Time for some real talk
Would you prefer this kitchen?
According to the 2018 Cost-VS-Value Report just published by Remodeling magazine, the average cost for an “upscale major kitchen remodel” in the Seattle area is about $135,000.
Smaller kitchens remodeled with thoughtfully considered yet more modest material selections will price out in the high-ish five figures. Click on the photo above to see more of this kitchen renovation.
If the thought of taking on the expense and inconvenience of a major kitchen renovation seems too daunting, perhaps a “minor kitchen remodel
Assumption #2 — This is often a compromise approach. You may be planning to sell this home soon, or you are saving up for a couple more years to do a more comprehensive remodel. Keep it simple.
Assumption #3— Even if this approach is not a compromise, you must still keep it simple otherwise your project will quickly become a “major kitchen remodel” that you will be taking on without a plan and while work is underway. This is always a bad idea no matter how many tv shows do it this way.
1. Replace your range and refrigerator. New models are energy efficient and cabinet-depth.
2. Paint paint paint. Paint cabinet fronts — or replace them with new doors and drawer fronts if budget permits, but this is much more expensive! Paint kitchen walls and ceiling and all the millwork and trim in the room.
3. Install new laminate countertops. Yes, laminate! You can choose quartz or natural stone if budget permits, but this is much more expensive and, worse, you may feel compelled to re-use this stuff in two years when you decide to do a bigger remodel.
4. Clean up your kitchen floor. If it’s wood, refinish it. If it’s tile and you like it, perhaps you can regrout it. If you dislike the tile, replace it (make sure you pay attention to appliance heights when you do this!) If you have “resilient flooring (sheet vinyl for example), you might consider new “luxury vinyl tiles” that come in wood looks. They’re affordable and good looking.
5. Install a new sink and faucet. There are “top mount” single basin sinks designed to work well with laminate countertops and give you that clean-lined look.