Let's look first at the largest portion of the budget, which is the cabinetry. I have estimated that probably about 35% of your budget is going to go towards cabinetry. For this blog's sake, let's say your budget is $40,000, this leaves you with $14,000 for cabinetry. $14,000 for an average size kitchen will land you in either our Woodland or our Wellborn line. When our designer starts out their estimates they are going to start your cabinetry out with three select series of either Woodland or Wellborn. Both companies offer extremely customizable options you and your designer can work with. If you decide that you do not like any of the three starter styles from either of these lines, you can always pick another style from the select series, or head on up to the premier styles; however, this is going to push your budget, so be prepared for that increase in price.
The next big budget hit is going to be the labor. This involves tear out, drywall, cabinet install, and painting. Not all kitchen remodeling jobs require all of this, so you may be able to save a little money here. Now again, working with our $40,000 budget, labor is going to be around $7,200. This is probably going to be the most prone to change just because everybody's kitchen requires a different amount of work when it comes to drywall, painting, and tear out. So if you are lucky, you may be able to save some money here.
Alright, now the fun part of a kitchen remodel! Countertops! This example would leave you with about $5,600 for countertops with fabrications and installation. Now if you have been shopping around for countertops you know the price can change drastically, but $5,600 is actually a pretty good average. A budget like that could land you in the level one quartz, or a higher level granite. I must warn you, though when you start going to granite yards and fabricators you are going to be overwhelmed by a number of samples they have on their lot. Make sure you stress to them your budget so they only show you samples that fit that budget. If you do not tell them your budget, you might end up seeing samples that are way out of your price range, and you might fall in love with them! Countertops are one of the easiest ways to increase your budget, so I send a warning of caution when you are looking for samples.
Let's move on to electrical and plumbing. For the most part, a kitchen remodel has a standard plumbing and electrical routine that runs you roughly about $3,000 for each if you are working with a $40,000 budget. For plumbing, this includes things like hookup of a standard sink, faucet, disposal, and dishwasher by a licensed plumber. For electrical this may include things such as running a new line for the dishwasher and disposal, relocating microwave and oven, relocating switches and outlets from wall removal, adding pendant lighting, and adding a push button disposal. Of course, your kitchen remodel may not need all these add-ons or it might, so keep that in mind when you are thinking about your budget.
If you are just replacing the flooring in your kitchen it is going to run you about $2,800. This would include the tear out of the original floor, installation of the new floor, and the tile materials. Of course, if you go and pick out some fancy floor tile, your budget may go up a little bit. So again, when you go to the vendors tell them your budget, the sales people are always willing to work with you and your budget so never be afraid to speak up.
I hope this pie chart helps you out a little bit when planning your kitchen remodel. Like I said, it is all subject to change, but it is a great starting point when it comes to where your budget is actually going. It will also help you decide where you can save money, and where you can splurge a little.
PS - if $40K is waaay over your budget, don't get discouraged. $40K pricing is on our higher end kitchen jobs or larger jobs. We still have lower price models that you can choose from if you are in a smaller budget range. We are here to help you!
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