How much can you expect to pay for a kitchen remodel in 2019?

 

It’s already May. We’re almost halfway through 2019 and you’re wondering how much it’s going to cost to start and complete that kitchen remodel you’ve been dreaming about for the last few years. You’ve heard the statistics about the people who love their kitchen-- that they eat healthier, they spend more quality time with their families around the dinner table, and they have lower rates of obesity and diabetes. You’ve created an idea book with all the ways you want to upgrade your cabinets, appliances, and countertops. And now it’s time to get down to business-- to get real about the costs and crunch the numbers. You’ve come to the right place. Let’s jump in!

 

The purpose of this blog is to give you a rough estimate on how much things will cost to remodel your kitchen so you can get a budget together. It goes without saying that once you nail down specifics like the material and style you want to use, you’ll be able to come up with a more exact amount. Until then, this should help you get started!

What do you want your new kitchen to look like?

To begin putting your budget together, ask yourself these questions:

 

  • Do you plan to use your new kitchen for entertaining?
  • If so, will you want an eat-in bar or large island?
  • What type of appliances do you want?
  • Do you prefer a closed or open kitchen?
  • How long do you plan on living in your current home?
  • If moving in the next few years, don’t go so big that you lose your ROI. Instead, focus your renovations on the function and style of the kitchen to make it easier to sell.
  • What’s the average amount people in your neighborhood are spending on a kitchen remodel?
  • If you go too cheap, or too luxurious, you risk your resale value. Too cheap will make it hard to sell your home at a comparable price to neighboring houses, and too expensive may make your home seem overpriced to potential buyers.
  • How much money do you have in your kitchen budget?
  • Knowing this ahead of time will help you in the decision making process.

 

The answers to these questions will help you manage all the variables in play when piecing together your budget. Additionally, nailing down your vision before your contractor starts charging for their time will save you a great deal of money.

 

If you’re still unsure about the type of style you’re going for, visit our last few blogs. We did a series breaking down all the popular styles from contemporary to transitional.

Overall Costs: Minor vs. Major Remodels

Generally speaking, a minor remodel consists of updating the usefulness and appearance of your kitchen’s original outline. This includes things like repainting the walls and cabinets, replacing the floor, and replacing appliances with newer, energy-efficient models. For a minor remodel, you can expect to pay anywhere from $10,000 to $20,000. The more you do on your own, the cheaper the remodel will be. If you’re unfamiliar with how to do something though, it’s best to hire a professional. This will protect you from problems later down the line.

 

A major remodel on the other hand is usually a complete overhaul of the current kitchen. This includes things like customized cabinetry, wall removal, electrical rewiring, shifting or replacing sinks and appliances, and redoing gas lines. This can cost anywhere from $30,000 to $60,000 and up for more luxurious kitchens.

Ok, you’ve got the gist. But what about the breakdown?

If you’re working with a set amount for your budget, you’ll want to get specific with each area of the remodel so you can prioritize where your money will go. Below we’ve broken down general costs for each of the main renovation areas (source: Home Advisor).

 

Cabinets (roughly 30% of your budget)

  • Stock cabinets: Simple, inexpensive, pre-built cabinets-- great for flipping or budget renovations ($75 - $150 per linear foot)
  • Semi-custom cabinets: Upgraded stock cabinets with decorative elements and/or pull-out drawers ($100 - $1,000 per linear foot)
  • Custom cabinets: Brand new, custom-made to fit your kitchen’s specifications ($500 - $1500 per linear foot)
  • Refaced cabinets: Keeps the basic structure of the cabinets while replacing the doors and hardware ($4,000 - $9,500 depending on the size and layout of the kitchen)
  • Refinished cabinets: Keeps the basic structure of the cabinets while refinishing the current fronts and hardware with staining and sanding ($1,500 - $4,000 depending on the size and layout of the kitchen)

 

Countertops (roughly 14% of your budget)

  • Bamboo: Eco-friendly, easy to clean, susceptible to burns and scratches ($2,000 - $3,000 depending on the size and layout of the kitchen)
  • Concrete: Durable, heat and stain-resistant, requires regular maintenance ($2,000 - $4,000 depending on the size and layout of the kitchen)
  • Laminate: Heat, stain and scratch-resistant, easy to clean, susceptible to knives and hot pans ($800 - $1,600 depending on the size and layout of the kitchen)
  • Paper composite: Durable, easy to clean, susceptible to stains and scratches ($3,000 - $6,000 depending on the size and layout of the kitchen)
  • Recycled glass: Durable, heat and stain-resistant, easy to clean, susceptible to chips and scratches ($2,000 - $4,000 depending on the size and layout of the kitchen)
  • Solid surfaces like Formica, Corian, Wilsonart, or Avonite: Renewable, nonporous, scratch-resistant, susceptible to heat and staining ($2,000 - $4,500 depending on the size and layout of the kitchen)
  • Stone surfaces like quartz, marble, soapstone, or granite: Durable, heat-resistant, requires regular maintenance, susceptible to chipping ($2,000 - $5,000 depending on the size and layout of the kitchen)
  • Tile: Good for DIY, susceptible to chipping and scratching ($800 - $2,000 depending on the size and layout of the kitchen)
  • Wood: Durable, natural, long lifespan, expands and contracts like flooring, withstands burns and scratches ($1,000 - $5,000 depending on the size and layout of the kitchen)

 

Flooring (roughly 12% of your budget)

  • Ceramic tile: Durable, wide variety of colors, susceptible to cracking and chipping ($500 - $2,000 depending on square footage)
  • Cork: Eco-friendly, mildew and stain-resistant, requires regular maintenance ($500 - $1,500 depending on square footage)
  • Laminate: Wide variety of styles, requires regular maintenance ($1,500 - $4,500 depending on square footage)
  • Linoleum: Eco-friendly, stain-resistant, requires regular maintenance ($800 - $2,500 depending on square footage)
  • Stone: Durable, absorbs stains ($1,000 - $3,000 depending on square footage)
  • Vinyl: Durable, can emit volatile organic compounds ($1,000 - $1,500 depending on square footage)
  • Wood: Durable, wear-resistant, requires regular maintenance ($1,500 - $3,000 depending on square footage)
  • Marble: Durable, long-lasting when properly maintained, susceptible to stains and scratches ($1,500 - $4,000 depending on square footage)
  • Concrete: Easy to maintain, long-lasting, moisture-resistant ($1,500 - $4,000 depending on square footage)
  • Slate: Durable, stain-resistant, low-maintenance ($1,500 - $3,000 depending on square footage)
  • Terrazzo: Durable, long-lasting, easy to clean ($4,000 - $15,000 depending on square footage)

 

Appliances (roughly 14% of your budget)

  • EnergyStar: Certified by the U.S. Department of Energy as energy-efficient and beneficial to the environment and consumer, have longer lifespans than non-certified options, lower utility bills ($300 - $3,000)
  • Custom built-in: Higher upfront price, structural changes and added labor costs, take up less floor space ($1,000 - $10,000)
  • High-end store bought: Near-equivalent lifespan to EnergyStar appliances, features like sensors, Bluetooth capabilities, and hot water dispensers in the fridge ($1,000 - $5,000)
  • Budget outlet: Lack added features/technology of high-end models ($200 - $1,000)

 

Other

  • Plumbing: This covers anything from replacing a kitchen faucet ($150 - $350), to rearranging your appliances ($1,100+ and requires a permit)
  • Electrical: This can include rewiring outlets, installing new lighting, or replacing your electrical board to accommodate new appliances ($50-$100 per hour, roughly 5% of your budget)
  • Gas lines: This requires a permit and includes knocking down walls or moving your stovetop to a new location ($250 - $800, not a necessary expense with minor renovations)

Final Thoughts

As you can see, your budget estimate largely depends on the size of your kitchen, the materials you choose, and the scope of your project. Here are six tips to help estimate your potential cost:

 

  1. Allot ⅓ of your budget to refacing or replacing your cabinets
  2. Allot another ⅓ of your budget to labor and installation-- high-quality workmanship will save you money in the long run
  3. Allot the last ⅓ to everything else-- appliances, flooring, countertops, lighting, etc.
  4. Keeping your current layout, plumbing, and wiring are great ways to save money
  5. Contractors often don’t factor in plumbers or electricians in their estimates so remember to factor them in yourself
  6. A detailed remodeling plan will help you stay in budget and help eliminate unexpected costs

 

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