When Price is an issue: Part 1

Price is always an issue!  I can count on less than one hand how many times price was of no consequence whatsoever.  Real people have budgets.  In this post I’m going to talk about ways to get your kitchen remodel costs down, and, on the other side of that, when you’re cutting too much.

Your kitchen will consist of 5 major expenditures, and I’ve divided each of these up into their own brief posts.

  1. Labor
  2. Appliances
  3. Backsplash
  4. Countertops
  5. Cabinets

We’ll start with Labor.  Depending on your house and skill level, there may be no way around labor.  For the handy and construction savvy, consider yourself ahead of the game.  Anything you can do yourself is obviously a savings.  However, just because you watched some youtube tutorials doesn’t mean you’re ready to take that wall down.  Don’t go in over your head just to save a buck.  You could end up with a disaster on your hands.

One way to save that I definitely do not recommend is hiring the cheapest contractor.  I’m talking about the guy in a van who said he can do all the things you want for thousands of dollars less than anyone else.  I actually have a vested interest in seeing the work on my designs done right.  One too many times, I’ve had a client who went with “Dan in a Van” because the price was right and they sounded ultra confident.  This leads to a shoddy remodel and when the contractor is MIA guess who gets an angry phone call. Me.  If you need a contractor, and can’t afford a good one, you may need to hold off on that project for now.  Be Patient, and get it done right.

Lastly, there are some things we can do in the design process that help to keep labor costs under control.  Simple things like designing around existing plumbing and electrical.  The less you have to do inside the walls, the better.  Also, obviously, keeping doors and windows where they are, the way they are, is conducive to cost saving.

I’m going to say this on all of these posts…. If all the cost cutting leaves you with a product that you don’t like, wait and do it another time.

Next week is appliances and backsplash!

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