A kitchen remodel can be a simple cosmetic update or a large-scale renovation that changes the footprint or layout of the room. During a remodel, contractors can address water damage and other concerns such as mold issues. Cabinets, counters, appliances, backsplashes, sinks, range hoods and flooring are often upgraded or changed with a kitchen remodel. Homeowners generally see more than an eighty percent return on investment for a minor kitchen remodel. Several factors affect the cost of a kitchen remodel.
Kitchen remodels vary widely in price, depending on variations in the repair and prep work required, materials used, homeowner goals, and regional labor costs. Maples Construction Co. in Knoxville, Tennessee, provided three sample jobs that outline tasks performed, total work hours and approximate cost (including materials and labor) to offer a snapshot of remodel costs in that region. Keep in mind, these are sample prices and may not indicate how much your kitchen remodel will cost.
7x8-foot kitchen remodel
$4,500 (of total house remodel cost) to rebuild a small kitchen from the ground up
Frame out entire kitchen
Plumb the kitchen for gas and water
Install stainless steel appliances
Install wood shaker cabinets with soft-close hardware and brushed-nickel pulls
Install vinyl-click flooring
Price is lower than the same job would be as a stand-alone kitchen remodel because Maples Construction Co. was remodeling the entire house and could offer discounted pricing on per room projects
16x12-foot kitchen remodel
$11,000 to remodel kitchen
160 work hours: Two men working two full weeks
Removed old cabinets and counters
Installed new white shaker wood cabinets with soft-close hardware
New can lighting in ceiling and LED strip lighting under cabinets
New solid granite counter
New built-in kitchen island
New 60/40 double sink
New paint on kitchen walls
16x16 kitchen facelift
$6,200 for a surface makeover
200 work hours: Two men working two and one-half weeks
Installed marble countertops with decorative edges
Refinished and repainted solitary cabinets
Installed a new plumbing gas line for a gas stove
Installed new appliances (stove, convection oven, fridge)
New built-in island
Changing the footprint—or existing layout—of a kitchen’s floor plan increases the cost of a remodel. One way to save is to keep the appliances, counter and cabinets in their current locations to reduce labor and material costs.
Moving plumbing lines (whether gas or water) increases kitchen remodel costs. A licensed plumber (or a general contractor with a plumber’s license) is required to safely install new plumbing pipes and potentially cut through walls or flooring during installation—all of which will increase costs and may require repair work if walls or floors need to be opened.
The grade of appliances, type of flooring, prefabricated versus custom-built cabinets—all of these material choices affect the overall cost of a kitchen remodel.
Remodeling may uncover the need to repair plumbing lines, it may expose water damage, or it may unearth evidence of termites. Each of these situations increases overall costs, but it’s important to address these necessary repairs before building anything new.
Be wary of super low prices. Imposters who don’t have a contractor’s license can damage your home. These people might have a cheaper price but will do subpar work. They often don’t pay taxes, and you can end up with a mess on your hands—which all costs more in the long run.
A contractor can only take 30 percent of the total cost of a project upfront, according to business law in Tennessee, explains a representative at Maples Construction Co. Be sure to ask questions, if someone is asking for 50 percent before work begins. It’s quite likely they’re not working within the law.
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