Want a Kitchen Renovation on a Smaller Budget?

What you can do to your kitchen to refresh it, without a massive investment

You and your family spend a lot of time in your kitchen, so it’s natural to want to feel comfortable and happy with not only how functional it is, but how up-to-date and stylish it looks.

A full kitchen remodelling is a massive undertaking and typically requires a substantial investment. But are there ways to update your kitchen or give it a refresh without having to spend a lot of money?

Yes, there are!

Focus Construction offers these kitchen renovation ideas with some pros and cons that will give your kitchen a new look and feel, and won’t require a large monetary outlay. 

New countertops

Quartz, porcelain, and natural stone like marble and granite are always a great investment. They look beautiful and make the kitchen look more modern. There are benefits and drawbacks to each, which we detail below:


Pro – Fairly cost-effective and man-made, Quartz allows the flexibility to have your design constructed as you want. With so many patterns and styles to choose from, there’s plenty of room to customize. 

Con – Quartz is sensitive to hot materials, so putting hot cookware on your new surface will have to be avoided or you’ll likely do irreversible damage. 


Pro – Similar to quartz, porcelain is cost-effective and customizable. You’ll find that there are many choices available for your preferred design, and those hot items? No problem. 

Con – Porcelain is only available in thin slabs of 1/4″ or 1/2″.

Natural Stone

Pro – Natural stone is very beautiful and natural, and hot items will not damage the countertop. 

Con – This is the priciest of the options when it comes to a new countertop. 

Change your lighting

Some simple lighting changes or additions can brighten up your kitchen and add a new perspective on its appearance. Here are some options:

  • Incorporate pendant lighting above an island
  • Install new modern LED pot lights with dimmers
  • Add a statement light that has a ‘wow’ factor


Consider repainting the kitchen a modern, off-white colour. Not only will this modest change improve the look of your kitchen, it will add brightness to the room and take it easy on your wallet.

New Appliances

A new appliance can go a long way towards changing and updating the look of your kitchen. While you can spend anywhere from hundreds of dollars on appliances to tens of thousands, for quality, looks, and value, look to appliances made by Amana.

From dishwashers to fridges and freezers, to ranges and microwaves, to even hoods and vents, you’ll likely find what you’re looking for that will fit right into your updated kitchen!

We’ve helped hundreds of homeowners update and renovate their homes to meet their changing needs. If you’d like a kitchen redesign, book a call and we can get started!