Kitchen Remodel Projects

In a study recently completed by Remodeling magazine the national average for a full kitchen remodel is $54,909.

 

Description of a complete kitchen remodel,

 

“Update an outmoded 200-square-foot kitchen with a functional layout of 30 linear feet of semi-custom wood cabinets, including a 3-by-5-foot island; laminate countertops; and standard double-tub stainless-steel sink with standard single-lever faucet. Include energy-efficient wall oven, cooktop, ventilation system, built-in microwave, dishwasher, garbage disposal, and custom lighting. Add new resilient flooring. Finish with painted walls, trim, and ceiling.”

 

This same study also reports that a major kitchen remodel returns an average of $40,732.

 

If you are looking to initiate a complete remodel of the kitchen in your home here are some tips that may help cut some costs and increase the return on this investment.

 

Beginning with your design process: Visualize the layout for your kitchen.  A simple and sleek design will appeal to most buyers and help keep your costs down.  Keeping your existing layout is always cheaper.  Avoid moving plumbing and electrical items if possible — at least try to keep your stove (especially gas stoves) and sink in the same location.  Moving a gas stove will require relocating gas lines and moving your sink plumbing can create additional problems. They also require additional permits and time.

 

Try selecting the materials yourself: A lot of money can be saved in a kitchen remodel by shopping around on your big-ticket items.  It may not been possible to save much money on things like paint and light fixtures.  So I focus on larger items like cabinets, countertops, appliances and flooring.

 

Choose the countertop wisely:  Countertops are one of the first things people notice in your kitchen.  Particle board wrapped in Formica or other laminate is almost always a turn off to potential buyers.  There are many types of high quality expensive looking countertops that are actually very affordable.

 

Cabinets: Again there are many types of cabinets available. Custom built cabinets are going to be expensive and could take longer to get delivered than you are willing to wait. Local cabinet shops should have a decent selection of styles for you to choose from. Cabinets can come in Cherry, Pine, Oak, Maple etc. all of these are going to offer different price points.

 

When it comes to cabinets and countertops, try going to one of the many small local suppliers. Shopping around with these shops can often save you thousands vs. what you’ll pay at the big home-improvement stores.

 

Flooring: As we mentioned earlier a complete kitchen remodel should be from floor to ceiling. Flooring can come in many types and styles. Remember in the 70’s they used carpet in kitchens? We all learned this is not a good idea. You can consider wood, tile linoleum to name a few. Each kitchen will offer its own challenges in tying in the flooring to the overall remodel design.

 

Appliances: Appraisers and buyers rarely value top-of-the line appliances at anything close to their purchase price. It may be best to consider a midgrade appliance that looks good and saves you some on your remodel budget.

 

These are just a few things to consider in a kitchen remodel. Don’t forget we also are going to complete the job with a fresh coat of paint on the walls and ceiling.

 

If you live in the Minneapolis, Saint Paul contact, CT Construction. CT Construction has the experience to design and complete your dream kitchen remodel projects.

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