01 of 08
Introduction: Lowering Your Remodel Costs
What's the chief problem with kitchen remodeling on a budget? Answer: no one but you cares about keeping the remodel within budget.
Surprise, surprise, huh? All the parties involved--contractors, designers, suppliers, etc.--in your kitchen remodel may (on the good end of things) tacitly agree to your stated-upon budget and then forget about it until reminded.
On the bad end, you may find a contractor or architect who willfully tries to punch holes in your budget--upward, of course. Yes, it happens.
So, when you're trying to keep the renovation within a budget, you need a friend. One friend I found is from Do It Yourself Kitchens: Stunning Spaces on a Shoestring Budget (pub. 08/22/2011; Wiley under the Better Homes & Gardens imprint).Continue to 2 of 8 below.
02 of 08
Kitchen Remodel For $1000 Or Less
The book provides kitchen remodel ideas within four budget levels, $1,000, $2,500, $5,000, and $10,000. Each kitchen's total estimated cost is itemized fairly accurately by materials cost (sinks, flooring, paint, etc.) and, though this is a DIY book, the occasional labor charge.
This kitchen comes in well under a grand, and the book admits that it was more a matter of burnishing the good and fixing the bad. Designer Stephen Saint-Onge, whose book here, stepped in to get this basically-fine kitchen into photogenic shape.Continue to 3 of 8 below.
03 of 08
Kitchen Remodel For $2500 Or Less
Believe me, this was one hideous kitchen before the remodel (you'll find the "Before" in Do It Yourself Kitchens).
For around $2,500 the owners injected some well-needed urbanity into this suburban classic. Much of the work consisted of simple-and-easy things: new hardware, paint, lights.
Almost half of the cost ($1,000) consisted of labor, presumably the services of a designer who guided them in the right direction.Continue to 4 of 8 below.
04 of 08
Rein In Kitchen Remodel Costs By Fixing Cabinets
It's worth noting that $2,500--or even $10,000--is rock-bottom cheap when it comes to a kitchen remodel budgets.
Taking a stab in the dark, I'd say that the average cost of a kitchen remodels runs around $24,000. And in practice, that still tends to be a low estimate.
So what we're looking at in Do It Yourself Kitchens: Stunning Spaces on a Shoestring Budget are not costly tear-out-and-replace projects, but smarter (and Earth-smart) projects that aim to inject some love and life into what you've already got.
This homeowner tackled the difficult issue of kitchen cabinets. Instead of buying new cabinets, she undertook a series of measures that were low-cost and fun to do--all detailed in the book.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
05 of 08
Kitchen Remodel For $5,000 Or Less
Let's double our kitchen remodel budget and go up to $5,000. Where does that take us?
This homeowner put over a thousand dollars in new appliances for her lake cottage. Everything else amounted to cosmetic fixes--counters, faucet, paint, and so on.
Do It Yourself Kitchens underscores the point that because the home is only 8-10 feet from the lake, the owner wanted eco-friendly touches including low-VOC paint and bamboo flooring.Continue to 6 of 8 below.
06 of 08
$5000 Kitchen Remodel
Once again, a kitchen remodels budgeted in the $5,000 range (it actually came in well under that). Everything that this homeowner did was purely DIY, except for maybe wheeling in the new $1,400 fridge.
Kitchen layout is important. The book shows you four of the most basic kitchen footprints--L-shape with island, two-triangle, two-wall galley, and U-shape with the island.Continue to 7 of 8 below.
07 of 08
Kitchen Remodel For $10,000 Or Less
This kitchen remodels, budgeted for around $10,000, fixes the formerly hideous kitchen.
One secret is that the homeowner replaced the cabinets with open shelving. Result: an airy feel, almost like that of a commercial kitchen.
Would you believe this is only an 8'x10' kitchen? The book Do It Yourself Kitchens gives details on how the homeowner did something simple to add counter space and improve workflow.Continue to 8 of 8 below.
08 of 08
Kitchen Remodeled For Less Than $10000
And for the last $10,000 budget kitchen remodel--if you think $10K is steep, you missed something earlier--a Cape Cod-style kitchen in Houston, TX.
Fortunately, the layout was good enough to keep. Changing around the kitchen footprint is one sure way to drive up costs like crazy.
So, check out Do It Yourself Kitchens: Stunning Spaces on a Shoestring Budget and learn how to remodel your kitchen on a budget--whether "budget" to you means $1,000 or $10,000.
Disclosure: A review copy was provided by the publisher. For more information, please see our Guide Conflict-of-Interest Policy.