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Remodel Kitchen Cabinets

Ideas, costs, tips and plans - the information you need for a successful Kitchen Cabinet Remodeling project

January 2014

Homeowners have many important questions about their Kitchen Cabinet Remodeling Project. How much will it cost? How long will it take? What problem areas do I need to watch out for? Can I recover my Kitchen Cabinet Remodeling investment when I sell? Can I do some of the work myself? What can I do to make sure that the work is done right?

Costs, materials and best practices for the example Kitchen Cabinet Remodeling project will help you answer these questions. Use this information to develop a budget, bid requirements, hiring contracts and a project plan.

Use the following information to understand your options, make good decisions and get quality work at a fair price.

Kitchen Cabinet Remodeling - Project Overview

The approximate costs and value of a typical Kitchen Cabinet Remodeling project are summarized below. Use higher estimates for larger metropolitan areas and the lower estimates where home prices are below the national average. Adjust costs for substitutions or refinements in the last section. For size differences of up to 25%, scale total costs in direct proportion to the size of your project. Use the adjusted costs as a basis for setting a material budget and for comparing contractor bids (if you choose to have a professional perform the work).

Project descriptionRemodel kitchen cabinets. Options include removal of existing finish, modernize or replace doors and drawers, update hardware, and reface cabinet cases.
Project size10 linear feet of cabinet face
Material and labor cost$437 - $509
Material cost$41 - $47
Do-it-yourself assessmentThe typical Kitchen Cabinet Remodeling project involves tasks that are best performed by experienced professionals. Good quality Kitchen Cabinet Remodeling requires considerable experience, skill and attention to detail. Do it yourself mistakes are noticeable, may be difficulty to remedy and may actually reduce the market value of the project and your home.
First year Return on Investment - ROIReturns vary widely and are affected by the range of home prices in your neighborhood, the overall condition of your home and sensible design choices. A high quality Kitchen Cabinet Remodeling project in an appropriate neighborhood can return as much as 77% - 91% of its initial cost.
Long term Return on Investment - ROIReturns will be impacted by the range of home prices in your neighborhood, the overall condition of your home and sensible design choices. A high quality Kitchen Cabinet Remodeling project can return as much as 67% - 78% of its initial cost
Green ratingKitchen Cabinet Remodeling projects can incorporate renewable or sustainable resources and environmentally friendly materials.

Kitchen Cabinet Remodeling - Proven Ideas and Project Tips

Review these tips, design suggestions, options and lessons learned before finalizing your Kitchen Cabinet Remodeling project plan.

Kitchen Cabinet Remodeling - Project Plan and Details

The following list includes major work tasks commonly performed during Kitchen Cabinet Remodeling. Use this list to understand the timing and sequence of different steps in the Kitchen Cabinet Remodeling project. Click any Task name for a complete written specifications, FAQs and quality checklist for the task - this essential information will help you control Kitchen Cabinet Remodeling project cost and quality.

TaskService ProviderDurationDo-it-yourself difficultyTarget cost
Develop Project BudgetGeneral Contractor2 to 15 dLevel 2 - Challenging$140 - $234
Specify MaterialsInterior Designer2 to 15 dLevel 2 - Challenging$190 - $317
Specify FinishesInterior Designer1 to 2 dLevel 3 - Complex, Difficult$190 - $317
Remove MoldingDemolition Laborer1 dLevel 1 - Basic$0.38 - $0.63 per linear foot
Remove PaintPainting Contractor1 dLevel 1 - Basic$7.00 - $11.69 per linear foot
Remove DoorDemolition Laborer1 dLevel 1 - Basic$3.13 - $5.22 per door
Remove Door HardwareDemolition Laborer1 dLevel 1 - Basic$3.13 - $5.22 per door
Install Cabinet HandlesFinish Carpenter1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$13.50 - $22.77 per cabinet
Install Door HingesFinish Carpenter1 dLevel 3 - Complex, Difficult$27.50 - $47.73 per door
Replace Cabinet DoorsFinish Carpenter1 to 2 dLevel 2 - Challenging$145 - $256 per door
Install Trim MoldingFinish Carpenter1 to 2 dLevel 2 - Challenging$2.18 - $3.72 per linear foot
Stain And Finish WoodworkPainting Contractor2 to 4 dLevel 2 - Challenging$3.00 - $5.05 per linear foot
Paint CabinetryPainting Contractor2 dLevel 1 - Basic$2.25 - $3.78 per square foot
Glaze Wood CabinetsPainting Contractor3 to 5 dLevel 3 - Complex, Difficult$10.75 - $18.00 per square foot
Glaze WoodworkPainting Contractor3 to 5 dLevel 3 - Complex, Difficult$14.25 - $23.84 per square foot


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