Rule #4: Consider pre-fab kitchen cabinets
You can easily blow your entire kitchen reno budget on custom cabinetry, but Bryan says that’s not always the best investment-especially with the off-the-shelf cabinetry options that are currently on the market. “You can take off-the-shelf cabinetry and install it in such a way that it looks like a million-dollar kitchen,” he says. The secret to making pre-fab look fab, according to Bryan, is to build on the basic box cabinetry with custom doors, moulding and trimwork. “At the end of the day, it’s those details that really make the difference.”
For an even more cost-conscious makeover, Bryan suggests giving your existing kitchen cabinets a DIY facelift. Repainting the door panels and swapping out the hardware is often all it takes to breathe new life into old cabinetry.