Budgeting for Kitchen and Bath Products

When remodeling a kitchen or a bath, part of the give-and-take is to balance your dreams with financial reality. Here are guidelines to help you budget.


+ enlarge image Consider counter space, shelving, and storage when remodeling a kitchen.

Prepare for your remodeling project by setting priorities and determining your budget. Here are spending choices you'll face.

Kitchen faucets No frills: $60-$150 Cheap frills: $150-$200 Frills to the gills: $200-$600 What upgrades offer: ceramic-disk valves, pullout sprays, fancier finishes, period designs, and water purifiers

Kitchen sinks No frills: $100-$200 Cheap frills: $200-$400 Frills to the gills: $400-$4,000 What upgrades offer: solid-surfacing materials, undermount installation, apron fronts, heavy-gauge metals (stainless steel, copper, or titanium), carved stone

Dishwashers No frills: $300-$400 Cheap frills: $600-$800 Frills to the gills: $1,000-$2,000 What upgrades offer: built-in disposers, pot-scrubbing and quiet cycles, programmable features, water heat boosters, dishwashing drawers

Vent hoods No frills: $75-$150 Cheap frills: $150-$1,000 Frills to the gills: $1,000-$5,000 What upgrades offer: high-volume fans, downdraft vents, retractable undercounter vents, stainless-steel housings

Ranges No frills: $300-$550 Cheap frills: $550-$1,500 Frills to the gills: $1,500-$12,000 What upgrades offer: self-cleaning and/or convection ovens, pro-style exteriors, dual-fuel models, downdraft venting, grills, griddles, commercial-grade performance, up to six burners

+ enlarge image From basics to frills, select a range that meets your needs.

Refrigerators No frills: $500-$700 Cheap frills: $700-$2,000 Frills to the gills: $2,000-$7,000 What upgrades offer: automatic defrost, water and ice dispensers, side-by-side setups, more storage capacity, separate temperature/humidity controls, climate zones, digital temperature readout

Cooktops No frills: $300-$400 Cheap frills: $400-$1,000 Frills to the gills: $1,000-$3,000 What upgrades offer: smooth glass, continuous grates, electronic controls, front panel controls, downdraft vents, professional-style appearance and power, grills, griddles, woks

Ovens No frills: $400-$750 Cheap frills: $750-$1,200 Frills to the gills: $1,200-$4,600 What upgrades offer: self-cleaning, convection, precision temperature controls, larger cooking capacity, broilers, professional-grade looks, closed-door broiling feature

Cabinetry (uninstalled) No frills: $50-$150 per linear foot Cheap frills: $150-$250 per linear foot Frills to the gills: $250+ per linear foot What upgrades offer: plywood or solid-wood materials (rather than particle board or veneer), dovetail or tongue-and-groove construction (in lieu of staples, glue, dowels), species and finish options, frame-and-panel door designs, sliding shelves, heavy hardware, glass door options, custom sizes and shapes

Countertops (installed) No frills: $17-$40 per linear foot Cheap frills: $40-$140 per linear foot Frills to the gills: $150+ per linear foot What upgrades offer: more colors, patterns, and thicknesses of ceramic tile; butcher block (more wood types); more colors and patterns of solid-surfacing; a wider variety of stone, cutouts, and special edge finishes for all materials

+ enlarge image Faucets can be customized and tailored precisely and affordably.

Bathroom sink faucets No frills: $60-$100 Cheap frills: $100-$300 Frills to the gills: $300-$1,000 What upgrades offer: fancier finishes, single-lever controls, designer editions in traditional or contemporary styles, optical sensor activation

Bathroom sinks No frills: $50-$150 Cheap frills: $150-$400 Frills to the gills: $400-$3,000 What upgrades offer: freestanding pedestals; solid-surfacing, stone, or exotic materials; consoles and table units; art-glass basins

Toilets No frills: $100-$200 Cheap frills: $200-$600 Frills to the gills: $700-$1,400 What upgrades offer: more color choices, style options, one-piece models, higher-grade porcelain, pressure-assisted flush

+ enlarge image Freestanding bathtubs are an elegant addition to any bathroom.

Bathtubs No frills: $100-$150 Cheap frills: $150-$700 Frills to the gills: $700-$3,500 What upgrades offer: heavier materials (cast iron, polymer), a crop of colors, tub-shower combinations, unusual shapes, roomier or longer tubs, whirlpool units

Shower enclosures No frills: $100-$200 Cheap frills: $200-$1,000 Frills to the gills: $1,000-$4,000 What upgrades offer: larger acrylic and angled units, built-in ledges and shelving, multihead showering systems

Bathtub/shower faucet No frills: $75-$100 Cheap frills: $200-$500 Frills to the gills: $500-$1,500 What upgrades offer: adjustable height, handheld showerhead, antiscald feature, combination fixed and handheld showerheads multiple body-spray nozzles

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