The first decision to make is whether to go standard or custom. Going custom offers more flexibility. With custom cabinets, you can create something that will fit both your space and your taste; however, custom work is significantly more expensive. Standard cabinets are the more affordable option, though standard issue does limit your options in terms of size and depth. You can also compromise by installing pull-out shelves and lazy susans in standard cabinets to maximize their storage space.
Whether you decide to go standard or custom, you’ll want to decide on the right material as well. Wood, natural or painted, is the most popular choice. It’s long lasting and durable — and you’ll find a huge variety of types and prices within the wood family. Less expensive alternatives are also available, such as composites, laminates and even metal or glass.
The factors contributing most to the cost of new kitchen flooring are the square footage needed and the material you choose. You must also be sure to factor in installation, which, depending on the materials used, can be your biggest flooring expense.
Unfortunately, the most affordable flooring options generally add little or nothing to the value of your kitchen. That said, the cheapest way to get something under your feet is to go with vinyl or linoleum. Sheet flooring is less expensive, not only because the materials are cheaper, but also because the installation is simple and you can easily do it yourself.
The quality of the appliances in your kitchen will affect price as well as the perceived value of the room. Expensive kitchen appliances are often longer lasting and more dependable than their cheaper counterparts; however, you must also take into consideration energy ratings, brand names and warranties. Appliances that cost less but have better energy ratings may end up saving you large amounts of money in electricity or water bills over time. In that same vein, high-priced appliances may carry a lifetime warranty that will also save you money on repairs in the long-term. Be sure to research what is really behind the price of your kitchen appliances before making the investment.
A lot of factors can and will affect the cost of your kitchen remodel: materials, location, labor, unforeseen problems, etc. Materials, for example, will be one of the biggest factors in the total cost of the remodel. In many cases, more expensive materials require special installation, which increases labor and time expenses. Installing less expensive materials yourself will decrease the total cost of your remodel, so choose your kitchen remodel materials carefully.
If you want to cut the cost of each of these materials, consider going for less expensive alternatives. This means choosing stock cabinetry, laminate countertops and tile flooring and doing some of the painting or staining yourself.