Written By Kirill Lesnykh
Every kitchen remodel is unique. With that said, we hope this guide will help give you a better picture of how much your remodel will cost. When pricing a kitchen remodel, three factors influence the total cost:
- Kitchen Size
- Scope of work
- Materials used
Kitchen Size, Scope of Work, and Materials Used:
The size of your kitchen plays a big part in the total cost of a remodel. Naturally, smaller kitchens require less material and labor, therefore bringing the cost down. The scope of work refers to specifics of what you’ll remodel. Here are some things that define the scope of work:
A larger kitchen/scope of work tends to increase the total cost and time required. For example, a large kitchen will require more demolition work should you choose to replace the flooring and cabinets.
The materials used in the remodel can influence the price dramatically. While this might seem obvious, high-quality cabinets, flooring, and countertops tend to cost more. Be sure to chat with your contractor about the options and price points of the materials you’ll be using! Keep in mind that not all materials are created equal. Some will require more time and effort to install, costing you a little extra.
Cabinets come in all shapes, sizes, and styles. Here we take two price points into account - material costs and installation costs. Drawing on our experience, good cabinets can run you about $170/linear ft for just the cabinet. Cabinet installation tends to run at about $150-$200/linear ft. These prices can fluctuate a little depending on the specific cabinets you choose.
The size of your kitchen plays a big part in the total cost of kitchen cabinets. We can observe a $10,000 difference between a kitchen with 14 linear feet of cabinets vs. a kitchen with 45 linear feet of cabinets.
To be safe, we advise homeowners to plan for about $250/linear ft for cabinets and about $200/linear ft for installing mid-grade, soft close type cabinets. This brings you to a total of $450/per linear foot (material + installation costs). Be sure to explore your options in this area, as the price will fluctuate with the quality of the cabinets.
The right flooring can set the perfect tone for the entire kitchen. Most kitchens will use tile, vinyl planks, or hardwood flooring.
Tile flooring tends to cost about $10/sq foot and about $30/sq ft for installation. This brings tile flooring to a total of around $40/sq ft. As a side note, backsplash will also be about $40/sq ft due to similar installations and material costs.
Luxury vinyl plank flooring typically costs from $0.50 - $3.00/sq ft, depending on the quality of the vinyl planks. Installation for vinyl plank flooring starts at a minimum of $600 no matter the size of the kitchen. If installing more than 500/sq ft, it will run around $3/sq ft. Here are the numbers to simplify things:
Material cost: $0.50 - $3.00/sq ft depending on quality
- Just the kitchen: ~$600 minimum
- Projects over 500/sq ft: ~ $3/sq ft
Hardwood flooring can be installed pre-finished/stained or can be stained after the installation. Based on our experience in the field, hardwood flooring typically runs at about $3-$7/sq ft for just the material. Installing hardwood in kitchens starts at a minimum of $700 no matter how small the kitchen is. For projects over 500/sq ft, expect installation costs of around $5/sq ft. Here are the numbers to help simplify things:
Material cost: $3-$7/sq ft depending on quality
- Just the kitchen: ~$700 minimum
- Projects over 500/sq ft: ~ $5/sq ft
Lighting is an integral part of any kitchen remodel. It can transform even the most unappealing room into a beautiful space. Changing out or moving a light fixture/light will cost about $200 total. Hanging light fixtures will typically run around $100/fixture. Keep in mind that relocating light fixtures may require patching drywall. Be sure to budget about $600 for these drywall patches.
When working with Kirks Renovations, we’re there to answer any questions about appliances, but we leave the decision-making up to you! There are hundreds of options to choose from, depending on your budget and needs. If you are not changing the layout of your kitchen, measure your existing appliances, and purchase new appliances with the correct specifications.
Feel free to move things around and change the layout of the kitchen, but keep in mind that moving outlets, plumbing, exhaust vents, etc. may cost more. Here are some estimates that will help you determine the price of a new layout.
- Relocating a 240v outlet for the stove: $200-$300
- Relocating exhaust vent for the stove: $500-$1000 (depending on distance)
- Relocating plumbing for fridge, sink, or dishwasher: $300-$1000/fixture
- Additional drywall patches: $600 (depending on the scope of work)
A new paint job is the perfect final touch of any kitchen remodel. A new paint job for an average sized kitchen typically costs about $600. This may fluctuate depending on the scope and size of the project.
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