Are you considering whipping your kitchen up into something better? If so, the first thing you should do is determine your budget and develop a cost estimate for the remodel. Whether you will do it on your own or hire someone to do it, it is important that you realize how much it will cost to create the useful and lovely kitchen that you have been dreaming of. If you would like to use our Kitchen Remodel Calculator, click here.

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As you are designing your remodel, there are a number of questions that you will  need to answer.  Will you emphasize style, or function? Should you buy premanufactured cabinets from local home stores or have them custom built by a local woodworker? Should the tiles complement the color of the walls, or will you go for those that are slip-free? What about plumbing and electricity? Cost of labor? As you make these decisions, keep in mind your budget and make necessary adjustments as you go.

To be price smart, why not canvass local stores for fixtures, appliances, materials, and other doodads for your kitchen renovation? Make a cost comparison and go for your best choice. Do not forget to add the cost of labor, plumbing, and even construction.

Organization is key in coming up with your cost estimate, and it is important for you to decide what are your highest priorities and what are your lowest.  You might want to organize your list into the following categories, as appropriate:

• Cabinets
• Countertops
• Appliances
• Flooring
• Windows
• Fixtures, faucets and fittings
• Construction materials
• Plumbing
• Manual labor

Consider if these additional costs will be included in your kitchen renovation:

• Repairs
• Foundation work (for expansion)
• Insurance
• Ceiling changes
• Roofing (for expansion)
• Contingencies

Do not get appalled or overwhelmed once you have itemized your expenses for your kitchen remodel. Remember that you always have the upper hand in decision making, and can make adjustments to your design if necessary. You can have both style and function in your kitchen, as long as you are willing to be creative. Once your list is done, you can now go ahead with your renovation and cook up your wonderful kitchen!  Our Remodeling Organizer can help you with your planning.  To take a look at it, click here.