What is the Cost of a Kitchen Remodel?
How much will it cost to remodel my kitchen? On average, according to homeadvisor.com, a kitchen remodel will run about $150 per square foot. In reality, that number can vary greatly, as there are many variables to consider when taking on what’s arguably the heart of the home. Are you handy? Do you have friends to help? Will you be juggling kids and other things at the same time? Do you have time to spare and a budget that’s solidly in the five-figure range? Do you know what you want and have the samples to prove it?
All these questions and more are things to consider when you start thinking about putting your dreams where your stove once was. Consider what you love and hate about your current set-up. Are there functional things to address or are you just hoping for a stylistic upgrade? Take a hard look at your appliances, fixtures, the state of your cabinets and floors. If you have any parts and pieces that will need to be replaced or repaired, that may be a good place to start.
Alternatively, if you are looking to make decisions based primarily on a budget, we’ve got a pretty good break-down for you here.
Focus on a Facelift
While we all love to window shop for the full dream kitchen in stores or online; for most of us, it stays a dream. However, even the most budget-conscious among us can get one step closer to those aesthetic goals by applying a little creativity and elbow grease to your current kitchen.
- Paint. If we’ve said it once, we’ve said it a dozen times, but bringing a fresh coat of color can make any room feel brand new. We love yellows and greens in the kitchen. (A gallon of paint generally runs about $30.)
- Get more out of your cabinets. Install tiered racks, pull-out shelves, roll-out trays, and install battery-powered under-cabinet lighting. You can do it all yourself and get everything you need at your local hardware store. ($20-100 per drawer, depending on size and material.)
- Add an island. You can order kitchen islands from many online retailers, spend an hour putting it together and enjoy a few more feet of serving and prep space by dinnertime. ($150-900 depending on size and style.)
- Put in a new sink. Especially if that old one is enamel, it stains easily and gets scratched and damaged over time, making your whole kitchen look dingy no matter how clean it really is. Installing a new sink can easily be done in an afternoon, and there are lots of great style options available! ($99-900 depending on style.)