Five Steps to Renovate Your Kitchen for a $1000 dollars or Less

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Chicago's Mahogany Builders offers Simple Tips to Remodel a Kitchen on a Budget

Bored with your kitchen? Feel like you are stuck in a different era when you prepare a meal and entertain? Matt Lederer, Chicago’s premier kitchen and bath remodeler and owner of Mahogany Builders, believes that kitchen updates don’t have to cost a fortune.

“Just because you cannot afford a remodel, does not mean you need to be depressed about your kitchen,” Lederer said. Mahogany Builders’ 5 tips can drastically change the look and feel of your kitchen for $1000. These improvements will add value to your home and make you feel better about living environment. According to the National Association of Home Realtors, kitchens are the most important room in the home when making a home purchase as it is often a place of family gathering.

1. Backsplash

A backsplash can transform the feel and style of a kitchen. A bright color or interesting pattern can become focal point for an updated look. For an average kitchen you only need 20 square feet of tile, and given the low cost of tile, you can afford to splurge.    Most of the examples we have here retail for about $10/SF or $400 for the entire backsplash.

Tricks to remember:

(A) You only have 18” or less between the counter and the cabinet so make sure your tiles are small enough to develop a pattern.
(B) Anticipate the adjustments that will need to be made to outlets and switches.

2. Fixtures: Replacing fixtures in the kitchen can make drab cabinets look new again and add elegance and style. Best part? It takes less than an hour and is cheap.. Our examples include glass, ceramic, and knobs and pulls. Some of these Matt purchased at a retail store down the street for about $8 per knob or less. Reclaimed knobs are also a great idea. Matt took advantage of condo conversion in a vintage building and acquired several turn of the century pulls. With a little elbow grease and shellac, you can get transformative results. Matt Lederer decided to use them for his own dresser after preparing the fixtures for the segment.

3. Kitchen Sink: Your kitchen sink is more of a focal point than you might realize because it stands out high as an eye catching fixture. Replacing a worn faucet head with a shiny new head polishes off a kitchen with new sophistication. glamor. Any hardware store can get you an entry level faucet a variety of styles for under $150. Home supply stores More stylish or higher quality can be found at a plumbing supplier or shower house. Call a plumber if you are not experienced with these types of installs. See: Install a Kitchen Faucet.

4. Flooring: Most people think flooring projects are too expensive to be considered for an update. Consider an update rather than a gut. Refinishing hardwood can actually be completed in under two days at a reasonable cost through sanding and refinishing. Likewise, if you have tile or ceramic, professionally cleaning and sealing is affordable and can bring an old floor back to life.

5.     Light Fixtures: There is no end to the options and price points for a new chandelier, sconce or fixture. As seen in the shot of this home in Wicker Park, Chicago, a lighting fixture can transform a kitchen. The kitchen looks like it cost $100,000 but was less than half that amount. This link provides step by step guidance on installing a new light fixture, however we recommend calling an electrician for anything but very simple jobs: The chandelier in the below images was purchased for under $300 dollars, websites such as, etc have great lighting options: affordable chandelier. Again, if you don’t have experience with wiring lights please call an electrician.

About Matt Lederer, Mahogany Builders
Matt Lederer, owner of Mahogany Builders, has been remodeling homes in the Chicago area for the past 8 years. Mahogany is unique from other remodeling firms due to the meticulous records and updates it provides for its clients. Matt is famous for promising no surprises on the final bill. He takes pride in the fact that his projects will not only be done well, but that they will also be done on time. An established contractor and businessman, Matt has a team of skilled tradesmen, a dedicated construction manager, a project manager, and in house designer on every project. He loves what he does and it shows, both in the final product, and also in the way he works with his clients and his staff.


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