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Maximizing your kitchen remodel

A kitchen renovation tops the list for modernizing and adding functionality to a house. The kitchen is the heart of the home, where some of the best memories are made with family and friends. 

While it adds value, a kitchen remodel can be expensive. Knowing where to save and where to splurge is the key to reining in the budget while creating a remarkable space. 

Where to save

Cabinets – This is a huge part of any kitchen remodel, sometimes costing more than $30,000. Evaluate the doors and the strength of your cabinets to determine if they need to be replaced entirely or if a quality paint job or refacing would create the look you want to achieve. If you aren’t sure about painting, contact a licensed contractor to ensure it is a possibility.

Cabinet Accessories – Soft-close drawers and doors are great, but don’t think you have to buy brand new cabinets to get them. If your cabinets are in good condition, consider changing out the hinges and drawer slides to soft-close options available at your local home improvement store. 

Appliances – If you are on a budget, there’s no need to splurge on designer names like Wolf or SubZero. There are high-end looks by other manufacturers like GE, Bosch and Fisher that are beautiful and more affordable than the luxury brands. My favorite is the Frigidaire Professional Appliance package, which offers a sleek, upscale look by combining the free-standing fridge and freezer to create a dramatic, 6-foot-wide unit.

Where to splurge

Stone countertops – As an integral part of your kitchen design, countertops can add beauty and function, often setting the tone for the entire space. The kitchen island is a gathering spot and highly visible, especially in an open concept home. If you are on a tight budget, consider updating the island to Calcatta marble, quartz or natural quartzite. 

Backsplash tile – This is an excellent way to bring another layer of design to the room. There are tons of tile choices today, including those that look like marble or natural stone. If you prefer a sleek subway tile, try using one of the many that add texture or shine to the space. 

Numerous options are available to help you achieve the look and function you need when remodeling your kitchen. If you are freshening up the room to sell your home, neutral decisions are always best. Using bold colors can cause some house hunters to move on to another home. 

Susan Siemiontkowski is a Realtor with Coldwell Banker Alfonso Realty. Reach her at (228) 239-2621 or

Written by Susie Siemiontkowski

Susan Siemiontkowski is a Realtor with Coldwell Banker Alfonso Realty. Reach her at (228) 239-2621 or

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