Brief

A kitchen can feel like the heart of the house, the place where you spend a significant amount of time, be it eating or entertaining. Because a kitchen is so integral to your home, if it’s not making you happy, for one reason or another, you may be craving an upgrade. Yet, kitchen remodels can cost a lot of money if you hire a big contractor to do it for you. In order to keep such a renovation affordable, around or under $10,000, means being very strategic in your approach.

 

Insight

 

Be Realistic

The first step to a budget kitchen remodel is to be realistic. For $10,000 you’re probably not going to be able to replace all your appliances, bring in high-end marble countertops or fancy floor tiles. You’re going to want to determine which aspects of the kitchen are the most important to you to upgrade and focus on less expensive little fixes that can change the mood or look, such as paint or new light fixtures.

 

Demolition

Before you put something new in, you have to take the old out. You’ll save the most money if you have the skill to demolition something yourself–such as taking out old cabinets, or a kitchen island. But if you don’t, expect to pay between $500 and $750 just for the demolition itself, according to Dumpsters.com.

 

Cabinets

You’ve got a few key options when it comes to fixing up cabinets. One, the cheapest option, is simply to paint them. A lighter, brighter paint will lift the mood and energy of the entire room. If you want to actually replace your cabinets altogether, you can either buy them pre-made from places such as Home Depot or Lowe’s or the equivalent, or hire someone to custom make them.

Custom-made cabinets tend to be more expensive, but not always. This is a situation where you want to price things out. The blogger for Posh Home, who renovated their kitchen for under $10,000, was able to purchase new cabinets for $4,000 and have them installed for $600. While these prices can vary, if you know what you can spend, then shop around until you find what matches your budget.

 

Countertops

You might dream of marble countertops, but unless you can find these at a significant discount, that probably won’t be budget-friendly. According to Better Homes & Gardens, laminate countertops are the most affordable, followed by tile, and then butcher block wood. You might also be able to refresh existing countertops with sanding and a stain for wood or oil for stone or marble. Look for places that sell discounted or imperfect countertop materials.

 

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