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Renovate Kitchen

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

January 2014

Homeowners have many important questions about their Kitchen Renovation 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 Renovation 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 Renovation 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 Renovation - Project Overview

The approximate costs and value of a typical Kitchen Renovation 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 descriptionReplace cabinets, flooring, countertops, fixtures, lighting and appliances. Use above average, quality grade materials, fabrication and finishing detail.
Project size150 square foot kitchen
Material and labor cost$33,804 - $39,438
Material cost$18,491 - $21,573
Do-it-yourself assessmentThe typical Kitchen Renovation project involves tasks that are best performed by experienced professionals. Good quality Kitchen Renovation 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 - ROIResults vary widely and can be affected by the range of home prices in your neighborhood, the overall condition of your home and sensible design choices. A high quality Kitchen Renovation project in an appropriate neighborhood can return 93% or more of its initial cost.
Long term Return on Investment - ROIActual returns 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 good quality Kitchen Renovation project in the right neighborhoods can return 61% - 72% of its initial cost.
Green ratingKitchen Renovation projects can employ renewable resources and environmentally friendly materials. Existing components can often be recycled or reused. Efficient lighting, insulation and appliances can create a substantial reduction in energy utilization.

Kitchen Renovation - Proven Ideas and Project Tips

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

Kitchen Renovation - Project Plan and Details

The following list includes major work tasks commonly performed during Kitchen Renovation. Use this list to understand the timing and sequence of different steps in the Kitchen Renovation 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 Renovation project cost and quality.

TaskService ProviderDurationDo-it-yourself difficultyTarget cost
Remove Kitchen CabinetsDemolition Laborer1 dLevel 1 - Basic$8.13 - $14.47 per linear foot
Move PlumbingPlumber1 to 2 dLevel 4 - Pros Only$200 - $351
Re-Wire Electrical CircuitElectrician1 to 2 dLevel 4 - Pros Only$338 - $577 per circuit
Install Can LightingElectrician1 to 3 dLevel 2 - Challenging$163 - $285
Repair DrywallDrywall Contractor1 to 2 dLevel 2 - Challenging$34 - $60
Install Kitchen CabinetsFinish Carpenter1 to 2 dLevel 3 - Complex, Difficult$495 - $903 per linear foot
Install Trim MoldingFinish Carpenter1 to 2 dLevel 2 - Challenging$2.18 - $3.72 per linear foot
Paint KitchenPainting Contractor1 to 3 dLevel 2 - Challenging$0.66 - $1.13 per square foot
Install Tile CountertopTile Installer6 dLevel 2 - Challenging$17.50 - $30.80 per square foot
Install Laminate FlooringFlooring Contractor1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$5.55 - $9.64 per square foot
Install Wall OvenAppliance Service and Repair Technician1 dLevel 3 - Complex, Difficult$613 - $1,117
Install Vent HoodAppliance Service and Repair Technician1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$445 - $811
Install Under Cabinet LightingElectrician1 to 2 dLevel 1 - Basic$130 - $222
Install Kitchen SinkPlumber1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$273 - $482
Install Waste DisposalPlumber1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$105 - $175
Install Microwave OvenAppliance Service and Repair Technician1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$395 - $718


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