There are no hard-fast rules on where the budget must be spent in the kitchen, how you splurge and save your money will depend on what’s most important to you. If you’re planning a kitchen you’ll live in for the next decade and you can’t afford certain materials you want today, consider placeholders. For example, rather than installing a granite countertop today, choose a laminate look-alike for at least half the cost that can stand in as your work surface until your budget allows for the upgrade.
Appliances. Be practical and look for energy-efficient appliances with warranties—arguably, you’ll use appliances more than other features in your kitchen. But be sure to maintain a balance between what you spend on appliances and cabinets. If you choose appliances first without considering cabinets/hardware, countertops or other features, you can box yourself into a floor plan and end up without enough money to spend on other features.
Countertops. If the countertop will be the focal point of your kitchen, you might spend more. a showpiece countertop could dictate the design in a kitchen—you may base decisions about cabinetry, color scheme and furniture like stools on the surface you choose. But remember, beauty is subjective. But go what what you think is best. There are different grades of granite counter tops that allow you to have the look and quality you’re looking for. This is a great option if your budget allows. If not, some laminate products cost half the price of granite and mimic the design. You can’t put a hot pan on that surface, but you’ll get the appeal you want. You can even install an under mount sink with laminate countertops today. If you want to splurge a little, choose a statement surface for the island—a remnant piece of granite with a beautiful pattern, for example.
Cabinetry. Some costs that can hike up cabinet prices: delivery, tax and installation. Drawers, roll-out trays, extra shelves and extending cabinets to the ceiling also add to the price tag. Quality pressed wood can last you 20 years. Just really pay attention to the cabinet construction. Look for good, clean classic lines and full door overlay. Many of today’s mid-range priced cabinets offer a rich look without the custom price tag. Don’t save on installation: let the pros take care of that.
Tile. While ceramic tile is great for back splashes, go with porcelain on floors. Porcelain tile resists chipping and cracking, and is a favorite for budget and longevity. Keep in mind the size and pattern of tiles when figuring the budget. Consider large tiles for flooring, which give the kitchen an updated look and require fewer grout lines and cuts during installation.
These are just the beginning. You deserve the quality of kitchen you desire at a price your budget can afford. Contact the contractors at Unique Home Building and and get your dream kitchen started today!