The first step in determining kitchen renovation estimates is considering your kitchen as a whole. Before you get to the smaller questions, such as whether to reface your cabinets or replace them, ask yourself the big questions. What do you want from your kitchen? How do you want it to look and function? Is the size and configuration right? You don’t have to replace everything at once, either. You can reface or refinish your cabinets instead of replacing them, which could save you time and money. You also have the option to refinish your appliances if they’re outdated or need that stainless steel look to increase your kitchen appeal. Consider some of these alternative options if you want to save money on installing all-new cabinets or appliances.
Where Will the Money Go?
According to the National Kitchen & Bath Association, kitchen remodeling costs break down as follows:
- Design fees: 4%
- Installation: 17%
- Appliances and ventilation: 14%
- Cabinetry and hardware: 29%
- Countertops: 10%
- Lighting: 5%
- Flooring: 7%
- Doors and windows: 4%
- Walls and ceilings: 5%
- Faucets and plumbing: 4%
- Other: 1%
Homeowners can save on their kitchen renovation costs by making cuts in certain places. For example, cabinets take up almost 30 percent of the kitchen remodel budget, but you can save by investing in stock kitchen cabinets rather than custom cabinets. Also, you can do some of the installation and replacement yourself. You can also break up the projects over time so you can save for one project at a time. You also don’t have to do everything, depending on the state of your kitchen. Here are some kitchen remodel estimates and what they typically include.
Small Kitchen Remodel Costs and Condo Renovations
If your kitchen is small or cramped and you only have a small area to work with, you’ll have more limited options for a kitchen remodel. The cost to remodel a small kitchen usually averages between $5,000 and $15,000, depending on what you decide to install, repair or upgrade. There are many changes homeowners can make to their small kitchen or condo kitchen without making structural changes. It’s important to be prepared with a budget and expect to do some of the work as DIY projects to save on time and money. Here are some other recommendations that are inexpensive but will help with your small kitchen remodel:
- Green updates: LED lighting, environmentally friendly faucets, green appliances and double-paned windows are all possible without gutting the kitchen. If you want to update the lighting while remaining eco-friendly, you can install under-cabinet and counter LED lights, which might require some additional wiring. You can also install recessed lighting fixtures in the ceiling to save on hitting hanging lamps or ceiling fixtures.
- Maximizing storage: If you’re lacking storage space in your cabinets and pantries, you can install lazy susans, roll-out trays, double pull-out shelves and other tiered racks. This way, you don’t have to install more cabinets into a small kitchen and lose space.
- Pull-out countertops: If you need more room to prepare food or chop vegetables, you can have a countertop contractor install a counter extension that you can flip or pull out when you need it. You’ll get more prep space without constantly bumping into it or reducing the space in your kitchen.
- Smaller appliances: If your small kitchen was built with large appliances like a dishwasher, refrigerator, oven, range or stove, consider downgrading to their smaller and greener alternatives. This will give you more space for storage or just easier movement around your kitchen.
If you’re really adventurous and have the wall or floor space in your home or condo to do it, you can knock out the wall and cabinet space. You can even combine the kitchen and dining room space into one transitional remodeled kitchen area that flows together, instead of having a bar or tall wall separate the two from one another. If you live in a condo, check building codes to make sure you can knock out walls. Consult with a contractor before you knock down any walls in your home, as they could be connected to a supporting beam for the house.