It’s easy to get a little out of hand in the kitchen, and no I’m not just talking about cooking. The kitchen is one of the most used, examined, and occasionally coveted room of the house. It is also the most expensive to upgrade, especially with kids. With kids you want your kitchen to be safe, as well as amazing; an expensive combo. So, here are some tips to decking your kitchen, without emptying out your wallet.
First off would be the cabinets. Brand new custom cabinets are expensive. They look great, but they could break the budget by themselves. Instead, look into premanufactured, modular kitchen cabinets. They may not be as fancy as custom cabinets, but they look good, cost loads less, and are relatively easy to install.
Second would have to be your counter tops. Everyone loves marble and granite counter tops, but when you’re on a budget, that’s just not feasible. Instead, look at ceramic tile. It comes in any color you can imagine and costs about a tenth of what granite does. Another option is solid wood. Wood can be cut, sanded, and treated to accommodate any surface. There are plenty of wood types, it’s not terribly expensive, and adds a kind of warmth to the kitchen you won’t get with anything else. The last cheapish option is quartz. It’s more expensive than the wood or the tile, but the stuff is indestructible. It’s great for families as kids will probably play in the kitchen.
Then there’s the stuff that’s going to go on the counters the appliances. Kitchen appliances, can look really fancy, but also cost the most in the kitchen. It might surprise you, but experts say there’s not too much difference between the high-end appliances, and the less expensive ones. Yeah you won’t get all the same bells and whistles, but will you ever really use them? If you can live without a Samsung refrigerator with a touch screen, and your Chef Crockpot with extra programmable buttons, go for the cheaper option.
Lastly, is the flooring. It may surprise you, but less expensive flooring can actually be more cost effective in regards to resisting the wear and tear of kitchen use. Ceramic tile and Plastic laminate is cheaper, resists wear, tear, and dents, and is also much easier to clean than say wood flooring. Another great option is vinyl. Vinyl flooring is very inexpensive, easy to install and will last a long time. The best part is, it can be designed to imitate the look of more expensive floorings, without you actually having to pay for them.
As always, if you have any questions about your kitchen or pretty much anything stop by or call National Realty Group. We are the One-Stop Solution offering Real Estate Sales and Mortgages. You can also visit our website at NationalRealtyGroup.com.