Question - for those who have gone through a kitchen update or a familiar with
the process, can a kitchen be updated for $20,000. First let me say, that I do
have calls placed out to local contractors for estimates, but before they
arrive, I wanted to get a handle on what others have paid. I am looking at
replacing the 40+ year old cabinets (the kitchen is small approx. 12 X 9) and
have pretty much decided on Diamond. I am looking to replace appliances and
estimate the cost at $4,000. I would like granite countertops, but am willing
to settle for less. I would like to have a half wall divider between kitchen
and diningroom removed, and a french door to replace a large window that now
exists in the diningroom. Finally I would like laminate flooring put in the
kitchen. Am I crazy for thinking this can be done for $20,000 which is the max
of my budget? Thanks for any input.
it could be done for a lot less, or a lot more. it depends upon what you
chose for items.
you could figure granite at $50/sqft, floor at $7-10/ft, cabinets at
$100-130/running foot. appliances, fixtures, knobs, stove hood, sink.
carpentry, plumbing, electrical, ducts. you didn't figure anything for
As of now, you got 4k spent out of the 20k. You have 16k to work with. An
estimated 2k for counter, now down to 14k to work with. Do you want a
$1,500 door or a 3k door for something decent? Take the 3k door and your
down to 11k not including reframing/drywall/exterior labor and materials.
Basically you have 10k to do the rest, depends on your cabinet door styles,
hardware, interior upgrades such as roll out shelves etc. Say 4k allowance
for cabinets, you now have 6k for sink, disposal,faucet,
lighting,flooring,paint,trimwork,half wall material, additional electrical
or upgrades plus labor for kitchen R&R. Personally, if you're not DYIing
it, I think 20k is a bit low. I would not cheap out on flooring material
since this will get a lot of use.
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