I'm trying to come up with some budgetary figures for a kitchen remodel for
a home my parents bought, and the only thing I don't have a handle on is the
cabinet and countertop cost. My guess is they will need to replace 35
lineal feet of base cabinet and matching countertop, and another 35' of wall
I assume they will want medium to high end cabinets and probably granite
countertops, but the problem is that the information I see on-line has a
huge amount of variation... $80 to $250/lineal foot is a pretty wide range
and isn't really helpful, because the question they are trying to answer is
whether they want to spend the $ to replace the existing cabinets or whether
they will just have the existing (relatively cheap) cabinets painted and
have new countertops installed...
Any recent experiences? Thoughts? BTW, the house is in the Atlanta
Thanks in advance.
Sure it is. Do you want to spend $85 a foot for mediocre stuff or $250 for
better quality? Or do you want to spend $400 or more? There are cabinets
available in every range. Appearance aside, theee are many factors that
differentiate chap versus good cabinets. Drawer construcion, slides, self
closing drawers, self closing doors, shelf adjustability, finishes insed and
out, quality of hardware, types of materials.
If they are cheap, get rid of them now, not after living with them for a
year and finding you wasted a lot of money on a re-furb that just is not up
to the standards they want. Why not set a budget and se what you can find
in that price range? If it is suitable, buy, if not, wait until youcan get
what you want or try to increase the budget.
You can get lost of ideas on line, but you really have to get your ass to a
store and look at the displays up close. Note construcion types, joinery,
etc. Do some reading to find what makes good versus cheap.
I agree wholeheartedly, but in the end, they are the ones who have to get
comfortable that reworking a kitchen is going to cost $30k or more. It
isn't that they don't have the money, but it may be that they have sticker
shock, not having done any real home improvemtents in over 30 years.
My philosophy is to never do a half assed job then come back a year or two
later and re-do the whole thing. That's a great way to spend 50% more than
you should have to get the same final product.
I understand good vs cheap cabinets and the different construction types and
materials. I'm simply looking for data points, which are probably all over
the place depending on how well people shop and how "hungry" contractors
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