The kitchen is arguably the heart of your home, so spending on its outlook is always a good idea. Ideally, the expense of replacing kitchen cabinets depends on different factors, such as the cost of materials and labor. Other factors include the type of design and theme chosen. However, your kitchen structure decides the kind of design. For instance, cabinets feature in the overall space in an open-plan environment. A professional interior designer can help you decide on the type, style, and configuration of what suits best the existing cabinets.
It is important to note that carpentry also evolves with time. Hence, you are bound to find new cabinet designs that may cost a little bit more outside your approximate budget. However, recovery of the extra cost is through their spacious nature and user-friendly features.
The Cost of Materials
Cabinet materials do not necessarily make up a considerable percentage of the replacement plan, making 20% to 50% of the total cost. When aiming for a change, materials like exotic hardwood can give you a fresh new feeling in the kitchen. Usually, wood cabinets are the most popular materials and come in varieties from pine and red to white oak or cherry. If you choose to go cheaper, Laminate or Thermofoil might be the route to choose. The two non-wood varieties often mimic wood and are usually durable. However, they are hard to repair or replace upon damage aside from being inauthentic and lacking in richness.
Total measurements of the materials dictate the total cost, ranging from $50-$200 per linear foot. Semi-customized materials come at an extra charge of $75-$400 per linear foot. Finally, fully customized materials range from $300-$400.
You should always hire professional personnel to repair or replace your cabinet system. Quality work automatically costs more than services offered by average contractors. Usually, labor cost is up to 3 times the cost of materials. The amount to be spent on labor depends on your choice while purchasing materials.
It is key to notice that labor personnel doesn't involve cabinet replacement activities only. It also involves hiring electricians to move or repair switches, sockets, and painters. Many companies you hire for your cabinet repairing/replacement may usually have the personnel to work on these jobs. However, it is essential to priory prepare to cater the cost yourself. This aspect is the same case in removing the existing cabinets.
It would be best to consider recycling or donate and sell the good ones on online platforms like e-bay.
Additional Material Cost
The additional material cost is either your idea or imposed by the remodeling activities. In this case, the latter involves the movement of the cabinets directly affecting electrical outputs, plumbing, drywall repair, and painting.
• Changing electrical materials ranges from $300 and depends on the complexity of the replacement project.
• Drywall repair is at least $560. It is also a result of the execution of the additional activities.
• Plumbing, including repairing and replacement expenses, can cost you $650 to $800.
• Painting charges are primarily dependent on the painter. Getting a good bargain helps you save to plow back to the budget in case of miscellaneous costs.
The Cost of Other Methods of Replacement
Refacing Your Cabinets
The result should be an outlook you always aspire to have. The knowledge that steel and wood cabinets' cost ranges from $5000 to $8000 while the Laminate and wood-veneer cabinets' cost average from $1,900 - $15,000 is very helpful.
One should bear in mind the model of the existing cabinets before purchasing. Also, the quality should either improve or withstand while making replacements. A simple act of refacing can be what you need, hence saving on cost. It can be by painting your wooden/steel or laminate/wood-veneer to give them a new look. A refacing activity will cost up to $7,150 but can go up to $15,000. Another option can be replacing cabinet doors and the hardware.
There are other creative ways of making an update to your cabinets without necessarily touching them. These methods include a floor change and adding a backsplash. The choice of colors is vital when executing these methods where dark colors such as rich green can be bold and stylish while darker shades are less conventional but stylish.
All the options, customized cabinets, refaced or used cabinets, whichever option you decide on, give a positive transformation.
Factors to Consider before Remodeling
Carefully evaluate the cabinet space available for your storage needs and the budget. Researching on the professional help available in the market would be very helpful. Creativity can come in handy when transforming your kitchen on a tight budget. You will have several options when choosing added features, designs, and materials with enough funding. The money available is the determining factor of choice best suitable for you.