A lot of people wonder about the costs of a kitchen remodel, and if they can cut corners to save some cash.
You may be surprised to find out where the bulk of the money is spent in a kitchen remodel. Can you guess?
It’s cabinetry and hardware at 29 percent. New, top-of-the line cabinets can run over $10K, which might not be in your budget now, but there are ways to save.
This popular method of sprucing up your kitchen leaves your old cabinets on the walls and replaces only the doors and front-facing surfaces. This cuts way down on costs, not just in materials, but in labor as well.
If your cabinets are in bad shape and won’t hold up to refacing, consider veneer to save money. Most people can’t tell whether your cabinets are real wood or veneer, and they’ll look so nice and clean and brand-new, it won’t even matter.
If you have old cabinets that are real wood but real beat up too, consider painting them instead of replacing them. If you can’t afford new wood cabinets, you don’t want to trash your old ones to replace them with MDF.
It takes time and effort to paint cabinets, as they’ll need to be sanded down, primed, painted and coated with polyurethane, but hiring someone to do it for you still would be cheaper than buying new cabinets.
Next on the cost list is installation at 17 percent. You want to shop around, but you don’t want to skimp on installation. A reliable, trustworthy, experienced and fair contractor with a good, longstanding reputation is the best choice.
Appliances are next at 14 percent, but you don’t always need these at the same time you need a kitchen remodel. When your fridge or your stove breaks, you go buy a new one, and it’s likely not at the very moment you decide to remodel.
However, if your appliances are more than 10 years old and you really want an entirely new kitchen, it might be best to go ahead and get them now, because new appliances are so much more energy-efficient.
Next is flooring. Again, your floors might be in OK shape, but if they’re not, there’s a lot of wiggle room in the flooring budget. We’d all like marble, but if you can’t afford it, consider another kind of tile, like ceramic.
But remember that everything your drop on tile breaks (except the dishtowels), and if you have little kids, you’ll be vacuuming up shards of glass once a week. Wood is a popular choice, and so is cork, but if you get cork, make sure you get a good thick one, because it’s going to get dinged when people drop things on it. But they won’t break!
The rest of the costs are about even — lighting, walls and ceilings, faucets and plumbing, doors and windows.
So as you can see, the price of a kitchen remodel can vary tremendously. For a free estimate of what it would cost to remodel your kitchen, call the experts at Falk Construction.