Restore Kitchen

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

March 2015

Homeowners have many important questions about their Kitchen Restoration 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 Restoration 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 Restoration project will help you answer these questions. Use this information to develop a budget, bid requirements, hiring contracts and a project plan.

Kitchen Restoration - Project Overview

The approximate costs and value of a typical Kitchen Restoration 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 descriptionRefinish cabinets and woodwork. Update flooring, countertops, plumbing fixtures and lighting. Replace appliances. Use above average, quality grade materials, fabrication and finishing detail.
Project size165 square foot kitchen
Material and labor cost$15,075 - $17,588
Material cost$7,880 - $9,193
Do-it-yourself assessmentThe typical Kitchen Restoration project involves tasks that are best performed by experienced professionals. Good quality Kitchen Restoration 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 Restoration project in an appropriate neighborhood can return 93% or more of its initial cost.
First year 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 Restoration project in the right neighborhoods can return 61% - 72% of its initial cost.
Green ratingKitchen Restoration 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 Restoration - Project Plan and Details

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

Do you expect to spend more than $250 on your Kitchen Restoration project? If so, it is important create and manage a detailed plan for all project activities.

TaskService ProviderTimeDifficultyBasic Cost Range
Prepare Kitchen Renovation IdeasKitchen Designer4 to 10 d$531 - $886 per design
Estimate Kitchen Renovation CostsGeneral Contractor3 to 5 d$398 - $665 per design
0Roofing Contractor1 to 2 d$1.24 - $2.08 per square foot
Remove Kitchen FloorDemolition Laborer1 d$1.83 - $3.06 per square foot
Repair Floor StructureCarpenter1 to 2 d$35 - $64 per square foot
Repipe House Water Supply LinesPlumber2 to 5 d$1,436 - $2,520
Re-Wire KitchenElectrician2 to 3 d$1,004 - $1,758
Repair WallDrywall and Plaster Contractor1 to 3 d$189 - $319
Refinish Kitchen CabinetsPainting Contractor2 to 4 dLevel 3 - Complex, Difficult$3.05 - $5.47 per square foot
Refinish Wood MoldingPainting Contractor2 to 4 d$7.40 - $12.49 per linear foot
Paint KitchenPainting Contractor1 to 3 dLevel 2 - Challenging$3.83 - $6.53 per square foot
Install Resilient FlooringFlooring Contractor1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$2.25 - $4.11 per square foot
Install Wall OvenAppliance Service and Repair Technician1 dLevel 3 - Complex, Difficult$1,193 - $2,192
Install Electric CooktopAppliance Service and Repair Technician1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$372 - $673
Install Vent HoodAppliance Service and Repair Technician1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$283 - $503
Install Under Cabinet LightingElectrician1 to 2 dLevel 1 - Basic$68 - $118
Install Kitchen SinkPlumber1 d$196 - $333
Install Waste DisposalPlumber1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$279 - $499
Create Interior Decorating PlanInterior Designer5 to 15 d$355 - $594

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Kitchen Restoration - Proven Ideas and Project Tips

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

  • To maximize return on the Kitchen Restoration project, limit cost to no more than 12% of home's total, post project value
  • Match appliances and fixtures to electrical circuit, hot water and gas capacities
  • To keep Kitchen Restoration costs low, do not move walls or relocate plumbing fixtures or electrical boxes
  • To reduce Kitchen Restoration costs, do not install flooring under base cabinets or permanent appliances
  • For best resale value, select a taste neutral design for your Kitchen Restoration
  • Mount low profile fixtures underneath wall cabinets for inconspicuous, countertop task lighting
  • Use low voltage interior lighting to illuminate pathways used at night
  • Install smoke and carbon monoxide detector adjacent to rooms with heat generating appliances and equipment
  • Install an ABC type fire extinguisher in a location that can be easily accessed

Kitchen Restoration Project Guide

Project Plan: Kitchen Restoration

Do you expect to spend more than $250 on your Kitchen Restoration project? If so, it is important create and manage a detailed plan for all project activities.

This FREE homewyse project guide helps you organize Kitchen Restoration project activities, effectively manage milestones and costs - and get quality work at a fair price.


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