How to Remodel your Charles River Park condo on a budget

To remodel a Charles River Park condo kitchen remodel can be one of the most expensive renovations you undertake. If you don’t have the budget to invest $10,000, $20,000, or more into your kitchen.. The staff at Ford Realty a premier real estate firm specializing in West End condos, Boston Seaport condos, and Beacon Hill condos, offer these renovation ideas for your kitchen that can fit any budget.

Paint or Reface Your Cabinets

New kitchen cabinets can represent a huge share of any remodeling budget. While stock cabinets can range from $60 to $200 per linear foot, semi-custom and custom cabinets may cost upward of $1,000 per linear foot. Rather than replacing your cabinets, look for a way to make them look new. The most budget-friendly way to freshen your cabinets is with a coat of paint, . Cabinet refacing is another option that can give you even more dramatic results. Refacing involves adding a thermofoil or wood veneer to the outside of your cabinetry and replacing your doors and drawer fronts. You can change the color and style of your cabinets and even incorporate more high-end elements, such as glass doors with mullions.

Change Up Your Lighting

Lighting is often overlooked, but it can play a big role in your kitchen’s aesthetics and function. Renovating your Charles River Park condo kitchen may be as simple as replacing your light fixtures to give the space a new look. You can also take a closer look at the types of lighting in your kitchen. Pendants are great for adding general light and style to a kitchen space, but you’ll also want overhead lighting concentrated on areas where you prepare food and cook. Under-cabinet lighting is an affordable and dramatic solution that can show off a beautiful backsplash while giving you good task lighting.

Replace Your Countertops

If you want a dramatic new look for your Charles River Park condo kitchen without changing everything, the countertops are a good place to focus. Adding a luxury material and high-end style doesn’t need to cost as much as you might think. Remnant stone from a quarry can give you beautiful granite or marble at a reduced cost, especially if you don’t have large expanses of countertops to cover. You can also explore options such as solid surface countertops to get the look of natural stone.

Get Deals on New Appliances

New appliances can add up to several thousand dollars, especially if you opt for stainless steel appliances and high-end brands such as Viking. However, there are a few ways to save a significant amount on appliances. Start by shopping around for reuse stores where builders and contractors either donate or sell overstock at a significant discount. If you’re lucky, you might score an unbelievable deal. You can also explore outlets or your local home improvement store’s discount section for savings.


If you’re thinking of selling your home in the near future, updating the kitchen can be one of the best ways to increase its value. These tips can help you save money while boosting the price you get when you sell. For more advice on how to get the highest price for real estate in downtown Boston condo, call on the professionals at 617-595-3712.

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John Ford
John Ford

Over the course of 20 years in the Boston downtown real estate market, John represented and sold numerous, condominiums, investment and development properties in Greater Boston and in the surrounding suburbs

In addition to representing Boston condo buyers and sellers, John is currently one of the most recognized Boston condo blog writers regarding Boston condominiums and residential real estate markets. John's insights and observations about the Boston condo market have been seen in a wide variety of the most established local & national media outlets including; Banker and Tradesman, Boston Magazine The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald and NewsWeek and Fortune magazine, among others.


For over 24 years, John Ford, of Ford Realty Inc., has been actively involved in the real estate industry. He started his career in commercial real estate with a national firm Spaulding & Slye and quickly realized that he had a passion for residential properties. In 1999, John entered the residential real estate market, and in 2000 John Started his own firm Ford Realty Inc. As a broker, his clients have come to love his fun, vivacious, and friendly attitude. He prides himself on bringing honesty and integrity to the entire home buying and selling process. In addition to helping buyers and sellers, he also works with rental clients. Whether you’re looking to purchase a new Boston condo or rent an apartment, you’ll quickly learn why John has a 97% closing rate.


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