According to the National Kitchen and Bath
Association, current costs for kitchen makeovers range from $15,000 to
$45,000 with an average price of $30,000.
Costs will vary based on region, design, materials, quality of appliances and budget.
Where to Start
Staying on budget
- Studies suggest that 90-98% of kitchen remodeling costs can be
recouped, but kitchen remodeling is only a good investment if the cost
is relative to the house’s worth.
- A trendy, state-of-the-art kitchen makeover could be a dramatic
selling point in a growing community or a prime location, but probably
not a good investment in a modest neighborhood.
- Consider the market value of your home to determine your kitchen
remodeling budget. Generally speaking a kitchen remodeling budget should
not exceed 15% of your home’s value.
- Be honest about your cabinet budget. Design professionals and
contractors will be happy to work within your reasonable guidelines if
they understand the limitations from the onset. Better communication in
planning results in lower stress for everyone.
- Plan ahead. The best way to avoid overspending your budget is to be specific in your planning.
- Consult a design professional. While they do charge for their
services, their experience and insight can more than compensate for
costly errors due to inexperience or misinformation. They may notice
details your might forget, or anticipate expensive structural changes
that you might overlook.
- Make a list of all the features you have in your existing kitchen.
Are these enough? Are there any features you would like to eliminate in
- Will there be any “surprise” costs to bring the structure up to
local codes? Some remodeling projects exceed budget early simply because
there are structural issues to be addressed that aren’t initially
- Older homes may require electrical or structural upgrades to
accommodate the remodeling project and bring the structure up to local
codes. Homes newer than 20 years are less likely to need major work of
- Make a “top ten” list of the features you most would like in your
new kitchen. Be willing to compromise on less important items in order
to invest in the more important features.
- Moving major features like plumbing adds to the cost quickly.
- Know what you have available to spend in each area, and then be diligent in observing limitations.