Oh, the joys of remodeling! You have so many ideas, hopes, and plans that you feel like your brain and heart could burst! You are dreaming of luxurious details in gold, you are thinking about marble countertops and, then, the word ‘budget’ rears its head. It seems like the remodeling of every room in your house is destined to be an expensive project. Because of all the fixtures, elements, and countertops, people believe that complete or partial kitchen and bath remodeling must break the bank.
In reality, all you have to do is get a little creative. There are still many things you can do to bring your vision to life – even if you are remodeling on a very limited budget!
Know exactly what you are working with
The notion of a ‘tight budget’ can mean different things for many different people. For some, that means having only $200 for the complete remodel. For others, that equals to spending upwards of $10000.
Renovations can change your homeowners insurance cost. So before you start acting on your plans, sit down with a pen and paper and write down the maximum sum you can set aside for this project. There’s no point in overestimating your financial capabilities and overdoing it in the budget department. You will only suffer from delayed consequences down the line.
With a budget in hand, it will be easy to browse through some budget-friendly bathroom and kitchen remodeling ideas and choose the ones you think will have the most effect on the overall look of your home.
Paint your cabinets instead of buying new ones
Walking into your kitchen, the first thing you are going to notice are the cabinets. They take up a lot of space, they are high in number, and they are a mandatory part of every kitchen. It’s that fact that makes them the perfect item for remodeling if you are going for a big change.
Then again, replacing all of your cabinets is one pricey endeavor. The point is to stay on the budget AND make an effective change.
With a fresh coat of paint and a few hours of your time, you will get a brand new kitchen – or at least, that’s what it will look like. You’ll just have to make sure you choose the right colors that will fit well with the rest of the kitchen and your house.
The final cost? While it all depends on the number of your cabinets, the materials you choose, and whether you opt for a DIY option or hiring contractors, you can expect to spend anywhere between $400 and $2500 for the job.
Online shopping as the holy grail of kitchen and bath remodeling
The new era has also brought a completely new way of shopping. Instead of spending days going from store to store, trying to remember all the things you saw, and going back for the ones you like, you can just turn on your computer and have your options laid out in front of you.
And the best part about online shopping is the fact that you will be able to find the best and cheapest deals. There are many stories of people who found their dream kitchens and bathrooms on Craigslist.
Besides, these days, there is a plethora of shipping options for your appliances and items, making online shopping that much easier.
So sit back and choose the cheapest cabinets, shower curtains, sinks, etc. the market currently has to offer. With a few clicks, you’ll have a renovated kitchen or bath – at a price you will be able to afford.
Invest in smart storage
No matter how much money you have invested in your bath and kitchen, the truth is that it will be in vain if a visitor walks in and sees a mess.
Unfortunately, not many people have the luxury of having a storage room. That’s when you need to be resourceful and invest in smart storage.
Both your kitchen and your bathroom could use upper cabinets. They can be used for storing your items, while also completing the overall look of the room.
Here’s a little bonus tip for your bathroom remodeling project – invest in a recessed medicine cabinet. One, it saves space and, two, it gives out a more modern vibe.
Limit the use of tiles
The bathroom is the room of the house with most tiles – but the kitchen certainly isn’t far behind. So if you are looking for kitchen and bath remodeling ideas, it only makes sense that you will come across the problem of tiles sooner or later.
Here’s the thing – tiles are expensive. Then again, they cover such a large surface that their replacement alone can be all the change you need.
If you are trying to remodel on a budget, the complete tile-replacement is not an option, but partial replacement could be.
Tiling a single horizontal strip along a wall and painting the rest of it will surely make an eye-catching detail.
Or you could use artistic and expensive tiles as an accent alongside a cheaper version. This resourceful design is certainly going to turn your bathroom or kitchen into a unique and noticeable room.
Just get creative
There are dozens of small changes you can make that will completely transform the place. One such example is changing all of your bathroom and kitchen fixtures.
You’ll be surprised how big of a change new curtains, towel racks, and doorknobs can make.
If you are trying to keep your kitchen sharp with your bathroom being close behind, you can always dig into used items.
Granted, it’s not an ideal situation that you have imagined – but it’s still much better than doing nothing for a room you haven’t changed in the last decade.
Don’t let the word ‘used’ trick you. Lots of second-hand items are in perfect shape and have only been in use for a couple of months. You’ll still have to pay for them, but the price will be much cheaper!
We know how hard it is to pull off a kitchen and bath remodeling project when you have restricted funds.
But with a bit of creativity and resourcefulness, you can definitely get a room you have been dreaming of for so long. All without making a dent in your household budget!