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A Comprehensive Guide to Navigating Kitchen Remodel Costs
A Comprehensive Guide to Navigating Kitchen Remodel Costs

For many people, the kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s a place to not only cook great meals, but to entertain guests, break bread with family, and create lasting memories. It’s no surprise that many homeowners dream of a beautiful and functional space — but when it comes to turning those kitchen design ideas into reality, the prospect of kitchen renovation expenses can be daunting. 

The Marling Lumber & HomeWorks team understands the importance of transparency and informed decision-making. We’ll help demystify kitchen remodel costs so you can create the perfect space you desire!

What Does a Kitchen Remodel Cost?

Kitchen renovation expenses vary significantly based on a number of factors. While the national average for a kitchen remodel is between $12,000 and $60,500 — quite the range! — the actual cost of your project will depend on the following: 

  • Project Scope. Are you planning a minor refresh with fresh paint and new cabinet hardware, or a complete renovation including layout changes, demolition, flooring, electrical, plumbing, and appliances? 
  • Materials for Kitchen. Choosing high-end, custom cabinets and luxurious countertops like granite or marble will add significant costs compared to standard options. 
  • Labor Costs. Location, project complexity, and the experience level of your contractor all influence labor costs. 

If you’re skilled with tools and handiwork, you might be able to do the job yourself and stretch your budget. Hiring experienced professionals for installation contributes to the total cost, but your dream kitchen can quickly become a nightmare if the scope of the project exceeds your ability (not to mention tolerance for stress). Remember, a kitchen remodel is a long-term investment that adds value to your home — but only if done right!

A Breakdown of Kitchen Renovation Expenses

Another way of looking at kitchen remodel cost is calculating the average price range of each item and adding up all that apply to your kitchen redesign. Here are some averages:

  • Cabinets: This is typically the biggest expense, accounting for around 20-30% of the total cost. Material (wood, laminate, etc.), size, and style (custom vs. prefabricated) all play a role in the price. Marling offers a wide range of kitchen cabinet options, from budget-friendly RTA (Ready-to-Assemble) cabinets to premium custom-built designs.
  • Countertops: Granite, quartz, and butcher block are popular choices, each with their own price point. Consider factors like durability, maintenance, and aesthetics when making your selection. At Marling, we offer a diverse selection of kitchen countertops to suit various styles and budgets.
  • Appliances: Many homeowners choose to upgrade their appliances when renovating the kitchen, which can significantly impact the overall cost. Research and compare prices before making a decision. Remember, energy-efficient models can save you money in the long run.
  • Additional Factors: Demolition, permits, plumbing, electrical work, flooring, lighting, and backsplashes all contribute to the final cost. 

Setting a realistic budget, prioritizing your needs, and exploring different options will put your dream kitchen within reach. Visit Marling Lumber & HomeWorks for professional guidance! We offer a wide selection of high-quality cabinetry and countertops to suit every style and budget. Our experienced staff can also steer you through the design and budgeting process, helping bring your kitchen design ideas to life.




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