A kitchen remodel is a project with many moving parts.
It can be simple with relatively few changes or more involved with many, many components contributing to the final product. In addition, each of those components can have a range of quality levels affecting the cost of a kitchen remodel greatly.
To help you gain more perspective, review the annual Cost vs Value Survey published by Remodeling Magazine. They have documented a variety of kitchen remodel projects to help homeowners understand the cost various kitchen renovation projects represent. It helps people understand the size of investment they will be making in their homes and provides a bit of a head start in budgeting and managing the various expenses. Good budget examples are listed below –
- $20,303 – Minor Kitchen Renovation – midrange price range
- $60,813 – Major Kitchen Renovation– midrange price range
- $120,301 – Major Kitchen Renovation– upscale price range
Prioritize Kitchen Remodel Components
As your remodeling project unfolds, you will be making numerous individual decisions about the components in your new kitchen. Of course, each decision will have a price tag attached to it. Assuming your budget is not unlimited, prioritizing the components will help you make the best decisions for your kitchen remodel budget. In other words, invest the larger portion of your budget in high priority items. This will help you enjoy your kitchen renovation more and identify cost saving options with the lower priority components.
Primary Functional Areas To Plan And Prioritize
Everybody uses their kitchens in a different way. How the general plan for your kitchen evolves depends on how you function within it. You may enjoy cooking as a hobby, or entertaining or even consider your kitchen a staging area for your family each day. Of course, your use influences your priorities and how the kitchen remodel plan will develop. Think about what you will need in the following areas.
- Cooking Area
- Food Storage
- Dining Area
- Equipment/Utensil Storage
- Specialized Food Preparation Areas
- Waste Disposal and Recycling
- Entertaining Family and Friends
Other Major Components Affecting Budget
Mechanical systems and fixtures represent areas where a budget can be managed very effectively. There are definitely ways to get good quality products at very reasonable prices. Your kitchen remodel pro at Westring Construction can help you navigate through all of the choices you have to make to give you the best combination of quality and value. Think of what you must have in the categories below and where there may be opportunities for savings.
- Electrical Update
- Code requirements
- Heating and Cooling
- Drywall installation
- Storage Needs
- Cabinet Hardware
- Countertop – Quartz/Granite/Composite/Laminate
- Floor – Marble/Tile/Vinyl
- Lighting Fixtures – Task/General/Under cabinet
- Sink(s) – Single/Double/Stainless Steel/Composite/Porcelain
- Storage (Beyond Cabinets)
- Wall Tile / Backsplash
Kitchen Usability Features
Since you are remodeling your kitchen, are there any special features you can build in to make your kitchen more usable for your family? Think about the activities occurring in your kitchen on a regular basis. Are there things you manage that could be more enjoyable with different capabilities built in? Consider the following –
- Secondary Media Center
- Message Station
- Charging Station
- Hobby/Craft Center
- Traffic Hub
Prioritizing Tips For Your Kitchen Remodel
As mentioned earlier, a kitchen remodel has many moving parts and they all have a price tag. As you look forward to your renovation, consider the following three questions. In answering them, you will create some basic operating guidelines for your entire project.
- What do you absolutely need?
- What features or fixtures would be nice to have included in the plan? (in order of importance)
- What could make your kitchen remodel a dream come true?
For assistance in getting your kitchen planned perfectly, contact Westring Construction, located in Madison WI. We are a remodeling contractor expert at home additions, kitchen remodel and renovation projects of all sizes. We also excel at historic restorations, serving all of Dane County and surrounding areas including Sun Prairie, Waunakee, Middleton, Verona, Fitchburg, McFarland, Cottage Grove and Stoughton.
Call us at 608-441-5435 or email us if you would like us to review your Kitchen remodel project in Madison WI.