When you're planning to remodel your kitchen, you're likely fulfilling a long-term dream. You may want: to design a more attractive and functional space, to increase the value of your home, or to revamp your kitchen to suit your needs as you grow older.
You may find yourself confused when you look at kitchen remodeling costs, though. The cost to remodel a 100-square foot kitchen can range anywhere from $14,200 to $50,600 for materials, supplies, and labor. This is clearly quite a range, so what exactly do these prices mean?
Well, to put it simply, several basic factors can push your kitchen remodel toward the lower or higher end of the price range:
LESS EXPENSIVE KITCHEN REMODEL
MORE EXPENSIVE KITCHEN REMODEL
"Off the shelf"
Standard quality or discounted materials
Top quality, latest style materials
Keep same floor plan
Move plumbing, gas, or structure
Repair or refurbish some existing features
Do part of the work yourself
Hire professionals for all tasks
Built-ins. Specialty items -- wine fridges, touchless faucets, etc.
Components with shorter lifespan
Long-lasting, durable components
Here are approximate costs for 3 types of kitchen remodel -- high end, midrange, and budget -- and what you can expect of each.
$10,000 - $15,000 BUDGET KITCHEN REMODEL COST
Reface or refinish existing cabinetry OR replace with stock cabinets.
Refurbish OR upgrade to energy-efficient appliances.
Install inexpensive materials: laminate, tile, or vinyl. Add a laminate or tile backsplash.
Install energy-efficient LED lighting overhead & under-counter
Keep current floor. OR replace or cover with vinyl, linoleum, laminate, or ceramic tile.
Replace sink with drop-in stainless steel sink. Upgrade faucet.
Paint kitchen walls.
$15,000 - $30,000 MIDRANGE KITCHEN REMODEL COST
Install semi-custom or custom cabinetry. Add or relocate cabinets. Add a kitchen island.
Install high-end, energy-efficient appliances with precise controls.
Replace countertops with granite, quartz, concrete, butcher block, Corian, or metal. Build a backsplash of glass tile or other high-end material.
Install recessed lighting.
Replace floor with better quality vinyl, laminate, ceramic tile, concrete, engineered wood, or hardwood.
Install heavy-gauge stainless undermount sink.
$30,000 + HIGH END KITCHEN REMODEL COST
Install premium custom cabinetry with special interior fittings -- appliance garages, lazy Susans, spice drawers. Add cabinets, often as part of expanding the kitchen area. Add a kitchen island.
Install high-end appliances such as 36" range, multiple ovens (eg, convection & steam), built-in refrigerator
Install countertops of granite, quartz, marble, other stone, or metal. Build a backsplash of tumbled marble or glass tiles.
Install high-end recessed lighting. Rewire to accommodate upgrades.
Install floor of hardwood or marble.
Install undermount sink, of heavy-gauge steel, copper or granite. Install touchless faucet with specialty finish. Special plumbing features eg pot filler, boiling water faucet, built-in water filtration system.
Possibly expand or reconfigure the kitchen layout.
- Materials -- A major kitchen remodel will involve replacement of most or all of the existing: cabinetry, countertops, appliances, floor, drywall, electrical, doors, windows, and plumbing.
- Supplies -- Supplies include necessities such as accessories, adhesives, fittings, finishes, and sealers.
- Labor -- A high-end project will normally be overseen by an interior designer or a kitchen design specialist. Your general contractor will be responsible for coordinating the services of other tradesmen. For a budget project, do some finish work (such as painting) yourself. All electrical, plumbing, and building work must be done by licensed professionals to code. Labor costs may increase if problems such as rotten wood, asbestos insulation, or faulty electrical wiring must be solved.
- Cleanup -- Kitchen remodeling starts with substantial demolition. Before your contractor begins work, confirm the charge to clean up and dispose of old countertops, cabinets, appliances, and other construction debris.
- Building Permit -- Depending on the extent of the work, your remodeling contractor may need to pull a building permit and pay the required fee.
- The initial estimate, which may include an onsite inspection, is often free.
Get the Most for Your Money
Add beauty and functionality to your home with an expertly done kitchen remodel. You're also likely to see a very nice return on your investment when you sell, according to Remodeling Magazine's 2014 cost vs value report. When the property is sold, a midrange major kitchen remodel will recoup, on average, 74 percent of its cost, while a minor remodel will net almost 83 percent of the cost. For the best ROI, though, limit your spending to a maximum 10-15 percent of your house's value on this remodel.
Save money and hassle -- avoid moving structural features (doors and windows) and plumbing or gas lines.
Combine budget components such as stock cabinets with high-quality countertops and get a luxe look for less.
Replace old appliances with Energy Star models to save on energy. Suppliers frequently offer a special price on a "package" of Energy Star appliances.
Install water saving kitchen faucets to reduce water bills.