One of the latest trends in kitchen and bath remodeling is increasing the size , however if you are on a budget this is not recommended unless absolutely necessary.
Keeping the existing layout of your kitchen or bathroom is also a huge money saver. Moving the kitchen sink or bathroom toilet are two of the most expensive plumbing projects. If you must move your toilet, make sure to replace the pipes too (it may cost more money now, but it will save you money in the long run).
Donate your trash. Contact your local Habitat for Humanity and they will remove old materials and fixtures (you're going to throw out anyway) for free and you'll receive a tax credit.
You may also want to shop for your appliances and fixtures at your local Habitat for Humanity ReStore.
Limit recessed light fixtures (they are more expensive than flush mount and don't light as much space) .
Consider look-a-likes. Such as engineered hardwood ( has a core of hardwood, plywood, or MDF with a hardwood veneer glued to the top) or porcelain wood-look tiles (porcelain tiles that are made to look like wood).
Engineered Hardwood Porcelain Wood-Look Tiles
Use standard sizes (anything that's not standard will cost more)
Plan ahead and stick to your plan. Changes during the project tend to cost more and take more time.
Consider an acrylic shower base (Since you don't put tile on these, you will save money).
While a commercial range and fridge would look nice, they aren't necessary ( unless you're a Chef).
Use chrome fixtures. Chrome may not be what's 'in' right now, but it's much cheaper and has more selections.
If you're remodeling your kitchen on a budget, keep all of your current appliances. You can update your appliances later .
Use simple 4x4 backsplash tiles (in kitchen) with little or no decorative tile .
Only tile around your shower (the more tile you use, the more money you will spend). Also limit niches and alcoves (these will cost more for tile and installation).
Try butcher block or laminate countertops (see our previous post in our Kitchen section about countertop selections).
Don't overlook big box stores like Home Depot and Lowes, they have decent brands at good prices.
If you're on a very tight budget, you can have the walls painted, change the knobs and handles on all of the fixtures/furniture, and paint your cabinets or vanity. This can give you a dramatic change without a lot of money.
If want to try a DIY project and you've never laid tile, it's best left to the professionals, since you will end up spending more money fixing mistakes than it would cost to hire someone .
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