Remodeling on a Budget

We here at Studio H2O know that remodel projects come in all shapes and sizes. There are a variety of ways to make a big impact without taking everything down to the studs. We sat down with our Kitchen and Bath Designer, Bethany Nebel to discuss some tips and tricks on how to get your dream remodel without blowing your budget.

The first tip Bethany has is to consider keeping your existing cabinets and only replacing the countertops, sink and faucet. This can help reduce the cost of your project while still giving it that updated feel you’re looking for.

“Changing your countertops alone can dramatically change the look and feel of your kitchen and create an inviting space that your family and friends want to gather in,” said Bethany.

The first thing to consider when shopping for new countertops is what type of material will work best for you; granite, quartz or laminate. Regardless of your budget, we work with expert, local fabricators who can help you find the perfect fit for your space.

It’s possible you feel that granite and quartz are not an option for your budget, but Bethany has a great tip to upgrade your project and still get the most bang for the buck.

“Remnants are a budget friendly way to upgrade to granite or quartz countertops,” said Bethany. “If you have a small countertop space, like in a bathroom for example, a remnant can be a great option to cut costs.”

Remnants are leftover pieces the fabricator has after they cut an entire slab for a larger project. The smaller the square footage you need; the more options you’ll have for available remnants. Remnants are available on a first come, first served basis and the inventory is constantly changing.

Another great, budget friendly option is laminate countertops. First things first, laminate has come a long way since the days of your grandma’s kitchen, so hear us out.

“At more of an entry level price point, laminate countertops can freshen up a space and make a dramatic transformation,” Bethany said. “Laminate has come a long way and there are plenty of colors and patterns to choose from. There are many options that offer movement to replicate natural stone countertops like granite or marble.”

The last design trick Bethany gave us was to considering making a small change like upgrading your cabinet hardware. This small change can make a big impact, especially if you’re planning on keeping your existing cabinets.

“Before searching for the perfect hardware, take note of whether you currently have knobs, pulls, or a combination of both. If you have pulls, be sure to measure the distance between the screws in order to ensure you select a style that will fit your existing holes,” said Bethany.

Bethany also advised to count all your hardware, at least twice, if not three times, to make sure you order the correct amount. There always seems to be one hiding!

If you have any more questions about renovation projects or want to learn more about what upgrades are possible in your budget, contact Bethany at 319-338-8275 or

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