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.
Inside the kitchen, this window offers another stunning vantage of the view below. On the sill, a combination of beautiful and functional pieces bring together the different ways this space is used. Meanwhile bright green bar stools create a pop of color that breaks up the neutral-heavy space while providing seating to what is usually a standing-room-only space.
BEFORE: Outdated, Inefficient Kitchen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BEFORE: Dark, Outdated Kitchen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.
A Moment in Time
The butler’s pantry/passageway from the dining room to the family’s kitchen is the perfect space to store the couple’s wedding china. Not only is this space a passageway, but it’s also a gateway to the family home’s past. Inside the frame is a photograph of the butler’s pantry as it originally stood decades ago, taken by the home’s previous owner. The pantry has stood the test of time. Matching the case-good to the trim color, with a fresh coat of white paint was a great way to update it without ruining structural integrity.
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