With the popularity of home cooking and entertaining shows, having a sharp, well-designed kitchen is more important than ever. Modernizing your kitchen is one of the best ways to increase the value of a home, and you can do it without breaking the bank.
Think of what you can do yourself. While you should go through a contractor, especially for electricity and plumbing, there are certain things you can do yourself to save money. For example, painting and tile work are dramatic ways to change the appearance of a living space that is quite affordable when done by the homeowner. However, if the job isn't done right, it could diminish the value of the home.
Don't underestimate flea market finds. Fixtures, accessories and appliances can be found at flea markets and salvage yards to add a unique and money-saving touch to a kitchen remodel. Even finding antique knobs to add to an existing cabinet can make a distinctive change that could cost as little as a few dollars.
Avoid trends and stick to the classics. Not only do trends cost more, they can take down the value of the home once the trend has faded. Instead, stick to colors and styles that will stand the test of time ... and appeal to potential home buyers down the line.
Splurge on a couple of nice things, but keep it simple on the rest. For example, instead of purchasing your entire tiling in a costlier hand-painted variety, use them as accents and use manufactured tiles in a solid color as your base.
Find the right contractor. Proper planning and hiring a good and trustworthy contractor could be the most important way you save money in your kitchen remodel. Mistakes and misunderstandings can be a costly endeavor, so get everything you want in writing, and stick to the plan once the project begins.