a plethora of wood door styles on the market today but two main door construction types that make up the majority of these styles.  While both of these door types will have a solid wood frame, the center panel can be either solid wood or ¼” veneer.  A door that has a ¼” veneer center panel will be less costly than those with a solid wood center panel.

However, the most economical option, in regards to door styles, is the painted MDF door.  If you are not stuck on wood and appreciate the classy elegance that a white kitchen can bring, this is your best cost saver.

3) Choose a Sprayed-On Stain

Cabinet finishes can also impact the price.  While distressed or glazed finishes may add a richness to your home, they can come at a high price tag due to the labor intensive nature of applying those finishes.  To keep costs down, seek out a finish with a regular sprayed-on stain.

4) Avoid Corner Sinks

Sometimes, in renovations where window locations are already set, the corner sink cannot be avoided.  However, if one can, avoid corner sinks not only for functionality reasons, but to save on cost.

Because of the moisture that can build around a sink, countertop suppliers always avoid placing seams (joints) near the sink.  In the case of a corner sink, a countertop supplier must order a custom size sheet of product to keep the seam far enough away from the sink to prevent moisture from getting under the seam.  You will pay the price for the entire sheet, however, because of the odd shape that was cut from it, the remnants are usually unusable and wasted.

5) Avoid Decorative Components

While adding accessories and decorative components can dress up a kitchen nicely, these seemingly small details can have substantial costs.

Adding glass to cabinet doors, for example, requires staining the entire inside of the cabinet so that it matches the outside.  This is labor intensive and costly.

Decorative end panels that match your cabinet doors are often used on the sides of an island or run of cabinets.  Save costs by using finished cabinet sides and leave the decorative panels off.



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