Kitchen Remodeling and Renovation Costs

Expect nearly a third of your budget to go for cabinets and hardware.
Couple Works Out Budget for Kitchen Renovation

Couple Works Out Budget for Kitchen Renovation

This couple talks with a financial adviser after making the decision to renovate their kitchen. Having a budget to work within will keep the project in line with finances.

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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.

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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%

Ask your builder to provide a breakdown that will include the cost of:

  • Supplies: lumber, insulation, hardware, windows and doors, cabinets, etc.
  • Subcontractors: electrician, plumber, heating contractor, painters, tile installers, etc.
  • Download the Kitchen Budget Worksheet to help you manage your costs.

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DIY Kitchen Island on Wheels: Build the Sheet Pan Storage Space

Cut the sheet pan wall, top/bottom sheet pan grooved pieces to size. Using a router fitted with a 1/4" channel bit, route grooves into the top/bottom sheet pan grooved pieces. You can also accomplish this by doing multiple passes on a table saw. These grooves will allow for the sheet pan dividers to slide into place easily. Attach the bottom sheet pan grooved piece with wood glue and 1-1/4" brad nails. Drill 3/4" pocket holes into the sheet pan wall and attach with 1-1/4" pocket hole screws. Add the top sheet pan grooved piece and ensure that it is level.

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DIY Coffee Bar: Seal the Pipes

To keep fingerprints and tarnish at bay, spray a couple of light coats of clear lacquer on the copper pipes.

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DIY Kitchen Island on Wheels: Install the Casters

Using a 5/16" drill bit, drill a hole into the legs. Tap the tee nuts into place with a mallet. Screw the casters in.

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DIY Kitchen Island on Wheels

Need some extra workspace in your kitchen? Build a rolling island for added functionality and style. One side stores a stand mixer, sheet pans, cutting boards and more, while the other side allows for extra seating. Perfect for small spaces, this portable kitchen island easily rolls out when you need it and neatly tucks away when you don’t.

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DIY Coffee Bar: Hang the Coffee Mug Display on the Wall

Locate the studs in the wall and use 2-1/2" wood screws to screw the coffee cup display to the wall. Add the S-hooks and hang up your coffee cups.

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DIY Kitchen Island on Wheels: Prep the Boards and Build the Side Panels

Here is the interior and exterior view of the side panels.

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DIY Coffee Bar

Need a space-saving solution for your collection of coffee mugs? Save valuable cabinet and countertop space and make this DIY display for about $25 in just one afternoon. Hang it on the wall, add some coffee-making essentials and create a chic self-serve coffee station.

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DIY Coffee Bar: Construct the Frame and Attach the Back

Using a brad nailer or hammer, construct three sides of the frame (the side, top and bottom boards) and secure with 1-1/4" brad nails and wood glue. Always use wood glue when using nails to reinforce the joints. Next, line up the 1" x 6" back boards edge-to-edge and attach them to the three sides of the frame with 1-1/4" brad nails and wood glue. You can also squeeze a small line of glue on each edge of the 1" x 6" boards and clamp them together.

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DIY Kitchen Island on Wheels: Prep the Boards and Build the Side Panels

In the photo below, notice that the side apron and plywood side panel are both flush to the interior side.

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DIY Coffee Bar: Bore Holes for Pipe

For my coffee cups, the first hole is 2" from the top, the middle hole at 11", and the bottom hole at 20" from the top. If you have larger or taller coffee cups, you may want to measure and mark your own holes to accommodate your cups so that they hang freely, without bumping into the next row.

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