Whole Kitchen Remodel Step-By-Step Cost Analysis

Remodeling a single room like a bathroom or kitchen is often enough stress for anyone to want to do twice. 

Prices in parts and services will always fluctuate within the market, but we have done our research and spoke to our collective of contractors and sub-contractors.

We work almost only in Washington D.C., NOVA, and the surrounding areas. If you’re looking to upgrade your entire kitchen or something specific, like a kitchen island or light fixtures, this is the guide for you. 

Are you short on cash, but high in motivation? Read our Top 3 Kitchen Remodel Ideas on a Budget blog.

Kitchen Remodeling

Kitchens are the most highly contracted jobs we get for remodels, but bathrooms are a close second. 

Normally, we like to keep blogs specific and detailed to offer as much information as we can on a topic. However, I will offer a table with topics and relative costs for each room, starting with the kitchen.

Kitchen Remodel in D.C.
Custom kitchen remodel in D.C.

There are 3 sizes that our contractors use to give customers a quote for service. A lot of variation in price depends on the size of the kitchen you’re remodeling. The other cost to be aware of is the differences in material cost. Buying top of the line countertops, floors, and cabinets can cost well over $60,000 for a large kitchen

What is Our Priority Scale?

We added a column in our table to give each item in your kitchen a rating of the amount of importance you should place on each item. Each topic for remodel will have a number, 1-5, with 5 being the most important items to upgrade. 

The reason cabinetry, countertops, and flooring should be your highest priority is they have some of the best Return on Investment (ROI) of any home remodel. If you’re curious about which home remodel items will give you the best ROI, read Top Kitchen Remodel Ideas for at least a 60% + Return on Investment (ROI).

How Much For Labor Costs?

The table above shows the average price of a kitchen remodel based on our research through Home Advisor, remodeling calculator,Home Guide, and our own contractors who do the work every day.  

I also wanted to provide an example of the average labor costs for each item you want to remodel. We understand that not everyone wants to remodel their entire kitchen at once, so this table gives our customers a way to plan for individual items. 

Whether you’re wanting to get new cabinets or you want to know what it costs to redo the plumbing, Monumental has you covered.

Is An Interior Designer Worth The Money?

Just like anything you do, it really depends on the project that you’re wanting to get done for a designer to be worth the extra money. I may get in a little trouble, but I don’t think every remodel project needs a designer. For example, if you’re just wanting a new floor and nothing else, you might not need a designer for that. 

However, a designer can be the difference between a fully optimized kitchen and one that looks cluttered and too busy. If you’re trying to remodel your entire kitchen, our award-winning interior designers can give you a 3D rendering of what your kitchen could look like with different color schemes, materials, and lighting.

Custom lighting and cabinet remodel in Northern Virginia
Custom lighting and cabinet remodel in Northern Virginia

I think the most common talking point for our customers is how much the 3D software helped them decide between color and material choices. 

Monumental Interior Designers could save you thousands by giving you the look you want for your home and stay within your budget. In fact, our Interior designers are a huge reason we’re able to work with so many D.C. Residents with different budgets. 

How Can I Save Money on Cabinets?

Cabinets and countertops are the two most common kitchen remodels we do because of the high ROI and aesthetic change they can provide. There are 3 types of cabinets you can buy, based on your budget and preference, pre-made, semi-custom, and custom cabinets

There is nothing I like more than my custom White Oak Shaker cabinets with soft-close drawers, but they’re easily 5x more expensive than pre-fabricated cabinets. If you bought a pre-made cabinet set, we could get them for as low as $150-$200 per linear foot (cabinets measured in linear feet).

We’re confident we can find our customers a pre-made cabinet set that would fit their style. For install and materials, you could get a complete set of cabinets for around $2,000. 

With pre-made cabinets, they come already built and ready to install in your kitchen. You may not get any chance to customize, but you’ll save a lot of money with labor and even more with materials. 

Semi-Custom cabinets allow for customization, such as choosing a custom door front, and depth (space) of the cabinet. However, you will not get more than a couple of color choices and have no say in the trim or design of the cabinet. 

Semi-Custom cabinets are a great way to show a little personality in your kitchen without spending north of $10,000. 

Custom Blue & Gold Contemporary Cabinets in D.C.

How Can I Save Money on Countertop Remodel?

Countertops are like the rock stars of the remodeling world with their level of popularity and demand. Countertops can vary in price because of the materials you use, labor needed, demo costs, permits, and high-quality finishings. 

The average cost of installing granite countertops in D.C. is around $30 per square foot for the labor and anywhere between $3-$200 per square foot for materials. I have 4 questions our contractors will ask you during the consultation if you decide to go with Monumental. 

  1. Choice of materials (I.E. granite, marble, hardwood, laminate)
  2. Does your countertop have to be resized for custom fit?
  3. Are you demolishing any previous surface?
  4. What are the costs of staining, grouting, sealing, and edging the countertop?

If you want to save money on your countertops, go with pre-made countertops that are built into a slab for easy installation. You’ll save between 40%-50% in labor costs and another 50%-70%% on materials (at least). 

If you want a granite look, but don’t want the extra cost, we have some great alternatives that we’d love to talk with you about. One thing I know is that if you set up a free consultation, you’ll get the best kitchen remodel in the D.C. or Northern Virginia area.

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