Remodeling your kitchen is one of the best investments you can make within your home. Whether you choose to do a major overhaul of your kitchen or just tweak a few things throughout the space, homeowners can earn a high return on their initial investment. Major renovations often come in at $30,000 and can give you a return of 50%, but if do some research and choose the right contractor, it can be more than double that amount! But what if your search between the couch cushions doesn't exactly amount to 30K? Read the following kitchen remodeling project list for some ideas that can cost as little as $50 and still make a visible improvement.
- Custom Designed Cabinets: Cabinets are one of the first things you notice in a kitchen. Are they the right color? Is there enough space inside? Older kitchens typically don’t come with custom-designed cabinets that can extend to the ceiling to maximum space. New cabinets with a fresh coat of paint can improve any kitchen substantially.
- Updated Flooring: New floors, whether they are stone or wood, are next on the list of “must haves” in an updated home. If you already have wood flooring in other parts of your home, you should consider expanding it into the kitchen for an even texture throughout the house. If you don’t have wood floors, and prefer to go with stone or tile, make sure that the color goes well with any nearby carpet.
- Stone Counter-tops: Counter tops can be important if you are working with an older home. Granite or quartz counters are the most desirable stone counter-tops. However, you can also choose a material that looks like stone, Corian or other man-made materials that are cheaper and still have great quality.
- Change Hardware: Once again, cabinets are an eye-catching feature in your kitchen. However, homeowners tend to overlook the most basic features: hardware. Outdated, rusty or paint-chipped hardware can easily be fixed for a small price. Updated, shiny or unique hardware is instantly eye-catching and gives the impression that the kitchen is more updated.
- DIY Cabinet: If you want to simply touch up your cabinets, you can take the do-it-yourself route. With a few power tools, you can sand off any old finishes and repaint or re-stain the exterior. Do-it-yourself projects don’t have to be difficult, and they can also add value to your home.
- Update Appliances: You may be thinking, “Purchasing a $1,500 oven is not minor.” If you think about how much it is compared to a full scale remodel, updating your oven, microwave, stove or fridge can be considered minor. Plus, new appliances mean more energy efficiency and lower energy bills. Who can argue with that?