Kitchen remodels can be expensive when you buy new, but there are ways to save by purchasing rehabbed items.
Many renovators insist on new appliances, and I get it. You’ll certainly suffer fewer breakdowns going forward that way. But I purchase all of mine at stores selling them used with a 30-day warranty, snagging a fancier pre-loved item for the price of a low-end new one. For my last renovation, I bought a dishwasher at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Fairfield and a fridge and stove at Building Value (Northside). The stove hood I bought new; I draw the line at vintage grease. As for laundry machines, just one out of the dozen-plus I’ve gotten from Tri-State Appliance (Northside) has been wonky and was replaced quickly at no extra charge.
With patience, you can save thousands on cabinets, as I did this fall. I searched for weeks online and in secondhand stores (Building Value gets the best of them) before finding a set of KraftMaid all-wood wall and base cabinets from an individual on Facebook Marketplace, in the approximate dimensions I needed. At $2,500 for a set of 12 in good, clean condition, they cost a third of what that first owner paid. Bonus: They came with hardware, which isn’t included when you buy new cabinets. Caveat: Measure carefully to make sure what’s on offer will fit your kitchen.