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  • How to save on your next kitchen renovation

Get the Kitchen of Your Dreams

HOSS Construction Editor Bryan Baeumler tells you where to splurge and where to save on your next kitchen renovation.

It’s no secret that the kitchen is a very important room in anyone’s house. And it can considerably increase—or decrease—the overall resale value of your home.Here are some of my tips about where you really should spend some money, and where you might want to save a bit, when undergoing a kitchen renovation.

The most important thing you can do to save money is to plan your kitchen layout and stick to it!If you don’t have a carefully thought out plan, you’re going to end up going over budget, and design a kitchen space that isn’t functional for you and your family.Make sure you take the time to sit down and make a plan.

Where to Spend

Sitting down with an expert

Although there are a lot of good online resources you can use to create a functional kitchen layout, I would recommend sitting with a designer. The planning stages are crucial to getting your kitchen redesign right, so think about hiring a bit of professional help to get the best results.

Dealing with stuff behind the walls

It’s a smart idea to spend a little extra money to deal with whatever’s lurking behind your drywall—electrical, plumbing and insulation. You want to make sure everything is well designed and completed properly. Have somebody come in and take a look to make sure these things are done correctly before going forward with the rest of your renovations. Trust me: this is NOT an easy fix if you find out down the road you have an issue with the rough-in work.

Upgrading to energy-efficient windows

You don’t have to do this. But if you plan on doing big renovation to your kitchen, perhaps think about replacing the windows if they are quite outdated. It will save you a ton of money in the long run.

Where to Save

Wanting a new layout vs. a new look

If your kitchen is still in good shape, but you want a bit of a facelift, don’t spend a ton of money on an entire renovation. Don’t rip out an entire kitchen when you just want new cabinets—and don’t install new cabinets when you just need to refinish the doors of your existing ones. Adding or changing up your backsplash is a relatively easy and inexpensive way to give your kitchen a new look. New hardware—drawer pulls and handles—goes a long way, too.

Cabinetry and countertops

Everyone is obsessed with countertops these days, and some homeowners spend as much as five figures on them. That’s fine if you can afford it, but there are a ton of great options that don’t require breaking the bank. Laminate is a relatively inexpensive option if you’re looking to save. It’s easy to install and requires little maintenance. Same goes for kitchen cabinets. Some people are convinced that custom cabinets are the only way to go but really, the material in your cabinets may not matter as much as you think.You may think you need solid wood doors, but it’s possible to get laminated wood or veneer doors that look great as well.


It’s not a bad idea to invest some of your kitchen renovation budget in great appliances; however, this is also an area where you can save a bit. There are definitely higher-end options and lower-end options. The lower-end options are not necessarily bad; they just might not have all the bells and whistles that the more expensive ones do.Again, look at your budget and the function you want your kitchen to serve before purchasing appliances. Make the best choice for your lifestyle and your budget—and save a little, if you want to!