Remodeling a kitchen is a huge undertaking and it is often difficult to work out what your total budget should be for such a big project. A kitchen remodel cost estimator is the best place to start and it will help you to create a realistic budget for your kitchen remodel.
Why should you estimate the cost of your kitchen remodel?
A well-planned kitchen remodel will significantly increase the value of your home, should you decide to sell in the future. To get to this point though, you need to know how much money you will need to invest in order to create that dream kitchen.
Estimating the cost of your kitchen remodel allows you to organize exactly what costs need to go into each part of the project and, therefore, what your overall costs are likely to be. This provides you with a guideline for what your budget should be and, if it is more than you are wanting to spend, gives you an indication of where you may be able to cut down on costs without making compromises to the look of your new kitchen.
It also gives you approximations on what you should be spending on each part of the kitchen remodel project so that you can be more confident that you are paying the best price for each component of the kitchen as well as the installation itself.
How to Estimate the Cost of a Kitchen Remodel
Estimating the cost of a kitchen remodel is easy when you use a Kitchen Remodel Cost Estimator online, which we will talk more about below. Here is a guideline to how much you can expect your kitchen remodel to cost, depending on the scope of your project or the size of your kitchen:
Minor Kitchen Remodel
A minor remodel is usually seen to be a kitchen remodel that focuses on cosmetic aspects, keeping the design of the kitchen the same, often called a renovation. This includes refacing kitchen cabinets, repainting, changing cabinet hardware, etc. This type of remodel typically falls somewhere between $12,000 and $21,000.
Midrange Kitchen Remodel
A midrange remodel also focuses on cosmetic aspects, with no design change, but uses higher-quality materials and adds more features. For instance, new cabinets (and hardware), repainting, replacing countertops, adding a kitchen island, adding a tile backsplash, new light fixtures, and vinyl or tile flooring. This type of remodel typically costs between $29,000 and $64,000.
Upscale Kitchen Remodel
An upscale remodel is where the entire kitchen is taken out so everything can be changed, including the layout of the kitchen, plumbing, electrics, flooring, and appliances. This is likely to cost about $126,000, depending on the size of your space.
Small Kitchen Remodel Cost Estimator
A small kitchen is generally defined as a room that is approximately 75 square feet or less.
If you are simply looking to upgrade your pre-existing small kitchen, you may be able to spend as little as $4,000, or if you want a total remodel you can expect to spend about $20,000+.
You may be able to save a little on costs if you opt for narrower cabinets, that take up less space, with more inventive storage solutions such as pull-out baskets, a corner cabinet carousel, and more. Any extra space can be filled with a ‘pull out’ cabinet, super-narrow but perfect for use as wine storage, a spice rack, or whatever else you can think of.
Medium Kitchen Remodel Cost Estimator
A medium kitchen is generally defined as a room that is between 75 and 175 square feet. Kitchen remodel costs for spaces between 75 and 100 square feet will typically cost somewhere between $15,000 and $30,000, although the average medium kitchen is 150-175 square feet which will cost you $20,000 to $45,000 to remodel.
Large Kitchen Remodel Cost Estimator
A large kitchen is any space that is above 175 square feet. This is likely to cost you a minimum of $45,000, with costs reaching as high as $100,000 plus if you opt for an upscale remodel with built-in appliances, seating island, double oven, and more.
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How to Use a Kitchen Remodeling Calculator
A Kitchen Remodeling Calculator (like this one) uses your measurements to estimate how much it will cost to complete your kitchen remodel.
To use a kitchen remodeling calculator you simply need to:
- Measure the length of the new cabinets along your kitchen wall/s and enter into the calculator.
- Enter the countertop size in square feet – typically the length of the cabinets multiplied by 2 as most countertops have a depth of 2 ft – don’t forget about the counters on the kitchen island if applicable.
- Select whether you want new cabinets or are refacing your existing ones.
- Select the countertop material.
- Select the level of fixtures you want (basic, better, or premium) – this includes a sink, faucet, and garbage disposal.
- Enter the kitchen size and ceiling height to calculate wall painting and flooring costs
- Select flooring material.
- Select the level of appliances you want (basic, mid-range, premium, or premium built-in) – this includes a refrigerator, oven, and range hood.
Then calculate your estimate and it will provide you with the mid-range estimated price for your selections.
How do average kitchen remodel costs vary?
The total cost for a kitchen remodel will depend on a number of factors including the size of your space, the scope of the remodel, your zip code and local labor costs, and any finishing touches you decide to add.
To give you an idea of how prices change depending on your zip code, let’s consider the prices of a midrange remodel in three different cities:
- Birmingham, Alabama – total costs of $31,400
- San Francisco, California – total costs of $33,000
- Des Moines, Iowa – total costs of $34,200
Am I spending enough on my kitchen remodel?
According to estimates within the remodeling industry, homeowners should spend around 5-15% of their home’s current value on their kitchen remodel as this maximizes the return on investment when they come to sell.
What is the most expensive part of a kitchen remodel?
Around 28% of a kitchen remodeling budget goes towards the cabinetry, the most expensive part of a kitchen remodel with an average cost of $6,550.
Installation and labor costs then take up the next highest percentage of the budget, around 18%, with average costs of $4,130. This is why it can be very beneficial to have some DIY skills so that you can cut down on these costs.
How to Estimate the Cost of Kitchen Cabinets
On average, kitchen cabinets cost somewhere between $3,000 and $8,000, depending on the type of cabinet you choose.
Pre-made stock cabinets, as you would find at home improvement stores, are the most affordable, typically $75 to $150 per linear foot. Although you may be able to save a bit of money by opting for these cabinets, designs are often limited, and they are unlikely to fit a space with unique angles or shapes.
Semi-custom cabinets are typically $100 to $900 per linear foot. These are made in the same sizes as pre-made cabinets but can be customized in limited ways including door fronts, detailing, drawer sizes, and depth of cabinets.
Fully custom cabinets can reach costs of $1,500 per linear foot due to the skill that needs to be put into their manufacture by a carpenter. Although this is the most expensive option, your kitchen cabinets can look exactly how you want and will fit your space perfectly.
How to Estimate the Cost of Kitchen Flooring
Kitchen flooring typically runs between $1,400 and $5,000 depending on the size of the kitchen and the flooring material.
The material you choose is often decided by whether you simply want affordable flooring or if you want something that will add value to your home. For example, vinyl is relatively affordable but will not add very much value, granite on the other hand is costly but will really add to value.
Here are some popular flooring material examples with their average cost:
- Vinyl – up to $1,700
- Ceramic tile – up to $2,200
- Natural stone – up to $3,500
- Laminate – up to $4,000
- Marble – up to $4,800
How to Estimate Cost of Appliances and Countertops
The average cost of new appliances is $100 to $300 per appliance, although if you are looking to add to the value of your home, you should budget for higher-quality, more expensive models. These are typically Energy Star-rated, indicating that they are energy-efficient which will help to reduce energy bills. You can expect to pay up to $3,000 for this type of appliance.
If you choose to go for space-saving, built-in appliances these are more likely to cost you anywhere up to $10,000 per appliance.
The cost of countertops, like flooring, depends largely on the amount needed and the material you choose, although costs tend to be between $2,000 and $4,500 on average. Although materials like granite are more expensive, they will last a long time, can be easily maintained, and will add value to your home. If you want to keep costs down you can opt for material like laminate or concrete, but they are not as durable and can look cheap.
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Estimating the cost of your kitchen remodel is the best place to start when planning a major project. Not only will it help you to decide on a realistic budget, but it will also help you realize what you want most of your budget to go towards and where you are willing to spend a little less.
When you work with Skipp, we can save you 40% on your entire kitchen renovation, meaning that you have a little more room in your budget to pay for quality or simply spend or save for something else! Using our state-of-the-art technology, we plan your dream kitchen in just 4 steps and allow you to work with top designers and contractors.