Kitchen Renovation tops the home improvement wish list for many homeowners. However, when you speak with them, lots don’t think they will be able to turn their kitchen dream into a reality. Updating the kitchen, but doing so within a budget, seems a daunting challenge for many homeowners. So, eieihome.com turned to Paul Napolitano, owner of Royal Home Improvements to learn about options for making a kitchen renovation affordable.
“Each element of the kitchen can be considered separately,” says Napolitano. “You need to decide where you want to save and what your must-haves are for the renovation. Everything from tile to counter and cabinetry is available in a range of prices. You have to decide how much you want to spend and what you want to spend it on”.
Ideas for Saving on your Kitchen Renovation
- Upgrade elements of the kitchen one at a time or over time
- Refurbish cabinets instead of replacing
- Find second hand finishes that may not work for others, but work for your style
- Use materials that give the look of luxury but at a discounted price
- Use a contractor with purchasing power. Larger contractors receive volume discounts, and can help you get the highest quality available at your budget.
If you’re not able to dive into a full-scale renovation, start with a smaller project that begins the updating process. A fresh coat of paint, adding a backsplash, refinishing the cabinetry doors – all can add a fresh new look to the kitchen.
According to Napolitano “a new countertop is bound to make a big difference. But if you are changing just the counter make sure it is the counter for you. A complete kitchen design, to guide your decisions, will help you avoid costly mistakes”.
Tearing Down Walls
“When removing any wall, load bearing or not, a permit may be required,” Napolitano advises. “Make sure to check with the municipality or your contractor before you begin.”
The cost of drawings/design required for wall removal permit applications need to be considered as do the potential loss of kitchen storage and changes required to lighting. For some homeowners these become too much. For others opening up the kitchen and main floor is their top priority.
If your vision involves kitchen layout changes, wall removals, new windows or doors, it is important to develop a design. Hire a contractor with a design team or relationships with designers/architects. The contractor/designer will be able to guide you through the decision process so you can determine how best to apply your budget.
Royal Home Improvements Project Advisors assist homeowners everyday to determine their budget and plan for their renovation. Royal Home Improvements can help you realize your renovation dreams no matter the size of your budget. To learn more, call 416-236-4400 or visit //www.royalhomeimprovements.ca.