A kitchen is where much of your daily activity will be centered in the home. Since it’s a room used quite frequently, it has the propensity to degrade with time. Kitchens should be stylish, but they should be outfitted with sturdy materials that are regularly maintained for best longevity. Do the job right, and you may only have to do it once.
Of course, a house that passes down through multiple generations will have many remodels—but there are some ancient buildings that retain their period décor, and functionality is retained. This sort of “old world” architecture is more common in areas of Europe and the American east coast than it is out near the Pacific, but examples exist even here.
All that being said, for most people, kitchen remodel will become necessary at some point, and doing it right can be expensive. Cutting corners is a bad idea, but there are ways to get around certain expenses. Following we’ll briefly cover three tips to help you maximize your resources as you remodel your kitchen. Done right, such remodel can be extremely lucrative.
Go DIY As Much As Is Possible Within Your Ability
Do It Yourself, or DIY, remodeling will always be the least expensive option—but it’s also going to be a challenge, and you don’t want to get ahead of yourself. If you try to do a job that’s truly beyond you, even if you get it done, there will be problems you’re always having to deal with. It could cost you more collaterally in such an instance.
Rather, determine things you can handle. For example, it may totally be within your skillset to pull up laminate flooring, then grout in some tile. If you can do that, good! If you can’t, contractors may be better than a leaky floor that looks bad. Getting the job done in a passable way, but one that doesn’t add property value, could also indirectly lose money on a remodel.
Seek Consultation, Carefully Plan, Acquire Materials
There’s an old proverb that goes something like this: plans can fail when there isn’t appropriate counsel. There’s another: you don’t know what you don’t know. Some things are issues well-known to the professionals, or those who have remodeled their kitchen. If you just get a little advice, you can save thousands of dollars.
Advice is key during the planning stage to help you get the right materials for the job. For example, you may want to carefully explore varying cabinet options—kitchen remodeling in Los Angeles provides plenty of options as far as cabinetry goes. Custom cabinets are very expensive, you might be able to save by finding some you like and installing them yourself.
As for the floor, going with wood is aesthetically pleasing, and it can be fortified against water, but should you get a leak where you don’t realize it—such as under the sink—subsequent water damage could force you into the installation of yet another floor. Tile is a better choice. Linoleum can work, but it’s just a thin layer, and water can get beneath it. Also, it’s cheap.
Use Quality Materials That Retain Value Over The Long-Term
Cheaper materials may save you money in the short run, but in the long run, they won’t. Think of it like this: spend $10k and get $30k of value with no need to remodel again, or spend $2k and get $6k of value, but at a cost that ends up becoming $10k in the long run.
If you’re able to plan for the long-run, spending more and doing a better job saves money and produces greater value. When you can increase property value through remodeling, the costs of that remodel are in reality an investment that will provide a profitable return in due time.
Plan Right And You’ll Actually Make Money
If you’ve got high DIY acumen, what you save in manpower you can turn into better materials, accordingly expanding how much value your home has. With skill and experience, DIY can produce tens of thousands in value for a fraction of that cost.
Even without the DIY approach, getting the right materials properly installed through the right avenues can produce value in excess of remodel cost. Whether you’re selling your property right away, or continuously building it into an estate, the best way to save money is to look at remodeling and maintenance as an investment, and approach this investment with careful, consultation-driven strategy.