Sunday, April 26, 2015

What's the cost of a kitchen remodel? Part 2

A large majority of our clients are people who are remodeling or "freshening up" their kitchen. One of their first questions is "How much is this going to cost?" They may have a number in their head or they may have no idea. Last time we discussed flooring and today we will dive into some of the other areas.

After flooring, next are cabinets. Are you going to reface your existing cabinets or start over with new ones? Factors that impact your kitchen cabinetry cost will include: the type of wood species chosen, whether the cabinetry style you choose is standard *off the shelf* box cabinetry like you might find at IKEA or custom cabinets. Many times the cabinets featured in magazines like Architectural Digest, Veranda and other similar magazines are custom cabinets. My experience has been that often times when you start making changes and customizing box cabinets, the cost often skyrockets more than the cost of the same cabinet in custom cabinetry. If you are considering new cabinets, it's definitely worth weighing both options.

Your next big budget item will be your kitchen appliances: your cooktop/range, your dishwasher, your refrigerator, microwave, range hood, warming ovens, wine coolers, etc. There are many different price ranges for each and every appliance you can choose, and an experienced kitchen designer or appliance dealer can quickly give you an overview of what brands are right for your needs and give you a general price range so you will know what to expect.  Do your research-these are some of the hardest working items in your kitchen. And don't forget about your faucet. Truly the hardest working appliance in your kitchen.

Next time we will wrap up the large items that make up a kitchen remodel. A kitchen remodel is a large investment and big part of your home. Work with professionals and do your research to ensure the best outcome. Have questions? Don't hesitate to contact me at

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