This is always one of the first questions anyone will ask when researching their kitchen remodeling options.
While it’s not the only consideration in a remodel, cost is important to many people. We completely understand that. Project cost often dictates the scope of the remodel, material selections, upgrades, etc. You need to develop an initial budget, no matter what size, layout, or style you’re looking for.
We’ve answered this question countless times over the years, especially because kitchens (along with baths) are our most commonly requested renovation projects. Many prospects ask the cost question during their first phone call or consultation, and we’ve always said that asking this question is like asking how much it costs to buy a car.
Most kitchen remodels in the Midwest will range from $40,000 – $250,000+ in 2023, and while this range is wide, there is good reason for it.
The question of cost is tough to answer initially because kitchen remodels contain many complex variables and options. It’s difficult to know the exact cost until you’ve worked through the design process to establish exactly what you want and what is required to bring your new kitchen to life. Working with industry professionals is key to fully fleshing out the many components of your kitchen project.
Our team at Advance Design strives to educate everyone we meet with. We do our best to offer realistic cost ranges based on current projects in the field and past projects of similar size and scope to yours.
It’s important to remember that any estimate or range you receive for your kitchen or any other space you are considering remodeling, is just that; an estimate. Prices can (and often do) vary drastically depending on your material selections, the scope of work, the process behind the team you partner with, and many other factors.
Until every single detail is designed, specified (think flooring, backsplash, appliances, cabinetry, hardware, lighting), and priced by each and every industry professional involved (demo, carpentry, framing, plumbing, electrical, drywall, paint, installation, etc.), a real project estimate will not be 100% accurate.
WHAT INCREASES THE COST OF A KITCHEN REMODEL?
There are many, many elements that go into the total cost of a kitchen remodel. While every inch of your kitchen adds a piece to the “remodeling pie”, there are a few common factors that will elevate the cost of your kitchen remodel.
- SIZE AND SCOPE
- STRUCTURAL CHANGES
- SKILLED LABOR
- TILE & FLOORS
WHAT ARE THE 3 TYPES OF KITCHEN REMODELS?
There are three general categories that fit with a kitchen remodel: cosmetic refresh, pull & replace, and a full custom kitchen remodel. Each of these represents a different scope of work, customization, and investment ranges.
Most cosmetic kitchen remodels cost around $40,000-$80,000 upfront. Pull-and-replace kitchen remodels run between $80,000-$130,000 upfront. Full custom kitchen remodels cost around $130,000-$250,000+ upfront.
HOW MUCH DOES A COSMETIC KITCHEN REFRESH COST?
Most cosmetic kitchen refreshes cost between $40,000 – $80,000 to complete.
If you’re looking to purely change the aesthetics of your kitchen, this is the remodel for you. These minor remodels aren’t invasive, are less expensive, and have the highest ROI in terms of dollars spent. A kitchen facelift might include cabinet repainting, new hardware or fixtures, and updating countertops or floors.
HOW MUCH DOES A PULL-AND-REPLACE KITCHEN COST?
Most pull-and-replace kitchens cost $60,000 – $130,000 to complete.
The “pull and replace” kitchen remodel is a solid middle ground between cost and customization. Everything in the kitchen is removed and replaced with no layout changes. This means no major electrical, structural, or plumbing changes to the layout. It allows you to get brand-new cabinets, flooring, fixtures, and appliances, which is a good option if your existing kitchen layout is ideal for your needs.
HOW MUCH DOES A FULL CUSTOM KITCHEN REMODEL COST?
Most full custom kitchen remodels cost around $130,000 – $250,000+ to complete.
If you’re ready to invest in your absolute dream kitchen and aren’t as concerned with the price tag, a full custom kitchen may be the best fit for you.
While these large-scale kitchen remodels take the longest to plan and complete (and have the lowest ROI compared to the other categories), there really is nothing like having a kitchen perfectly complete with all your wants and needs.
Full custom kitchens typically include major layout reworking of rooms, cabinets and appliances. There are more materials, electrical, plumbing, and specialty trades necessary because of this. Walls may be taken out, or major structural elements of the home changed. Sometimes a bump out of exterior walls is needed to achieve a better design with more space. Many full custom kitchen remodels bleed over into other areas of the first floor and include flooring throughout, extend into the foyer and often include stairs and millwork, and may even include other spaces like family rooms, powder rooms, and laundry/drop zones. If you have a specific vision for your remodeled kitchen and are set on a complete overhaul, a fully custom remodeled kitchen is your best option.
HOW MUCH RESALE VALUE DOES A KITCHEN REMODEL ADD?
While many of our clients remodel with the main goal of creating long-term spaces to enjoy, eventual resale value is a smart thing to consider as you plan your project. Remodeler Magazine’s Cost Vs Value Report found that kitchen remodels in Chicagoland can add between 30%-70% of the total investment to the home’s value by year-end, depending on the scope.
WHAT ARE THE 10 MOST COMMON KITCHEN UPDATES?
As you plan your kitchen remodel, here are ten common kitchen elements to consider in your project that will make a positive statement in your kitchen.
1. Increased smart storage solutions
2. Layout reconfigurations
3. New flooring, often extending into other rooms
4. Upgraded countertops and backsplash
5. New appliances
6. New cabinetry
7. Changing windows/doors/exteriors to match the kitchen
8. Removing soffits
9. Ambient lighting
10. Moving or removing walls
As you continue to research your kitchen remodel, here are the top storage solutions to consider.
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