If you are considering a kitchen remodel, your vision likely falls within one of three main 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.
KITCHEN REMODEL CATEGORIES:
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.
COSMETIC KITCHEN REFRESH
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.
PULL-AND-REPLACE KITCHEN REMODELS
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.
FULL CUSTOM KITCHEN REMODELS
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.
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