Doing your due diligence is a prerequisite to any home remodeling and calculating the costs within your budget can be a daunting task. The most important room in the house, is your kitchen, so you want it warm, friendly and a pleasure to spend time in.
Once you start listing everything you want done and then obtaining the prices from your various DIY stores, contractors and online stores, you will very quickly realize how expensive it can be. That is even before you have the builders, designers and contractors in to do the job.
So you need to be able to work out the average cost realistically, compromising to keep the costs down unless you have the wherewithal to go all out and do a makeover that will put Hollywood to shame. It has been calculated, according to the statistics of the jobs done by contractors, that kitchen remodeling will cost anything from $18,500 for a basic do-over, up to $54,000.
The best way to keep costs down is not to do any structural changes. Don’t go putting your sink on the other side of the room, even though the window is there. The plumbing will have to be completely ripped out and changed around. The little pantry next door can become a breakfast nook but that would mean breaking down the wall. The window could be a bit bigger, and so on.
Rather look at your options. Refinish the cabinets instead of installing new ones. Cabinets are about 30% of the cost and take up the most room in the kitchen and if you change your cabinets, your flooring will have to be changed as well.
Lay stick-on tiles on the floor instead of marble tiling. They are renewable and the hundreds of colours and patterns can give your whole kitchen a new lift.
Your counter tops are another large surface expense that needn’t be expensive. Having granite tops is the ideal but laminate looks just as good, or even use the same tiling as on the floor to give a uniform look.
And then - the appliances. Unless you go second-hand which is not advisable, you will have a hefty up-front bill. Purchasing high-efficiency machines will save you thousands of dollars in the long run. They will operate optimally, saving on electric and water bills and the longer life span will mean no service or replacement costs for a good 20 years or more.
The average cost of kitchen remodeling that homeowners have reported, has been in the $10,000 - $15,000 range. This would typically include:
This may seem very basic but when the kitchen is totally overhauled - within your budget - the DIY projects will take the entire job from the daunting, to something enjoyed by the whole family and you can loosen your hold on your wallet with a sigh of relief.