Elements of Your Kitchen Remodel
Do you desperately want a new kitchen after having to spending months almost entirely inside your house? Not sure where to begin your kitchen remodel?
There’s nothing like being trapped in your house to make you both appreciate everything it does for you and notice all of its flaws.
You may be dreaming right now about how to upgrade or completely replace your kitchen. Maybe you know you want a new stove or a dishwasher, but you’re not sure where to start.
How much do new cabinets cost? What kinds of countertops give you the most for your money?
All of these questions and many more have to be answered as you remodel a kitchen.
If you’re thinking about making that change, you can get a rough estimate of the cost just by considering the main elements of a kitchen remodel.
Main Elements of a Kitchen Remodel
Behind the Walls and Under the Floor
Smaller kitchen remodeling projects like changing out the faucet or re-doing the floors don’t require a full gut job.
Unless you have leaks or you can smell mold, there’s no reason to think you have major problems you need to fix.
However, if you plan to relocate your sink or stove, it will require gutting at least part of your existing kitchen and moving plumbing and electrical. This can become expensive.
That is why it’s always a good idea to get a professional designer as well as a contractor to take as much guesswork out of the process as possible.
Once the basics are done, what is left is tons of decision-making. For some homeowners, this is the most exciting and interesting part of the puzzle.
For others, it’s overwhelming with too many decisions, or frustrating because of the expense of a new kitchen.
Either way, planning is the way to make your dream a reality. A “new” kitchen can cost as little as a few thousand dollars and as much as $100,000, depending on your choices.
Plan to spend not more than 20% of the market value of your house on a kitchen renovation to be sure you are making a smart investment.
Many kitchen floors are not flashy, but this foundation is one of the most essential parts of any kitchen.
You don’t want floors that are slippery when wet or that will be too vulnerable to spills, and heavy dropped objects.
There are thousands of materials, colors, and styles in hardwood, laminate, vinyl, linoleum, tile, and more.
You could spend anywhere from $4,000 to $20,000 on cabinets for your kitchen.
Pre-made, ready-to-install cabinets from IKEA cost up to $400 per cabinet while local, custom-made cabinets can be several times more expensive.
Custom cabinets are made of solid wood and are truly custom-made to fit your unique kitchen.
Stock cabinets only come in a few finishes, while custom cabinets can be made of any type of wood with any style and finish.
Along with cabinets, countertops can be the central focus of your kitchen.
If you are frustrated with your kitchen right now, it’s very likely because your countertops are less than ideal.
Granite countertops are the gold standard, as they are entirely custom and natural and will outlast your house itself. They can cost between $70-$150 per square foot.
Other options, such as engineered stone, can be better, as there are many more colors and finishes available.
Budget options like butcher block and laminate look better and better as technology improves. If you’re on a strict budget, don’t rule them out.
Laminate countertops cost between $40-$60 per square foot, and so do butcher-block countertops.
This may be the one area worth the extra splurge to make sure you have enough well-placed light.
There’s nothing worse than trying to work in a kitchen without adequate light or where you can’t find the switch you need.
Lighting can be functional and decorative to highlight your beautiful new cabinets and countertops.
Make sure you have enough recessed lights, pendant lights, chandeliers, and under-cabinet lights to illuminate every part of your kitchen.
Bringing it Home
No matter how much or how little you want to change about your kitchen, we are here to answer your questions. Please give us a call and we’ll be happy to help.