We had been in our house about a year when we decided to tackle remodeling the kitchen! I dreaded the kitchen when we moved in. It was dark and the cabinets were literally falling off the hinges, it was a mess! We also knew we needed a lot more storage as well and wanted to expand the island. Our kitchen was in bad shape but we had a tight budget to complete the kitchen remodel!
Serious planning with your kitchen remodel is the best way to stay on track and not have surprises. Don’t be afraid to negotiate either! Put your budget on paper.
We started by listing out everything and I mean everything that we would need for our kitchen remodel, such as hardware, sink, countertops, backsplash, installation costs, fabrication costs, demo costs etc… I definitely recommend spreadsheeting it out! Create an inspiration board for your kitchen. Then start your research on places to buy cabinets, countertops, and installers, and start price shopping!
Steps in the remodel process:
1.). Create a rough layout and design for your kitchen to insure it is more functional than before, make sure you measure!
2). Then price out cabinets! We priced out cabinets at multiple places. We went to Ikea, Home Depot, and other local places. Ikea’s cabinets were going to run us over $5,000. Home depot was going to be around the same price and the local family owned place was about $4,000. The local company we chose had solid wood cabinets with dove tail drawers and soft close doors. We were beyond happy with the price and a good friend of ours had used them as well and was very happy! Make sure you find a great installer for your cabinets as well a lot of times the place you get your cabinets can install them or recommend someone.
3). Price out your countertop choices! Countertop selection was definitely the most challenging decision for my husband and I. I struggle with liking things that are not always the most practical. My husband on the other hand is all practical. I really wanted marble countertops but with much back and forth and knowing that with kids that might be a challenge, we decided on quartz (there will be a whole post on this).
4). Find a fabricator for your countertops they will install and cut the countertops. We found an amazing fabricator who didn’t make us pay additional fees for sink cutouts or drilling for faucets. That may not sound like a big deal but every penny counted. They charged us $30 a square feet to fabricate and install our quartz countertops!
6). Shop for sinks, hardware, faucets and lighting! Amazon is where we found all of this at amazing prices you can see some of the options below.
7). Find someone to demo your kitchen – we chose to donate our cabinets to a non-profit organization for veterans. It is a great cause and it allowed us to demo our kitchen for around $300.
Our breakdown of our remodel:
Demo of kitchen: $300
Installation of cabinets $600
Backsplash materials & installation $450
Total remodel cost: $9,750
*I didn’t include the appliances in this cost breakdown.
We are beyond happy with our remodel and wouldn’t change a thing! Serious planning is what helped make sure we stayed on track and chose the best options for our needs!
All after photos taken by Jamee Edwards Photography