Looking to remodel your kitchen, but don’t have a clue what it will cost? Nailing down the exact price of a kitchen renovation isn’t easy… and it can vary depending on products and the scope and size of your project.
According to HomeAdvisor, the average cost of a kitchen remodel can range between $12,567 to $34,962, depending on the complexity and scope of the project.
To avoid overspending in a single area, it’s important to understand the different factors that influence the overall cost. Essentially, your expenses should be divided into four parts:
- Countertops, backsplashes, flooring, and energy-efficient appliances
- Lighting, electrical, plumbing
- Installation and labor
Before you take on a kitchen renovation project, read through this article for a better understanding of each cost factor, along with quick tips on how you can save on renovation costs.
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Price Factor #1: Cabinets
The most significant expense for a kitchen remodel is usually the cabinetry, which can eat up nearly 25% of your budget. And with so many different cabinet upgrade options available, it’s important to nail down your budget and have a clear vision of your cabinet upgrade needs before you get started.
The good news is that there are various cabinet upgrade methods available (with varying price ranges):
- Cabinet refinishing. This is the most affordable option. With refinishing, you can repair your current cabinet doors and apply a new, high-performance finish for a new and improved look—without the hassle and cost of changing out your cabinet doors. Learn more about Cabinet Coating’s refinishing process.
- Cabinet refacing. This option costs more than refinishing but also offers a more dramatic improvement. At Cabinet Coatings, refacing includes getting brand-new, solid wood cabinet doors along with a new high-performance finish. Refacing allows you to update the appearance of your kitchen at the fraction of the price of a full remodel. Learn more about Cabinet Coating’s refacing process.
- Cabinet remodeling. This is the most expensive option. If you want to improve your home’s value or achieve a different cabinet shape and structure overall, remodeling with custom or semi-custom cabinets might be your best choice. Remodeling allows you to move and add cabinetry in your kitchen and is best for homeowners who want a more dramatic change to their kitchen. Keep in mind, changing or expanding the current footprint of your cabinetry’s layout will cause costs to rise. Learn more about Cabinet Coating’s remodeling process.
If you have questions about which cabinet service is best for you, we’re here to help! Check out “Refinishing vs Refacing vs Remodeling: Which is Right for Me?” or call us at 480-641-9611.
Price Factor #2: Countertops, backsplashes, flooring, and appliances
Countertops & Backsplashes
The price of new countertops and backsplashes fluctuate widely based on materials. For countertops, you can expect to pay an average rate between $2,000 and $4,500. Stone surfaces, like quartz and granite, are generally the most expensive but have proven to be the most durable. Solid surface and laminate are less expensive but can require more maintenance over time.
For backsplashes, ceramic tiles are the most popular option at approx. $10/sq. ft. installed. A backsplash can cost less if the same materials are installed elsewhere in the kitchen at the same time.
The cost of flooring can range between $1,400 to $5,000 and will depend on two things: square footage and whether you’re replacing a few broken tiles or replacing the flooring altogether. Vinyl is an excellent option in terms of affordability but doesn’t add much value to a home. In comparison, granite and hardwood flooring will increase the overall value of your home, but at a higher cost.
Installing new appliances costs between $200 to $2,000+ per appliance on average. If you’re looking to save money by keeping existing appliances, double-check that your stove, oven, dishwasher, and fridge are Energy Star-certified. If they’re not, you should consider upgrading them as energy-efficient appliances will pay for themselves over time by lowering your utility bills. They help to preserve the environment, too.
Keep in mind, additional electrical rewiring may be required to accommodate Energy Star appliances.
Price Factor #3: Lighting, electrical, plumbing
If you want to install under cabinet lights, add outlets and fixtures, or change your floor plan, your remodel will most likely require electrical rewiring.
Anything that involves altering plumbing, gas, or electrical will increase your budget. To cut costs, use a design that maintains your existing kitchen footprint, or try to keep the modifications to a minimum (for example, moving appliances without moving their hook-up).
Keeping your existing plumbing is an excellent way to reduce costs. You can still invest in new appliances, sinks, or faucets as long as you install them using your existing plumbing. If your remodeling design calls for new pipes or a new floor plan, prepare to pay up.
Reminder: Never attempt electrical projects without the help of a trained professional.
Price Factor #4: Installation and labor
In terms of labor, you can expect to pay anywhere between $2,000 and $6,000 in installation/labor fees. It’s a good idea to put aside 15% of your overall budget for labor costs. Depending on the size and space of your kitchen, as well as the features you’re looking for, hiring a specialized kitchen remodeling contractor can help you get the most out of your budget.
Keep in mind, specialized contractors will be more expensive than non-specialized contractors. Also, initial quotes don’t always include all labor costs. Be sure to ask your contractor for pricing specifics as needed.
Want a kitchen makeover for a fraction of the price of a full remodel?
Cabinet Coatings is the premier destination in the Phoenix valley and Arizona for cabinet refacing projects. If you’re excited to get started on your kitchen remodel, contact us online or call us at 480-641-9611 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to hearing from you!