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Pricing Your Kitchen Remodel – 5 Factors to Keep in Mind

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RISMEDIA, July 31, 2010—Homeowners who are looking to remodel their kitchen should keep the following factors—that can significantly affect the price of their remodel—in mind as they begin to make plans to upgrade their kitchen.

According to Kitchen Tune-Up, homeowners should pay attention the following five factors before they begin a renovation.

1. Wood species or cabinet covering material. The material that covers the cabinet will effect the overall pricing of a kitchen renovation, but not as much as you might think. A stainless steel clad cabinet will be the most expensive and a melamine (thin plastic laminate) surface will be the least costly. Cherry is usually about 7-10% more than oak, while hickory, oak and pine usually run very close in price. Unusual cabinet woods like alder, mahogany, fir, rift cut woods, redwood, teak, etc. will usually cost more than common oak or pine.

2. Kitchen layout. The layout of the kitchen and the cabinet configuration will largely affect the price of a remodel as well. For example, a lazy susan will cost more than a sink cabinet, a stack of drawers will be higher priced than a one drawer/two door base cabinet, a U-shaped kitchen costs more than an L-shape with an island and a wall oven/cooktop combination makes the kitchen cost about $1,000 more than a free standing range. Setting a budget to design within can often save homeowners many hours of re-design.

3. Cabinet door style. A door with many details will usually cost more than a simple door. If an arch is added to a square panel, homeowners can expect to pay more. A door with lots of grooves or molding generally cost more than a simple door and a full overlay door (door that covers almost the entire cabinet face) costs more than a traditional overlay door. Doors set inside the cabinet frame (called inset) cost more than doors that are mounted over the cabinet frame.

4. Type of cabinet finish. The type of cabinet finish you choose will vary the pricing of a kitchen remodel as well. Painted cabinets will run 10-15% more than a standard stain finish and glazes or layered finishes will run 7-15% more than a standard stain due to the extra labor.

5. Cabinet construction methods and materials. Don’t skimp in the area of cabinet construction in order to save money on your kitchen renovation as better construction methods make a kitchen durable. In fact, cabinet construction may be 60% of the entire cabinet cost.

For more information, visit www.kitchentuneup.com.

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