How Much Does It Cost To Remodel A Kitchen?
Planning a kitchen remodel can be one of the most extensive projects you can do in your home. Anybody who has renovated a kitchen before knows just how many factors need to be considered in order to ensure that everything goes off without a hitch. There might be hidden costs or unexpected expenses to consider, that can make the budgeting phase difficult to navigate. It’s time to find out exactly how much a kitchen remodel is going to cost you.
Below, we’ve outlined some average costs for a number of different key factors you will need to consider with your kitchen remodeling project. We factor in some of the common and necessary items that homeowners need to successfully remodel their kitchens, such as new cabinetry, new countertops, and so on. This guide might not give you the exact price specific to your project, but you can start to get a better idea of what kind of budgeting ballpark you’ll fall in based on the calculations below.
But don’t be daunted by the numbers; you’d be surprised at how much you can do with just a little bit of money. Don’t feel like you have to allow some leeway on your budget. Stick with your numbers, and use this guide to determine how far that will get you.
Average Cost To Remodel A Kitchen
Before going any further, it’s important to mention that kitchens are often the most expensive room to remodel compared with all the other rooms in the house. This is because there are so many different elements that make up a kitchen: appliances, cabinets, flooring, countertops, ventilation, and more. Naturally, the makeup of a kitchen is more complex than a bedroom or bathroom, for example.
This is part of what makes pricing it so complex, and why it can be difficult to answer what is the average cost to remodel a kitchen. Pricing also depends on how many different changes you want to make to your kitchen. As an example, are you planning on painting the walls? Do you want to replace your flooring? Saying yes or no to these questions can ultimately change your entire cost. We recommend laying out your budget first, finding that price point, and sticking with that number when planning your remodel.
On The Cheaper Side
If you’ve got a tight budget, you can focus on the basic necessities of a kitchen remodel. Small projects can be completed for as little as $5,000 when you do most of the work yourself. This money can get you as far as resurfacing your cabinets, painting the walls, and upgrading some of your appliances and sinks. Small projects like this can range up to $15,000, however, especially if you plan on adding elements such as a custom backsplash or new flooring.\
If you plan on working with a contractor or a custom design company, your costs may vary depending on the price of labor. Generally, the $5,000 – $15,000 range is a good starting point for the base level without any help. You shouldn’t expect to pay under that amount. In fact, the average minor remodeling cost in 2018 for a kitchen in the midwest was $21,668 (Remodeling).
A Good Mid-Range
If you want a little more than just the basics of a kitchen remodel, you’ll start heading into mid-range territory. With this territory comes a budget that lands anywhere between $30,000 and upwards of $75,000. This increased cost pays for items such as:
● Hardwood flooring installation
● Custom-designed and professionally installed cabinets
● High-quality marble or granite countertops
● New appliances
● Replacement of old devices with “smart” technology
The average of these price points is about $60,000, which is a good place to start when putting your budget aside for your kitchen remodel. Whether or not this budget seems higher than what you would expect, keep in mind that this will give you a complete kitchen remodel with nice appliance replacements and good functionality all around. Plus, with this price, you won’t have to do any of the work yourself, and instead you can enjoy the fruits of professional labor with a fully remodeled kitchen. In 2018, the average mid-range kitchen remodel in the midwest with minor changes cost $64,990 (Remodeling).
The Higher End of Things
If you’re going for all-out luxury, there really is no price limit. If you have a large kitchen with lots of space to expand, and you are looking for the best of the best in appliances, flooring, and more, then you will likely be priced between $75,000 – $100,000 or more. It really depends on what luxury materials and machinery you’re looking to install. Large kitchens with no-limits remodeling plans determine cost based on the sum of all of the new materials you’re looking to install. The cost of professional labor also plays a part in this, since large projects like this can take a lengthy amount of time.
In 2018, the average major midwest kitchen remodel on the high-end scale cost $126,865 (Remodeling). There is really no limit to what you can add to a designer kitchen. If you have an expansive budget, then you definitely have room to make expansive changes. But be careful not to over-value your home, especially if you live in a neighborhood where luxury remodels aren’t the norm. There are plenty of ways to establish the perfect remodel without becoming too overpriced.
Factors Contributing to the Cost To Remodel A Kitchen
Anybody who has invested in a home remodeling project in the past knows that there are many different details to consider during the planning phase. But it can be difficult to keep track of just how many things need to be taken under such consideration. Before deciding whether to go for a low, mid, or high-range remodel, answer the following questions:
● What neighborhood do you live in? What is the average home cost in that neighborhood? What does the average kitchen look like? Are there certain styles or trends that you’d like to go along with? Think about what is valuable in your neighborhood and how your remodel can help contribute to the cohesiveness of that neighborhood.
● How long do you plan on living in your home? If you are there to stay for the foreseeable future, then you can go for that high-end luxury remodeling project. But if you plan on moving a few years down the road, maybe spring for a cheaper investment and save your budget for your next home.
● How much do you really want? The brainstorming phase is often the most difficult since there are so many details you might be compelled to add to your plans. But think about your budget seriously, and determine what features you can do without. It’s important to set realistic expectations for what you need. But don’t worry – a lot can still be done with a little.
Kitchen Remodeling Costs Explained
Let’s break down those large numbers quoted earlier to find out what exactly goes into figuring out that cost. These are some of the biggest contributing factors to the overall price of a kitchen remodeling project.
How much does it cost to remodel a small kitchen? What about a medium or large-sized kitchen? The square footage of your home can play a huge role in the final price.
● Small Kitchens
– 70 Square Feet: These kitchens can range between $70 per square foot for basic kitchens and $450 per square foot for luxury small kitchens.
● Medium Kitchens
– 100 Square Feet: Costs measure between $50 per square foot for inexpensive kitchens and $590 per square foot for luxury mid-size kitchens.
● Large Kitchens
-200 Square Feet: Luxury kitchens will cost between $25 per square foot for inexpensive kitchens, and $225 per square foot for luxury kitchens.
Appliances play a huge role in the visual appeal of your kitchen, and replacing them can immediately increase the value – and the function – of the room. Old appliances among new renovations can be an eyesore, so it’s important to factor appliances in as a large part of your kitchen remodeling costs.
The highest-quality appliances can range anywhere from $200 per appliance to $3,500. This includes items such as refrigerators, ovens, and dishwashers. If you’re going for custom-built, your prices will fall anywhere from $1,000 to $10,000. If you’re on a budget, you can find decent appliances that work well between $100 and $2,000.
Kitchens with floor-to-ceiling cabinets are visually stunning, especially when they’re brand new. Even if you only plan on replacing a few of the cabinets in your kitchen, or your cabinets are small, make sure to put part of your budget aside for them. There are a number of different types of cabinets that can affect your cost, depending on your financial and visual plans. Stock cabinets go for $80 and can get as high as $400 for installation.
Semi-custom cabinets will have you looking anywhere from $150 to $1,000. Fully custom cabinets can get up to $1,500, while totally refaced or refinished cabinets can go up to $3,000.
Are you tired of your dirty vinyl floors or cracked tile? Are you looking for something new and clean that will complement the updated style of your kitchen? You can use part of your budget to pick out a new floor that will heighten value and match your improved style. Ceramic tile is the cheapest, which will average around $1,300 in price for an average-sized kitchen. Materials such as linoleum, laminate, and cork can be between $1,500 and $3,000. At the most expensive is hardwood, which averages $4,000 for a decent-sized kitchen.
The cost of replacing new countertops can vary depending on the material your new countertops are made out of. Your budget can determine how much you want to dedicate to this part of your kitchen; however, it’s suggested to at least put aside a few thousand dollars for good-quality materials. The cheapest can be installed for $100 per square foot, but realistically, good materials such as stone or wood will be between $2,000 and $7,000.
Don’t forget about important systems running through the kitchen such as electrical, gas, and water. Make sure all of your hookups are installed accordingly and are working properly. Nothing is worse than finishing a new cabinet and discovering that the new molding blocks an electrical outlet or air vent. It can cost $1,000 to update your electrical board, for example, or hook up a new gas line. It’s recommended to factor at least 20% of your overall budget to surprise costs, just in case something happens that you weren’t planning for.
Finding Resources Before You Get Started
It’s important to have your resources at hand to serve as a guide throughout the kitchen remodeling process. Knowing what you need well in advance of starting the labor can give you a smooth transition through the whole project. There are a couple of key tools and guidebooks to use which may give you an easier time understanding your costs and budgeting needs:
Sebring Design Build Kitchen Pricing Guide
Our kitchen remodeling pricing guide provides average estimates for Small, Medium, and Large-sized kitchens based on the materials and space used. The second section of the guide is a dedicated pricing chart based on the level of finish that you choose for your kitchen project. Between “Basic”, “Mid”, and “Upper”-level options, most average costs fall between the Mid and Upper range. Of course, while these are average prices based on average installation materials and items needed, there are other costs to take into consideration as well. Plus, a custom consultation will give you a much better look at your realistic costs.
It’s important to work with a budgeting representative to understand your honest costs and prices associated with your specific project.
Remodeling’s 2020 Cost Vs. Value Report
Taking on kitchen remodeling is a large task, especially when you consider the amount of factors you need to consider. If you want a good look at what prices in your area are averaging, travel to Remodeling and scan their 2020 report of national data. You can search for your specific region, or look at the country’s averages on whole. This is a great tool to use to figure out what your kitchen is going to cost you, based on its size and location. Click here to view the report.
Start Your Budgeting Plans
Budgeting for a kitchen remodel is the hardest part of the whole project. Sebring Design Build is here to help every step of the way. If you have more questions about your remodeling project, or you need help figuring the best materials and costs for your kitchen, reach out to us for a free consultation. You can also check out our free eBook, Remodeling 101, which will give you some ideas on good places to start.