Is Your Kitchen Small And Outdated? Splurge On Space And Conserve On Materials

If you have an old, small kitchen and you want to make a change, talk with a kitchen contractor, like Genuine Home Builders Inc, about adding space while sticking to a budget. You can improve the kitchen area by updating the interior and moving the exterior wall out a few feet -- yes, even a few extra feet can make a big difference in your kitchen's look! Here are a few ways to update your kitchen, increase your space, and stay on a budget:

Use Plank Tile or Engineered Wood

The ceramic or porcelain plank tiles that look like wood and engineered wood are great options for people that love the appearance of hardwood, but don't have the budget for it. Talk with the contractor to see if this can go over the existing flooring and to find out what products you can get at the lowest cost. These are easy to install, durable, and easy to clean -- on top of looking like real wood.

Use Stock Cabinetry

You can get stock cabinetry installed instead of custom cabinetry options to save a ton of money. The stock cabinetry is still real wood and comes in a variety of stains, and you can even get cabinetry to paint if you are looking for a unique color to put in your kitchen. Hardware or trim can be added to improve the look of your cabinetry if you want, but it isn't necessary.

Add Space while Conserving Money

When you add space to the kitchen, tell the contractor that you would like to do a slab instead of a crawl space. This will keep costs down and you won't need a crawl since you already have a crawl or basement under the original area of the house. You may also want to avoid adding electrical outlets or heating and cooling vents on the expanded wall to save on costs. 

Look for Builder-Appliance Packages

You can get builder packages, which are low-cost appliances that come in a set for builders to use in new construction properties. You should be able to get an oven, refrigerator, and dishwasher that all match for a low cost. It doesn't matter if you want stainless steel, black or white, since bundling the appliances together is going to help you save a lot of money. The contractor should also have access to hardware packages to upgrade all of the door knobs, hinges, light fixtures, and other items that are outdated in the space.