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Do You Have to Spend a Lot to Remodel Your Kitchen?

Blog originally published on March 1, 2016. Updated on January 10, 2023.

kitchen remodeling project has many advantages. When you update your kitchen, the result is a space that is not only more functional, but also looks great and inviting for gatherings of family and friends.

But how much does the average kitchen remodel cost? Many people wonder if they need to spend a lot of money to remodel their kitchen. The answer to this question will vary greatly, depending multiple factors. Below, we'll cover a few main points that you need to consider when creating your kitchen remodel budget.

What to Consider for Your Kitchen Renovation

The perfect kitchen can leap off the pages of your favorite remodeling magazine and into your home! The dream kitchen remodels we work on often include high-end custom cabinets, new tile floors or hardwood flooring, new granite countertops, or a walk-in pantry, but even minor changes can make a huge difference. Thanks to small updates like new cabinet knobs, drawer pulls, or a fresh coat of paint, the entire look and feel of your kitchen can change!

As you prepare for kitchen remodeling costs, consider the labor costs and material costs necessary for the following popular changes.

The Age and Size of Your Existing Kitchen

If you have a kitchen that is already in pretty good shape or has been remodeled a few years ago, you can often update it without spending a lot of money. A slightly older kitchen can be updated by using a few simple tricks. Replace old lighting fixtures and faucets, swap out cabinet hardware that looks dated, and install brand-new door pulls and door handles. You'll find lots of inexpensive yet stylish items at your local hardware store. With these fairly simple changes, you'll have a whole new look for very little money!

When it comes to bigger changes like new flooring, size matters. You'll need to think about the cost per square foot. If plumbing or gas lines need to be modified or moved during the remodel, the project cost may increase.

In addition, if you have extra room in your kitchen's layout, you may want to add a kitchen island for extra counter space and food preparation space.

The Shape of Your Cabinets

If your existing cabinets look grungy, the rest of your kitchen will also look unappealing. However, if that's your only problem, you have at least three available solutions.

The first solution is to paint the cabinet doors. Take down the doors and apply a coat of paint to them. Let dry and put them back for a newly updated look. Experiment with color blocking for a playful look. (Painting walls in a trendy new color can also breathe some fresh air into your space!) The second solution is to resurface your kitchen cabinet doors. Resurfacing will cost more than painting, but it is cheaper than remodeling the entire space. The third is to invest in custom cabinetry for your kitchen remodel.

The State of Your Appliances

Older appliances can make any kitchen look dated and dingy. A kitchen filled with faulty or broken appliances that are over a decade old can drive up energy bills and make cooking a hassle.

While installing entirely new energy-efficient appliances can be on the pricey side, it can be worth it if you are putting your house on the market soon but you don't want to spend a lot of money completely redoing the entire kitchen. Buyers love to see a brand-new fridge with the latest features. A house with a kitchen that has a stainless steel stove also appeals to many buyers.

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To summarize, here are the top ways to get the most bang for your buck in a kitchen remodel:

  • Repainting walls and/or cabinets

  • New hardware (cabinet knobs, drawer pulls, etc.)

  • New lighting fixtures or faucet

  • Updated appliances

If you're nervous about kitchen remodel costs, you can save money by getting the job done right — the first time!

If you are looking for a reputable company for your kitchen remodeling project, trust Balbes Custom Building. By trusting as your remodeling contractor, you get a crew of dedicated and talented home remodeling experts to take you through every single step of the process and keep you up to date on developments. We have extensive experience with new additions as well as bathroom and kitchen remodels. Whether you wish to undertake a major kitchen remodel, mid-scale kitchen remodel, or small kitchen remodel, cost is never something you need to worry about with Balbes Custom Building.

Reach out now to discuss your kitchen remodeling project or any other home improvement project! Call us at (248) 884-0590 or contact us online.