11 Quick & Affordable Kitchen Renovation Tips

Kitchen remodels can prove to be a wallet emptier if you don’t know exactly what you are after, or how to do it. That is why if you would rather save your hard earned money when you remodel, it is important to choose the best projects that will create the biggest impact but cost the least amount of money. If you are capable of staying focused on your desired results and eager to get your hands a little dirty with the projects, then you will certainly be able to have your kitchen update on your budget.

Here are 11 ideas to help with your kitchen renovations:

1. Change the lighting.

Any new stylish lighting can change the whole atmosphere of the room and be the center focus. Things such as blown glass pendants come cheap while bursting with style. This is a really cheap way to completely change the feel of your kitchen.

2. New Hardware.

Remodeling your kitchen could also include adding some new hardware to what you have. This will create a new look and add some variety. Just be careful with the price of this, especially if you have a lot of cabinets. To check the amount of new hardware you need, just count the number of knobs and pulls in your kitchen and see what hardware can fit in the budget that you have. There are lots of cheap options like brass pulls or knobs that you can find for around $10 per piece.

3. New Accessories.

It is difficult to decorate much in the kitchen, so you have to be sure to take every opportunity you have to decorate things. This could include using things like utensil holders that fit a theme or displaying things in rustic packaging.

4. Paint your cabinet.

Some kitchen cabinets seem to get old with their color, or they are just too bland. Try repainting to spruce up the look of your kitchen.

5. Only paint half of the cabinets.

One new modern style is to paint only your cabinets on the bottom and keep the bottom of your kitchen island black, then leave all of the upper cabinets a solid white.

6. Put in some sconces.

These provide an excellent light that creates a nice atmosphere. On a budget, you can find some plugin versions and then find a way to conceal the cord. Or if you have a little more money, you can hire an electrician to get them professionally done.

7. Use Rustic style.

Using things such as a farmhouse look can create a warming look to your kitchen. For example, you can replace a door for a sliding barn looking door, or even use an antique stool for decorations.

8. Use easy to install shelves.

If you do not have a lot of cabinet space, use some easily installed wood shelves with metal brackets.

9. Get a nice look by using Roman shades.

These will make your kitchen seem more like home and give it a nice feel. Make sure to match your shades with your glass doors for a nice unified look.

10. Paint the floor.

Painting the floor a nice color can create a new stylish feel for a small cost.

11. Look on Craigslist.

Some building materials or remodeling items can be found on Craigslist for very cheap. This is a great place to start if you are looking for some budget materials.

Article was written by Caliber West Renovations


Considerations before starting a home renovation project

vancouver-home-renovation-225x300Whether you are embarking on a home renovation or you have hired a contractor to carry out the project for you, there are some things as the homeowner that you should be keeping in mind. Building new construction and tackling a home renovation are entirely different processes and it is these differences and complications that you need to be aware of before you initiate a remodeling whether or not it is a DIY project or you have hired a contractor.


One difference that homeowners need to be aware of is the fact that new construction and renovation construction has a different set of standards. Further development is typically built to the minimum requirements from the ground up with generally minimal issues. While renovating an existing property usually has to be brought up to the current building codes which can create many issues and added labor to that project.

Another factor to consider is when building new construction, everything the builders need is laid out in front of them, whereas renovating an existing dwelling, the contractor or DIY homeowner has no idea what is behind those walls or under that floor. For example, when doing a bathroom renovation, contractors need to replace the subfloor due to moisture build-up which in turn damages the stability of the floor as well as may create a mold issue. Until the old level is brought up, however, it is near impossible to determine this.

Can you do the home renovations yourself or should you hire a contractor?

So when deciding to complete a home renovation, homeowners need to consider the following. If you are going to do it yourself, are you capable of handling those unforeseen issues and fixing the root of the problem with your know how? Secondly, if you’re hiring a contractor, does that company have experience with new construction or home renovations? The last factor to consider is, do you have a flexible budget so that you can financially fix these unforeseen issues that may arise and still get your dream renovation?

Still, have questions? Contact Caliber West Renovations for help with your Greater Vancouver home remodeling ideas.

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Be prepared before starting a home renovation project

There are many reasons that one may want to renovate their home. Some may want just to update the home; some may want to add value, while others may want to go as far as expanding the current space within the home. Whatever the reasoning is to start a home renovation project, renovators need to be prepared before the hammer drops.

Have a clear plan for your home renovation

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First homeowners need to have a clear plan. Before a home renovation process begins, it is best to sit down and figure out what the expectations of the project are, and how those expectations are going to be carried out. Is it a “do it yourself” project, or one that requires a general contractor?

Next homeowners need to decide how practical the project is. Putting in a new bathroom when the roof is leaking might not be the best way to spend the home renovation dollars. Another factor to consider is how the renovation is going to affect the home in the long run.

Finally, homeowners need to have a budget in mind. Before starting the project, go window shopping and price out some of the materials required to give an idea of some of the expected costs. If a contractor is hired, labor costs need to be considered, as well as any electrical or plumbing that may need to be addressed. Also, be prepared for the “unforeseen.” When doing home renovation projects, especially in bathrooms, homeowners need to be prepared for issues that may arise and have those calculated in the budget.

To get more advice and tips on home renovations: Marketwire – Renovating Your Home? Tips to Help You Save Time and Money

Contact Caliber West Renovations to help you plan your Vancouver home renovation project.