If your budget is smaller yet and you have to do most of the work yourself, there is still hope. Get kitchen design books and magazines to guide your design efforts. Do as much of the work as you are able to do well, then hire professionals to do what you can't. Sometimes you can hire a professional who will let you work with him to save money. You may be able to use your old cabinets if you paint them or have them refaced. You can always get a good plan from a kitchen designer and do it in stages as your budget allows.
What if you are not able to afford redesigning experts? Well then you can do the work yourself. There are many self help books on kitchen improvement and cabinet designs that will show you how to do every step by yourself. First, you will have to search for a design that you can replicate in your kitchen for a low cost. Kitchen design magazines are filled with information on how to do just that. Next, by using these self help books you can get started with building your own kitchen's cabinets. You can do most of the work on redesigning those kitchen cabinets but, later on you will have to hire a kitchen design professional to finish the work off. Hence, not only do you save money but, also give a professional finish to your kitchen and it's cabinets.
An additional point of consideration is that many kitchen are tall enough to allow for upper and lower cabinets. You should go for these, even though they might seem more costly at first, simply because in the long run, when you've accumulated enough things in your room and you start to feel the need for more space, you will be happy to have additional space in your upper cabinets for things you don't need every day.
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