A good change in home atmosphere that can considerably have an impact in aesthetic appeal, overall functionality and value of your home is kitchen remodeling. But with a typical project of this kind costing around several thousands to tens of thousands of dollars, undertaking such with a limited budget can ultimately be challenging. With the economic turmoil and New York housing crunch, it is high time to be meticulous about spending and try to save more. This makes low-cost kitchen improvements a viable solution whether you are in Manhattan, Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens, or Long Island.
Here are simple ways and remodeling ideas that though costs less can dramatically improve the look and feel of the heart of your home:
1. Tile Backsplashes
Contrary to the older fashion of decades back where backsplashes should readily match the countertop, newer trends dictate a more personalized approach to tile backsplash. This trend has brought a wide range of stylish choices when it comes to tile backsplashes for your kitchen.
2. Kitchen Cabinet Reface or Refinish
Being the building blocks of the kitchen, changes made to the kitchen cabinets would surely be noticeable. Refacing or refinishing your kitchen cabinets can do a marvelous job in creating a whole new look, even if it was only the doors and outer parts of the cabinets changed.
3. Painting, Stenciling or Wallpapering
The walls are among the elements that greatly affects the ambiance intended in any room. This makes a change in your wall color whether solid or patterned adds a spark of interest to your kitchen. Painting is especially popular for its cost-efficiency. Stenciling and wallpapering which can cost more than a home painting project is ideal for people who prefer more visually artistic designs injected into the walls.
4. Lighting Fixture Replacement
To set the mood and improve productivity in task-designated areas, changing the lighting fixtures in your kitchen would bring about a whole new look for your kitchen.
5. Kitchen Island
For added workspace and storage, kitchen islands are popular additions to remodeling projects. But as this can cost a good deal, especially if customized, you can opt for low-cost models with wheels that can be pulled out in place or set aside if not needed.
As they say, it's all in the details. Simply replacing kitchen hardware including existing handles and pulls can remarkably update the area's appeal. But if you are really short on budget, you can accentuate the details of your old hardware by coating them with glaze or paint.
If yours is a butcher block type countertop, simply refinishing and resealing would do the trick to bring it back to its full glory. If not, opting for a laminate countertop is a cost-saving option that can stand as beautiful as other expensive options. Unless, you'll be creating a restaurant out of your home, high quality laminate can do great when it come to durability.
8. Accessorize and Update
When adding accessories, choose ones that not only make the kitchen look prettier but function better as well. Some practical choices include: spice and wine racks, garbage cans, pull-outs, and drawer dividers. Also check out your list of appliances and determine whether additional small appliances like a toaster, blender, coffee maker, and/or microwave oven can be covered by your budget. These can considerably make meal preparation less time consuming and so much easier.