Economy, Full-size and Luxury Kitchens

Steve Martin - Monday, May 20, 2013

The Economy Kitchen Remodel

This kitchen remodel is proof that basic doesn't mean boring. The colors, sense of fun and attention to detail all contribute to a kitchen that is a joy to use. 

A $20,000 to $30,000 kitchen remodel (done by professional designers and construction workers) typically has:

1. The same structure as your current kitchen.
By keeping the appliances and fixtures in the same locations and keeping the space intact, there's little need to redo plumbing and electrical work.

2. Simple lighting. Using Light fixtures like the ones shown instead of recessed lights. Fixtures illuminate the space efficiently and are inexpensive. Plus typically hold 60-watt bulb whereas others can have 120, 180 or even more watt.

3. Basic appliances. No built-in appliances, warming drawers, wine coolers, microwave drawers and so on.

4. Ceramic tile backsplash and vinyl flooring. Whether it's the backsplash, flooring or other surfaces, using basic and inexpensive materials will help you keep costs down. Simple and straightforward white ceramic tile works well for the backsplash, and a vinyl tile floor can make a

real design statement.

If you don't like it or don't have the budget for ceramic tile, try using a simple laminate 4-inch tall backsplash and paint the rest. Just use a durable, easy-to-clean paint. And for the floor, try sheet goods such as linoleum.

5. Refinished cabinetry.Keep your costs down by reusing the existing cabinets. Maybe some refinishing or new doors or a few new cabinets are all that you need to get the function and style you're looking for. Survey your existing cabinets to determine their condition, size and whether it makes sense for them to be refinished. After all, it wouldn't make sense to refinish or put new doors on cabinet boxes that were damaged beyond simple repair.

6. Stylish details. With touches such as glass at the cabinet doors, you can incorporate a lot of style at a minimal cost.

7. Laminate counters.Laminates have developed quite a bit over the past few years. With better edge designs and photo printing, it's easy to save the money and use laminate. And dressing up the edge is one really nice and inexpensive way to make a laminate counter shine.

Another low-cost option for a countertop is ceramic tile, especially if you do the installation yourself.