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Kitchen Reno High and Low

Planning a kitchen reno? Here’s how you can get the look you want at a price you can afford. Because let’s face it, renovating your kitchen is expensive. There’s no getting around it. Although considering the fact that this is arguably the most important room in your house, it’s fairly understandable why a kitchen renovation would be a costly endeavor.

When you rework a living room, more often than not you’re looking at some paint, some furniture, and maybe flooring. However, with a kitchen, the list of details is expansive. You have countertops and flooring, cabinets and backsplashes, faucets, sinks, specialty lighting and appliances… and these are only the basic surface items. Oftentimes, a kitchen renovation can involve plumbing and electrical needs as well.

The good news is that there are many areas where you can save money on your kitchen reno.  Here is a look at some high priced and lower priced items to consider.


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A big focal point in any kitchen, the countertop is where homeowners can spend a lot of money during a renovation. Ideal kitchen countertops should be durable, as resistant to staining and burning as possible and of course attractive. To a lot of homeowners, this means granite or marble.

But if your budget won’t allow for these more expensive countertop options, don’t despair. While laminate countertops may have gotten a bad rap, thanks to poorly done versions of yesteryear, today’s laminate has greatly improved.


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If you haven’t shopped for kitchen faucets in a while (or ever) you might be in for a bit of a shock at the checkout.  Many of the sough-after faucets in those kitchens that so many homeowners dream about on Pinterest or in décor magazines come with a fairly hefty price tag. In fact, some of them can range into the thousands!

Of course, for every high-priced faucet, there is a lower priced version that can provide a similar look. However, take note –some of the higher priced varieties offer the added benefit of being touchless. So if the idea of having an automatic faucet appeals to you, then this may be one place where you’ll want to spend a bit more.



Decorative items will always run the gamut of prices. These price fluctuations can definitely be seen in the world of decorative lighting fixtures. The good news is that even if you can’t find the exact replica of a light you might have your heart set on, with lighting trends, you can certainly find something similar in looks, but at a lower cost.


The backsplash is one place where you can really spend as much or as little as you like and still end up with something pleasing to look at. However, price shouldn’t be your first consideration here. What you want to look at first is how you use your kitchen. If you do a lot of cooking then your best bet is to start looking at kitchen backsplashes that are easy to clean. This means staying away from porous materials like slate and limestone.

In terms of cost, natural stone can also cost you a good deal more than glass or ceramic tile.



As with any home renovation project, where you decide to splurge or save all depends on how you use your space. To read more about renovating your kitchen, see these articles:

Kitchen Renovations: A beginner’s guide

Renovating your kitchen? You have so many countertop options!


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