Update Your Home with a Kitchen Renovation
Kitchen’s are a central hub in any household. It’s where you start your day with a cup of coffee, where you make a meal for family and loved ones, and it’s where you for that late night snack. It gets a lot of use so it’s no wonder that a kitchen renovation is high on homeowners' priority list.
At Lavish we’ve been helping people in the Raleigh NC area renovate and remodel their homes for years. There’s a lot to think about when you are ready for a kitchen remodel. Let’s go over several key components of from kitchen renovation costs to a handy kitchen renovation checklist you can use.
Kitchen Renovation Costs
A kitchen renovation is more than just the cost of labor. According to data from Home Guide, the average kitchen remodel will cost homeowners somewhere between $100 and $250 per square foot. Depending on how much you plan to renovate and what type of renovations you want will shape the overall cost. There are a number of things that make up your total price tag. Let’s look at a few.
Cost of Materials
All of the things you want to change require materials and the type of changes you wish to make will, to varying degrees, affect the cost. For instance, painting and lighting will typically cost you less than replacing appliances and going for all new cabinetry.
The typical kitchen renovation can include:
Tip: For things like tiling and paint, it’s wise to budget a little extra in case there are bumps along the way. Sometimes the tile you like may not be available anymore, so getting more ahead of time will save you the hassle when things don’t always go exactly as planned.
Kitchen renovation costs boil down to two main areas - parts and labor. We’ve talked a bit about parts, but just as important is the labor. Labor comes in many forms. You have an interior designer who will help you make your vision a reality. You’ll also work with a contractor who will carry out that vision. Many times working with an interior designer will satisfy both of these labor groups. At Lavish, we work with contractors in the Raleigh Durham area to build out a kitchen remodel you will love.
Labor costs will vary with the complexity of the work involved, detailing, and location. A good rule of thumb is to estimate that parts will account for two-thirds of the project cost and labor the other one-third.
Ways to Save
Tackling a big project might get you feeling nervous about the price tag, but if budget is a concern there are ways to save money.
Labor costs will vary slightly, but where you can really save is on parts. Rather than go with the top of the line cabinets or flooring, you can choose something that looks great, but uses non-premium materials.
Prebuilt vs Custom
Working with an interior designer has flexibility. You can have them customize every little detail if that is a priority to you. They can do great work with a blank slate. However, if you’re looking to save some money off the top you can have them use a prebuilt solution.
Obviously you’ll need a designer and a contractor to fully implement a kitchen renovation, but if there are little pieces you want to do yourself (i.e. demolition) you can save money.
Kitchen Renovation Checklist
Most people are going to search for inspiration and look at rough costs when they start their kitchen renovation journey. Truthfully there are a lot of things to think about before you begin the first day of the project.
The last thing on people’s minds is the first thing that should be addressed. We know money isn’t fun to think about but setting a realistic budget will be more freeing than restrictive. Not planning for expected and unexpected costs will make things more stressful down the road.
Choosing an interior designer is a big step. They’ll be the ones listening to your ideas and helping you lay out the plan forward. Remember to ask good questions to know if you’re a good fit.
Some questions you might ask:
Do you have recent projects and references?
How involved will I be in the decision making?
How do you decide if we’re a good fit?
What contractors do you work with?
When the time comes to start building out your project you want to be prepared ahead of time. At this point you should know if you need permits, what kind of tools you’ll need if you’re doing any of the work yourself, and materials purchased that will be incorporated in the kitchen renovation.
The same types of questions you asked the interior designer will be helpful with the contractor. Seeing their work and knowing how their past clients rate them will help you make an informed decision about who to hire.
Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Raleigh NC
We have been transforming not only kitchens but bathrooms and entire homes throughout Raleigh, Durham, and Cary NC for years. Our team is here to help you curate, design, and orchestrate what you need to live a lavish life. When you work with Lavish we want you to feel like you are the most important and only client we have.
We’re happy to answer your questions and get you excited about a kitchen renovation!