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Tips for a Budget-Friendly Kitchen Design


The kitchen is the heart of the home.  It’s where you eat, gather, and sometimes make a mess.  Thus, it also shows wear and age more so than other rooms in the house.  Before you start ripping out cabinets, though, or knocking down walls, consider some options for a budget-friendly update.  After all, you don’t have to completely redo your kitchen to create a more modern space.  Try some of these simple renovations this summer.

Bright White is In

If you’ve watched HGTV in the last 5 years, chances are you’ve seen the light, bright color palettes dominating design.  Not only does it make spaces appear larger, but it also creates a fresh, clean effect in every room—especially the kitchen.  White subway tiles have been a popular backsplash choice in recent years, but where you’ll really see a difference is on your cabinets.  Replacing this key feature of your cooking area can be a huge expense (not to mention a big chunk of your budget).  However, if you spruce up your cabinets with a fresh coat of bright white paint, you’ll be amazed at the transformation.  Go for a high quality, semi-gloss version to maximize the effect and make them easier to clean in the long run.  You can also add new hardware to offset the color change and spruce up with space without blowing your budget.

Shed a Little Light

New lighting will help update your kitchen, while also illuminating any changes you make!  While you’re switching out your cabinets, add some inset lights underneath the top ones.  This is a little detail that brightens up your cooking space in a modern way with minimal cost.  Hanging lights are another feature that can easy date this room, but replacing them can be a fun project.  Try to pick a style that suits the overall design you’re working toward with this renovation.  So, whether you prefer rustic, industrial, retro, etc., concentrate your lighting in areas where people will be both cooking and eating.  This may mean adding extra lighting overall, but your cook (and guests) will appreciate your efforts!

Minimize Major Moves

While building a contingency into your budget is always a good idea, biting off more than you can chew can quickly burn through these funds.  Creating an open concept between your kitchen and other first-floor living spaces is a prime example.  Since it makes any space appear larger, while opening sight lines between rooms, it’s a very popular design choice at the moment.  However, when you start knocking down walls, moving the parts therein, and messing with the support for your home, you can encounter unexpected costs.  So, creating a pass through or a cutout, as opposed to a full demolition, can save you a lot in terms of labor.  Additionally, plumbing tends to get pricey when it comes to kitchen renovations, so try to use the existing layout for basic appliances and utilities.  On average, this tip can save you $5,000 per move.


At KCCS, Construction, Inc. we handle kitchen renovations of all shapes and sizes.  So, whether you need a budget-friendly facelift or a complete overhaul, give us a call!  We can help you with the design while taking your wants, needs, and timeline into consideration for the entire project.  We look forward to working with you!

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