According to the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies, an estimated two million kitchens will be remodeled this year. It’s great news for manufacturers and contractors who will be seeing record-breaking sales but it can be tough on homeowners since kitchens are typically the most expensive room in the home to remodel. The average cost for a kitchen remodel is close to $30,000 and many homeowner’s who’d like an updated kitchen aren’t in a position to spend that kind of money. If you want to remodel your kitchen on a tight budget, here are some tips for keeping the costs down.
Make up your mind and don’t change it
The number one reason for a kitchen remodel going over budget is the homeowner changing his/her mind mid-project. On average, changing your mind in the middle of a kitchen remodel will add another 10% to the cost. To avoid this, take plenty of time before you begin the project to figure out what it is you want. Scour the internet for ideas so that you have a pretty good sense for what it is you want. Then when a new idea pops into your head after work has begun, just remind yourself that you already did the research and planned out the scope of the project to your liking.
Don’t rush the design and planning
Another thing that adds to the cost of a remodel is failing to plan sufficiently. Don’t settle for a rough sketch of the finished project. Invest in some virtual reality software or 3D drawings which get the measurements exactly right. Then, whether you’re doing the work yourself or if a contractor is doing it, the work can be done exactly according to the plans without any guesswork.
Don’t overpay for high-end materials
While you certainly don’t want to go for the cheapest materials even when you’re on a tight budget, you shouldn’t feel like you need to choose the most expensive items every time. Remember that price isn’t always a good indicator of quality. Exotic marble countertops are very pricey but no more durable than quartz which is much cheaper and very easy to clean and take care of. You can achieve the look of hardwood floors at a much lower price by getting look-alike porcelain tiles.
Remember function before looks
Looks are certainly important, but they’re not everything. So while you want your remodeled kitchen to look nice, it’s even more important that it meets the needs of your family and that it is functional. Within your budget, try to allocate most of the funds towards things that will make your kitchen more functional. For example, spend bigger on a nice over-the-range hood for proper ventilation and invest in some under-cabinet task lighting to make food preparation easier. Additional storage space is another good way to spend your money.
Do your due diligence when hiring help
DIY is always the cheapest if you can get away with it but if a project requires professional help, it’s cheaper to get it done right the first time with the help of a professional than to mess it up. So really do your homework and select a contractor with a good reputation. The contractor should be licensed and insured as well.
Measure the height from the floor to the top of the metal wall plate.
Follow our guide for baseboard heater cover measurement:
Any baseboard larger than 7 3/8" (188 mm) will be compatible with our standard cover.
Any measurement greater than 9 3/8" (238 mm) will fit our tall cover.
Measure from the bottom of the finned tube heating element to the top of the metal wall plate,
A measurement of 5 1/2" to 6 3/4" (140 mm – 172 mm) will fit our standard cover.
A measurement of 7 1/2" to 8 3/4" (191 mm – 222 mm) will fit our tall cover.
Measure the distance from the wall or the metal wall plate attached to the wall, to the outside of the finned tube heating element.
Any measurement of less than 3 1/8" (76 mm) inches from the wall will fit our
Any measurement of less than 3 1/8" (76 mm) inches from the wall will fit our tall cover.
EZ Snap™ Wall Widgets are used when your old or existing wall back plate has been removed or if you have to hang your new cover 1 inch or higher to bring them up to a height that will fit our installation guidelines. Just measure your overall desired height, subtract 1", drill a hole, preferably in a stud and attach it to the wall with the included screw.
EZ Snap™ Floor Fidgets easily raise your new covers ¾ inch to compensate for any ¾ inch floor (wood, tile, or other) that has been installed any time since your baseboard heater was originally installed. May be used for any reason when the overall height has been shortened and the total height is less than 7-½ inches for standard height or 9-½ inches for the TALL height EZ Snap™ BaseBoard Covers. Just use the self-tapping screws to secure them to the top of your existing wallplate.
EZ Snap™ Wall Contraptions are used when your wall back plate has been completely removed. EZ Snap™ Wall Contraptions receives your EZ Snap™ BaseBoard Cover and keeps your aluminum fin tube from sagging. These completely replace your wall back plate. To install, slide up from the bottom and make sure the top is at your desired height. Screw to the wall, then bend the front finger up to hold the fin tube in place.
Measure from wall to wall and subtract ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) The endcaps can be pulled or slid ½ inch outward on either end to fit your existing length requirements. Choose 2 flush to wall end caps.
Measure the overall length of the existing unit with ends attached then subtract ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) The endcaps can be pulled or slid ½ inch outward on either end to fit your existing length requirements. Choose 2 Closed or Open-end caps.
Measure from the corner to the end of the unit with ends attached then subtract ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) The endcaps can be pulled or slid ½ inch outward on either end to fit your existing length requirements. Choose 1 Closed or Open-end & 1 flush to wall end cap.
Measure the left side from corner A to corner B (see diagram). Then subtract 3 inches for the 90 degree inside corner, then subtract another ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) Repeat for the right side if also wall to wall. You need to subtract a total of 3½ inches from each side that is wall to wall. Choose your end caps.
Measure the left side from the corner of the wall to the end of the unit with ends caps. Then subtract 3 inches for the 90 degree inside corner, then subtract another ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) Repeat for the right side. You need to subtract a total of 3½ inches from both left and right sides. Choose your end caps.
L-Shaped outside radiators ending in the middle of the wall:
Measure from outside corner of the wall A to the end of the radiator unit with end caps attached B, then subtract ½" (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.)
Measure from outside corner of the wall to the corner of the wall, then subtract 1/2" (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.)
Left leg - measure from the corner out to the end of the radiator subtract 3" for the corner and ½ (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.)
Center leg - measure from corner to corner and subtract 3" for each corner a total of 6"
Right leg - measure from the corner out to the end of the radiator subtract 3" for the corner and ½" (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.).
We recommend that you order covers a little longer than normal and cut them on site, as there are many opportunities for mistakes in measuring and installation. By cutting on site you can fit and cut to fit. The covers can be cut with a good quality jigsaw and a fine metal cutting blade.
Now that you’ve learned how to measure baseboard heaters,
you’re ready to order.