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7 FAQs About Minimizing Kitchen Upgrade Costs

Kitchen renovations are expensive, time-consuming, and stressful. But you don’t have to give up on the idea of a kitchen facelift. Here’s what you need to know about kitchen renovation expenses and low-cost kitchen upgrades that won’t break the bank.
Kitchen renovations are expensive, time-consuming, and stressful. But you don’t have to give up on the idea of a kitchen facelift. Here’s what you need to know about kitchen renovation expenses and low-cost kitchen upgrades that won’t break the bank.

Are you looking to bring new life to your home? Then consider renovating your kitchen, or even remodel it. But you probably have quite a few questions about updating and completely redoing your kitchen.

In this article, we’ll look at seven common questions about renovating and remodeling your kitchen and ways to minimize kitchen upgrade costs.

1. How Much Does It Cost to Upgrade a Kitchen?

On average, a kitchen remodel costs $23,500, or about $150 per square foot. Most homeowners spend between $12,500 and $34,800, or $75 to $250 per square foot. The total expense varies depending on the size of the space, the quality of materials, and whether you change the layout of the room.

2. How Much Should a 10x10 Kitchen Remodel Cost?

A 100 square foot kitchen renovation costs $15,000 to $30,000. These dimensions qualify a space as “medium.”

3. How Much Does It Cost to Redo a Small Kitchen?

The rate to update a small kitchen is between $5,000 and $20,000, depending on what you install, repair, or upgrade.

A smaller project between $10,000 and $15,000 may include painting walls, refacing cabinets, upgrading the sink, and installing a tile backsplash. A $30,000+ renovation may include installing custom cabinets, hardwood floors, granite counters, and high-end appliances.

4. How Much Does It Cost to Redo Kitchen Counters?

Whether you're upgrading your current countertops, making improvements to increase the sales value of your home, or starting from square one, you'll want to consider the wide range of kitchen countertop prices before making any major purchasing decisions.

While granite surfaces may be the gold standard in your neighborhood, there are plenty of more affordable countertop options that mimic natural stone — and appear equally as stylish.

Solid surfaces like Corian, an engineered stone surface like quartz, and even tiled surfaces (whether ceramic, porcelain or stone) are all cost-effective materials that are both durable and beautiful. Also, don't overlook materials like concrete, which can be dyed, or easy-to-install butcher block.

On average, expect countertops to range in price from $40 to $100 per square foot installed. Granite countertops range from $50 to $250 per square foot, while tile counters can start at as little as $10, butcher block at $30, and solid surfaces at $35.

5. How Do You Remodel a Kitchen On a Budget?

One of the biggest expenses in any kitchen renovation is new cabinets. If yours are in good shape, though, consider keeping them, and just giving them a new look.

Consider going bright white when painting cabinets in a kitchen remodel. White paint does wonders for outdated cabinets and can save you money. Try washing, then priming and painting cabinets with high-quality white semi-gloss. Adding new hardware can also enhance the bright white effect.

If your cabinets are too outdated to be salvaged, even by a fresh coat of paint, consider if they could be spruced up with some new doors. If the structure is sound, you don’t have to toss out the whole cabinet: just get good measurements, find a style of door you like, and order it online. It’s a whole new look for a fraction of the price.

Bringing in more and better lighting is a smart move in any renovation, but that’s especially true in the kitchen. Hang well-designed pendants for style and light, and make sure overhead lighting is bright and concentrated in areas where you will be cooking.

Don’t forget the details: adding under-cabinet lighting won’t bust your budget, but will make a big impact on the look and feel of the space.

Granite and solid-surface counters don’t have to break your bank. Go to granite supply yards and check out their remnants. Especially if you don’t have huge swaths of countertops to cover, you may find yourself a very good deal.

6. How Can I Update the Kitchen Floor On a Budget?

If you have wood floors currently, just refinish them; even if you’re knocking down a wall, you can simply place boards in where the wall was, then sand the existing and new pieces down and stain them together.

If replacing tile or vinyl floors, less expensive options like sealed cork can be a good choice not only for the price but because they are easier on the feet and back than hard tiles and woods.

7. How Much Does It Cost to Install Kitchen Cabinets?

Cabinets define the personality of a kitchen. They also perform the important task of storing your stuff and keeping you organized.

The average project of installing six cabinets in a standard 200 square foot kitchen will cost around $3,560.

Professional cabinet installers typically charge between $50 and $200 per linear foot. This price includes labor to install kitchen cabinets, planning, area preparation, setup, and cleanup.

Basic materials and supplies to install cabinets include fasteners, surface preparation, and finishing materials, and connectors. These ordinarily cost around $25 and $30.

Non-discounted retail cost for basic grade wood cabinets can be sourced wholesale for $200 to $250 per cabinet. Medium grade wood or IKEA cabinets can cost between $300 and $500 per cabinet.

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Andrew Schmeerbauch

Andrew Schmeerbauch is the Director of Marketing at Clever Real Estate, the free online service that connects you top agents to save on commission. His focus is educating home buyers and sellers on navigating the complex world of real estate with confidence and ease. Andrew has worked on projects for the United Nations and USC and has a particular passion for investing and finance. Andrew's writing has been featured in Mashvisor, L&T, Ideal REI, and Rentometer.

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