Stretching in the Kitchen?
I’m talking about your Budget…not how far you can extend your hands to the floor.
Everyone is searching for ways to get the most out of what they have these days. One of the ways to do this is to re-think the kitchen you already have. Need more storage? Additional workspace? More connection to the rest of your home? or Upgrade your look? The following are some tips to help you stretch your dollars when designing or re-designing this hard working space…
1. Stretch up -Take your cabinets to the ceiling. This gives you additional storage space and avoids the need to decorate the top of your cabinets with stuff. You can order cabinet doors with a glass insert at the top and avoid the cost of a separate door that you would never use.
2. Upgrade using Stock cabinets – Many times trim can be added to existing or stock cabinets to make them look custom. Crown molding at the top of your cabinets and corbels under wall units, or remove doors and add trim around the openings to give your shelves a chunky look.
3. Try a Fresh Start – Paint can give your space new life. Try a new wall color or cabinet color.
4. Mix it Up – Really think about where you use different items in your kitchen. This could mean moving your pots and pans to a hanging rack (get creative) to make room for other large items or storing all of your baking supplies together in the island.
5. A New Path – Would your kitchen flow better if there was a different path to through it or a doorway was added or subtracted?
6. Open it up – Open shelving is an economical way to give everything a place. Its great for the items that you use a lot.
7. Use what you have – An island can be an expensive item. Sometimes a piece of furniture you already own can be modified to serve the same purpose, just top it with the counter of your choice. Craig’s lList, Goodwill, IKEA or your local flea market can be a good place to find cabinets and furniture for your project.)
8. Finishes – Save money by using granite remnants with standard edges for your counters. Consider cost effective solutions in other areas so you can splurge on an item like this. (Example: paint your existing cabinets) Give some attention to your back splash using tile.
9. Less is more – Can’t see the Family Room from your prep-area? Consider adding a view by removing part of the wall. (Of course I have to qualify this with – Check with a qualified builder/architect/engineer before doing this!)
10. Switch it out – Replacing the hardware on your cabinets is an easy and high impact way to update your look.
The options are endless, the ideas above will make your budget spring back into shape and add value to your home without draining your bank account.