A small cosmetic lift to a complete demo and replacement of a kitchen can vary greatly in budget. A professionally done kitchen remodel can run you over $60,000 today. Have your wish list in hand when collaborating with your kitchen designer in coming up with a budget.
Here’s your shopping list:
- 22% – Cabinets
- 18% – Appliances
- 9% – Countertops
- 11% – Flooring
- 3% – Backsplash
- 3% – Faucets, Sink, Accessories
- 1% – Lighting fixtures
- 30% – Labor: Electrical, Plumbing, Drywall, Paint
- 3% – Design Services
Consider the elements above when planning a remodel and coming up with a realistic budget. The budget may also determine how much of the project will be DIY (Do-It-Yourself). There are a number of great contractors out there for every range of budget. Speaking with a kitchen professional is a great way to get referrals to wonderful local builders. This resource will also have excellent referrals to reputable subcontractors for homeowners that would like to manage the project themselves. Your kitchen designer will walk you through the scheduling of the different trades over the duration of the project.
Things to take into consideration:
- Personal enjoyment – Lifestyle
- Length of stay in the home
- Resale value – Return of investment on improvements
A small cosmetic lift to spruce things up, would include painting existing cabinets, new countertops, and backsplash. Painting existing cabinets can dramatically improve the look of your kitchen. Before investing in new countertops on old cabinets, consider that countertops may have a long life and the cabinets beneath will have a much shorter life. Appliances can be replaced as they wear out or when there’s a good sale at your local appliance store. Another little quick fix is to replace existing cabinet hardware with an updated style and finish.
Some experts recommend putting 10% aside for the unexpected. However, if you enlist the services of a professional kitchen designer and reputable contractor, all items should be accounted for in the contract.
Your team at Via B Design