Kitchen Remodeling and Renovation Costs
The key to not blowing your kitchen remodeling budget is careful planning. Start by downloading and completing our Day in the Life of Your Kitchen Questionnaire and Kitchen Goals Worksheet.
This exercise will help you develop a clear plan on where you should spend your money, depending on your priorities and reasons for remodeling.
As you work on a budget with a builder, ask the firm to supply a breakdown. There are many variables depending on the existing kitchen, the scope of the project (complete remodel or update-refresh?) and the local economy.
The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) breaks down kitchen remodeling costs like this:
- Design fees: 4%
- Installation: 17%
- Appliances and ventilation: 14%
- Cabinetry and hardware: 29%
- Countertops: 10%
- Lighting: 5%
- Flooring: 7%
- Doors and windows: 4%
- Walls and ceilings: 5%
- Faucets and plumbing: 4%
- Other: 1%
- Supplies: lumber, insulation, hardware, windows and doors, cabinets, etc.
- Subcontractors: electrician, plumber, heating contractor, painters, tile installers, etc.
Hiring the Wrong Contractor
"You need to make sure that the contractor is right for you, because he's going to be in your home, and you want to make sure it's the right contractor," Jeff says. Stephen Drucker, former editor in chief of House Beautiful adds, "When you interview contractors and check references, the thing you want to find out is, how fast do they return phone calls? A contractor who returns phone calls fast has nothing to hide, and it's going to reduce your anxiety level."
Floor to Ceiling Glass Wall Allows Natural Light Into Open Kitchen, Dining and Living Space.
Smart Kitchen Storage Solution
As seen on Beach Flip, upgrades include new pendant lighting in the first floor kitchen at the renovated Gulf Dreams condo.
As seen on Beach Flip, decorations include a coastal welcome sign in the first floor entry at the renovated Comfort Breeze condo.
Raised Marble Breakfast Bar
A raised breakfast bar overlooks the newly-renovated kitchen and separates the space from the adjacent dining area.
As seen on Beach Flip, contestants Sarah and Nick installed all new cabinets, stainless steel appliances and lighting in the first floor kitchen at the renovated Gulf Dreams condo.
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