We get asked daily what people should budget for a kitchen remodel in the Asheville area. If you’re looking for an exact figure on what it will cost to remodel your kitchen, you need to understand the time and thought it takes to complete an estimate. We hesitate to throw out an average number because there are so many factors. We’re more qualified to ballpark a number after doing an initial consultation but often times it’s not in the best interest of us or our client because even a range can be way off.
A kitchen renovation is no small task. Judd Builders takes a measured approach when it comes to kitchen renovation budgets. The process of putting together an estimate involves multiple vendors and subcontractors. According to Remodeling Magazine’s 2019 Cost vs. Value Report, the average cost for a minor kitchen renovation in Asheville, NC is $21,491. This average doesn’t include layout changes, or moving plumbing or electrical. The average for a major mid-range kitchen renovation is $63,608 and the average for a major upscale kitchen is $126,902.
“We like to do our due diligence when putting together a kitchen remodeling budget. Kitchens are typically the most expensive type of remodel because of the amount of materials used and the need to budget for a plumbing, electrical, mechanical and in some cases framing. The homeowner has endless choices in terms of materials and finishes and what they choose drives the budget. You should have a good idea of what you want to spend and know your absolute top end for your kitchen remodeling budget,” says John Judd Jr., Co-Owner of Judd Builders.
How will your kitchen remodel budget be allocated?
Cabinets – 29%
Installation – 17%
Appliances and ventilation – 14%
Counter tops – 10%
Flooring – 7%
Lighting – 5%
Walls and Ceilings – 5%
Doors and Windows – 4%
Faucets and Plumbing – 4%
Other/Miscellaneous – 1%
Design – 4%
A kitchen remodel is an investment in your home. It’s necessary to determine what’s important to you and what your goals are before determining your kitchen renovation budget. Figure out of your kitchen layout works for you or if you’ll be moving plumbing and/or electrical. If it doesn’t function well for you in its current layout, your kitchen remodeling cost will be higher.
How long will you stay in your home?
This is an important question to ask yourself before you decide how much to spend on your kitchen remodel.
If you plan to stay less than five years, you may want to spend less. You need to consider whether or not you can recoup the cost of your kitchen renovation. You’ll also want to be sure to choose finishes and materials that are attractive to a wide variety of buyers since the kitchen is the heart of the home.
If your plan is to stay in your home more than five years, you have more options for finishes and design. You may want to go ahead and invest all at once to have a kitchen that is exactly what you want and you’ll love for years to come. Remember, with most kitchen remodels it’s easier and many times more cost-efficient to tackle the entire kitchen remodel at once. Don’t think that breaking the project into phases will always save money. Think about your long-term comfort. Spending more than you initially budgeted may be worth in in the long run.
Find a trust-worthy contractor to work with
Spend as much time researching Asheville remodeling contractors as you do materials and budget. You want to make sure the contractor is a good steward of your money. Confirm with the contractor that they’re willing to answer all of your questions about the budget and explain in detail exactly what’s included in their remodeling estimate.