How Much Does a Kitchen Remodel Cost?

Planning and Completing an Amazing Kitchen Remodel That’s Worth the Money!

A kitchen may be the heart of the home, but only when it’s functional and appealing. Otherwise, it ends up being a place you only spend time when required. No matter how outdated your kitchen is, you can always update it with a tasteful and well-thought out kitchen remodel to fit your budget.

Regardless of whether you’re trying to sell your home or make it more functional for yourself, a kitchen remodel can be designed for any budget. Choose a low-cost upgrade if money is limited or a mid-range remodel if you have a small savings account designated for this project. If you want a completely new kitchen of your dreams, a high-end remodel is the only way to go! 😉

Each type of kitchen remodel features specific items and will give you a certain return on investment while enhancing your use of the space. Here is a list of projects included in each remodel project and what you can expect to pay and the ROI for the total project.

Low-End Remodel

With this remodel, the focus will be on updating what you have and spending as little as possible while achieving a big impact. The motto here is only replace what is necessary. For instance, you wouldn’t replace your appliances if they are in working order. Same goes for cabinets. Instead of buying new cabinets, you would paint your current set or sand them down and re-stain them. You would update with new hardware, which would provide major visual impact for just a few hundred dollars.

old kitchen cabinets with new door handles

Painting the walls is one of the easiest ways to update a kitchen without spending a lot of money. Another low-cost project is changing out the light fixtures and faucets. Many people add new lighting, such as under-cabinet lights to brighten the room and make it feel like new.

French country kitchen tiles

One suggestion is to replace your cabinets with open shelving. All you have to do is remove the doors and paint the shelves. This project opens up your entire room and makes it feel larger.

If you need to replace flooring in a low-cost kitchen makeover, laminate or vinyl is the best choice. Don’t worry: the flooring options available today look nothing like the vinyl from the 1970s and 1980s. They are stylish and even come in designs that look like real wood.

A low-cost remodel may sound like a dream come true, but you want to know the details. Here is a list of individual projects and how much they are likely to cost you in an average kitchen.

  • Update kitchen hardware – less than $100 for basic knobs and pulls, or $10-$15 apiece for something a little more stylish
  • Paint – $10-$20 per bucket of paint; another $10-$20 for primer if needed
  • Laminate flooring – can range from less than $1.50 per square foot installed for a bottom-of-the-barrel option to $3-$5.50 per square foot installed for a high-end laminate floor tile option
  • New light fixtures – less than $100 for the fixture

You can add other projects into your low-cost kitchen remodel if you can handle the work yourself instead of paying for a professional. In fact, most remodels on the low end of the budget are built up entirely of DIY projects. Believe it or not, it’s easy to make your kitchen look like new for well under $1,000. Average low-cost remodels will mean you spend around $5,000 to get everything you want.

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Kitchen Range Hoods: Buying Guide for Homeowners

Cooking a delicious meal in your kitchen can be very rewarding, but while the scent of a good meal can be very enticing, it is less pleasant if it sticks around your home for days after the meal has been eaten. I am sure you know exactly what I mean by lingering kitchen smells… 😉

kitchen hood

In addition to the smell, cooking can also produce other unpleasant side-effects, such as smoke, grease and moisture. These problems can be avoided by installing a kitchen hood over your cooking range. The hood will draw away the unpleasant smoke, steam and smells from your oven, leaving your kitchen free of bad odors and grime.

How kitchen hoods work

A kitchen hood uses a fan to move the air. These fans may be rotary, centrifugal or axial. A rotary fan is a conventional looking bladed fan.

A centrifugal fan is shaped like a barrel and it is the quietest and most efficient option. An axial fan is a type of bladed fan that has an outer ring. It is quieter than a normal rotary fan, but less expensive than a centrifugal fan.

Axial fans are a good option if you are looking for a hood that is less noisy and more effective than the cheapest rotary fans, but cannot afford to buy a centrifugal fan.

Comparing Range Hoods

Kitchen hoods can be compared to one another in terms of the rate at which they move the air. This is usually measured in terms of the cubic feet of air that are moved per minute. The cubic feet per minute or CFM is a good way of determining how effective a kitchen hood will be at removing smoke and smells. The higher the CFM of a kitchen hood, the more effective it will be. If you use a gas powered cooktop, you will need a more powerful kitchen hood than if you use an electric cooktop.

Power Considerations

The rate at which the kitchen hood can extract air from the kitchen should be matched to the size of the room. Larger rooms will need more powerful extractor fans in order to prevent bad odors. You can calculate the volume of your kitchen by multiplying its height by its length and width. You should be able to approximate the volume very easily, even if your kitchen is slightly irregular in shape. Once you know the size of your kitchen, you can work out how powerful the fan needs to be in order to achieve the rate of extraction you need.

You should aim to choose a kitchen hood that is capable of completely replacing or cleaning the air in the kitchen at least eight times every hour, although more powerful fans which can replace the air at least twelve times an hour will be better, if you can afford them. You can work out how much air a kitchen hood can extract per hour by multiplying its CFM by 60. If you are looking for a kitchen hood that can change the air in your kitchen twelve times an hour then this number should be at least twelve times as great as the volume of your kitchen.

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