Kitchen Remodeling: Add Style & Function without Going Broke

The kitchen is the center of the home.  It is a place to gather and share with family and friends.  It is also one of the most popular rooms in the house to remodel.  Whether you wish to incorporate the latest trends, modernize, totally redo or just update your existing kitchen, you don’t have to break the bank.

Kitchen Trends: Homeowners are choosing dark to medium natural finishes for the cabinetry over white, light natural and colored paint.

Cabinets for 80% Less: New cabinets can range from $5,000-$20,000. Instead of buying new cabinets, paint or reface your existing cabinets; install new hardware for an instant update.

Cost Alternatives:

  • Cabinet Refacing $2,000-$4,000
  • Repaint Cabinets $50-$200
  • New Hardware $2-$10 each

Kitchen Trends: Granite remains the most popular for countertops, but quartz and laminate options are becoming more popular.

Save 75% off Countertops.  Natural stone countertops are durable and beautiful, but range from $50-$200 per square foot.  If budget is a factor, ceramic tile and laminates are alternatives to more expensive countertop options.

Cost of Alternatives:

  • Ceramic $20-$100 per square foot
  • Laminate $10-$20 per square foot

Kitchen Trends: Although tile, wood and laminate flooring remain popular choices, marble flooring is the latest trend for high-end kitchens.

Save up to 95% on Flooring: Homeowners can choose from many flooring options with marble being the most expensive at $10-$40 per square foot.  Select ceramic or porcelain tiles for a modern look at a fraction of the cost.

Cost of Alternatives:

  • Glazed Ceramic Tile $1-$20 per square foot
  • Porcelain Tile $2-$4 per square foot

“Stainless Steel” for pennies”.  Stainless appliances can cost between $50-$7000 depending on the appliance.  Stainless steel films provide the look of stainless for a fraction of the cost; just peel and stick the film on your existing appliances.

Cost of Alternative: Stainless Steel Film runs $20-$65 per pre-cut film, sized to appliance.

$20 in the can is worth $1,000 on the Wall: You may be tempted to knock down a wall and start from scratch; however, you can save money and get a new look by just repainting the walls.

Cost of Alternative: $20-$30 per gallon

So really, your options are limitless.  Choose wisely and you will save money and have a beautiful new kitchen!

About Suzanne O'Brien

The role of a real estate agent is to guide you through the buying and/or selling process and take the time to make sure you understand every step of the transaction. I am absolutely committed to fulfilling your needs with the highest level of professionalism, expertise and service. My commitment to listening and satisfying your needs are the foundation from which a solid business relationship is built. I realize that people do business with people they trust. I am interested in what is best for you, the client, and am committed to establishing a long-term relationship based on trust. In addition, real estate is often times very personal, about family and home and pride myself in developing relationships that now call clients my friends. I pride myself on being knowledgeable and staying current with the fast pace changes in the industry. I approach each clients’ needs individually and am constantly aware of current and upcoming inventory. My creative approach to the business has earned me wonderful associations with both clients and other real estate professionals. I am always working for you…I feel the responsibility to make your dreams a reality…one move at a time.
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