Sunday, May 10, 2015

What's the cost of a kitchen remodel? Part 3

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. Previously we discussed flooring, cabinetry and appliances and today we will dive into the last areas.

Finally, what are factors that influence the price of your countertops? First, your material selection. Do you want a granite, marble, quartz or recycled glass? They each have different looks and different price points. Another factor in the cost of countertops is the thickness and edge detail.
So, what DOES it REALLY cost to get the kitchen of your dreams? Remodeling magazine recently released a survey that said that the 2015 national average for an upscale major kitchen remodel costs $113,000 and a midrange major kitchen remodel costs $57,000. That cost can vary by the part of the country you live in, the extent of the work and the materials you select.

As you contemplate your kitchen remodel and are tempted to cut corners, remember some important factors. The best professional kitchen designers and contractors will insist that you wait, if at all possible, and invest in working with their team of trusted subs and tradespeople that they’ve worked with over a long period of time. They know who really delivers on time, who communicates with the other subs well, and who takes care of the inevitable problems on a jobsite with speed and fairness. This is part of the expertise they bring to your project. Word to the wise to save money:  bringing in your own tradespeople to save money if you’re working with an experienced professional kitchen and bath designer or contractor is not a good idea as there are so many trades involved in a major kitchen remodel. Disrupting the knowledge that these tradespeople have developed about each others work methods over time, through working on a team, will not be worth it. It disrupts their work flow and communication patterns on your job site and causes headaches and delays, and these cost you more money in the long run than you will have saved.

Many interior designers will call a professional kitchen designer in to work together with them to create a beautiful kitchen for you. Kitchen design is a very specialized field and if your interior designer requests your permission to add a professional kitchen designer into your budget for just this phase of planning your home, consider agreeing – to get the best results, especially when you are considering a luxury kitchen remodeling project.

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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