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Remodel a Kitchen on a Budget with these Pro Tips

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Kitchen Remodel on a Budget

A budget-minded kitchen remodel is well within your reach. With equal parts planning and patience, you can tick off every entry in your checklist without making any major comprises on your way to your dream kitchen. Here’s how:

1. Keep a close eye on sales and promotions

It may sound obvious, but stalking the catalogs and websites of your favorite manufacturers and retailers can yield big rewards. When you’re looking for high-quality kitchen cabinets, flooring, countertops and other remodel essentials, pay attention to the calendar. Local contractors and sellers tend to be slower in the fall and winter, so it may be a great time to bargain and haggle.

2. Buy direct from the manufacturer or retailer

Buying materials directly through a manufacturer or retailer may be the ticket to saving big bucks. When you choose a company that doesn’t spend tons of money maintaining a showroom or a brick-and-mortar shop, like Kitchen Cabinet Kings, you’ll noticed hundreds — if not thousands — of dollars knocked off invoice.

3. Don’t get hung up on hardwood

Although wood is a time-honored, essential building material, it’s not the only option. You can save tons of money if you consider manmade alternatives over natural wood. Thermofoil cabinets, for example, are affordable, low-maintenance and warp-resistant, yet don’t cost nearly as much as natural wood cabinets.

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4. Try DIY

Many modern kitchen materials are actually designed specifically for the savvy do-it-yourselfer. For example, you can order stylish, grade-A ready-to-assemble kitchen cabinets that ship to you already cut, labeled and finished with pre-drilled holes for hardware. Of course, you can always order your cabinets pre-assembled, which will speed up installation time, but the cost is higher than ready-to-assemble cabinets.

5. Cozy up with your contractor

If you insist on custom cabinets or having a professional do the installation, be sure to get in good with your contractor. The fact of the matter is, many retailers mark up their prices significantly when selling to consumers versus contractors, so you can always inquire about having your connection do all of your purchasing, from raw materials to appliances and even flooring.

6. Don’t rearrange plumbing

Another thing to consider while embarking on a kitchen remodel is that plumbing can cost an arm and a leg. You can cut out plumbing-related costs and other fees associated with flooring and demolition when you use your current layout as a guide. In other words, keep your major appliances where they are and remodel around them.

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7. Avoid buying designer materials

Don’t let this tip deter you from browsing luxury home décor magazines. On the contrary — you can use designer catalogs and specialty showrooms as inspiration. Select a few things you absolutely love and then do the digging yourself to find marked-down versions of stylish, high-priced favorites from discount outlets, websites and big box stores.

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8. Mimic ideas with accessories

In the same vein, you can copy permanent designer style with impermanent accessories. For example, if you adore the look of a custom kitchen backsplash, consider getting in touch with your creative side and painting or mosaicking yourself. If you’ve always dreamed of a kitchen that’s overflowing with architectural opulence (who doesn’t fantasize about arched doorways and exposed beams?), use paint or light fixtures to create an ornate style.

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