It’s often said that the kitchen is the most expensive room to remodel, and many are keen on assigning a static value to the “average kitchen remodel.” Truthfully, the cost to remodel a kitchen depends on several factors that vary and are usually based on personal taste, home condition and structure, and budget.
1. Cabinets & Hardware
According to Home Advisor, 29% of the budget for a typical kitchen remodel goes to cabinets and hardware. Luckily, cabinets come in a variety of finishes, and hardware is available in a plethora of styles, so you can easily control just how much cash goes to this portion of your remodel.
If beautiful cabinets are on your wish list, you might be better off investing in a style you know you’ll love and will last for years to come.
Other than the basement rec room, the kitchen is the most gadget-packed room in your home. If you can’t find a way around replacing all of those appliances with brand new counterparts, you can save in the long run by choosing energy efficient ones.
If you need a hand picking out new appliances, Energy Star keeps an up-to-date list of the most energy efficient refrigerators, dishwashers, and more.
3. Structure & Layout
One simple way to cut down on the cost of your kitchen remodel is to keep your existing structure and layout. The choice to move plumbing, electrical, gas lines, or windows quickly racks up dollar signs.
An experienced designer can help you plan an efficient, usable kitchen that makes the most of your current layout.
Some sources suggest that after cabinets and appliances, labor is the next most expensive item on a typical kitchen remodel budget breakdown. A quality kitchen remodel will require expert help, and thus, time and labor.
Though labor costs are a given, you can cut back by being up front and clear about your vision. When you communicate your needs and wants openly with your design team, there’s a reduced chance that your project will require rework or late-in-the-game changes that can add up.
5. Unforeseen Challenges
The kitchen can be a wild place. It sees spills, heavy traffic, heat, and cold on a daily basis. Many kitchen remodelers will encounter unpredictable problems that significantly increase their costs, such as insect damage, water damage and leaks, and outdated electrical wiring.
The best thing you can do is carefully assess your home’s age and history. The current condition of your kitchen will help you set aside an appropriate budget cushion.
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