Cabinet costs vary in price and quality from value-oriented to top-of-the-line with a price tag to match. Stock cabinets start at about $50 per linear foot compared to custom cabinets that can cost in excess of $2,000 per linear foot.
To help you establish realistic budget expectations, we will explain the difference between custom cabinets, semi-custom and stock brands. Special features in cabinets such as wine racks, knife drawers and other storage solutions contribute to cost creep. There are usually trade offs when establishing a budget. Depending on your needs and preferences, we can present options and help you to determine which special features you will use and enjoy the most.
Countertops at the low-end start at $8 to $20 per square foot for plastic laminate. Quartz and granite countertops can range from $50 to more than $120 per square foot.
Appliances are another component that can contribute to breaking or making a budget. Refrigerators can range in price from $1,000 to more than $12,000 depending on make, manufacturer and features. The same price range exists with almost every appliance in your kitchen. We will work with you to identify the appliances that represent the best combination of value and performance for your project.
The unknown is another common contributor to unexpected renovation costs. You never know what’s behind a wall, above a ceiling or underneath a floor until demolition begins. We’ve seen everything from termite and water damage to classic examples of poor construction. Because we don’t have X-ray vision, we advise our clients to have a 20% contingency for the unexpected.
Code compliance is another factor that could adversely affect your budget. If your home is more than 20 years old, chances are the wiring; appliance connections, plumbing or ventilation may not meet today’s building code requirements. Even though your home may have been code compliant when you moved in, new construction must meet current code requirements. That could require rewiring, repiping or improvements to ventilation that increase expenses and could slow down completion time.
Finally, once you make your decision, stick to your guns. Don’t start demolition until all of the products and finishes you need are specified and you have established an order schedule. When you change your mind, you slow the project’s completion and increase your cost. Mind changing is the reason why 33% of kitchen renovation budgets go over budget.
The Houzz survey found that only 3% of homeowners who renovated their kitchens had projects come in under budget. We know how to increase that percentage and count you in that number. We welcome the opportunity to help you establish a budget that is realistic to meet your needs and avoid most unexpected surprises. Please give us a call at (304)736-2183 or visit the showroom at 5841 Davis Creek Rd, Barboursville to get started on your new kitchen.