Creative solutions are often the key to saving big bucks when it comes to any home remodel. Working with a trusted contractor who will collaborate with you will allow for all of those hard earned dollars to stretch farther and give each project more bang for its buck.
This isn’t to say that a project should ever cut corners or skimp on materials, but with a little ingenuity and forethought the small fortune set aside for a kitchen remodel can be spread out to a number of projects.
One key way to reimagine your dream kitchen is to think in terms of maximizing space. Most houses are constructed without the individual needs of each homeowner in mind and therefore space-wasting cabinets, recessed shelves or decorative embellishments may prove impractical or undesirable for some. With a remodel, this is the current homeowner to decide exactly what he or she would like to have. Most kitchen remodels aim at utilizing more square footage, but in many cases, it may prove more efficient, practical, and ultimately desirable to consolidate large, box cabinets or shelves with racks, trays and hangers.
The same is true for design aesthetic. If a homeowner prefers an open concept, or whether they prefer a more tightly packed, galley-style design, this is the opportunity to not only decide that, but also to see the desired change through to completion. For those homeowners unsure of what their needs are versus their desired redesign, one practical exercise is to stand within the space and make an inventory of those things they use frequently, including how the kitchen is used generally overall. For a family who cooks on a stovetop, but rarely uses the oven, this might inform choices on placement, size and layout of those key appliances.
Having an in-depth conversation with a contractor at the outset will allow a homeowner to ability to strategize and maximize resources. With thorough planning, not only can square-footage be saved, but those hard-earned dollars as well, allowing homeowners to tackle more projects within a planned remodel.