How One Customer Got Their $12,372 Dream Kitchen For $4,687.35
Sharon hated her old kitchen, in the Villages.
It was pink, the laminate was peeling, she didn't have enough storage.
Since her house had an open plan, like most homes in The Villages, her dated kitchen made her entire house look terrible.
So she decided to get estimates to remodel her kitchen. She started looking at the big box stores and everywhere she could to find the kitchen she wanted. Then she had to endure the high pressure "salesmen" that came to her house to give her an estimate. The estimates were all over the map, but the average price was over $12,000. She thought her dream kitchen was out of reach.
Then through a friend of a friend she heard about us. Local cabinet experts with over 25 years of experience, that had performed similar renovations in her neighborhood in The Villages,FL.
Here's how we helped Sharon get the kitchen she was dreaming about at a price that fit her budget..
Then, to solve the storage problems, rollouts were installed so the cabinets she had would be more functional. After that she was able to focus on the looks of the kitchen adding fancy new doors, light rail, and crown molding.
Since her house had an open plan wainscoting was added to the back of the island to give the kitchen the look of furniture so her home looked good from every angle.
Since there wasn't any demolition of the old cabinets, the entire job from start to finish took 3 days, not weeks.
So, we were able to help Sharon get her dream kitchen and save $7,684.65
She got her dream kitchen for $4,687.35 not the $12,372 like the other "salesmen" said. We can help you get your dream kitchen too.
We are local custom cabinet experts and have been frustrated by hearing time and again that homeowners put off getting their dream kitchen because they say they can’t afford it. We want you to know you can have your dream kitchen with the features that truly matter to you, and we’ll prove it.
Here are 6 ways to save on a kitchen remodel
Consumer Reports says- “The average for a midrange major remodel comes in at more than $57,000, while an upscale redo with all the trimmings costs a whopping $110,938.” No wonder so many people shy away from kitchen remodeling.
Consider this; According to Remodeling magazine's annual analysis of cost versus value, “A kitchen face-lift will return more on your investment than any other improvement made in your home.” The key is doing it wisely.
1. Don’t Replace Reface (this step alone can save you thousands on a kitchen remodel)
Provided the cabinets are structurally sound and your layout is practical, you can spruce them up with a fresh coat of paint or reface them. Improve your cabinet capacity with inexpensive cabinet organizers. This gives you the ability to focus on the aesthetic details that will make your kitchen stand out. Applying crown molding to the top of cabinets and light rail to the bottom of the cabinets gives them a finished look.
It’s also considered green building, if you care about that sort of thing.
2. Add or Update an Island
Whether it's a permanent unit with furniture-style looks or a small portable one on casters, an island adds work and storage space. The style should complement your cabinets, but it needn't match exactly. A wood island can add warmth to a white kitchen, and a painted finish can inject color into an all-wood one. Be sure that there is at least a 42-inch clearance around the island to ensure easy access and smooth traffic flow. Prices start around $200 and go up depending on the style and finish you choose.
Already have an island? Try applying a decorative bead board panel and a baseboard to make the island look like a piece of furniture
3. Update your Kitchen with a New Backsplash
Visually prominent but small enough not to need much material, the wall space above the counter or between the top cabinets and the counter is a great place to add color or contrast. Paint is the simplest and cheapest option for making over a backsplash. Tile—ceramic, colored glass, or stone—costs $10 to $40 per square foot installed. Or use stainless steel, at $100 to $150 per square foot installed, to complement stainless appliances.
Sticking with classic styles will keep you happier with your kitchen longer and, if you ever decide to sell it makes it easy for the next person to add their style.
4. Change the Surfaces
Replacing or adding countertops, sinks, faucets, and flooring were some of the most popular projects to add style to a kitchen.
Laminate countertops can cost as little as $550 for an average-size kitchen, and trendy but tough quartz starts at $2,800.
No need to go for exotic materials for your sink, we have found that thinner stainless-steel sinks resisted dents, stains, scratches, and heat as well as thicker, more expensive ones. Faucets costing between $80 and $600 and have very few differences, so find a style you like and get a faucet with a lifetime warranty that covers leaks and stains.
5. Refrigerators: Get Style for Less
If you plan to change your refrigerator don’t splurge on cabinet depth or built in appliances. Cabinet-depth models are a compromise: Shallower than standard fridges and usually cost twice as much. Pulling a cabinet forward and adding full size side panels can give you the built in look for a fraction of the cost.
Forgo extended warranties. Surveys show that fewer than one in five refrigerators were repaired in the first three years. Even if your fridge needs fixing during that period, the repair is likely to cost no more than the warranty.
6. Make Your Lighting Shine
Lighting makes a kitchen more inviting and safer. Under cabinet fixtures are the best source of task lighting, and they can be purchased for $200 in an average-size kitchen. Update ceiling-mounted fixtures, especially dated fluorescent boxes, with a pendant lamp or track lighting.
Bonus: Tricks of the Trade Mix and match. Use expensive materials on small, eye-catching areas, such as an island, and a lower-priced material elsewhere. But check whether the store requires a minimum order. Although the color and pattern will vary by piece, a visit to the stone yard can turn up pieces that work together. You can also save by using ¾-inch-thick stone rather than the typical 1 ¼-inch.
For far too long homeowners have walked away from the big box stores with their hopes dashed by inexperienced “salespeople” (or experts) who don’t know how to help you get what you want at a price you can afford.
We want you to have the kitchen of your dreams, even if you don’t buy it from us. In fact, I actually suggest you go to your local big box store to prove to yourself that what we’re saying is true. You can use any of the methods we talked about to save on your kitchen remodel, no matter who you choose to improve your kitchen. We just don’t want you to go on thinking you have to keep compromising.
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