Beginning to investigate getting my kitchen upgraded. Will want the
existing wallboard removed and replaced. Anticipating using "stock"
cabinetry. Wondering if there are any useful rules of thumb to
utilize in forecasting expenses. I'm picturing something like
wallboard square feet times numbers of workers needed times average
labor rate. Perhaps something similar for assembly and hanging of the
Stock cabinets can run from $100 to $1000 for the same size cabinet. Only
rule of thumb that I know of is that it will end up costing more than you
Counter top can run from $1 and inch to $20 an inch. (yes, inch, not foot)
Your best bet is to set a budget, then try to see what you can get for about
15% less than that. By the time you are done it will probably be over
The lowest price is not always the best value. There are true craftsman
doing kitchens, but there are also a lot of hacks. Check out the work of
whoever you hire.
That is my point, you can't use a rule of thumb. You can get bids from
various contractors, but one may take an hour to do a specific chore and
charge you $60 in labor. Another may charge you $70 and take 45 minutes,
still another may charge you $40 but take two hours, and still another may
charge you $80 and take one hour. All may or may not have the same result.
Any of the above may do a fine job or they may do crap. Kitchens are not
like oil changes where $29 covers any vehicle. The square and plumb of the
room make a big difference in the appearance of the final job and that is
where craftsmanship comes into play. It may take an hour longer to hang
that first cabinet just right so the others follow. Careful trimming and
fitting using a hand plane, etc.
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