Asking how much it will cost to remodel your kitchen is a lot like asking how much it costs to buy a car – anyone who knows the industry will likely respond by telling you, “Well, that depends on what you want.”
Like any large purchase, kitchen remodels come in many different shapes and sizes, each with their own differing price points. For homeowners, this is great news! With so many different options out there, you’re likely to find a kitchen remodel approach that fits your budget.
If you want to know how much you should expect to pay to put your dream kitchen in your current home, you’ve come to the right place. As a remodel company based in Portland, OR, Lamont Bros. works with dozens of local homeowners each year to design and build kitchen remodels.
In this article, we’re going to share with you what we’ve learned about the costs of these types of projects so you can begin to get a feel for what yours may cost. You can expect to learn about:
- The main 3 types of kitchen remodels
- Average kitchen renovation costs in Portland
- The cost breakdown of a new kitchen
- Which decisions significantly increase costs
- What you can do to keep your costs low
What are the 3 types of kitchen remodels?
Almost all kitchen remodels can fit into one of three categories:
- Cosmetic refresh
- Pull & replace
- Full custom remodel
Each category represents a different price range, scope of work, and customizability factor. You can find more information below, as well as some photos of projects we’ve worked on.
1. Cosmetic Refresh ($50,000-$70,000)
Kitchen remodels in the “cosmetic refresh” category are minimally invasive, less expensive, and add the most value to your home per dollar spent. A typical refresh involves purely aesthetic changes to the space, which may include repainting cabinets, updating fixtures or small appliances, and installing new floors or countertops.
2. Pull & Replace ($70,000-$120,000)
Considered a mid-level remodel, pull and replace kitchen remodels tend to offer the best balance between cost, comfort, and customizability. In this type of project, everything in the kitchen is removed and – you guessed it – replaced.
This category of remodel allows for homeowners to get entirely new cabinetry, appliances, flooring, and fixtures without the cost of rearranging electrical, plumbing, and structural features of the space.
3. Full Custom Remodel ($120,000-$250,000+)
For homeowners who will settle for nothing but their perfect dream kitchen (and don’t mind paying the higher price tag), a full custom kitchen remodel may be the way to go.
These projects are by far the most expensive, take the longest to complete, and add the least value to the home per dollar spent as compared to other types of remodels. However, there is nothing quite like walking into your kitchen and having it exactly the way you want it to be.
Full remodels often involve moving appliance locations and changing the general layout of the kitchen, which in turn means moving electrical and plumbing systems. Many remodel projects in this category can also involve increasing the size of the kitchen, or opening up the floor plan.
These types of changes require tearing out walls and changing the structural design of the house, which also adds exponentially to the cost of the project.
Still, if you know how you want your kitchen to look and won’t have it any other way, a fully custom remodel is likely the route for you.
What does a kitchen remodel cost in Portland?
For 2021, Lamont Bros’ average cost for kitchen remodel has been $96,580. In a competitive construction market, you can expect most design & build firms like us to be within 5% of one another for similar work.
Designing your own remodel and hiring a general contractor instead of a firm may save you an extra 10-20%, whereas a renowned kitchen designer like Mick De Giulio can cost 200-300% more.
Bottom line: the type of builder you use will greatly affect the overall cost and quality of your kitchen remodel. For more information on the pros and cons of each, check out this article.
How much resale value does a kitchen remodel add?
A significant portion of remodel costs are recouped in the resale value it adds to the home. For example, the Cost Value Report from Remodel Magazine suggests that a kitchen remodel adds up to 79.9% of its initial pricetag to the home’s overall value by the end of the year. In other words, our average $96,580 kitchen remodel should add about $77,000 to the resale value of the home.
Or, think about it like this – some credit cards offer 3% cash back and call it a good deal. A kitchen remodel offers 80%. (Which also means, if you pay for your remodel with a 3% cashback card, congratulations, you just made 83% cash back.)
Where does all the money go in a kitchen remodel?
When preparing to spend several thousand dollars on a remodel project, homeowners are often much more comfortable with the total price when they know how their money is being spent. Below is a chart that shows the costliest items in a kitchen remodel, as well as the approximate percentage they make up out of the entire project budget.
Cabinets – 22%
Because of high costs associated with both material and labor, cabinetry usually makes up the largest percentage of a kitchen remodel budget.
Plumbing & Electrical – 15%
Remember, any time you decide you want to move an appliance to a different location, the utility hookups have to be moved, as well. With hourly rates in the trades on the rise, this is an especially important factor to consider.
Finish Work – 15%
Once all the big-ticket items are in place, carpenters will spend several days working out the small details on a remodel. This includes everything from drywall repair to door casings. While it may not seem like much, the attention to detail required to make a kitchen remodel look polished requires lots of time and expertise.
General & Administrative – 10%
When you hire a construction company to do a remodel, some of their operating costs are factored into the final pricetag. Company vehicles and construction management staff are included in this category.
Appliances – 10%
If you’re installing new appliances, they’ll likely need to be professionally delivered and installed. Ordering the entire appliance lot together as a package may save you a few bucks.
Countertops – 8%
A custom quartz or granite countertop must be cut to the exact dimensions of your kitchen. The average cost per square foot for solid-surface countertops can range from $50 to $150 depending on the quality of material, and that’s just the cost of the countertop. Custom cutting, shipping, and installation also factor into the cost, too.
Tile & Flooring – 8%
Several factors affect the actual cost of flooring, including the type of material, the expertise required to install it, and the total square footage.
Demolition – 6%
In case you hadn’t figured it out yet, your old kitchen has to come out before your new one goes in. Safely removing all of the old material from your home requires extensive planning and care.
Design – 5%
Creating a custom design for your kitchen that is both structurally sound and tailored to your individual needs means hiring a professional designer to draft the plans.
Cleanup – 1%
After the work is done, some contractors will bring in professional cleaners to make sure you as the homeowner get the “white glove experience.” Though not a significant portion of the total budget, it’s really important to do a deep clean, as the construction dust gets in every crevice of the cabinetry and the kitchen. After all the work that’s gone in, you want to start off with a clean space.
What drives up the price of a kitchen remodel?
Every decision you make throughout your remodel process will either positively or negatively affect your budget. Below are a few of the most common factors that will increase the total overall cost of your kitchen remodel.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise to you that tearing out a wall will cost more money. This is especially true if a renovation involves the removal of any load-bearing walls, a process that requires permits and inspections to ensure that your home’s structural integrity is not compromised by the process.
Plumbing & electrical
Say you want to move your gas oven range from one wall to another. Well, in that case, you would have to bring in an electrician and a plumber to rewire the circuits and hook up the gas lines. During a remodel, this work may need to be subcontracted out, depending on the extent of the changes being made, which means a higher total bill.
As previously mentioned, cabinetry is one of the most expensive parts of a kitchen remodel. But, if you want to install fully custom artisan cabinets from a name-brand manufacturer, expect to pay even more. There is certainly something to be said for the level of skill and attention to detail in many high-end cabinet lines, and we’ve seen clients willing to pay over $50,000 for a cabinet system they just couldn’t live without.
How can I lower the cost of my kitchen remodel?
Trying to remodel on a tight budget? Here are a few tricks we recommend to make sure your kitchen looks great without costing you an exorbitant amount of money.
Keep your current layout
Believe it or not, you can still breathe new life into your kitchen without changing the entire design of the space. In fact, you just might end up saving yourself tens of thousands simply by keeping your current kitchen layout.
With a light cosmetic refresh or even a pull and replace remodel, none of the electrical or plumbing fixtures need to be moved, which means no expensive subcontracting.
Trust a designer
Remodel designers know the construction business inside and out, which means they can assess your current kitchen space, listen to your ideas, and help you find practical, stylish solutions that won’t break the bank.
Perhaps there is a custom cabinet line that you absolutely love but is a few thousand dollars outside of your budget. You want something similar, but don’t know where to look. A designer can help you find a similar product at a more reasonable price. Consider remodel designers to be the guardian angel of your dream home.
The inconvenient truth about the construction industry is that everything is constantly changing. We’ve seen this in action through the drastic changes in lumber prices over the course of 2021. What this means for the consumer is a constant influx of product availability and pricing.
So, when the hardwood flooring you had your heart set on turns out to be on backorder for the next six months, your options are to wait it out, delay the project, and incur costs, or compromise and go with something else.
As a general rule of thumb, keeping your project going and sticking to a schedule is one of the best ways to avoid additional costs. If the materials you planned on using suddenly become unavailable, work with your build team to find something that is.
Ready to learn about the kitchen design process?
Chances are, if you’re trying to figure out how much your remodel is going to cost, you’re still pretty early on in the process. If that’s the case for you, keep up the research! Check out our article on the kitchen design process to learn how you can get your ideas out of your head and onto the blueprints. If you’re ready to take the next step in your remodeling process by scheduling a call with our design team, fill out your information in the box below and we’ll contact you by the end of the day.