Simplistically, you can say that average pro-level cost is $25,000 and average do it yourself (DIY) level cost is $16,000. Be sure to sit down when you meet with a designer in the kitchen department of a big home improvement store — otherwise the price might knock you over. You can take the doors off the top cabinets or repurpose old furniture as kitchen storage or to create an island, Pliess suggests. For example, the photo below from the TOC site shows a lot about a kitchen island. However, it is possible to do a facelift on a rundown kitchen without breaking the bank.
Let’s take a look at Cost vs. Value’s expense report for kitchen remodeling in the Atlanta, GA area. The price for a major, midrange kitchen remodel project is based on a space of the same 200-square-foot dimensions. In 2017, a minor kitchen remodel will give you an ROI or recouped value of investment of about 80%. Having gone through a major kitchen remodel five years ago in my very small house, your estimates seem very low. Kitchen design seems simple enough to DIY-until your dishwasher bumps into your island chairs.
In any case, make sure any contractor bid you get includes an inspection of your electrical and the cost to bring it to code for the kitchen project. If you stay on top of the technology trends, you can find inexpensive versions of the things you want in your kitchen. Each remodeling project is different, but if you use these guidelines when talking to kitchen remodelers you should be on the same page as the contractor when discussing price. At this stage homeowners often use kitchen designers, do some of the smaller projects themselves and leave the rest to the pros. By painting the cabinets, for instance, an almond color made the kitchen look much brighter.
If you need more cabinets or must reconfigure them, this is more costly, but Ikea and big box stores have affordable basic cabinets that can be made lovely with a nice coat of high quality paint rather than opting for custom cabinetry which can cost $20,000-$40,000 depending on the size of your kitchen. A complete kitchen renovation with a national median cost of $60,000 recovers about 67% of the initial project cost at the home’s resale, according to the 2015 Remodeling Impact Report” from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®.
If you are remodeling a kitchen, you may want to consider setting up a make-shift kitchen in another room with microwave, small sink, place settings, etc. However, this can scale up to over $140,000 for an intricate and detailed remodel that transforms a larger kitchen to the highest and most modern standards. In fact, according to Remodeling’s 2017 Cost Vs. Value report , only one project will return a positive investment (attic insulation).