We advise all of our clients here at Central Kitchen & Bath that home improvement television and websites are excellent sources of inspiration. While many great ideas, concepts and products are available on HGTV, DYI, Houzz.com and other sites, regrettably, those platforms are also the source of misinformation that creates unrealistic expectations when it comes to both timeline and budget.
Home improvement television does not produce documentaries. HGTV and others are in the entertainment business. That’s why there is a familiar pattern for each episode. There are homeowners who want to improve their lives by renovating their entire home or specific rooms. There is no mention of selecting designers and products or reviewing designs. The budgets quoted typically do not account for design services or labor. That’s why many homeowners trying to get their dream home renovated don’t develop realistic budgets or timelines for their projects.
When prospects ask how much a new kitchen or bath will cost, our answer is always the same: It depends. It’s not one basic price. There are major factors that influence your cost, including:
- Size and scope of the renovation
- If the renovation involves reconfiguring infrastructure such as windows, doors, pipes, duct work, utility lines and other components behind walls
- If the renovation requires changes to meet current building codes
- If the renovation increases the size of the existing space
- Type and quality of materials desired
- Plumbing fixtures
- Organization accessories
- Floor coverings
- Wall coverings
Because of the unknown variables involving scope and materials, it is nearly impossible to estimate the cost of a renovation without answering several important questions. We need an understanding of the goals of the renovation and the resources that are available for the project. There are calculators and estimators that you can find on websites published by truly credible organizations such as the National Kitchen and Bath Association. Still, those estimates and tools don’t address what is most important to you and how meeting your goals will affect the cost of a remodel.
The October issue of House Beautiful offered the following percentage breakdown for the cost of a kitchen remodel:
- 30%: construction and labor
- 25%: design and architecture
- 20%: cabinetry
- 15%: appliances
- 10%: countertops/surfaces/tile
Please recognize that these are estimates that will be affected by scope and material choices. That’s why it is important to work with an experienced professional whose career is dedicated to making dreams come true based on available resources. If you would like guidance for developing a realistic budget for your new kitchen or bath, please give us a call at (407)629-9366 or visit our showroom at 935 Orange Ave Ste 102, Winter Park FL 32765.