Before any work commences, the homeowner must first make a detailed plan. Some homeowners find it easier to work with a professional interior designer. Designers that specialize in kitchens and bathrooms can provide a number of ideas that fit within any personal preferences. They will draw up plans and work with any contractors that might be hired. You can reasonably expect to pay up to 20 percent of the total cost of the kitchen remodel if an interior designer is hired.
Those who choose to work without the aid of a designer must be able to make an accurate cabinet installation plan. Design software helps homeowners visualize the plan and make the best decisions for using their existing space. A simple Internet search can provide a number of inexpensive or free kitchen design tools.
Even with the aid of kitchen-design software, planning a kitchen will only be successful if your measurements are precise and you take organization into consideration. Measure all walls and appliances. Don't forget to allow for opening the dishwasher, oven and refrigerator doors. Measure any windows and entryways as well.
Cabinets are a big investment and account for around 40 percent of most kitchen remodels. The price for kitchen cabinets, not including countertops and installation, ranges from $4,000 to $20,000, depending on whether you're getting stock, semi-custom or custom-made cabinets. However, if you are handy, you can buy ready to assemble (RTA) cabinets to save some money. RTA cabinets from IKEA range from about $100 to $400 per cabinet.
The average installation cost ranges from $131 to $198 per cabinet. Depending on material, countertops can cost from $4 to $200 per square foot. Stone and laminate countertops are an affordable option, while stainless steel or copper countertops are used in more high-end kitchen remodels.