How to Affordably Update Your Kitchen

Does your kitchen need a remodel, but you don’t want to break the bank? 

The best way to ensure your kitchen remodel fits into your desired budget is to know what drives the cost. From there, you can prioritize what aspects of your design you’d like to put more or less budget into. 

Here are six common aspects of kitchen remodeling that can affect the price of your project.

1. Space Planning

Space planning is often part of many kitchen remodels. It’s important to ask yourself if you need to reconfigure your space (e.g. removing walls, changing the kitchen layout, gutting and starting over). With space planning, your designer will make sure every bit of your space is being used to its fullest potential.

In short, the depth and complexity of space planning will impact your cost. Make sure to discuss your budget prior to designing your new kitchen — price can be impacted by plumbing, electrical, and sub-flooring needs. 

2. Scope of Work

When gutting a kitchen and taking walls out, there are many factors to consider that influence the scope (or amount) of work needed. It’s important to ask your remodel partner how they handle unforseens once in the construction process. Aspects that can affect scope include plumbing, HVAC, electrical, flooring, and paint.

3. Kitchen Flooring

Flooring adds beauty and appeal to your design, and work to enhance your cabinet and countertop flooring. Flooring can impact cost depending on the type of material you choose and the amount that’s needed to cover your kitchen. If your flooring needs to flow into other parts of the home, this will affect your cost as well.

4. Kitchen Appliances

As you may know, there are endless appliance options for your new kitchen. It’s important to note what you need for your space, and what price range you’re working with for stoves, dishwashers, and more. Appliances are available in a broad range of prices, so make sure to be cognizant of what’s available within your budget when planning.

5. Renovation Code Compliance

When choosing a remodeling partner, it’s crucial to ask how they ensure your kitchen meets all of the necessary code requirements. If this requires updates to your home’s mechanical specs, the cost of your project can be impacted.

6. Finishing Details and Materials

Lighting, cabinets, and countertops are finishing touches that create a picture-perfect kitchen. Finishes come in a variety of quality and price points, so it’s important to do your research. The quality of finishes can affect the project pricing pretty significantly, so it’s important to gauge what finishes work within your set budget, and what finishes mean the most to your design.

Kitchen Remodeling with FBC 

It’s no secret that kitchen remodels require a lot of planning and detail. That’s why it’s important to find a design and construction partner to help you every step of the way. 

Here at FBC, we design around your style and your budget. If you’re ready to start planning your new kitchen, give our design team a call today to chat about your project.

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