Does your kitchen need an update – but you aren’t sure what to do about it? Here are five of the top kitchen remodel tasks and the price ranges for them, to help you get a start on your planning. There is a wide range of products and prices available for most items, and we will be happy to help you chose the one that is most appropriate for your personal preference, budget and the style of your home. We have a showroom where you are invited to come in and see all the latest design trends for yourself, so you can really get a feel for the various options, and see how they come together to create styles that are both attractive and functional.
Flooring- You may not realize it when you walk into a room, but the flooring has as much effect on how you experience that room as the walls do. And in the kitchen, the flooring has a big impact on how easy it is to clean, so keep that in mind when you plan your kitchen remodel. If you don’t cook a lot, or have a great housekeeper, it may not be much of a concern, but if you have kids and love to cook, then you will certainly want to avoid tile with wide grout lines, and opt for one of the easy-to-clean solid surfaces available. If you go with hardwood flooring, you don’t have to stick with brown any more. Both grey and whitewashed are currently very popular. Wood flooring can run anywhere from $2 to $25 per square foot.
Cabinets- The personality of your kitchen will be created mainly by the cabinets you have. Modern designs tend to feature very sleek surfaces, either completely flat, or with rounded edges and no ornamentation, but there are all kinds of cabinets, and the color selection is much more varied than was usual in the past. Traditional wood cabinets are still popular of course, and you’ll have a lot to choose from there too. If the cost is a concern and your cabinets are in good shape, you may be able to update them by changing out doors and hardware, rather than replacing the entire cabinets. We have experience with all kinds of cabinet installations, and can help you choose the best ones for your kitchen remodel, whether you want to just update the design you have, or create a whole new look. You may be able to find a set of cabinets as low as $1,200, but they can run as high as $18,000 or more if you go for a designer line with all the bells and whistles.
Countertops- Along with cabinets, the countertops create the largest surface area in the kitchen, so they have a big impact on its overall look and feel. Quartz is one of the favored materials for kitchen countertops, but is at the high end pricewise. Counters made from recycled materials are available, and preferred by many environmentally conscious homeowners. Laminates are the least expensive at about $15 per foot, and the price ranges up to $140 if you go with the quartz.
Backsplash- Whether your kitchen has a traditional or modern design, you can make your kitchen stand out with a backsplash that accentuates your style. Stainless steel appliances look right at home in a room with a metal backsplash, whereas Arts and Crafts style tiles are available from several different producers, some of whom strive to produce the exact looks of the original tiles that were popular in the last century.
A backsplash can be placed behind the sink and stove, or can wrap around the entire kitchen, depending on your tastes. Your remodeling contractor can save you a lot of money while helping you find a look that you like when you are designing the backsplash because there is such flexibility and variety available. The cost can be anywhere from $600 to several thousand.
Lighting- An often-overlooked aspect of kitchen remodeling is the lighting, but it’s a simple way to make a big change. The kitchen is a room that you use a lot, so the lighting should be designed to meet all your needs from cleaning to entertaining. Also consider energy-saving lights to cut utility costs long term.
One additional thing to consider with any of these kitchen remodeling upgrades is universal design. Particularly if you are planning to stay in your home through your retirement years, ask your remodeling contractor about options to facilitate aging in place.
We have certified design professionals on staff so that we can include universal design concepts in your remodeling right from the start. If you would like to find out more, call us today, at 623-544-1211.