Most kitchen remodeling updates are about design as much as they are about functionality. Enter the backsplash. They function to protect kitchen walls from splattering grease, splashing water and suds from the sink, and spills that defy gravity, ergo get stuck to the walls. 😉
Today’s kitchen splashes are as integral to the layout and design of kitchens as cabinets, flooring and countertops. In fact, the look and materials chosen for countertops are generally a good place to start when considering the appearance of your own backsplash.
Here we provide a list of top 10 contemporary backsplashes and materials from most expensive to the least to help you visualize and decide which option would best work for your kitchen.
Planning and Completing an Amazing Kitchen Remodel That’s Worth the Money!
A kitchen may be the heart of the home, but only when it’s functional and appealing. Otherwise, it ends up being a place you only spend time when required. No matter how outdated your kitchen is, you can always update it with a tasteful and well-thought out kitchen remodel to fit your budget.
Regardless of whether you’re trying to sell your home or make it more functional for yourself, a kitchen remodel can be designed for any budget. Choose a low-cost upgrade if money is limited or a mid-range remodel if you have a small savings account designated for this project. If you want a completely new kitchen of your dreams, a high-end remodel is the only way to go! 😉
Each type of kitchen remodel features specific items and will give you a certain return on investment while enhancing your use of the space. Here is a list of projects included in each remodel project and what you can expect to pay and the ROI for the total project.
With this remodel, the focus will be on updating what you have and spending as little as possible while achieving a big impact. The motto here is only replace what is necessary. For instance, you wouldn’t replace your appliances if they are in working order. Same goes for cabinets. Instead of buying new cabinets, you would paint your current set or sand them down and re-stain them. You would update with new hardware, which would provide major visual impact for just a few hundred dollars.
Painting the walls is one of the easiest ways to update a kitchen without spending a lot of money. Another low-cost project is changing out the light fixtures and faucets. Many people add new lighting, such as under-cabinet lights to brighten the room and make it feel like new.
If you need to replace flooring in a low-cost kitchen makeover, laminate or vinyl is the best choice. Don’t worry: the flooring options available today look nothing like the vinyl from the 1970s and 1980s. They are stylish and even come in designs that look like real wood.
A low-cost remodel may sound like a dream come true, but you want to know the details. Here is a list of individual projects and how much they are likely to cost you in an average kitchen.
Update kitchen hardware – less than $100 for basic knobs and pulls, or $10-$15 apiece for something a little more stylish
Paint – $10-$20 per bucket of paint; another $10-$20 for primer if needed
Laminate flooring – can range from less than $1.50 per square foot installed for a bottom-of-the-barrel option to $3-$5.50 per square foot installed for a high-end laminate floor tile option
New light fixtures – less than $100 for the fixture
You can add other projects into your low-cost kitchen remodel if you can handle the work yourself instead of paying for a professional. In fact, most remodels on the low end of the budget are built up entirely of DIY projects. Believe it or not, it’s easy to make your kitchen look like new for well under $1,000. Average low-cost remodels will mean you spend between $5,000 and $15,000 to get everything you want.