DIY Kitchen Remodeling

kitchen designIf you can’t afford to remodel your kitchen all at once, you can opt to do it yourself. Kitchen remodels can become extremely expensive. A report from the National Association of Realtors came out saying the median cost of a kitchen remodel is $60,000. However, it can be the most rewarding remodel as the kitchen is the most used room in your house. Here are some ways you can upgrade your kitchen in budget saving stages.

First you need to have a solid design plan. To save money you should use your existing kitchen configuration or ask for a consulting here This way you won’t have the additional expense of tearing out walls or re-configuring electrical and plumbing system. Instead of hiring a designer you can pay a small fee by getting help from a home improvement store. The next stage when you are ready, is to order the cabinets, appliances and lighting fixtures. These are the biggest investments in your kitchen and should be chosen wisely.

If you are on a budget and doing this project yourself, you can purchase them in pieces storing them in the garage until you are ready. Keep in mind, cabinets and fixtures can take up to six weeks to be delivered. If new appliances are not within your budget, consider keeping your old ones for now. You can plan to buy newer appliances in the future that are the same size as your existing ones. Same goes with your lighting fixtures: if you can wait to replace the ones you have then do so to save money. Replacing your flooring can affect how you install your cabinets. You can save a lot of extra money by keeping your existing flooring. If you do choose new flooring make sure it doesn’t raise the floor height.

If it does, it could lower your cabinet height. If you are using vinyl or linoleum, there should be no change in your floor height. They key is to keep your old lighting fixtures, appliances and flooring and utilize them until you have the money to replace them. If you are removing old cabinetry and appliances things can get tricky. Wall may also need to be opened for new electrical circuits and outlets.

kitchen designThis is when problems can arise very quickly. You will most likely have to store your current refrigerator and microwave in your garage. If you plan on doing a complete kitchen overhaul the best time to do it would be the summertime. This way you can grill meals out in the backyard BBQ. This will save you money and the temptation of going out to eat a restaurants.

The ideal option would be if you were able to create a makeshift kitchen for the interim. Once you have already ordered and received your appliances and cabinets this stage of remodeling is a breeze. At this point your kitchen is almost completely done. If you want a nice backsplash you can put that on the back burner if you can’t afford it now. In the meantime put down a temporary laminate that is inexpensive and do the backsplash later.