The kitchen is such an important space for remodeling that it is easy to be tempted to spend big on the project. Some parts of the kitchen might very well need a major overhaul, but this is not necessary for every aspect of the space. To be clear, if you can afford it, you can justify almost any big budget change you make to the kitchen. However, you might be spending money needlessly if you target all kitchen features for an expensive makeover.
The Splurge Items
Even if you’re ready to spend big on your kitchen remodeling project, a little thoughtfulness is warranted. Your choices must be guided by the overall them, and you should strive to achieve balance in the space.
- Countertops and backsplashes. These usually take central focus in the kitchen so it makes sense to choose the highest quality. Fortunately, you can have an attractive backsplash without spending a lot, thanks to the expanding range of material options. Quartz, granite, lava stone and marble are the priciest options.
- This one usually some debate, because some people spend big on appliances at the expense of the cabinets and other kitchen features. Start with a plan that outlines the features you look for in your appliances. Newer, more energy-efficient products may seem costly at first, but they usually pay off in a few years. It is unwise to spend big on appliances just for the look.
- You can save money on some cabinet features, but for the most part, you should spend extra for top quality. You should expect to pay more for adequate storage, and features like roll-out trays, and swing-out shelves.
- Homeowners now have access to many cheaper flooring options, but they are not good for kitchens. This is typically a high traffic area, so you should be willing to spend more on the best materials.
Saving on Kitchens
While you might want a luxury look in your kitchen, some expensive changes will be unnecessary. Here are some of the areas that might be fine just as they are.
- The lighting. If you have enough lighting in the kitchen, why spend more make changes? Even if there are new lighting fixtures on the market, this does not necessitate an update in your kitchen. If your fixtures make a good visual contribution to the space, just leave them unchanged.
- The kitchen island. As useful as it is, a kitchen island is not vital to your kitchen. If your layout and meal preparation could benefit from having one, you can keep the design simple.
- Kitchen hardware. Fancy pulls and knobs can be on the expensive side, but many cheaper products offer the look of luxury as well. Many attractive kitchen accessories are made from pewter or bronze, which offer beauty for less.
If you want a luxury kitchen, do not start the process by looking for the cheapest materials; start by thinking about what you want and then see which products can best meet your needs. Always go for functionality over style, especially in the kitchen. Give us a call at 404-378-6962 if you’re in the Decatur area and would like to design a luxury kitchen with our design team.