Surefire Money Saving Tips For Remodeling A Kitchen

Are you thinking of giving your kitchen a makeover but seem to be held back due to financial constraints? Doing any remodeling to any section of your home does require you to have some significant amount of money to foot the necessary expenses. However, it still is possible to remodel that kitchen even if you are working on a shoestring budget. Here are several surefire money saving kitchen remodeling tips that you can use.

• Know Your Finances

Always have and work with a budget because you need to be acutely aware of the much you intend to spend remodeling the kitchen. Make a list of the items you want to refurbish or change and the much it will cost you.

• Have A Remodeling Plan

Once you have a budget, you can draw a remodeling plan based on the much you will spend. In the plans, identify what you will repair, replace, and what will be a new inclusion into your kitchen. Also, know which aspects of the kitchen remodeling you will be able to handle yourself and with the help of family and friend and which will need you to hire professional assistance.

• Recycle, Re-purpose, Reuse

This is one aspect of interior design that is often overlooked. Several ideas can be found on RefindInteriors.com. It’s often overlooked but I encourage firms to always tell their clients to use what they already have. Often times, people don’t realize what’s available to them.  If you put the principles of recycling, re-purpose, and reuse, you just might lower your estimated kitchen remodeling budget. Quite often, it is not easy to know which items can be re-purposed or reused until you find another thing that needs to be replaced and you have something at hand that can work in its place. It only calls for a keen eye and a creative mind for you to make use of what you already have at hand.

• Diversify On Quality

Never skimp on quality in your bid to lower your kitchen remodeling budget. A more sensible approach would be to compare the quality of one material over another while consider the overall cost. For instance, you can opt to refurbish your kitchen counter-top with ceramic tiles as opposed to marble titles; the two are both high-quality materials that give a beautiful finish, but ceramic tiles are cheaper than marble tiles.

• A Bit of the Old with The New

If you have remodeled any other section of the house or not, the one thing that you will not is that remodeling is always not a complete makeover of the room. As such, the kitchen remodeling is a process that seeks to improve on the old by introducing something new. This ideology applies to every aspect, more so the kitchen style and decor.

While the remodeling may significantly affect the style of the kitchen, it most likely will not have a huge effect on the decor. The style is all about the kitchen layout and the placement of appliances and installations while decor will touch on the choice of color, textures, and patterns. Strive to find a balance between the old and the new in both the style and decor and you will manage to have a new look in your kitchen at half the projected cost.

On a side note, if you finally choose to take the plunge, watch this video to help you avoid any problems along the way:

Stone Fire Pit: Build Your Own at Home

The stone fire pit is a wonderful addition to any outside living area. If you choose to save some money and have some fun while doing so, you can build a stone fire pit yourself. This is not recommended to be a project for beginners, but if you follow these steps anyone will be able to create their own. There are many various styles of fire pits which range from fairly simple all the way to relatively complicated. Even the plainest types of stone fire pits look fantastic.

Starting off with the basic steps to create your own stone fire pit, choose a spot in your yard that will be large enough to accommodate your stone fire pit structure you plan to create. The spot you choose will need to be far enough away from any objects that are flammable. This includes tree branches, bushes, shrubbery, and others. Keep in mind that the walls of the stone fire pit are very thick, and will take up a large amount of space.

Next, find the center of the space you made for your stone fire pit and mark this spot with a stake. After that, take a string, tie it to the end of the stake, and stretch the string out to where you decide you would like the outer edge of your stone fire pit to be. Move this string around in a circle motion all the way around the stake to create the entire outer wall. Mark the line you created by either digging into the ground or marking with chalk. Clear this circle of grass and dirt to prepare for the next step.

Shorten your string by about twelve inches and create another circle from the center stake. This will be the inner wall of your stone fire pit, and be sure to clear the entire area between your two circles. Now you are ready for the concrete and stone. Mix the concrete and pour it into the evened-out circle created earlier in the pit area. Be sure that the concrete you mixed will go below ground level. Be sure to let the concrete set and dry completely before going onto the next step.

Now that you have created the base, you will need to use stones and mortar them up around the sides to create the walls of your stone fire pit.

Your stone fire pit should now be completed and ready to attract friends and family on your do it yourself home improvement project. Remember to keep all fire pit safety precautions in mind and have fun.