Last week we shared a great kitchen remodeling project T&K Contractors in NJ completed; this week we give you tips on kitchen remodeling for every budget! After the holidays, we’re sure many of you are thinking that your kitchen could be improved.
“Next year.” How many times have you said those two words when it comes to updating your worn-out kitchen? Contrary to what you might think, a beautiful and up-to-date kitchen can be yours at more than one price point. Take a look at three examples of what you can do to create a kitchen you love with any size budget:
If you are happy with your basic floor plan, you can save money by just replacing what is already there. You’d be surprised at the choices now available to the budget-minded homeowner:
Opt for ready-to-install cabinets available in a wide spectrum of colors – natural, whites and antique whites, light and dark cherry – the list goes on and on. You can choose from traditional-style cabinetry with or without glass inserts or go for something modern.
Replace worn countertops with granite-look laminate. Counter edges can now be beveled to give it a more custom look than the kitchens of yesterday.
Replace old-fashioned fluorescent box lighting with recessed or pendant lighting. This will brighten up your mood each time you walk in your kitchen.
At this level of kitchen remodeling, you will probably want to take a look at your current floor plan and see if it is working well for you. Can you easily get from the stove to the sink to the refrigerator without having to cross the kitchen? Does the kitchen have enough natural light, or would a pass-through into the dining room make all the difference? At this budget level, also consider these upgrades:
Choose cabinetry that’s a step up – At this price point you can select semi-custom cabinets with cabinet dividers or shelving that helps you feel more organized in your kitchen. Drawers for pots and pans are the latest way to add visual appeal.
Replace appliances – The latest trend in appliances is to have them paneled so they blend in seamlessly with your cabinetry. Or you can opt for stainless steel which always looks fresh and modern.
Go for new granite, quartz or stone-like countertops that will add instant appeal to your tired kitchen. Your only difficulty will be choosing one from the wide variety available.
Opt for new flooring – Choices like natural wood, wood laminate, decorative and ceramic tile, or upscale vinyl will complete your kitchen’s new look.
If you have enough money in your budget for extra bells and whistles, consider all of the above plus these upgrades which will definitely make your kitchen the envy of the neighborhood:
Bump out your kitchen to make it larger or add a breakfast room addition.
Skylights can help make things bright and cheery.
Add a large island perfect for food preparation, enjoying time with the kids or for entertaining.
Go with solid wood custom cabinetry and stone counters that will look spectacular.
Install warming drawers so you can entertain like a caterer and keep food warm while you are serving the first course.
Layer your lighting – task lighting for food preparation, ambient lighting to provide visual impact from your cabinets, countertops and appliances, and accent lighting to highlight special pieces or architectural features.
Splurge on a gourmet-level oven and cook top and a subzero refrigerator that will make you feel like a real chef in your own home.
Build a walk-in food pantry so you can always find exactly what you are looking for.
So don’t let the words “next year” stop you any longer from having a kitchen that is not only beautiful, but makes it a pleasure for cooking, entertaining, or just enjoying your family. Call T&K or go to our website – we’d love to help you discover how much kitchen and enjoyment you can get regardless of your kitchen remodeling budget.
Contact T&K Contractors in Freehold, NJ for a design/build consultation on your next kitchen remodel in NJ, PA or NY.