How to Remodel Your Kitchen and Bathroom on a Budget
One of the best things about owning a home is that you have the freedom to customize it to your unique tastes and aesthetic preferences. Updating areas such as your kitchen and bathroom can add a new level of personalization to your home and can even add to its resale value, making remodeling projects a significant long-term investment.
However, it’s understandable that a wide variety of homeowners feel overwhelmed at the task; they worry that the projects are too large and too expensive to undertake, and sometimes put them off entirely.
If you’re looking for a few ways to keep costs low and remodel your kitchen or bathroom, take a look at these tips:
Keep Costs in Mind From the Start
Saying “keep your budget in mind the whole time” may seem like simple advice, but it’s easy to let the size, scope, and complexity of your remodeling project get away from you if you’re not careful. All of these things can add to the cost, and you may wind up paying much more than you originally anticipated.
A few things to keep in mind when you’re planning your project are:
The cost of new items. It may seem exciting to buy a new tub or fancy refrigerator, but replacing items that still work fine is an easy way to quickly go over budget.
The scope of your project. Do you need to overhaul an entire section of your home, or can you get away with updating or refreshing a few essential items or areas to achieve a similar effect?
Available alternatives. Plan to use lower-cost alternatives like laminate over granite and recycled materials.
DIY a portion of the project. If you’re handy, installing your drywall, light fixtures, and other easy-to-do things can keep costs low. Just be sure to call in a professional for an inspection before you’re done.
Spruce Up Existing Features
Instead of pulling out walls and adding all-new electrical or plumbing, which can skyrocket the cost of your remodeling project, think critically about smaller things you can do to make your kitchen or bathroom feel like new without a lot of effort and financial investment.
Stumped for ideas? Take a look at these suggestions:
Update the lights. The kinds of light fixtures you use and the nature of bulbs that you select can drastically change the way a room feels. In the kitchen, opt for bright lights that open the space up, and use little, soft lights in the bathroom.
Create a feature wall. Adding a new coat of paint to a room can instantly alter how it feels when you enter, and a feature wall is a great way to add a personal flair to a bathroom or kitchen.
Start With a Plan
Before you buy your first set of screws or bucket of paint, take the time to sit down and thoroughly plan out what you want to do to in the space. Consider things like where appliances and fixtures currently are, if the layout of the room needs to be altered to fit your plan, and if you need to replace any existing devices.
Remember: the more of your original plumbing and electrical you can leave in place, the cheaper your remodeling project will be.
Don’t be afraid to ask the experts for help; dial (727) 223-6400 to reach Tampa Bay Plumbing in Tampa, FL and we’ll send a qualified technician to your home to help you assess your project and help you make the right choice.