How much does it cost to rehab a kitchen?

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How much does it cost to rehab a kitchen?

A kitchen serves as a heart of every home and a center of attraction for every visitor. It’s a place where you prepare your meals and where all the family members gather to enjoy delicious food. Hence, due to some daily rough & tough activities, the place is subject to more wear & tear.

I experienced this fact when I was house hunting last year. My idea was not to look for a new & shiny kitchen. I wanted the house with an already unrenovated kitchen that I could eventually develop and rehab according to my own interests.

I had the funds to do so, therefore, I decided to work with a qualified kitchen contractor who guided me well about the overall costs of the project.

Average costs on your kitchen rehab project:

According to the estimates received by a remodeling contractor, the project costs you around $23,090 or between $28,000 per square foot.

Many homeowners tend to spend between $12,545 and $34,410 or even $75 to $250 per square foot. Their total expenses usually vary depending upon the size of your kitchen, the type, and quality of materials utilized and the layout of the area.

According to experts, its recommended to add between 30% and 45% on top of the kitchen remodeling budget so that you can handle unexpected costs and surprises. So, based on the average expenses of kitchen rehab in the US, a healthy project would be of more than $35,118 to $46,398 that will cover anything from flooring to cabinets and countertops to faucets. Therefore, before making any decision, you need to finalize whether you want a small, medium or a high end kitchen rehab.

Small kitchen rehab within a budget:

The most important thing to keep in mind is that you are the only person who truly cares about keeping the costs within your scheduled budget. The other parties involved in your kitchen rehab project, including contractors, would initially agree to the scheduled budget. But for the long term, it is not in their best interests, so they won’t help you stabling the things according to your finances.

Therefore, in order to rehab a small kitchen, you need to adjust your budget between $10,000 and $15,000. It may include painting, refacing cabinets, upgrading your faucets, floors, and sinks. For a brighter look, you can also choose to install a tile backsplash. In a project contains $30,000+, a remodeling may include installation of the custom cabinets, hardwood floors, granite counters, and different high-end appliances.

Costs for mini-makeovers:

  • Cabinet installation: Kitchen cabinets installation is the most important thing to consider first, as it’s responsible to hide most of the things efficiently. The costs of installation are $364.
  • Faucet installation: Believe it or not, kitchen sink installation is a little expensive, the average costs are around $250.
  • Addition of appliances: There are billions of modern kitchen appliances out there, such as the right fridge, cooking stove or dishwasher is the most important need for every kitchen project. The standard costs of having an appliance installed in your kitchen are$471.

Costs breakdown:

Here is a small costs breakdown which can help you make right decision;

If you are using a linear 35 feet cabinetry of same design with medium-grade oak cabinets, then the average costs will be around$117 to $140 per feet for a total of $4200.

Costs of some important appliances in the kitchen are:

  • Energy-efficient cooking range: For installing an average level energy efficient range, you will need to spend $400 to $600
  • A dishware (average range): An average dishwasher can be considered around $400 to $600.
  • A refrigerator: Homeowners tend to spend more on refrigerators because it simply increases the appeal of their home and create value in the kitchen. So, spending $800 to $1000 is an affordable amount to have a good and reliable refrigerator.
  • The microwave: Its ideal to spend almost $400 to $600 for an average microwave that would further complete the kitchen rehab in a most efficient manner.
  • Replace laminate countertops: It overall makes a budget of $600 for replacing a 30 feet linear laminate countertop.
  • Medium sink & faucet: if you are willing to install a medium level double sink, it would cost you $220 to $380, and the faucet set will worth $100 to $200, which makes an average amount of $450.
  • Replace an old flooring with resilient one:This project will simply cost you an average amount of $25 to $35 per square yard, with the total costs of $775.

For a more improved design, you can choose to add:

  • Custom cabinets
  • High-end appliances
  • Overhead lighting
  • Addition LED lights
  • Some tech features, like automatic lights or Bluetooth speaker

But for these additions, you need to spend more than $50,000.

Remember, in the process of kitchen rehab, you might have to live without a kitchen for a month or even longer. This simply means that cooking activities would be quite limited. And you will have to rely on prepared meals, and restaurant foods more than you normally do. So, it’s better to be prepared to spend a bit more to feed yourself and your family members while your cooking area is shut down.

Additional costs:

If you are planning to work with the contractor, then it is completely acceptable to ask them for at least two different bids from two groups. This might give you a clear estimate about the total costs and the level of control you would have over your project. According to the National Kitchen and bath association community, it’s not recommended to spend more than 15% of the market value on your kitchen rehab project.

The above-mentioned estimates were given by the acknowledged kitchen contractors. The prices are based on average across the country. If you want to get some more exact estimates about kitchen rehab, you can discuss each detail with the Renovaten professionals and a get a detailed outline.


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