Monday, March 28, 2011

Design Tips: Saving Money on your Kitchen Remodel

Are you thinking about a kitchen re-do? Check out Jennifer Adams' segment that appeared recently on Better TV. Jennifer walks us through her own kitchen (which is NOT pictured here ; ) pointing out the smart highlights.

If you can't afford a whole huge addition or massive remodel but still want to make a difference, here are some of Jennifer's tips.

1. Interview a lot of contractors. "Go with your gut" and eventually you'll meet a one that shares your philosophy.

2. To save money, ask if you can repurpose some of the old cabinets for use in the kitchen or another part of the house... maybe the laundry room or wet bar.

3. Stay focused on "the big picture" and don't try to do everything yourself, especially not electrical, plumbing, hvac systems or specialities such as granite or marble countertops.

4. Try to get great bang for your buck. Accents make a difference... a pretty backsplash, special trim on the floor or a special appliance like Jennifer's wine saver can make your budget kitchen feel upscale.

5. Plan ahead to save money. Know what appliances you want before starting will prevent costly changes later. Watch the clip for Jennifer's personal story!

Until next time!
-Elaine Bothe

Photo courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens website.

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