At Floor Coverings International of Madison, we’re in the business of helping homeowners get their dream look. Whether it’s installing the perfect hardwood flooring in your master bedroom or finding the perfect tile floor for your added bathroom, we do everything in our power to fulfill the design ambitions of families living in the Madison and Dane County area. One section of the home that’s always on the remodel list is the kitchen, which tends to be the highest-traffic room in most households. There are a few savvy tricks we’ve learned over the years for getting the kitchen you’ve always wanted without spending six figures, so we’ve put together a list of some of the smartest moves you can make when renovating your kitchen.

Break Down Your Budget

The first step in any remodel is to do an extensive breakdown of your budget, and this rule certainly applies to the kitchen. As an example, a typical full scale renovation breaks down in this way: 35% cabinets, 20% appliances, 20% flooring, 10% windows, 5% fixtures, 10% other (fittings, small touches, etc.). If you can make a thorough and extensive budget break down, you’ll be able to know where to spend what, which will lead to smarter decisions in general, and perfectly sets you up for tip number two…

Mix and Match High and Low End

One of the major keys to getting a great look on your budget is to properly mix and match higher and lower end products and materials. If you’ve outlined a break down of your budget, you’ll be able to get a good idea of how much you have to work with on each individual subsection. If you have 20% of your budget for appliances, you may want to place more of it on a new refrigerator while sacrificing a bit for a lesser gas range. Similarly, if you spring for an engineered hardwood floor over a solid oak hardwood floor, you’ll be able to place some of the extra budget elsewhere. Picking and choosing where you place your budget is key to getting the remodel you want.

Make a List of Priorities

Once you’ve broken down your budget, and you’ve made some choices about which products you’re really going to spring for, make a list of your priorities. If, for instance, you’re committed to new cork flooring or a specific variety of hardwood floor, you’ll need to know if it’s worth sacrificing new light fixtures to make it happen. Prioritizing your renovation projects will allow you to maximize your budget to reflect the changes you’d most like to see, which should lead to a finished product your happy about. Better yet, you may find yourself at the end of your list with a bit of money left over, which you can always put towards new carpet flooring in the rest of your home!


At Floor Coverings International of Madison and Dane County, we’re committed to seeing your flooring dreams realized, be it hardwood, laminate, tile, carpet, cork, bamboo, or vinyl. Call us today for your free in-home estimate!