Planning a Kitchen Renovation: Part 3 – Determining Your Rough Budget Range

Kitchen remodeling will increase the design, function and resale value of a home.

Kitchen Cabinets Braintree ma When shopping for a home, most people start in the kitchen. It’s the most important room from a functionality and design standpoint. If you plan to sell within 3 to 5 years, focus on a small kitchen renovation that updates a few main areas, such as the cabinets and the counter-top. If you plan to stay for 7 to 10 years, you may want to add in appliances and some new tile.

In part 1 we considered cabinet styles, in part 2 we discussed counter-top materials and here we will discussed budget ranges for the Boston Area based on Remodeling Magazines 2015 Cost versus Value report.

Each year Remodeling Magazine surveys professional remodeling companies from through the country and creates a Cost Versus Value Report for each area to help explain the costs of different types of home improvement projects. According to Remodeling Magazine’s Cost Versus Value Report from January 2015 budget ranges in the Boston Area you should be considering for Minor and Major kitchen remodels are (of course your specific selections and scope of work will effect this range):

Minor Kitchen Remodel: “In a functional but dated 200-square-foot kitchen with 30 linear feet of cabinetry and counter-tops, leave cabinet boxes in place but replace fronts with new raised-panel wood doors and drawers, including new hardware. Replace wall oven and cook-top with new energy-efficient models. Replace laminate counter-tops; install mid-priced sink and faucet. Repaint trim, add wall covering, and remove and replace resilient flooring.” You should be budgeting in the $23,000-$30,000 range.

Mid-range Kitchen Remodel: Remove existing cabinets and flooring in an approximately 150-square-foot kitchen. Installing new cabinets in the same layout location (as not to have to move existing plumbing) install solid surface counters. No major framing or changes to location of appliances, heating, plumbing or electrical. You should budget in the $30,000 to $50,000 range.

Major 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 counter-tops; and standard double tub stainless-steel sink with standard single-lever faucet. Include energy-efficient wall oven, cook-top, ventilation system, built-in microwave, dishwasher, garbage disposal, and custom lighting. Add new lay


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out, framing, and flooring. Finish with painted walls, trim, and ceiling” You should be budgeting in the $66,000 – $130,000 range.

Remodeling is a rewarding and yes stressful process. Besides adding value to your home a  good kitchen remodel will increase the functionality your house and make your home more enjoyable.

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Almar Building & Remodeling Co (Hanover Ma). As a third generation family owned and operated company for over 50 years Almar Building has all the benefits of a small company with the options of a larger company. From Additions, Kitchens, Bathroom, Basement Renovations, Siding, Windows, to Doors Almar services the entire South Shore of Massachusetts including: Hanover, Hingham, Pembroke, Norwell, Scituate, Cohasset, Duxbury, Hanson, Abington, Rockland, Holbrook, Braintree, Weymouth, Milton, and many more towns.

Craig Guido

With 20 years of remodeling experience both in the field and working in collaboration with homeowners to develop remodeling projects designed to fit your lifestyle.