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How much will I spend on kitchen remodel?

Updated: 2013-08-04T00:24:51Z

By Scott Balentine

Special to The Star

How much should I expect to spend remodeling my kitchen, and how do I make sure it won’t become dated?

This is a great question that designers have written scores of books about. Kitchen remodeling costs are determined by so many factors that it’s difficult to suggest a budget range.

Updating with new countertops, backsplash and refinished cabinetry will be considerably less expensive than a total kitchen replacement. Changing the layout of the kitchen and relocating major appliances or plumbing can add considerable costs. There is a wide range of qualities, finishes and prices with cabinetry, countertops, tile, appliances, flooring and plumbing fixtures.

I tell clients to consider how their family uses the kitchen, how long they’ll be living in the home and if there’s an expected rate of financial return for the improvement. They also need to consider the impact the investment will have on their home’s value in relation to neighboring homes.

Hanley-Wood’s “Cost vs. Value” online annual report (remodeling.hw.net) offers more specific cost data that is gathered from major cities on a range of residential remodeling projects.

Making sure the kitchen doesn’t become dated is another task altogether. Kitchen trends come and go, and all materials are subject to becoming passé.

Area homeowners typically prefer traditional design using natural colors. Traditional cabinetry hasn’t changed drastically in the past 15 years, but the wood species and finish have. Granite and natural stone countertops have become the top choice and will probably remain so for many more years.

Scott Balentine is owner of Lifestyles Custom Homes & Remodeling in Overland Park.

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