As a contractor, one of the most common questions we get right off the bat is, “well, how much is a project like this going to cost?” The short answer? It varies. There are so many factors at play and no two projects or client’s desires are the same. However, we can help provide some guidance as to the ranges in which your project costs are likely to fall and why.
First, it is important to keep in mind that DiStefano Brothers Construction is a full-service Design-Build firm. We handle all aspects of your project while collaborating with you for a seamless process from concept to completion. Our professional design team handles all the permitting, ordering, and installation details. We source quality products provided by trusted vendors and trade partners and stand behind it with our 2-year warranty. Projects are built by experienced craftsmen, reputable subcontractors and are managed by a knowledgeable site superintendent. In short, with DBC you are getting the full package and convenience of a one-stop shop. Everything mentioned are expenses incurred with any renovation, so why not save yourself the headache and let us coordinate it all for you?
With all that being said, let’s get to the answers you came here for! We will be starting this blog series with the costs of one of our most popular interior remodeling projects: kitchens.
Check out the second article in this series, ‘The Cost of Remodeling a Bathroom.’
Kitchen Remodel: $80,000 – $125,000+
Predicting the cost of a kitchen remodel is tricky. Are you looking to maintain your kitchen’s existing footprint, or will walls need to be taken down? Do any windows or doors need to be relocated? This could require an engineer’s expertise and could potentially add anywhere from $500-$4,000+ depending on the existing structure of your home.
Does your current plumbing and electrical setup meet today’s building codes, or will you need to move and install new systems? Simply updating fixtures may only cost $4,000-$6,000 but relocating and installing new systems could double that.
As one can imagine, your choice of cabinetry has a significant impact as well. Are you looking to do both upper and lower cabinets? How about an island? How large? Would you like customized storage options inside? These factors can result in a wide range of cabinetry costs, usually falling in the $20,000-$40,000 range.
Going hand in hand with cabinets, what type of countertop best suits your needs? There are pros and cons to each type of stone – most common being quartz, marble, and granite – and prices vary. Quartz is our most specified and recommended option, as it is the most durable, scratch and stain resistant, and doesn’t require the maintenance that other stones do. Plus, quartz has endless color and style options, so you can enjoy its superior properties while also achieving the look of marble or granite. It typically ranges from about $80-$110/square foot, while marble will go for $95+/square foot and granite ranges from $65-$95+/square foot (note: these are just material costs and may not include the additional cost of installation).
Your kitchen’s configuration is also important when it comes to countertops; that is, is it a simple L-shape or is it a larger footprint with multiple surfaces to consider? Special features like a waterfall edge for example will also contribute to those costs.
To help visualize some of these differences, continue below for a few examples of kitchen projects we have completed.
Project Cost: $110,000
In the pictured kitchen renovation, we maintained the existing U-shaped layout, but everything was replaced. Simple shaker style semi-custom cabinetry offers storage and base cabinets were finished with a neutral, white-grey quartz. A traditional ceramic tile backsplash was laid in a herringbone pattern and carried all the way up to the ceiling to make a statement. Matte black fixtures finish off the space. The client’s existing flooring was sanded and refinished and new recessed can lighting was installed.
Project Cost: $165,000+
The project pictured [below] was a total overhaul of an outdated 18th Century home. It required several walls being taken down, stripped bare inside & out, and even had one replaced by 16’ sliding glass doors. All new electrical (recessed cans, accent lighting in exposed ceiling beams, pendant fixtures, and occupancy sensors), new plumbing fixtures, and top of the line appliances were installed. In addition, heated natural stone flooring, granite countertops and backsplash, along with custom cabinetry and an island and bar area were some of the drivers of this renovation cost.