How Much Does It Cost to Remodel a Kitchen?

You most likely have many questions as you take the first steps toward having your kitchen remodeled. And almost always, the first question on your mind will be “How much will it cost?” Unfortunately, the best answer to this question is “It depends.” It depends on the scope of your project, material selection, and the endless combination of choices you have in both. At KBF Design Gallery, we strongly believe that being honest and upfront about total job cost is the only way to earn and keep your trust. When you have your initial meeting with a KBF Design Gallery team member, we will do our best to answer all your questions based on your specific project goals, and we will also ask you many questions in order to define a realistic budget. Here are some of the things that we will ask because the answers can greatly impact the total cost of your project:

  • Will your remodel involve removing/moving walls?
  • If we are moving/removing walls, will it require structural work?
  • Will we be replacing the floors?
  • Will we be moving the sink or any major appliances from their current location?
  • Will we be relocating any windows or doors?
  • Was your home built before 1978 (which means it may require lead testing/safe work practices)?
  • Is the kitchen in a single-family home or a condo? (Condos are more difficult.)

There are many other factors that can impact cost. The list above does not include anything to do with the finishes that you select: cabinetry, countertops, backsplash tile, flooring, hardware, fixtures – all of these finishes have an enormous variance of cost that affects the total cost of your remodel. (Please watch the video below for more information about how products can affect the price tag of your remodel.)

But you’re reading this because you want an answer other than “It depends.” The best way to give you an idea of cost is to give you several different scenarios, so you can identify where your remodel might fall. (Please keep in mind that the pricing does not include the cost of new appliances.) Let’s look at the different options in a sample project based on the following information that is common to all four scenarios:

  • The kitchen is in a single-family home.
  • A team of professional KBF designers will redesign your existing space with space-planning software, reconfiguring the layout as you wish.
  • The KBF Design Team will select/guide you in selecting the materials for your space.
  • High-quality and trusted name brand materials will be used.
  • The project will be built in accordance with all applicable building codes.
  • The cost includes all labor from demolition through complete installation: cabinetry installation, plumbing, electricity, tile setting, countertop installation, painting, trim carpentry, etc.
  • The demolition and all installations will be done by licensed, insured and skilled tradesmen.
  • All work is backed by a warranty.

Based on the above factors, here is a reasonable expectation for your kitchen remodel, based on four different scenarios. (Please note that the examples below do not reflect a “package” with those elements; they simply describe a project that falls within the parameter of cost given.)

Sample Kitchen A: Starting at $40,000

This remodel does not require any structural work (moving walls, doorways, windows, etc.) or lead-safe work practices, and the existing layout of the kitchen remains the same (sinks and appliances stay in their original locations). We replace the cabinetry, sink(s), faucet, door pulls, lighting, paint, etc. This cost also represents a kitchen of average size, with 15 cabinets or less:

  • Soft-close, semi-custom cabinetry
  • Level A granite countertops
  • Some interior cabinetry accessories (pull-out drawers, spice racks, etc.)
  • Tile backsplash
  • Modest number of new lights
  • Around 15 cabinets or less
  • Keeping existing flooring

Sample Kitchen B: Starting at $60,000

Kitchen B is larger than Kitchen A, has additional features, upgraded finishes and includes minor, non-structural changes:

  • Non-structural wall removal (half walls, island walls, etc.)
  • Soft-close, semi-custom cabinetry
  • Glass-front cabinetry features
  • Quartz or Level B granite countertops
  • Tile backsplash
  • Additional interior cabinet accessories (pull-out shelving, spice rack inserts, etc.)
  • A cooktop and wall oven area (in lieu of range – not the cost of the appliances, but the design and work needed to prepare the space for them)
  • Up to 500 square feet of flooring
  • Additional recessed lighting and under-cabinet lighting

Sample Kitchen C: Starting at $95,000

Kitchen C includes a completely redesigned floor plan and structural work within the home that may increase the square footage of the kitchen. Finishes are upgraded, and your remodel may include inset cabinetry and high-end cabinet line products such as a range hood, as well as integrated appliance panels:

  • Expanding the space (within the existing square footage of the home, not an addition) through the removal of walls (structural work)
  • Moving appliance and sink locations
  • Soft-close, semi-custom inset cabinetry
  • Glass-front cabinetry features
  • Many accessories (pull-out shelving, spice racks, etc.)
  • Upgraded quartz or exotic granite countertops
  • A large amount of recessed lighting and under-cabinet lighting
  • Adding a sink to an island
  • Upgraded tile backsplash
  • Less than 1000 square feet of flooring
  • Architectural range hood
  • Integrated appliance panels from cabinet line
  • Up to 20 cabinets

Sample Kitchen D: Starting at $150,000

Kitchen D also includes a completely redesigned floor plan and structural work within the home that may increase the square footage of the kitchen. Finishes are upgraded, and high-end cabinet line products such as the range hood as well as integrated appliance panels like Sample Kitchen C, but it also can include other luxury pieces such as wine bars, waterfall edges on islands, butler’s pantries, 5-piece drawer fronts on cabinetry, and triple-stack crown moldings, plus more involved structural changes such as relocating windows and doors:

  • Expanding the space (within the existing square footage of the home, not an addition) through the removal of walls (structural work)
  • Adjacent spaces such as butler pantries and wine bars
  • Semi to fully-custom cabinetry
  • Cabinetry upgrades that can include 5-piece drawer fronts, inset cabinetry, stacked moldings, etc.
  • Relocating windows or doors
  • Fully accessorized interiors (pull-out shelving, spice racks, etc.)
  • Upgraded quartz or exotic granite countertops with waterfall edges
  • A large amount of recessed lighting and under-cabinet lighting
  • Adding a sink to an island
  • Solid slab backsplash (quartz or granite)
  • More than 1000 square feet of flooring in kitchen
  • Architectural range hood
  • Integrated appliance panels from cabinetry line
  • More than 20 cabinets

The above scenarios are meant to give you a realistic idea of the range of starting costs for your kitchen remodel. There are so many factors that go into the price of remodeling a kitchen and there is no “one-size fits all” price. You may only want a type “A” remodel but want to include wood flooring, an architectural range hood or quartz counters. Since we design a unique kitchen for each of our clients, we can include what’s important to you (the things you want you want to splurge on) and leave out the things that are less important (areas where you can save). Our role includes presenting and guiding you through the choices available to you and helping you maximize your remodeling dollars by selecting the kitchen plan that works best for your home, your budget, and your lifestyle.

"I loved my experience with KBF! Our pricing really came down to the materials that WE wanted. Their interest was making us happy and gladly provided solutions when we needed to trim the cost back....free of judgment and 100% focused on our goal! Love this team!"
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