Top Secrets for Saving Money on Home Remodeling


It’s no secret that home remodeling can be expensive, but it can make such a huge difference in how much you enjoy your home that it’s certainly worth doing. If you are concerned about the expense, we understand. Home remodeling jobs here in the Phoenix area run the gamut from a couple of thousand dollars for basic bathroom remodeling in Surprise to projects in the hundreds of thousands on some of the high-end homes in Tempe. We’re happy to work with all our clients to come up with a home remodeling plan that is appropriate for the house you own, fits your budget, and helps you save (and keep saving) money on your home remodeling.

Naturally, we’d love to perform a full home renovation or add additional living space to your home, but we’re happy to do smaller jobs too. These money-saving secrets will help you come up with a plan to get the most for your money on whatever home remodeling you want to do.

Use Color Psychology to Your Advantage

There has been a lot of research done on how color affects people, and much of it can be applied to home remodeling. Painting is one of the least expensive ways to create big effects in a house, but can be one of the most effective. You can create a bright, playful space in a child’s room simply by painting one wall a color that you love, and can turn a boring dining room into an elegant place to entertain with a few muted shades that vary enough to bring out the chair rail and trim without being too bold.

There are whole books on color psychology, and a lot of information you can easily access online regarding the effects of each color. For example, lavender is a soothing, relaxing color, so is a wonderful bedroom choice, but yellow is energizing, so is more appropriate for the kitchen. Simply by changing the color of a room, you can give it a whole new effect on the people who use is.

Invest in One Dynamic Improvement

If you are not able to do a full remodel, you can maximize the impact of what you do by focusing on one big change. If you are looking to remodel your kitchen, consider French doors that open onto a patio. Outdoor living space is very much part of the modern home, and kitchen patio doors not only make it much easier to have breakfast outside or barbecue in the evening, but they also give the kitchen the feeling of much more space. If that idea doesn’t work for your kitchen remodel, a striking backsplash is all it takes to bring the whole room up a notch in style. Thanks to the popularity of designer backsplashes, there are many options available today that are much less expensive than they were when each one had to be designed and installed tile by tiny tile.

Consider Expense Tradeoffs

Installing insulated windows may seem pricey, but take a look at your heating and cooling bills. Glass is very efficient for heat-transfer, which means your windows are the primary place you lose heat in winter and gain it in summer. You may save a significant amount on utilities by upgrading insulation.

Keep Plumbing and Electrical Elements Where They Are

New appliances are usually included in a kitchen remodel, but you can keep costs under control by replacing them with units that work in the same layout as your present kitchen. Moving plumbing and electrical can require tearing out and replacing walls as well as changing the actual pipes, which can add a considerable amount to the overall cost of the kitchen remodel. Installing a separate shower and tub is a popular bathroom remodeling trend, but be sure to factor in the additional plumbing installation when considering adding a new fixture.

Work Within the Existing Layout

You will save a lot of money if you avoid moving walls and windows. If changing the size or shape of the room is within your budget, it can be a terrific way to take advantage of the latest and most efficient designs. Older kitchens are often too small for the most up to date appliances and additional features, so expanding is beneficial, but when cost is a concern, try to avoid it.

Upgrade Hardware, Handles and Faucets

Another way to get an updated look without replacing cabinets or major appliances is to replace the hardware. New knobs and drawer pulls can modernize the kitchen cabinets and replacing the faucets will give most sinks a new look without requiring any big investment in a whole new sink.

We hope these tips have given you a look into the world of remodeling and inspired you to see some ways you can improve your own home. If you have any questions, give us a call at 623-544-1211. Our certified design specialists would be happy to help you come up with a home remodeling plan that fits your budget.