Seven Ways to Save on Your Kitchen Renovation

She also added rollout shelves and a new range hood. “Then we painted the center open wall a charcoal gray, to add depth and contrast, and got some great Boffi linear pendants over the island, which changed the whole tone of the kitchen,” Ms. DiCarlo said. All new cabinets would have cost about $22,000, she estimated, but the cost to reface was just $2,500. The total cost of “the abbreviated kitchen renovation,” including new interior components and the Boffi pendants, was $10,800.


In a Brooklyn loft, Boffi linear pendants over the island changed the tone of the kitchen.

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OPT FOR OPEN SHELVES If your cabinets are too far gone to reface, open shelving will reduce the cost of upper cabinetry, said Liz Tiesi, the owner of Threshold Interiors. “That way you are only paying for the piece of wood to make the shelf and the bracket to hold it up — not an entire cabinet box, which is a lot more in material and labor,” she said. It also eliminates the need for hardware, which can add up, she noted.

Another way to reduce the cost of cabinetry is to use particleboard where no one will see it. “A lot of people think they have to have all-plywood kitchen cabinetry, and they don’t,” said Mina Fies, a designer in Reston, Va., and the creator of the Renovation Roadmap, a website dedicated to helping homeowners work with contractors and stay on budget and schedule, going online later this month. While plywood should be used under the sink (in case of a leak), Ms. Fies recommends using particleboard to build out the upper and perimeter cabinet boxes. “You can still use maple, cherry, hickory, etc., for the door and frame, which is what you actually see,” Ms. Fies said, noting that she cut cabinet costs by $1,420 using this method in a 17-by-15-foot kitchen remodel.


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