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.
BEFORE: Bland Black and White Kitchen
The original kitchen was part of a 1980s tract home occupied by empty nesters. The dated, black-and-white cabinetry did not work for the occupants, who wished their kitchen had a more European look.
BEFORE: Dark, Outdated Kitchen
Before the renovation, the kitchen’s size was cut short by a narrow hallway, closet and mudroom that led to the backyard. Appliances, hardware and finishes were dated, and the kitchen suffered from a dark appearance.
BEFORE: Outdated, Inefficient Kitchen
Prior to the renovation, the appliances were concentrated along a single 13-foot, nine-inch wall. The result was a kitchen with little room for usable storage.
BEFORE: Tiny 1970s Kitchen
This 1970s-era kitchen begged for a total gut rehab. The room measured a tiny 132 square feet and featured tacky almond Formica countertops and matching ancient appliances.
Kitchen: Cindy Barshop's New York City Apartment
BEFORE: Cramped U-Shaped Kitchen
The former kitchen was a cramped U-shape. The lack of space contributed to difficult traffic flow. In addition, there was little function to this ill-formed kitchen.
BEFORE: Bland L-Shaped Kitchen
A home with considerable square footage did not utilize that space very well. The kitchen was very small vis-à-vis the living room, and uneven ceiling heights contributed to the cramped feeling. Appliances and finishes needed updating as well.
BEFORE: Dated Kitchen With Awkward Layout
The preexisting kitchen suffered from an odd layout, where additional storage was located on the other side of a wall that ran parallel down the center of the room. The upper cabinets created a claustrophobic feel in the narrow space, while the monochromatic color palette looked bland.
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