Kitchen Remodeling Budget Guide

Kitchen remodeling ideas for various budgets, including $5,000, $15,000, $25,000, and $50,000 budgets. Also, tips on finding luxurious looks for less.

Before you start your kitchen remodel, you have to set a budget. Remodeling costs vary depending on a variety of factors. We show you how to get a great-looking space that fits yours.

How much does the average American spend on a major kitchen remodel? According to a 2006 report by the trade publication Remodeling, about $54,000 -- and that's just the midrange makeover. The average price of an upscale kitchen was a cool $107,973.

How much will your project cost? Get free quotes from kitchen remodelers in your area.

Before You Begin a Remodel

Download our free kitchen remodeling guide. Get tips to help you design and plan for your dream kitchen!

Plus, get our Price Guide. The guide outlines how much you can expect to pay for various elements in your kitchen remodel, to help you plan a smart and efficient budget.

If your makeover budget falls short, don't despair. With careful planning and savvy choices, it is possible to create a beautiful new kitchen for much less. Here's our guide to what you can accomplish with $5,000, $15,000, $25,000, or $50,000.

New kitchen cabinets would devour most of a $5,000 budget, so consider cutting remodeling costs and painting your existing cabinets if they're sound. (You can hire a pro to do the job for $750-$2,500.)

Update the hardware and add a few glass door insets, or remove doors on selected upper kitchen cabinets for an open look.

Replace tired countertops with new laminate; there are a lot of attractive and affordable choices.

Choose nice-but-not-fancy appliances in basic white or black as needed.

Splurge on a stunning new sink and faucet (without relocating plumbing).

Finish it all off with fresh wall paint and pretty accessories.

A $15,000 budget gives you plenty of options.

Combine new, ready-to-assemble (RTA) kitchen cabinets (roughly $2,000-$4,500) with budget-minded faux-stone countertops, such as Wilsonart's High Definition laminate, to conserve remodeling costs.

Splurge on a professional-look 30-inch range topped with a stainless-steel hood. Make it a true focal point with a pretty tile kitchen backsplash. You'll spend $2,250-$5,000 for the appliance upgrade, but that's still about half the price of a large commercial-style range and hood.

With a $25,000 budget, you can open up a compact kitchen to another room (check for load or beam requirements) and replace the cabinetry with semicustom maple units (about half your budget).

Or choose ready-to-assemble kitchen cabinets and a suite of midrange professional-look appliances, and then splurge on solid-surfacing countertops or a gorgeous stone-topped island.

Pretty undermount stainless-steel kitchen sinks -- rather than more expensive apron-front models -- will help you conserve remodeling costs. (The undermount sink is often included with higher-end countertops; watch for specials.)

At $50,000, you're spending half the average price of an upscale kitchen, but assuming your room isn't large or complex, you can still expect luxury kitchens at this price -- especially if you shop carefully for good-quality kitchen cabinets (your most significant expense).

Splurge on that commercial-grade range or cooktop you've always wanted (the $5,000-$7,000 stainless-steel model -- not the $39,000 handmade French enameled cast iron). Or pair a commercial-style 36-inch gas cooktop with a sleek hood, and stack a warming drawer with your wall oven.

Tired of all that stainless steel? Splurge on a built-in fridge or dishwasher with custom panels that match your cabinetry. Just remember that the panels cost extra. (Rough estimates from a home improvement store ran nearly $60 per square foot of coverage for natural cherry with raised panels.)

With labor averaging a third to half the price of "hard materials,"it's easy to see why high-end kitchen remodeling costs more.

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