Common Reasons Kitchen Remodels Go Over Budget

kitchen remodelThe kitchen is the most expensive room in your home to remodel. Unexpected expenses on top of that already high cost can quickly push your project further over budget than you had ever anticipated. There are a few common areas that tend to send kitchen remodels over budget, knowing those reasons before beginning your remodel could save you from biting off more than you can chew.

Custom Cabinetry

Custom cabinetry is beautiful but pricey. Instead of spending thousands for custom cabinets, consider repurposing and refacing the cabinets you already have. You’ll be amazed at the unique styles that could be hiding in the cabinets you already own. The money saved on custom cabinetry can be put into other areas of your kitchen that truly need it.

Expensive Appliances

It can be tempting to purchase the best appliances on the market, but the reality is that most families won’t utilize all of their expensive features. Take a step back to view more realistic appliances that still have the expensive look without all of the unnecessary bells and whistles.

Making Significant Layout Changes

Working with the space that you have is important to stay on budget. By trying to remove low bearing walls and expand your kitchen, the price tag will rapidly rise. By making small changes to the layout to improve functionality without tearing down walls and starting from scratch you can create a totally new space at a much lower cost. If you do decide to make significant layout changes, meet with a contractor first to get realistic pricing and estimates in mind. You’ll likely have to slash other areas of the budget to make the changes happen, and you may still go over budget.

Unrealistic Expectations

Many homeowners look at their kitchen and create an unrealistic version of the remodel in their head. Many add-on features and cosmetic changes add up, quickly sending you over budget. Before you begin your remodel it’s a good idea to create a list of needs and a list of wants. Cross of the needs first, then get a few of the wants with the remaining budget. Functionality is the most important aspect of any kitchen remodel so remember how your space is actually used on a day to day basis to determine where your money should actually be spent.

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