What A Kitchen Remodel Actually Costs In 2021

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A kitchen renovation is one of the most popular home remodeling projects out there. Remodeling your kitchen enhances the utility of your kitchen and typically boosts the resale value of your entire house. The cost of remodeling a kitchen, however, can sometimes be expensive, so it’s always a good idea to chart out your costs before you start renovating.

A 2020 study by Home Advisor claims that a kitchen remodel for a modestly sized home can cost anywhere between $13,288 and $37,551. Here, we give you a comprehensive breakdown of this total figure.

Labor and Contractor Fees

Generally, laborers and contractors charge between $3,000 to $5,000 for completely remodeling an average-sized kitchen. You may also want an interior designer to help decide on the look and feel of your new kitchen. A designer can charge anywhere between $65-$250 per hour for a project.

New Appliance Costs

New appliances are a crucial component of any modern kitchen. Refrigerators can cost anywhere between $500 (for basic models) to around $10,000 (for high-end designer pieces). For an average kitchen that is being renovated under a budget of $25,000, approximately $3,750 is spent on kitchen appliances.

Backsplashes and Lighting

On average, installing a new backsplash and updating your lighting costs $1,500 for a kitchen with a floor area up to 120 square feet. High-end upgrades can cost upwards of $2,500. Lighting fixtures can range from $50 (for off-the-shelf options) to $2,000 (for designer pieces).

Cost to Install Cabinetry and Countertops

On average, kitchen cabinets for an average-sized kitchen cost around $6,941. The expense, however, can vary greatly depending on the quality and finish being used. Similarly, countertop prices tend to depend on the type of material required. Concrete counters cost around $40 per square foot, while a marble surface can set you back about $100 per square foot (with installation). On average, a sum of $2,000 to $3,000 should be allocated for countertops.

Flooring Costs

An average kitchen flooring job costs around $6-$10 per square foot. This, too, can go up to as much as $50 if you choose high-end materials. On average, it costs around $1,750 to refloor a kitchen that is being renovated under a budget of $25,000.

Plumbing and Electrical

Plumbing costs vary depending on the type of work that is being done. This is because different categories of plumbing renovations require different legal permits (this also varies by location). These permits can cost anywhere from $2,000-$5,000 per permit. Other costs, such as base materials or additional fixtures, can total up to around $3,500.

On average, new wiring materials for a kitchen remodel cost around $454 for an average-sized kitchen. With labor, the complete rewiring costs can cost approximately $1,854.

Paint and Fixtures

On average, it costs between $350 to $740 to paint a 150-square-foot kitchen (inclusive of all labor costs). More budget paints and supplies from a chain retailer can usually get the job done under $400. Superior finish paints can take this figure up to $800.

Kitchen Remodeling Costs by Scope

Another great way to estimate the cost of a kitchen remodel is by focusing on the extent of remodeling. Minor remodels typically include cabinet additions or replacements, upgrading appliances, new countertops and flooring. On average, minor kitchen remodeling costs around $24,000.

Midrange remodels involve replacing key fixtures and introducing a few extra aesthetic touches such as semi-custom cabinetry. Countertops, electronic appliances, lighting, flooring, and walls are also overhauled. The average cost for midrange remodels is $69,000.

Major remodels generally cater to a complete renovation of the kitchen by introducing luxury items and altering the kitchen’s existing footprint. Costing around $136,000, major remodels typically involve custom cabinetry with interior accessories, high-quality countertops and backsplashes, hi-tech appliances, designer faucets, water filtration systems, new lighting, and quality flooring.

Remodeling your kitchen can be a daunting task, and we encourage seeking professional help while renovating your kitchen. A professional will give you a better overview of your needs and the cost.

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