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The Money-Saving Renovation Guide You Can't Ignore

Money-Saving Guide

Taking on a renovation project can be overwhelming, especially when you start to consider your budget. Luckily, there are some ways to save money, without skipping out on style. Check out our 5 money-saving tips when it comes to renovating your home.

Update Hardware

You may not have room in the budget to update all of your cabinets, but that doesn't mean you can't do anything to update them. Consider updating just the hardware on the cabinets. Changing the hardware can dramatically change the look of your cabinets, without completely breaking the bank. Consider this. What if you haven't updated your cabinet hardware since you moved in 20 years ago? Your kitchen is probably starting to look a little dated, right? What if you change out your dated hardware for something a little more sleek and trendy, such as knobs and pulls with a polished chrome finish? Doing this simple upgrade will help breathe some new life into your kitchen, without completely draining your savings. Plus, you can mix and match your hardware, meaning you can spend a little more on pulls, but save some money by spending less on knobs.

Reface, not replace

One of the biggest ways to save money on your renovation is by refacing cabinets instead of completely replacing them. This could be a great option for you, especially if you plan on keeping the same layout that you currently have. Refacing typically costs 30-50% less that receiving brand new cabinets. Refacing cabinets simply means that the front of your cabinets are getting a face lift, but the cabinet box itself stays the same. Not only will this save you money, but it will save you time as well. The entire refacing process, from start to finish, can take up to 6 weeks, whereas the entire process of receiving brand new cabinets can take at least 8 weeks.

Click here to learn more about refacing cabinets and the Waukee CabinetWorks process.


Did you know that something as simple as the overlay of your cabinets can affect the overall price of your project? While you really can't go wrong with any overlay, between a full overlay, a partial overlay or an inset cabinet, your budget may dictate the one you go with. Overall, installing partial overlay cabinets will save you the most money, while installing inset cabinets will cost you the most money, as they require more skill to fabricate and install. At the end of the day, you'll actually end up with more storage space going with a cabinet that has a partial overlay, as opposed to an inset cabinet, giving you more band for your buck. Since partial overlay cabinets leave some space between cabinet doors and drawers, you do not need to have hardware, saving you even more money.


Something to really think about when designing your kitchen or bathroom is the color you want your cabinets to be. Using standard colors on your cabinets will is a more economical option than going with a customized color. Every cabinet line has their own set of standard colors, but choosing something completely different is could end up being extremely costly.

Learn more about the types of cabinet lines Waukee CabinetWorks carries and the standardized colors that are available by clicking here.

Keep the same layout

Changing the layout of your kitchen or bathroom is going to really start cutting into your budget. If you can, leave the layout alone. Changing the layout means you may have to deal with plumbing or electrical work. It can cost about $5,000 each time you move appliances, such as a dishwasher or stove. Additionally, it eliminates the option to reface the cabinets, which is going to be costly. If you really do need to partially change up the layout of the kitchen or bathroom, you can save some money by refacing the cabinets you leave alone.

Renovating any part of your house can be expensive, but there are areas in which you can save a lot of money. Consider what is most important to you and where you think you can save a little money. No matter what you do, create a space that is beautiful and functional for you. Waukee CabinetWorks would love to help you create a space of your dreams. Book an appointment today to meet with one of out designers to help you begin this process.

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