BY: Hometown Handyman of NE Florida, LLC
January 26, 2023
Factors That Affect Cost in a Kitchen Remodel
From individual material costs, to install costs, to your choice of contractor, a lot of factors can tip your budget in the wrong direction if you aren’t careful.
We start each project with a Design and Budget Consult that includes a Good Better Best budget. We use this approach because in order to price a project accurately we need to understand your needs and present options for you to choose from.
There are both obvious and not so obvious elements that can affect the cost of your kitchen remodel and it takes time to review and understand these differences. That’s why we review your budget together in our showroom, so you can ask questions, look at materials options and adjust the budget to suite your needs.
How Much Does A Kitchen Remodel REALLY Cost?
As you might assume, the cost of a kitchen remodel can be drastically different depending on size, type of contractor, materials used, etc. The first thing to know before you remodel is that the range of budgets for a kitchen remodel is massive. If you want to see how drastically the budgets for kitchen remodels can differ.
One of things we do as part of our design process is look for ways to value engineer a project. We look for ways to compromise and save money while maintaining the overall look and performance you want. Here are some of the factors that can affect kitchen remodel costs.
The style of your kitchen can affect the total kitchen remodel costs. Super modern styles for example can increase costs because the level of care and detail needed to get that clean simple look is time consuming. Very traditional designs can also cost more especially if there are a lot of ornate features.
One of the more popular styles today is called Transitional, it’s a mix of modern and traditional elements that creates a clean and simple look but with some pattern and detail you might see in more traditional designs. The transitional style offer a lot of opportunity to value engineer a project so you can get the look you want on a budget.
A small amount of flooring in one or two rooms is easy to change but replacing the flooring in the entire home is very disruptive and hard to change later on. It pays to invest in quality flooring that will last decades.
Travertine can cost you over $35 per sq. ft. installed. On the other end of the cost spectrum is the luxury vinyl plank can cost as little as $3.00 per sq. ft.
Even within material categories there are price differences. Luxury Vinyl Plank can range from .99 cents a sq ft to $8. Tile flooring has a similar costs range as does engineered wood.
This makes choosing the right material for your floors pretty challenging. Most people are smart enough not to choose the cheapest option but what about middle range of prices? What’s the difference between flooring that costs $4 vs flooring that costs $8 ?
When choosing engineered wood or LVP flooring the wear layer has a big impact on the price. Low cost engineered wood might have a .5 mm or 1 mm wear layer where better floors (and the only flooring we recommend installing) has a 3 mm to 6 mm wear layer.
The value of your home can affect this decision. Luxury vinyl plank is very popular and used for whole home flooring a lot in homes in the $300,000 – $600,000 price range. Homes costing more than that really call for wood or tile flooring to keep in step with the price of the home.