The biggest decision you will face when updating your kitchen is deciding how much you want to spend. There are three types of upgrades you can do in your kitchen, with three different price points:
- Surface update – this involves changing wall colors or removing wallpaper, updating hardware on cabinets, possibly updating countertops and appliances. This is the least expensive option that can be done in your home with the most costly being countertop and appliances. You have all heard me preach how paint will dramatically change the look and feel of the home with the least amount invested, so it is always a great place to start. Your cost for this type of project starts at $50.00 and moves up depending on the scope.
- The Face Lift – I love calling it this because your cabinets receive a reface of the fronts, doors, and drawers. This has gained popularity due to its green solution of keeping cabinets in place and only updating the face or fronts of the cabinetry. New doors, new rollout shelves and drawers are made to fit within the existing openings of cabinets. It is a great solution and is less expensive than tearing out cabinets and replacing. You will pay about $150.00/ per door in a kitchen. That is an installed price. Also with a Face Lift, a new floor is installed. Your costs for this type of project usually start around the $7,000.00 price and moves up.
- The Remodel – the most invasive type of updating is tearing out cabinets, removing flooring and changing wall and window configurations. However, this usually is the most rewarding since you get to choose the configuration of the space and the layout or design of the space. Costs depend on plumbing and electrical updates for the space in addition to cabinet, countertop, and flooring costs. Starting points for remodels are $25,000 and easily can hit $50,000.00.
So how do you determine what is best for you and your home? I suggest consulting with an interior designer like myself. I will guide you through the process and be a sounding board for the best financial decisions in the update.