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4 Largest Expenditures in a Kitchen Renovation

Updated: Dec 7, 2023

A total kitchen makeover can mean changing the footprint, adding plumbing, lighting and appliances Detailing the cost of a kitchen renovation in Madison WI ultimately comes down to four significant expenditures. The first three are virtually interchangeable in terms of value and importance depending upon the choice of options. The fourth is the “wild card” in the overall kitchen remodel plan and accounts for the overall scope of the work. Because it accounts for a large number of contingencies and details, it can easily become the most costly segment of the process. The Four Most Significant Expenditures In A Typical Kitchen Remodel –

  • Cabinets and Counters – depending upon the materials, styles and the space to be covered, a mid-range kitchen update can cost $50,000 for all new, custom cabinets and countertops. This figure includes all the materials, design time, demolition work and professional installation. With the dozens of options available for every item, this can be a really variable expense, but it dictates the final look and feel of the new kitchen.

  • Plumbing – A complete kitchen renovation almost always includes a new sink, or sinks, and appliances that require a water source. In Madison WI these details have to be completed by a licensed plumber. The installations all need to be done correctly, according to local codes.

  • Appliances – There are so many appliances to choose from, making an appropriate selection can be difficult – and expensive. Something that seems as simple as adding a gas range may mean running new gas lines. And maybe a new range hood that could require new wiring or outside venting. Additional appliances can demand new circuit breakers and wiring. It’s not as easy as picking out a color.

Any of these construction, installation or hardware costs can jump to the top of the list depending upon choices and priorities. If, for example, existing cabinets can be used with a new custom look, they may slip lower on the list. Fairly standard granite countertops come in at one level, but the newer materials like quartz, can boost the overall expenditure. If the kitchen update means all new appliances, that category can quickly become No. 1. Taking On The Kitchen Renovation Wild Card The fourth element in your overall kitchen remodeling plan can quickly become the most significant cost because it literally covers the most area and has the most variables.

  • The Scope of the Work – This is the “wild card” because it can change the cost of the remodeling project dramatically no matter the cabinets, flooring or hardware. The scope of the work encompasses all the details found on the blueprint — Does the renovation plan fit within the footprint of the existing kitchen? Will the kitchen update require a new floorplan? When you begin moving or removing walls, fixtures and windows, you dramatically change the footprint and the demands on every aspect of the process.

When your plans for a new kitchen fit within the existing floorplan, fewer elements come into play. But, when the planned revisions include structural design changes — moving walls, adding and island or installing windows — many other considerations must be evaluated. For example, how will these changes impact other areas in the home — what’s on the other side of, or inside, the wall you want to remove? How do new appliances impact the home’s electrical capacity? What does this kitchen update mean to the home’s heating and air conditioning systems? Each of these four elements becomes a critical factor in every kitchen renovation. There’s no precise order of importance or impact on your budget. Each plan for a new kitchen dictates which will be the largest expenditure, but these four are always the leading candidates. Remember: For every kitchen renovation there’s a lot more involved than is obvious on the surface. The devil (and the dollars) is in the details. Westring Construction is ready to begin a review of your kitchen update desires anywhere in Dane County and surrounding areas including Sun Prairie, Waunakee, Middleton, Verona, Fitchburg, McFarland, Cottage Grove and Stoughton.

Call Westring Construction at 608-441-5435 or email us to help you get a better understanding of your kitchen renovation in Madison WI.

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