We don’t need to tell you the vital role a kitchen plays in the quality of your home-life and the real estate value of your property. You already know, and perhaps that’s why you are here — trying to improve the functionality of your kitchen.
Sure, you can buy a house with a functional kitchen, but nothing compares to adding your personal touch to your home. We believe that designing your own kitchen is the best way for you to enjoy the experience of working in your kitchen. That’s because you can build it according to what you and your family want. But before you get there, you need to start by planning the kitchen remodel costs with a professional.
You need to figure out your financial commitments to the project so that you can find the best way to budget for your kitchen remodel. An experienced designer can help you make clear distinctions between your WANTS and NEEDS — making sure that you prioritize the problem areas first. Be sure to consult an expert to understand how you can work towards a beautiful and functional kitchen within your budget.
Understanding the Average Kitchen Remodel Costs
While the averages vary from city to city and project size to project size, a rough figure can be the starting point for a budget. According to the National Kitchen and Bath Association, a minor kitchen remodel in 2019 cost about $22,500. A major one, on the other hand, averages around $66,200. Data suggests that most homeowners spend between $75 to $250 per square foot on a kitchen remodel.
This data is a good indicator of prices in the United States as it takes into account nearly 5,000 different kitchen remodels performed in recent years. But you need to remember that these costs are not definite. The expenses can be lower or higher, depending on the kind of purchases you make and the size of your kitchen itself.
On the high end, you can expect to pay as much as $50,000. Then in the middle, homeowners typically spend between $12,710 and $33,017 on a kitchen remodel. If you’re looking for a very basic kitchen remodel, you can even get one for as little as $4300. However, that would only include very few changes that might not add much value to your kitchen.
What to Expect at Different Price Points
It’s a given that the more you spend, the more you can expect in terms of value. But spending high is not always necessary, especially if your kitchen requires only few minor changes and can be salvaged with some paint jobs.
Here’s what you can expect to get at different price points for your kitchen:
- Between $10,000 to $15,000: You can have your cabinets refaced, walls painted, sink upgraded, and a tile backsplash installed.
- Around $21,000 but not more than $30,000: Upgrade everything in your kitchen, such as the cabinets, countertops, wall paint, sinks and faucets, backsplash.
- Above $30,000: You get everything at this price and more, including flooring and appliances. You can also settle for fewer upgrades, but with higher-quality materials.
The majority of homeowners opt for a kitchen remodel that costs between $12,710 and $33,017. The labor costs are significant for determining the final estimate of your kitchen project. We suggest working together with a remodeling contractor to figure out the cost for materials and installations.
Estimating the Cost of Your Kitchen
Estimating the cost of your kitchen remodel is the first step. Without a clear budget, you could end up breaking the bank. So before you begin plotting on having your cabinets refaced or replaced, go over the more significant issues.
For instance, what do you want from your kitchen remodel? Are you looking for improved functionality? Or maybe you want to improve the quality of the materials used? Do you need the layout changed to better suit your family needs?
Questions like these will help determine the scope of your remodeling project. It’s essential to know where the majority of your money will go. You may find that upgrading to stainless steel appliances and granite stone countertops is highly desirable.
This may cut away from the budget to have your cabinets replaced. Instead, you can settle for having them refaced by a professional. Make sure to stay open-minded and flexible while you’re planning the budget for your new kitchen design.
How Your Budget Will Be Allocated
The National Kitchen & Bath Association does a great job of breaking down how money is spent on a kitchen remodeling project. Here’s how it looks:
- Hardware and Cabinetry – 29%
- Installation Charges – 17%
- Ventilation & New Appliances – 14%
- New Countertop – 10%
- Flooring – 7%
- Lighting – 5%
- Minor Changes to Ceiling and Walls – 5%
- Windows and Doors – 4%
- Design Costs – 4%
- Plumbing Costs – 4%
- Other Miscellaneous stuff – 1%
In most cases, you won’t need to have all of these things in your kitchen remodel. So you can take away from one area and give it to another. You can also see where to cut costs to make your kitchen design work.
For instance, you can drive down the cabinets’ costs by opting for pre-fabricated ones instead of customized versions. The cabinets take up almost 30 percent of the total kitchen remodeling budget. That is a large chunk, so cutting costs here makes a whole lot of sense.
If your heart is set on some premium customized cabinets and other expensive features, you can always break up the project. You can hire the contractor to install materials over a few months. This way, you don’t have to pay one large lump sum payment.
Remodeling a Small Condo Kitchen
Many people live in small homes, condos, townhomes, and various other properties that lack square footage. This is economical and convenient for most. While this is great for your overall budget and lifestyle, it may be difficult to remodel your kitchen.
All you need is some creativity and expertise to get the kitchen you desire. In other words, you need a great remodeling contractor on your team.
If you’re dealing with a small, cramped kitchen, your options are limited. But the cost for remodeling this space is typically affordable, costing anywhere from $5,000 to $15,000. Of course, it all comes down to the materials and features you’re installing.
Changes You Should Prioritize in a Small Kitchen
There are various changes you can make to your little kitchen that can provide significant improvements. No structural changes are needed, either. The following are recommendations you can use to inspire your new kitchen design:
- Maximize storage space: There may not be much square footage, but there’s plenty of wall space. You can use vertical space to create more storage options for your food and supplies. Try upgrading to larger cabinets, adding more cabinets, or installing shelving systems along the walls. Other options include roll-out trays, lazy susans, tiered racks, and pull-out shelves.
- Go eco-friendly: Going green is a great way to help the environment, and there are tax incentives involved. Some options include LED lighting, Energy Star appliances, eco-friendly faucets, and double-paned windows. There are also green paint options you should consider.
- Use pull-out counters: Countertop space is a must if you’re a chef in the kitchen. You can create more countertop space without actually installing more. Implement a pull-out counter to have the extra space when you need it and put it away when you don’t.
- Get smaller appliances: Many appliances have downgraded in size. Opt for a smaller fridge, oven, stove, and dishwasher.
Some homeowners go as far as to knock out a wall or install built-in cabinets and appliances. This way, nothing is protruding out and eating up limited floor space. Just make sure to check with your local ordinances to determine if your remodel is within building codes. Your contractor will be able to obtain the proper permits if needed.
Doing a Bigger Kitchen Remodel
Say you’re looking to dish out between $10,000 and $15,000. You can do a lot more within this price range. However, it’s a good idea to work with a contractor who can obtain materials from an affordable wholesaler. This will help drive down the costs, allowing you to spread your budget elsewhere.
Here’s what you can expect to accomplish within this price range:
- Better faucet & Sink
- Stock cabinets & Installation
- New & Improved appliances
- Painted Ceilings and Wall
- Countertop Remodel using Tile, Vinyl or Laminate
- Installation of Eco-friendly lighting beneath the cabinets and in the ceilings
- Refaced or Refinished Cabinets
- Added Tile Backsplash
Going for an Even Larger Kitchen Remodel
So you have a little more money to work with – $15,000 to $30,000. This is good news for you because you’ll have a lot more room to play around with different ideas. If you have worn down cabinets and flooring, this remodel will cover the costs for replacements.
You can also plan to have various other areas upgraded with higher quality materials, such as hardwood, granite, Formica, and Corian. You may even be able to spend a little extra on customized cabinetry.
Here’s what you can expect to get in a remodel for this price range:
- Better countertops with quality materials (such as wood, stone or metal)
- Upgraded kitchen appliances
- New flooring
- Kitchen Island Installation
- Customized cabinetry & installation
- Some high-end recessed lights
High-End Kitchen Remodel
Those who have $30,000+ to invest in their kitchen remodel will have legroom to do just about whatever they want. Within this price range, you have the ability to invest in high-end materials and appliances all around. You can even go eco-friendly all the way.
Here’s what you can install in your kitchen with this budget:
- High-end Energy Star rated appliances
- New faucet and sink
- Overhead lighting
- Hardwood floors
- Natural stone countertops
- Customized cabinetry
This is a major kitchen remodel, which in some cases involves restructuring the layout of the space. In some instances, homeowners spend as much as $50,000. The sooner you work with a designer, the easier it will be to plan out the remodel and the costs.
What Factors Influence Your Kitchen Remodel Costs?
It’s time to start budgeting for your kitchen remodel. There are notable factors you need to consider when doing so. While it’s okay to go with the latest trends and personal creativity, you should consider some factors for a high ROI on your kitchen remodel.
Factor 1: Your Budget
This should be a top concern for obvious reasons. Without a budget, you may end up with a half-job, due to running out of funds. Or you could end up with lower-end materials you didn’t really want because you didn’t do the research.
On average, it costs $5,000 for a low-end kitchen remodel, $25,000 for a mid-range kitchen remodel and $45,000 for a higher-end kitchen remodel. Keep in mind additional work that may need to be done, such as plumbing, wiring and structural changes.
Factor 2: Longevity of the Remodel
You don’t want to invest thousands of dollars in a kitchen remodel that won’t last long. If the materials are all cheaply made, then you can expect wear and tear to appear quickly. Once it does, you’ll have to dish out more money to have it repaired or replaced.
Also, if you’re getting ready to put your home on the market, it wouldn’t make sense to spend too much. Especially if you’re not going to make that money back. As a rule of thumb, you should only spend around five to 15 percent of your home’s total value on remodeling the kitchen.
On the other hand, if you’re looking to live in the home for at least five more years, then the remodel should accommodate the needs of you and your family. Make sure you build with quality materials that are easy to maintain. After this point, only small changes should have to be made.
Factor 3: Other Kitchens in Your Neighborhood
Why do you need to know what homeowners in your neighborhood are doing with their kitchens? Because if you ever decide to put your home on the market, these will be your competitors. If they’re installing granite countertops and kitchen islands, you may want to do the same.
This will give your property a competing chance, especially when it comes to features home buyers are looking for.
Let’s Start Designing Your Next Kitchen Remodel
Is this your first time remodeling your kitchen? Or maybe it’s time for an upgrade? Either way, you need an experienced contractor to ensure everything runs smoothly. At GBC Kitchen and Bath, we have experts who can assist with the design and execution of your kitchen remodel.
Our professionals can provide you with a free estimate to give you an idea of what it all will cost. All of our contractors are licensed, bonded,, and insured and have over ten years of experience. The products we offer are all top-tier and competitively priced.
Get in touch with us today to learn more about our products and services!