Step 5: Set Priorities
Knowing what's important to you -- and what's not -- helps cut costs. For example, if solid-wood cabinetry is not important, you can save money with units that contain medium-density fiberboard doors and laminate interiors, then apply the savings to what really matters to you, be it granite countertops or high-end appliances. But if fine cabinets are a priority, you can pair them with more economical countertops and appliances and still have a great-looking kitchen. Just don't scrimp on any one area so much that it interferes with good function.
Step 6: Go With A Pro
Working with a design professional is one of the best ways to get the most for your money. And it doesn't have to be costly. Many showrooms and home centers offer free design services, and some designers will do an initial in-home consultation and budget estimate at no cost. Even if a designer charges an initial fee, it usually pales in comparison to the total cost of a project.
If nothing else, designers also have access to resources and products that may not be available to you on your own. Their novel kitchen remodeling ideas may save you money. Besides, going it alone can be risky. Do-it-yourself design, labor and installation by friends and family, and products and materials from unproven sources invite problems that outweigh any cost savings.