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 No matter how outdated your kitchen is, you can always update it with a tasteful and well-thought out kitchen remodel to fit your budget.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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How to Vent a Range Hood through the Roof or a Side Wall

The next time you decide to show off your Hibachi Chef talents and cook that delicious meal for a small gathering of friends in your kitchen, make sure your kitchen is properly equipped to handle all the smells, steam, and oil splashes from your grand hibachi art-work! 😉

kitchen hood

In other words, you’ll want to make sure that your kitchen space is 100% ready for the hard-core cooking, so that when it’s all said and done, your kitchen still looks, feels, and smells great!

That being said, I would like to talk about a proper way to vent a kitchen hood, so that you don’t end up with all sorts of messy stains and unwanted moisture and smells in your lovely kitchen. 😉

It is essential to properly vent your range hood, so that any smoke, fats, vapors, and grease produced whenever you cook, don’t create an unwanted settlement and unsightly stains on the ceiling in your kitchen. 🙁 Trust me, you don’t want to ever let any of that to happen to your kitchen!!!

Range hoods are typically vented using a special duct work that runs through a roof, and less often, through an exterior wall of your house. The duct work is usually concealed within the walls, and it is really important to make everything air and water tight. This way, you won’t have to come back to fix any deficiencies after everything is set and done.


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