When people think about renovating or upgrading their kitchen, many imagine a very large scale operation that’s going to be very troublesome and costly. And though costs may vary, it doesn’t have to be troublesome; with the right guidance you can have your kitchen re-done without the usual drama and with satisfying results. Check out Contigo’s Group vision of how a Kitchen renovation process should be.
Kitchen Cost per Square Foot
A mid-range kitchen costs about $11,000 to $28,000. A luxury kitchen costs more than $29,000, with an average of $45,000. A small, inexpensive kitchen will cost between $72 – $143 per square foot. A small, mid-range kitchen will cost between $157 – $400 per square foot.
We believe a kitchen cost run between $30 000 to $60 000, but there are too many factors involving this type of projects. It could potentially go up hundreds quickly on a complete renovation. Once you open up ceilings and walls, you can find all sorts of problems; from plumbing and electric rotted wood floor leveling to joints problems, settling problems and insulation.
All this without including other aspects of design like windows, doors and space additions.
Because of all these situations we think renovations should be planned in stages. Take a look.
Stage 1: initial considerations
• Design: The first step should always be to design your ultimate goal for your house. Keep in mind that your layout may change along the way. Think carefully about what you want/need before you start any work.
• Paint walls and ceiling: it is the faster home improvement with instance satisfaction you can do, a fresh coat of pain goes along way.
• Removing furniture: Disassemble cabinet drawers and doors, and sand and repaint cabinets. You can also, replace your cabinet hardware for a newer look. You can always reuse them one new future cabinets, replacing just a few of the upper cabinet doors with glass doors. This can open up the space.
• Counter tops: Depending on the type of countertops, you can go in different directions. I recommend replacing them; it goes a long way on looks and functionality. Note: before you purchase countertops, make sure you’re happy with your kitchen layout which will be talking about on stage 2. Also, sometimes a mix of material and color on countertops can make your kitchen look better (in most of the cases you replace the sink at the same time).
• Appliances: They normally last between 7 and 14 years. This could mean a big spend, so I recommend considering the age of your appliances when updating your kitchen.
• Replacing electric lights plugs in switches. You can always reuse them on stage 2.
• New sink faucet: The height of the faucet can open the space of your sink. This is also something you can reuse on stage 2.
Stage 2: Budget and Design
• Structural changes: A few extra structural changes you can make are: is 1 removing bulkhead above cabinets; also consider removing a wall if possible. This can maximize the use of the space, perhaps you can find the room to set a kitchen island. Make sure there is not bearing walls and that they are not going to compromise the structure of your home. I recommend to get a professional to look at it before you take them down.
• New cabinets if necessary: Keep in mind you already have new hardware from the stage 1. This mean you may be able to replace a few of the cabinets and that can make a big difference in your kitchen.
• New floor: If you’re installing new floors, is best is best to do so before installing the new cabinets. Remember: using the same floor throughout the space will create a clean, continuous appearance. Hard Wood Floors (HWF) are one of the best investments on your home. HWF can add up to 2.5% to your home value.
• Back splash: Subway tile is the most popular tile for back splash, don’t be afraid to use different materials. This may be a good opportunity to save and use reclaim materials.