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Ideas, costs, tips and plans - the information you need for a successful Kitchen Makeover project
Homeowners have many important questions about their Kitchen Makeover 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 Makeover 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 Makeover project will help you answer these questions. Use this information to develop a budget, bid requirements, hiring contracts and a project plan.
The approximate costs and value of a typical Kitchen Makeover 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 description||Replace cabinet doors and refinish cabinet frames. Update countertops, plumbing fixtures, and lighting. Use average, "contractor" grade materials and average finishing detail.|
|Project size||165 square feet|
|Material and labor cost||$5,166 - $6,027|
|Material cost||$2,921 - $3,407|
|Do-it-yourself assessment||The typical Kitchen Makeover project can be completed by a moderately skilled do-it-yourselfer; as with any project, high quality Kitchen Makeover requires attention to detail and careful planning.|
|First year Return on Investment - ROI||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 high quality Kitchen Makeover project in an appropriate neighborhood can return as much as 77% - 91% of its initial cost.|
|First year Return on Investment - ROI||Results vary widely and are affected by the range of home prices in your neighborhood, the overall condition of your home and prudent design choices. A typical Kitchen Makeover project completed with good or better quality will return less than 60% of its initial cost.|
|Green rating||Kitchen Makeover projects can incorporate renewable or sustainable resources and environmentally friendly materials.|
The following list includes major work tasks commonly performed during Kitchen Makeover. Use this list to understand the timing and sequence of different steps in the Kitchen Makeover 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 Makeover project cost and quality.
Do you expect to spend more than $250 on your Kitchen Makeover project? If so, it is important create and manage a detailed plan for all project activities.
|Task||Service Provider||Time||Difficulty||Basic Cost Range|
|Develop Project Budget||General Contractor||2 to 15 d||$193 - $322|
|Specify Materials||Interior Designer||2 to 15 d||$258 - $431|
|Specify Finishes||Interior Designer||1 to 2 d||$774 - $1,293|
|Remove Kitchen Faucet||Demolition Laborer||1 d||$15.23 - $25.44|
|Remove Kitchen Countertop||Demolition Laborer||1 d||$16.62 - $27.75|
|Repair Drywall||Drywall Contractor||1 to 2 d||$156 - $263|
|Replace Cabinet Doors||Finish Carpenter||1 to 2 d||$270 - $469|
|Install Trim Molding||Finish Carpenter||1 to 2 d||$5.40 - $9.41 per linear foot|
|Stain And Finish Kitchen Cabinets||Painting Contractor||2 to 4 d||$10.34 - $17.39 per square foot|
|Install Laminate Countertop||Finish Carpenter||1 d||$42 - $75 per square foot|
|Install Resilient Flooring||Flooring Contractor||1 d||$5.97 - $10.92 per square foot|
|Install Vent Hood||Appliance Service and Repair Technician||1 d||$371 - $656|
|Install Kitchen Faucet||Plumber||1 d||$272 - $483|
|Install Lighting Fixture||Electrician||1 to 2 d||$230 - $397|
|Replace Receptacle||Electrician||1 d||$79 - $134|
|Replace Electric Switch||Electrician||1 d||$74 - $126|
|Replace Switch Plates||Electrician||1 d||$20.53 - $34.49|
|Install Low Voltage Lighting||Electrician||1 to 2 d||$343 - $578|
|Install GFCI Circuit Breaker||Electrician||1 d||$179 - $308|
Review these tips, design suggestions, options and lessons learned before finalizing your Kitchen Makeover project plan.
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