Kitchen Remodeling: Choosing Materials and Finishing Touches Wisely

Are you aware that the cost of the materials that you choose for your kitchen remodel is what is going to take up the most of your budget? 

It’s true, which is why we always caution our clients to choose their materials and finishing touches carefully, especially if they are working on a tighter budget to begin with. 

Here are the items that we have found need to be chosen carefully during your kitchen remodel:

Countertops

The countertops in your newly remodeled kitchen is one of the biggest tickets items you will have. In fact, it can be super easy to use more than half of your budget on just this one item! There are multiple materials available and each one has its advantages and disadvantages. We suggest sitting down to weigh the pros and cons of each one before making a decision, as you may find that one of the cheaper options will benefit you more than the higher priced ones. 

Lighting

The lighting in your newly remodeled kitchen is very important, yet most homeowners like yourself are more than willing to forgo some of these finishing touches. Whether it is an oversight on their part or simple denial, the truth is that you need numerous lights within this space in order to see what you are doing. We recommend installing different lighting fixtures throughout the kitchen and having each one meet the requirements of the space that you are putting it in. 

Windows

The windows in your kitchen will bring lots of natural light into this room, which is why we often do not recommend skimping on this feature. However, this may not be the best space for a massive bay window or other custom window sizes. 

Cabinets

New cabinets can cost a small fortune, especially if you have them custom made for your space. That is why we recommend refinishing the cabinets that you have if they are in good shape or ordering stock cabinets whenever possible. 

Flooring

The floor in your kitchen will not take up a huge amount of your budget, but it can add to the costs depending on what material you use. Laminate flooring can be purchased for a lot less than real wood floors, which means you can save a significant amount of money right there. 

We recommend that you work closely with your contractor to choose materials and finishing touches that will last a long time without breaking your budget at the same time. Contractors are a wealth of information when it comes to these items and they know which ones are often better than some of the others.