Budgeting your kitchen is a myriad of unanticipated details for the first time renovator,
particularly if the renovation is limited to the kitchen. A kitchen renovation seems as if
it should be an easy rip out and replace until you are in the midst of the construction project.
Kitchens are challenging as a result of the large number of tradespeople from so many different
disciplines that are required to complete your renovation. Scheduling all these different trades
at the correct progress point in your project presents further challenges.
Minimally, the trades that you will need are an excellent carpenter, a licensed plumber,
a licensed electrician, a countertop fabricator and installer, a tile setter, and a good general
contractor to coordinate all of the trades and the appropriate timing for each of these trades.
Ensuring that you are obtaining the proper permits and following local building codes, as well
as utilizing insured licensed tradespeople becomes critical for several reasons.
Many high end appliance companies require that you use one of their certified installers to install
your new appliances in order for the company to honor the warranty on your appliances.
In regard to future insurance claims for mishaps in your residence your homeowners’ insurance
company will closely look at the installation of any appliances that caused the claim as well
as the permits and licenses that were obtained for your renovation. Finally, some municipalities
will require documentation of your home improvement inspections and permits before you are allowed
to close on the sale of your renovated residence.
Every kitchen project will have its own nuances based on where you live. Below is a list of items
to consider when planning your renovation budget, while not exhaustive I hope that it stimulates
your thinking process and assist you in making budget choices that serve your project and your future financial goals.
The costs fall into two categories, construction costs, usually managed by the general contractor, and the new kitchen products.
In considering construction cost some of the relevant items are:
- Cost of local building permits and licenses, and potential application to the city for variances or historic district requirements by the city.
- Cost of any local municipal inspections of the work, and delays as a result of waiting for inspections.
- If you live in a Co-op or Condo your building may have a construction fee or require a construction deposit.
- Kitchen demolition including removal and disposal of existing cabinetry, appliances, flooring and countertops and backsplash material.
- Preparing the space to receive the new kitchen; which may include installation of new flooring or windows, repairing existing walls, ceilings or building new walls or soffits.
- Moving and wiring the appropriate plumbing and electrical rough ins for new appliances, light fixtures, or location change of sinks and pot fillers.
- Any building materials required to prepare your space to receive the new kitchen cabinetry and design.
Some of the more discernable planned expense are the new items to go in your kitchen, which may include but are not limited to:
- Kitchen cabinetry and the related installation cost from the kitchen dealer.
- Countertop material and the related templating, fabrication and installation.
- Backsplash material and the cost of the tile installer and required grout.
- New flooring or windows and their related installation.
- Appliances – don’t forget the range hood or cooktop exhaust hood! (critical for an odor free kitchen).
- Plumbing fixtures including but not limited to sinks, faucets, water filtration systems and their related faucets, pot filler, garbage disposals, soap dispensers and hand sprays.
- Electrical fixtures including but not limited to under cabinet lights, new pendant lights over an island and or new recessed ceiling lighting that accommodates your new kitchen layout.
- New wall finishes for those areas not receiving a backsplash. If using a wall paper in your new kitchen be sure to plan for lead time for the new wall paper.
The above guidance is a short list at best, but hopefully helpful as you contemplate your renovation.