If you have a very low budget, you should incorporate stock cabinets as a part of your kitchen renovation. Stock cabinets are available in all standard sizes. However, not all styles and designs are available with stock cabinets. You can find these cabinets at most home improvement stores and do not have to wait to carry them home. You will find that these cabinets are of the same quality as other cabinets, but they are more affordable.
For low or limited budgets, you should avoid semi-custom or custom built cabinets. Both kinds are more expensive than stock, with custom-built cabinets being the most expensive. Custom built cabinets are made from scratch by a cabinetmaker according to your specific design and size requirements. There is a significant wait time for semi-custom and custom cabinets.
When selecting the countertop, the cheapest options available are plastic laminate and ceramic tile. But, be aware that there are both pros and cons with each option. Both laminate and tile are available in numerous colors and styles. So, you'll have great flexibility in choosing a color scheme for your kitchen. What makes these options even more attractive for low budget homeowners is the fact that you can install them by yourself. So, you can decrease the total labor costs involved in renovating your kitchen.
The downside to using plastic laminate is that it is not heat resistant. Hot pots and pans could burn and melt the laminate. With ceramic tiles, there is the risk that a tile may crack or become chipped during the regular use of the kitchen. So great care will have to be used with either option.