How Much Does it Cost to Remodel a Kitchen?
he first thing you should consider when you’re thinking about remodeling your kitchen, is exactly why you’re doing it and what you hope to achieve with the remodel. That should help you to answer all other questions associated with the project, and it will serve as a guide for all other decisions which have to be made. For instance, when you’re trying to decide on which new cabinets to install, you can refer back to your overall guideline of creating a new kitchen which is open and airy, and which projects a very bright image. Some of the specific considerations you should take into account are those described below, and after you’ve reviewed each of these areas, you should be in good shape to proceed with your remodeling.
What to Consider When Remodeling a Kitchen
While there are a number of considerations that go into any and every kitchen renovation, below we’ve highlighted the key areas that affect how much you end up paying.
What’s Most Important to You?
In terms of specifics, the most important things to consider about your remodeling project are sinks, flooring, cabinetry, lighting, and countertops. Secondarily, you’ll need to think about whether you’re married to the existing layout, or whether you want to make significant changes. The size of your kitchen will dictate the kinds of changes which can be made, at least to some extent.
Do You Have Enough Space?
You may want to knock out a wall to expand your kitchen area, or you may even want to add new space to the kitchen layout. If your kitchen is a very old one, you may have some plumbing or electrical issues to deal with during remodeling. If necessary, you should engage the services of expert plumbers or electricians to be sure that your new kitchen can accommodate whatever upgrades you have in mind.
What Sort of Utility Will Your New Kitchen Provide?
You should also consider exactly how your kitchen will be used, in terms of the way you prefer to prepare foods, the traffic pattern around the kitchen, and perhaps even how you will use it to entertain guests. When you have the major questions resolved, then you can start thinking about what kind of cabinets you’d like, whether the flooring needs to be changed, what material your countertops should be made of, whether lighting is adequate, and what kind of sinks you’d like to have installed.
Overall Cost & Breakdown of Costs Associated with Options
According to HomeAdvisor, the average cost of a kitchen remodeling project is somewhere in the neighborhood of $22,000, with a low – high range going from $13,000 – $33,000. Of course, if you’re just adding new cupboards or replacing your cabinet doors, you’ll spend considerably less than that amount, but if you’re going on a full-fledged remodel, you can probably count on falling somewhere in that range of expenditures.
Factors that Affect the Total Cost
Some of the factors which will affect the total cost of your remodeling project will include whether or not you plan to do any of the work yourself, your location in the country, the duration of your project, and how many professionals you must engage to complete the project. For a significant redesign, you’ll need to hire an architect and that will cost you between $100 and $250 per hour.
1. Hiring an Interior Design Team
2. Choosing the Right Contractor
A kitchen contractor will bid the project out differently because he/she will have a crew and subcontractors that must be paid, different vendors and suppliers, and overall approach to accomplishing the work. All of this will probably result in a cost somewhere between $300 and $500 per day.
Distribution of Costs
The National Kitchen and Bathroom Association has provided an estimate of costs associated with remodeling your kitchen, in terms of a percentage of the overall budget:
- Cabinetry and included hardware – 29%
- Installation costs – 17%
- New appliances – 14%
- Countertops – 10%
- Flooring – 7%
- Walls and ceilings – 5%
- Lighting – 5%
- Design fees – 4%
- Plumbing – 4%
- Doors and windows – 4%
- Miscellaneous costs – 1%
5 Biggest Benefits of Remodeling a Kitchen
Remodeling your kitchen can provide a wealth of benefits to you and your family, starting with the improved functionality resulting from a redesigned layout. There are literally tons of things you can do to your kitchen design to make it more usable and more efficient for food preparation.
#1 Additional Space to Work
Many kitchen remodeling projects call for increasing the size of a kitchen, so it’s very possible that you would enjoy the benefits of much more space to operate in.
#2 Storage Room
It’s very common for a kitchen remodeling project to include more cupboard space and more cabinets, which will result in you having much more storage area for all your kitchen goods.
#3 Energy Efficiency
New appliances installed in your kitchen will provide energy efficiency, and might even lower your monthly utility bills.
#4 Modern Look & Feel
If there are some very aged sections of your kitchen, the upgrade will provide you with a more modern look, as well as more functional appliances, and a much more appealing appearance.
#5 Increase House Value
One of the best benefits of remodeling your kitchen will be the significantly greater value it brings to your home in terms of a return on investment. It is well-known that a kitchen remodel can have the biggest impact on the resale value of your home, so any improvements you make in the kitchen will add to your home’s value if you should ever decide to relocate.
Are there Disadvantages to Remodeling a Kitchen?
While the benefits of a new kitchen highly outweigh any cons, there are a few things to consider.
There are of course some disadvantages to remodeling your kitchen, the most obvious of which is the cost. There is no room in your house which is as expensive to refurbish as the kitchen, as you will see when you start pricing appliances, cabinets, and countertops. While it’s true that a kitchen remodeling project will definitely add value to your home and will bring in a higher price at resale time, it’s not likely that you will recoup the full cost of your remodel project when you sell your home. For instance, a kitchen remodeling project which cost you $30,000 will probably not add $30,000 to the resale value of your home.
#2 Can’t Use the Kitchen
Another disadvantage to a major remodeling project is that your kitchen will probably be out of service for an extended period of time. That means you will be obliged to take more meals at restaurants, or to find other ways of preparing meals which do not require the use of your kitchen. This in itself can amount to a considerable expense to you and your family, because you won’t have the use of your kitchen for preparing meals. If your remodeling project lasts weeks or months, this is not only a major added expense, but a considerable disruption to all the occupants of your home.
If you’re fed up with your old, dated kitchen design, functionality, and appliances, a remodel is the perfect solution. Not only will you find yourself using your new kitchen more often, you’ll likely find you, your family, and house guests hanging out in your space more as well. And while there are some drawbacks, namely cost, there are some ways to help with keeping your costs low; including working with an interior designer who understands where money is being spent and how to keep those expenses as low as possible.
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