The cost was $38,600 for the remodeling of the kitchen, and here are some of the big lessons learned from this remodel job.
Changing a 35-year old kitchen wasn’t easy or cheap, but it improved their daily lives. Here’s what they learned after the construction and dust cleared.
An average kitchen remodel cost $56,768 nationally, according to the Remodeling 2015 Cost vs. Value report.
Quartz counter tops and a glass-tile back splash made the whole kitchen feel more luxury than budget.
Hiring a kitchen designer and a good contractor will make a major kitchen remodel less stressful.
The tiny kitchen in our 1980s northeast Florida home came complete with a dropped ceiling, fluorescent box lights, tile counter tops and original major appliances, including a groovy trash compactor. When he bought the house in 2006, we knew we’d eventually have to renovate. For years the task — and price tag — seemed overwhelming to him.
He said When the main electric cook top burner went out and the odd-sized oven was burning everything, it was time. If we needed to sell the house, we knew we’d take a hit; kitchens and baths still sell homes. The last thing I wanted was to make incremental upgrades or renovate at the finish line for someone else.
Make sure the contractor is State Certified Contractor, and understands what you want, plus is someone you can work with for weeks on end and is a bit of a perfectionist. Ultimately, they picked a hands-on contractor whose attention to detail made my budget-conscious choices look higher-end. Make sure to get a detailed construction contract that outlines all costs before you start; unforeseen costs should be handled with a change order. It’s also important to check references and make sure your contractor is in good standing and not on the most wanted list at the Florida Post Office photo on the Wall and he or she is a Registered with Florida building and construction board.