March 27, 2021
Renovating a kitchen is the most expensive home improvement that most homeowners will undertake. Studies show that the majority of Americans only renovate one kitchen in their lifetime. Understanding what the costs for a kitchen renovation are is a good starting point if you are considering this major expense.
Main Line Kitchen Design recommends never doing a kitchen renovation halfway. Spending the majority of what a brand new completely renovated kitchen would cost but keeping old cabinetry, an outdated floor plan, and other undesirable features is just throwing money away. If you aren’t remodeling the kitchen from scratch then spend as little as possible to spruce up your kitchen until a time when the project can be done right. The money you spend should then be recouped when you sell your home.
Below are our best guesses for three different scale kitchen renovations and how much the entire project should cost. This is for the Philadelphia suburbs and other areas need to adjust for their costs. Here is a cost adjuster for your area of the country.
Small kitchen renovation on a budget but with quality materials. $30,000
For small kitchens in condos or row homes without a lot of cabinetry and without major construction changes, the costs of the project might breakdown this way:
Cabinets $7,000. Countertops $2000. Appliances $3000. Other materials such as flooring, fixtures, backsplash, hardware and mics $3000. All labor including, plumbing. electric, carpentry, drywall, tilework, and painting $15,0000.
Medium size kitchen major construction and some upgrades. $55,000
Cabinets $15,000 Countertops $4,000, Appliances $5000, Other materials such as flooring, fixtures, backsplash, hardware and mics $6,000. All labor including, plumbing. electric, carpentry, drywall, tilework, and painting $25,0000.
Large kitchen major renovation, custom cabinets, pro appliances. $125,000
Cabinets $40,000 Countertops $8,000, Appliances $25,000, Other materials such as flooring, fixtures, backsplash, hardware and mics $12,000. All labor including, plumbing. electric, carpentry, drywall, tilework, and painting $40,0000.
The numbers above can quickly increase with spurges on materials. For example, one customer of ours spent $75,000 just on their appliances. However the cost of more major construction modifications such as moving doorways, windows, and load bearing walls has less of an impact on a project’s total cost then material upgrades.
Getting an accurate estimate for your kitchen renovation can be as easy as simply calling Main Line Kitchen Design. If a home has been for sale in the last ten years there are often photos on real estate websites. Simply looking at these photos and asking a few questions can make ball parking and entire kitchen renovation easy for an experienced kitchen designer.
Call today and we would be happy to ball park your kitchen renovation and explain our design process in detail.
Looking forward to a time when we can once again design kitchens face to face and collaborate with our colleagues in our offices and over lunch at Ryan Christopher’s in Narberth.
Stay safe and of course . . .