5 Tips for Saving Money on Kitchen Renovations

Posted on: 2018-07-01


Kitchens, like bathrooms and dens, are undeniably one of the most popular rooms to renovate. As the heart of the home, a kitchen should reflect the residents that use it everyday– but keeping things affordable is just as important! If you want your dream space and some funds leftover in your budget, keep reading for Parabola Developments top five tips for saving money on kitchen renovation.

1. Be prepared

One of the most common pitfalls of kitchen renovation are the result of unprepared owners or residents. Always seek out firsthand accounts of similar projects from friends, relatives and professionals– ignore promises made by advertisements or reality TV home renovation shows. If you want to save money, the best thing to do is handle as much of the renovation by yourself as possible. Whether selecting contractors or D.I.Y. equipment, make sure to comparison shop while sticking to your initial plan.

2. Appliance reliance

Often a renovation is just an excuse to ogle fancy, new appliances. From wifi touchscreens to commercial specifications… Your kitchen can be as cutting-edge as you want, as long as you are ready to pay for it. If budget is a concern, consider repairing or overhauling your existing appliances instead of replacing them. If buying new units, try to find discounts on lightly used models and avoid moving the appliance outlets– changing plumbing or gas lines can be costly.

3. Cabinetry pageantry

When a reno is all said and done, property and homeowners might suffer some sticker shock when they receive a quote for new cabinets. Usually the cost is justified: cabinetry requires a lot of material and labour, even more so if you add personal touches and customization. To stretch your kitchen renovation dollar, try refinishing existing cabinets, replacing with self-assembly models or even converting to open shelves.

4. A little goes a long way

If you are redoing an old kitchen, it is tempting to make big and bold decisions when planning it out. Before the first hammer swings, take a breath and consider more subtle alternatives. Knocking out a wall? Consider a “cutout” or pass-through instead for less dramatic, more flexible results. Have your eye on intricate, recessed lighting? Try browsing a selection of prebuilt track lights– you may be surprised to see the wide range of tasteful and affordable options.

5. Surface circus

Modern trends have encouraged property- and home-owners to invest in counter tops and surfaces made from expensive slabs of exotic stone. Not only is that a major up-front investment, it can be an effort to maintain and costly (or impossible) to repair. Read some of Parabola’s other articles, then shop around for the most affordable synthetic surfaces featuring long-term durability and easy upkeep.

The five tips above should help you save some money if you are planning or undergoing a kitchen renovation. Do not be discouraged by preventable mistakes! You can avoid them by taking your time, renovating in phases and investing your dollars wisely. Questions? Concerns? Visit or contact Parabola Developments today!