The True Cost of a Kitchen Remodel – What You Need to Know

We’ve developed a remodeling pricing guide that will launch with our new Distinctive Remodeling website. Coming in January 2020!

The Reality of Remodeling

We advise all of our clients that home improvement television and websites are great sources of inspiration. You’ll find many interesting ideas, concepts and products on HGTV, Houzz, and the like. 

Regrettably, those platforms are also the source of misinformation that creates unrealistic expectations when it comes to the project timeline and budget.

HGTV and others are in the entertainment business. That’s why there is a familiar pattern for each episode. The budgets quoted typically do not account for design services, materials that are donated, and labor.

So when Raleigh homeowners ask us how much a kitchen remodel will cost, our answer is always the same: It depends. 


Factors that Influence a Kitchen Remodel Cost

  • Size and scope of the renovation
  • If the renovation involves reconfiguring infrastructure such as windows, doors, pipes, ductwork, utility lines and other components behind walls
  • If the renovation requires changes to meet current building codes
  • If the renovation increases the size of the existing space
  • Type and quality of materials desired
    • Cabinets
    • Countertops
    • Appliances
    • Plumbing fixtures
    • Lighting
    • Organization accessories
    • Seating
    • Backsplash
    • Floor coverings
    • Wallcoverings
    • Technology
    • Hardware


Because of the unknown variables involving scope and materials, it is impossible to estimate the cost of a remodel without answering several important questions. We need an understanding of the goals of the remodel and the resources that will be used for the project. 

There are calculators and estimators that you can find on websites published by credible organizations such as the National Kitchen and Bath Association. Still, those tools don’t address what is most important to you and how meeting your goals will affect the cost of a remodel.

These are general guidelines that will change based on project scope. If you would need budget guidance or expert advice for your kitchen remodel, please contact us.

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