Save Vs. Splurge in Your Kitchen Remodel

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Subject: Stainless steel appliances

Do you really get the cost back? Perhaps as a quick sell feature. I didn't go that way! But, incidentally, I wish I had gone with the soft close draws mentioned above


Subject: cost of remodel

I probably would consider the usage, i.e. as stated in the article: enthusiast vs. casual, remember the objects and features you use most, or handle most. THOSE are what you want to spend on. Cabinets, storage is A #1 in a kitchen. And the countertops, whether one has small children or not, humans drop and spill. When I redo mine, I'm gonna get the best material I can afford with extreme stain resistance and durability. I am clumsy...ha!
For anyone looking forward to resale and value in-out....I'd go middle of the road here with your budget. There are many variables where you can streamline, while still having a great final product.

Fran McCullough

Subject: kitchen remodel

Splurge on function: get a really good deep heavy stainless sink - look online for bargains. Same is true of faucets: get a pull out spray head that will reach the entire sink and deep pots. These are also bargains online. Look at soapstone counters: cheap, very functional (you can put dishes right out of the oven on top of them) and although they require a little oiling periodically the first year, they're pretty much maintenance free after that and look great. If you need more space, get a flip-up shelf at the end of the cabinet run that you can use when you need it and fold away when you don't. Cabinets are just boxes and you can paint them to look terrific, as long as the interior hardware glides well. Get a hanging pot rack. A double oven is fantastic if you have room and it's in the budget.
Drawer pulls and knobs can make a kitchen look very finished and interesting for not much money. You don't need pot fillers and dozens of burners and high end appliances. But be sure you have plenty of outlets along your countertops. If you don't have a good window, get a solatube to bring daylight directly into the kitchen. A kitchen table is much more important than an island - it will turn into the heart of the house.


Subject: What's a splurge

This is all relative, and essentially pretty useless unless you put the average costs and provide how to make a SMART decision when deciding what to spend money on.
I need to splurge on my counter to be visual? That's not smart, I should be splurging to add functionality, home value and quality. If I'm not a Top Chef I should get cheap appliances? What about appliances that work and won't need repaired in a few years?
If you want to provide content, provide useful information!!!


Subject: Spending too much

One thing I would like to see explained is how much u decide to spend on a kitchen remodel and expect to get at least most of the money back when you sell. We bought a second home which was only 90K. and 900 sq.ft. I'm not spending $ 0n custom cabinets.


Subject: Spending to much

If its a small kitchen you may find that custom may be the smart move as you gain more storage and can customize to fit your space. We compared standard to custom and felt it was worth it.

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I second the original question (still unanswered). Speaking as someone who logged in today to try to find an attorney, I see this category as one that's exactly what I have my Angie's List membership for:

1. It's important that I find a good one
2. I'm not an expert enough to know myself who is a good one
3. The industry is full of advertisements and misinformation
4. I wish I knew what experiences other people have had

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I'm not sure Angie et. al. want you to have a complete answer to this question. By re-subscribing at the Indiana State Fair in 2012, I think I paid $20.00 per year for a multi- year subscription. Maybe even less. At the other extreme--and I hope my memory isn't faulty about this--I think the price, for my area, for ONE year was an outrageous $70.00. And they debited me automatically without warning. I had to opt out of that automatic charge. I like Angie's List, but if some of the companies they monitor behaved the way they do in this respect, they'd be on some sort of Pages of Unhappiness. I'll be interested to see if this comment gets published or censored out of existence.

That's very difficult to answer without seeing the house. As one poster said, the prep is the most important part. On newer homes that don't have a lot of peeling paint, the prep can be very minimal even as low as a couple or a few hundred dollars for the prep labor.

On a 100 year old home with 12 coats of peeling paint on it, then the prep costs can be very high and can easily exceed 50% of the job's labor cost.

A 2100 sq ft two story home could easily cost $1000 just for the labor to prep for the paint job. That number could climb too. Throw in lots of caullking  or window glazing, and you could be talking a couple or a few hundred dollars more for labor.

Painting that home with one coat of paint and a different color on the trim could run roughly $1000 or more just for labor. Add a second coat  and that could cost close to another $1000 for labor.

For paint, you may need 20 gallons of paint. You can pay from $30-$70 for a gallon of good quality exterior paint. The manufacturer of the paint should be specified in any painting contract. Otherwise, the contractor could bid at a Sherwin-Williams $60 per gallon paint and then paint the house with $35 Valspar and pocket the difference. $25 dollars per gallon times 20 gallons? That's a pretty penny too.

That was the long answer to your question. The short answer is $2000 to $4000 and up, depending upon the amount of prep, the number of coats, the amount of trim, and the paint used.