Saving money on your remodeling project

The kitchen is a great place to start when making updates to your home. According to Remodeling Magazine’s 2013 Cost vs. Value report, a minor kitchen remodel should regain up to 75 percent of total remodeling dollars, based on the increasing value of the home. When concentrating on this essential part of the house, many homeowners look for ways to add to add modern and luxurious modifications without breaking the piggy bank.

From minor fixes to major projects, here are some ideas to get the most out of your remodeling dollars without breaking the bank.

Countertops: Serving as a critical piece of your kitchen space, adding new countertops can easily become the most expensive part of a remodel project. Homeowners like how granite and real stone look, but want a durable and affordable alternative to help them achieve their desired look on their budget.

Backsplash: To give a sleek and modern touch to your kitchen space, think about adding a new backsplash. Usually made from glass, ceramic or stainless steel tile, a backsplash is an inexpensive option for those who want to add an understated change or a little pop of color as an accent. When compared to other remodeling projects, this one is quick and simple.

Hardware: You can refresh the look of your whole kitchen for as little as $50. If the hardware on your kitchen drawers or cabinet has a dated appearance, invest in some new options at your local hardware store. Change out old, brushed stainless or gold knobs and pulls with the newer, on-trend styles offered in pewter or bronze. 

Porcelain tile flooring: If you want the look of stone flooring without the cost, look into the many offerings of porcelain tile. This sturdy, chip-resistant surface is easy on the wallet and can give long-lasting beauty to kitchen floors for many years. 

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