One thing is for sure: kitchen remodeling is expensive. It’s so important when taking on a major renovation to educate yourself on the true costs of home improvement projects and set a realistic budget. Remodeling Magazine publishes a yearly report on regional and national home improvement costs. For my region, New England, the average cost of a midrange kitchen remodel (2011-2012) was $58,982; an upscale remodel, $112,841. Owwie.
In the three years that we’ve lived here and attended to other more pressing home improvements, I have soul searched, people. I have thought a lot about why we want this kitchen remodel and where we really want to spend our money, and I’ve realized that the answers to these questions are different for everyone.
For us, we want to make the most of our life in this house while our kids are growing up here, and the kitchen is the center of our home. We come together in this space to eat, talk, do homework, make chocolate chip cookies, do crafty projects, visit with friends, have other families over. Mark makes sauce, wine is opened, kids ask little and big questions in this space. To us it’s the most important room in the house. And right now our space is less than ideal for doing all these things (although it’s a mighty fine place to take a nap in the sunshine if you’re a canine!)
Even though the layout isn’t working for us, we have great space to play with and are so excited to make it better suit our needs. I recently shared with you that we envision taking these three areas – our dining room, kitchen work space, and slider area (meant for a kitchen table) – and making them one big space.
We’re looking at a total gut job – ripping out the wall between the kitchen and dining room and adding new floors, cabinetry, countertops, appliances and lighting. The ONLY way we’re going to make our dream a reality is to figure out places to save – without compromising our vision.
According to an article at HGTV, the average kitchen remodel budget breaks down like this:
We’ve lived in houses with brand new top-of-the-line cabinetry, and houses with old, substandard cabinets. And I’m okay with not having custom cabinetry in our next kitchen if it means being able to live the way we want to in this house. Because 35% on cabinetry??? Seriously?? That is a HUGE part of a budget. After doing extensive research on custom, semi-custom and stock cabinetry, I am sold on the idea of using Ikea cabinetry that is professionally installed and customized by a carpenter. I KNOW with a little creativity we can use Ikea to get the look we want – along with some higher-end things on our wish list.