When you’ve made the decision to refinish your kitchen, you’re faced with a number of options, prices and situations that will determine your budget and the overall finished product that you’re going to get. Most homeowners set a budget first, then determine what fits into this range, ensuring that they don’t end up spending more money than they want to get the brand new kitchen they’ve been dreaming of.
But, fitting your dream kitchen into this budget isn’t as easy as it seems and many times, people have a hard time setting realistic budgets based on what they’re looking for. For example, if you’ve got your heart set on granite countertops in St. Louis, expect that installation to take up a considerable amount of your budget. On the other hand, refinishing your cabinets as opposed to paying for brand new installations can help you get a great finished product while keeping costs down.
Quality versus price
The biggest give and take game that you’ll play when seeking out the right materials in your kitchen remodel is quality versus price. The old adage is that you pay for what you get—meaning that higher quality items will always be more expensive than their cheaper counterparts, which may or may not offer you the quality you like.
To narrow your choices in kitchen materials down, you’ll need to imagine your materials on a sliding scale: at one end, is high price and high quality, while at the other end, is low price, low quality. Position your imaginary slider where you think the most important compromise is. For some, this may mean sliding your scale all the way up and investing in granite countertops in St. Louis, paying the higher price. For others, the decision may come as a compromise: installing new cabinet faces, while keeping existing cabinet structures to cut down on cost.
Whatever your decision may be in the battle of quality versus price, remember that it comes down to your budget versus your expectations for the materials that you invest in.
Consider all options
Another issues that many people have when planning their kitchen remodeling budget is a lack of information. What one contractor tells you your options may be, another contractor may have a different opinion or different options to give you. It’s important to consider all of your options, so that you’re able to make the best decision possible when the time comes to pick the elements that will define your kitchen in the long run.
For example, you may like the look of granite countertops in St. Louis, but your budget doesn’t afford their inclusion. In this case, you may want to consider a granite-patterned installation that mimics the look of granite, but not the actual composition. This will give you the aesthetic that you’re looking for, without the cost that granite garners.
The best way to learn all of your options is to talk to many contractors or material experts. The experts at Mid America Cabinet Refacing are happy to advise you on all of the options available to you when it comes to kitchen and countertop materials and will help you pick the material that best suits your dream.