Kitchen Remodeling: Where to Splurge, Where to Save

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Kitchen Remodeling: Where to Splurge, Where to Save

Did you just win the lottery? Found out a rich uncle you knew nothing about just died and left you a small fortune? Bought a thousand shares of Google when it went public in 2004? No, you say? Well, join the club. In other words, like most people you have to live within a budget and that includes the kitchen remodel you want to do in your Waterford, MI home.

Kitchen Remodel: Pick & Choose

In order to save money during a kitchen renovation you must decide where you’re going to splurge and where you’re going to cut corners. Kotz Heating, Cooling & Plumbing has some tips to help you make those decisions.


Start by determining what’s important in your life. If baking and cooking are the loves of your life, you will likely invest more money in appliances and may want to splurge on a professional quality range. If you love entertaining in your home, you’ll want to make sure your kitchen remodel is focused on making the room a social space. You will likely want to splurge on things like a wine cooler or a warming drawer. A large family will need more emphasis on lots of storage space.


Don’t make the mistake of running out and buying your appliances without having a firm grasp of all design elements. Buy them too soon before the plan is complete, and you could run into problems as the kitchen renovation unfolds. Which appliances should you splurge on? Refrigerators generally last about 15 years so it may not make sense to spend a lot of money. Stoves and cooktops last much longer therefore it could make sense to invest a little more money to get better quality. Families with children will be washing a lot of dishes and a higher quality dishwasher might be a good investment.


This might be the most difficult decision for many people. Virtually everyone loves the beauty of granite and quartz countertops, but they can quickly blow a big hole in your kitchen renovation budget. There are some compromise choices to consider.

  • There are various grades of granite. Look at cheaper grades which can still give you a nice look but save money when compared to premium granite.
  • There are some laminate products that mimic the look of granite at about half the price.


Lots of choices here. Most designers urge you to splurge on functionality over accessories when you are looking for ways to save money. The average person would have a hard time telling the difference between solid wood cabinets and modern veneers which are much cheaper. Cabinet drawers are also a good place to splurge. They make the storage space much more convenient to use.

Need more help with your Kitchen Remodel?

When you come to the Kotz Showroom we have an on-staff kitchen designer. Alex Belsheim is always ready to help you create a beautiful kitchen remodel in your Waterford, MI home while sticking to your budget. There are dozens of displays in the showroom and hundreds more choices for you to look at online. We also offer 3D rendering so you can see what the finished product will look like. Like and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more great information.