Some of the main factors that will affect the final cost include the following:
Desired Layout: If you want to keep your current layout, this won’t affect your costs too much. However, if you’re looking to change your layout shape especially if it requires building or tearing down walls, your budget will significantly increase.
Size of the Kitchen: Clearly, the bigger the kitchen the bigger the price tag. When you have more square footage to work with you’ll pay more for both materials and labor.
Type of Cabinets, Countertops, Flooring: Depending on whether you choose new cabinets or just reface and update hardware, your cabinets could eat up nearly 30% of your overall remodel budget. Countertops and flooring are the other two budget-eaters. Vinyl vs. hardwood, granite vs. quartz, these individual choices make big cost changes.
Replacing and/or Adding Appliances: Appliances are a huge selling point for buyers. Brand new double ovens, a four-burner gas range, or smart fridge, will greatly improve kitchen functionality (and budget).
Adding Automation: Any type of technology addition, smart lighting or automated appliances will add to the cost (and convenience) of your new kitchen.
Contractor Labor Fees: The labor costs will vary by location. It’s worth the extra time to talk with a few contractors in your area to be sure you’re getting a fair price for labor in your area.
The 6 Basic Steps of a Kitchen Remodel
There is no exact one way to remodel a kitchen.
The exact process will depend on what you want done and the kitchen remodeling company you hire.
Access Your Needs vs Desires: Make a list to determine your deal-breakers and your kitchen wish list. Get clear on what you want so when it comes time to make decisions related to cost, it will be easier. It will also be helpful to gather some pictures of inspiration to show your contractor.
Determine How Much You Can Afford: Homeowners tend to low-ball their budget not realizing how much it will actually cost. Do research and create a realistic budget and set aside 10-20% for unplanned expenses.
Research & Hire a Contractor: Use your friends, family and the internet to research and find a quality kitchen remodeler. Go with one that has a good track record and reputation. Get estimates from a few companies. And don’t just base your decision on price. Sometimes the cheapest (or most expensive) is not always the best option for you.
Finalize Your Plan: Talk with your contractor and finalize the plan including details like colors, finishes, countertops, cabinets, or any other details related to your remodel.
Construction Time: This is where that actual work begins. The extent of your kitchen remodel will determine how long this step will take. If you are getting a new countertop, refacing your cabinets, but keeping the layout of your kitchen the same, this will be shorter than if you are moving/adding walls and changing the physical layout of your kitchen.
All Done: Be sure to look over everything and ask your contractor any questions you may have. Once everything is done to your satisfaction, you can now enjoy your new kitchen for years to come.
During Your Remodel, Don’t Forget These 5 Important Tips
A kitchen remodeling is a major undertaking.
Making endless decisions and choosing dozens of products can be overwhelming.
Don’t forget these five important tips to ensure you’re happy with the finished product.
Take Your Time with the Layout: Don’t be too quick to jump to conclusions on whether or not you can move around your kitchen layout. Too many homeowners either start knocking down walls without careful evaluation first. On the other hand, others assume it’s not possible to move cabinets or appliances. Take the time, understand your options, and consider all of the possibilities before you get started.
Be Practical with Your Flooring: Before you select that stunning rustic tile with an intricate design, think of how it will impact your day to day. If you have kids who drop and spill, it may not be easy to wipe or sweep tile with deep grooves. Or if you have mobility issues, it might be best to avoid a floor that is slick.
Don’t Skimp on the Lighting: Illuminate your kitchen with adequate lighting. A poorly lit kitchen ruins the space. Instead, go big on lighting with bright options and a good mixture of different types of kitchen lights.
Pay Attention to Details: It can be easy to get overwhelmed when planning a kitchen remodel. Many focus on the big parts but forget about the little details that can make a huge difference. Ask your contractor for their advice on little touches you could add to increase either function or style without breaking the budget.
Don’t Forget to Make Alternative Meal Plans: Your kitchen may be out of commission for weeks (or longer!). Be sure you make arrangements for how you and your family will eat during that time. You could set up a makeshift kitchen in the basement, eat out, order delivery, or plan meals with family and friends.
Get Your Project Started!
Few home remodeling projects come with more benefits (and more headaches) than a major kitchen remodel.
A new kitchen will make your home more livable, and increase the equity value of your property.
A full kitchen remodeling is almost always worth the time, money, and effort required.
With careful planning, you can avoid common kitchen-remodel pitfalls and get yourself into your new kitchen as soon as possible.
If you’re considering a kitchen remodel, give us a call today!