Do you want to remodel your kitchen soon?
Don’t wait to start planning out logistics. You need to consider everything from construction timetables to kitchen remodeling cost factors.
A general contractor can help design a remodel that fits your budget and vision. They also provide full job quotes to help you plan accordingly. That’s why it’s important to get all your ducks in a row before starting construction.
Budgeting is arguably the most “boring” part of remodeling, so it’s nice to get it out of the way in the beginning. Plus, you need a set number to avoid going over budget and prolonging the job.
There are several cost factors to consider when calculating kitchen remodeling quotes. Follow this simple guide to get started.
Create a Plan of Action
Before requesting a quote, ask yourself this question:
What are your goals for the kitchen remodel?
For example, if you’re remodeling to sell your home, then you may want to choose kitchen upgrades buyers would like rather than personal favorites. If you’re remodeling for yourself, make a list of your favorite styles, materials, and kitchen layouts.
Once you’ve clarified your goals, make a list of all the materials you need for the remodel.
- Kitchen backsplash tiles
- Ceiling fans
- New lighting
- Granite countertops
- Flooring (stone, wood, etc.)
- Wall paint (and treatments)
- Kitchen plumbing and ventilation
- Large appliances
The above list isn’t exhaustive, but it’s a good start. You’ll also need to take measurements of your kitchen to calculate the number of building materials you need.
If you’re expanding your kitchen’s size, you’ll need a blueprint or 3D model first to record accurate measurements. That’s one reason to consult with a contractor at the beginning; they can produce the right measurements from the start.
Narrow down your final choices for wall paint, tiles, lighting fixtures, appliances, and so forth. You can always ask your contractor beforehand which type of brands and supplies they use. Create a column for each material and a second column for the approximate price.
Let’s break down more of these cost factors to learn more:
Calculating Kitchen Counter Space
Let’s start with one of the top kitchen upgrades among homeowners (and buyers), countertops.
There are a few countertop materials to consider, including quartz, treated wood, soapstone, marble, and laminates. However, granite counters are arguably the most popular countertop material.
Granite is great at absorbing and trapping heat and cold temperatures, which is more energy efficient. You don’t have to worry about granite rusting or rotting. Plus, granite is better for fire safety.
Costs vary, but many homeowners pay between $40 to $100 per square foot of granite, on average. You can always refer to your pricing checklist for more accurate numbers. There are also labor fees to consider and any additional construction needed for installation.
Countertops are particularly shaped, as well. You’ll need to consider length, width, and the counter’s “lip” measurements that hang over the counter space.
Granite is also one of the most cost-effective countertop materials. Marble can run a little higher, but also looks fantastic in the kitchen. Similar to granite, marble also comes in a variety of natural colors.
If you want more design versatility, talk to your contractor about laminate countertops and other acrylic solids. You may find a greater range of colors for your needs.
Calculating Your Kitchen Flooring
Flooring is another important cost factor.
You need reliable flooring with the following benefits:
- Energy efficient (for hot and cold temperatures)
- Water-resistant capabilities
- Slip-proof and friction
- Style, color, and vibrancy
- Low maintenance
Laminate is an excellent first option, especially if you have a specific look in mind. This kitchen flooring material seamlessly mimics the look of natural materials like wood and stone. It’s also low maintenance and requires nothing more than a regular floor cleaner.
Laminate flooring is the most cost-effective material, ranging from as low as one dollar per square foot to over five dollars, depending on your needs and vision. Flooring materials are also included in your remodeling quote.
Hardwood flooring is still an option. Plus, with the right care, it lasts longer than laminates.
This flooring type is ideal for warm, rustic-style kitchens. It runs higher than laminate floors, ranging from $4.00 per square foot to over $12 on average.
Natural stone is another excellent material.
Once again, granite is a top choice for kitchen flooring. It’s easy to clean, retains heat, and comes in a rainbow of natural shades. You may also like antibacterial soapstone tiles, especially for outdoor kitchens.
More Kitchen Remodeling Cost Details to calculate
There are more variables to consider with kitchen remodeling than the living room or bedroom renovations. You have a whole plumbing system to consider.
If you like your current plumbing setup, remember that when designing your kitchen layout. You may also need adjustments and upgrades to bring your entire kitchen design to life.
Are you building a house or knocking down your entire kitchen?
You’re going to need a brand new kitchen plumbing system. Talk to a contractor about your ideas, and they’ll suggest the most appropriate plumbing setup for your vision. You also have to consider outside sewers and other logistics.
There are several cost variables to consider with kitchen plumbing. For example, a sink installation can run as low as $300 to over $1,200, depending on your needs and materials. A complete installation can run as high as $8,000 or more.
Installation prices vary, and online estimates are subject to change. Estimates are best used as a tool to help you anticipate the cost. Once you’ve calculated everything on your own, request a quote to get a better understanding of your overall cost, project timetables, and expectations.
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