The kitchen is the heart of the home. Along with being the space where you cook and eat, it often doubles as party-central, homework headquarters, and the space where your daily life happens.
It’s no wonder that kitchens are among the most remodeled rooms at homes throughout New Jersey. Renovating your kitchen enables it to evolve alongside the needs of your family, your personal tastes, and your changing lifestyle.
How Much Is a Kitchen Remodel?
If you’ve looked around your kitchen recently and identified ways you could improve the space to make it more beautiful, comfortable, or functional, it may be time for a kitchen remodel. One question you'll need to answer even before undertaking the project, however, is how much it will cost to upgrade the space.
The answer to that question varies depending on several factors, including the size of your kitchen, what kitchen components you want installed or replaced, and whether your space presents any unique challenges or complexities. Additionally, if you are expanding your kitchen, or remodeling for an open concept by removing a load-bearing wall and installing a beam, that significantly impacts the scope of the project and the price.
Cost to Remodel a Small Kitchen
The average square footage of kitchens in Morris, Union and Essex counties is 10x10, which features a total of 20 feet of wall space. The average small kitchen measures about 70 square feet or less.
If you have a small kitchen and plan to fully remodel the room, the cost typically ranges from $25,000 to $40,000. If you choose stock cabinetry and economy grade materials and finishes, you can accomplish the project on the lower end. As for the work, a small kitchen remodel generally includes upgrading the kitchen sink, refacing or replacing the cabinets, installing a tile back splash, replacing the flooring, and painting the walls—all the projects that effectively update the space and give it a fresh, new style. As you customize your selections or pick higher-grade materials, the cost is impacted accordingly.
Cost to Remodel a Medium Kitchen
The cost to renovate a medium-sized kitchen in North Jersey is an average of $45,000 to $60,000. The project begins with demolition, which generally costs between $600 and $1,000 depending on what kitchen components or appliances you’re removing. By getting rid of the old, which in some cases may entail a fully gutted room, your kitchen remodeling team has open space for installing the new fixtures and appliances.
For a minor kitchen remodel, the current floor plan stays intact, which means new plumbing for replacement fixtures remains in the same location. Additionally, the remodel includes new insulation, sheet rock and trim; electrical work with under cabinet lighting; an under mount stainless sink with a new faucet; and installation of a new hardwood or tile floor. Similar to a small kitchen remodel, your budget also generally covers all-wood, American-made cabinetry; quartz counter tops; a tile back splash; and a fresh coat of paint. Acquiring permits for the project, installing new appliances, and decorative light fixtures are additional costs to account for beyond the cost of raw materials.
Cost to Remodel a Large Kitchen
If you’re feeling cramped in your current space, you can undertake a major remodel to open the space and create a large kitchen. The cost to renovate a large kitchen ranges between $70,000 to $90,000.
The scope of work for that budget typically includes creating a new floor plan with additional cabinetry; installing new plumbing for your relocated fixtures; and electrical work with premium under-cabinet lighting.
Along with demolition, you also must remove at least one wall to open the space. Generally, this is a load-bearing exterior wall, although it could be an interior wall if you want to expand your kitchen within the existing footprint of your New Jersey home. Removing a load-bearing wall is significantly more complicated than removing an interior wall, as the former is a structural element helping to support the weight of your home. Your kitchen remodeling team must replace the wall with a beam to keep your house structurally sound. The cost for this aspect of the project is an average of $1,200 to $3,000 for a single-level home and between $3,500 and $10,000 for a multi-level home.
Additionally, your large kitchen remodel may include installing a new hardwood, vinyl, or tile floor, including in the expanded area; adding a kitchen island with a bar sink and faucet; and putting in new trimming and crown molding.
If you want to take your kitchen renovation to the next level and create a spacious, beautiful open-floor concept, the cost is more in the $90,000 to $120,000 range. In addition to expanding the layout and removing structural walls, the renovation also includes upscale features and fixtures, such as customized, all-wood cabinetry, a natural stone back splash, customized quartz or granite counter tops, and a larger island with custom overhang for seating. You may also choose to replace your windows and doors and install new lighting.
Is Remodeling a Kitchen a Good Investment?
Kitchens are one of the more complex rooms in your home, which is why they can be on the higher end in terms of remodeling costs. Unlike bathrooms, living rooms, or basements, they include a variety of plumbing, electrical, and HVAC requirements, as opposed to only finish- and material-intensive projects. You’re also dealing with several plumbing fixtures and appliances. At the end of the day, professional labor costs account for only about 15% to 25% of the budget. The rest goes toward materials.
While kitchen renovations can be a significant investment, regardless of size, they’re often considered a worthwhile one. Upgrading and renovating your kitchen not only makes the space more livable and comfortable during your residence, but they also add long-term value to your home. The average return on investment (ROI) for a minor kitchen remodel is about 60% to 70% while a major kitchen remodel ROI is closer to 50%.
Budgeting for Your Kitchen Remodel
It’s natural to look for cost savings when remodeling your kitchen is Essex, Morris, and Union counties. Some people even consider doing part of the work themselves. One of the best ways to stick to your budget and limit waste, however, is to contract with a professional remodeling company that prioritizes your best interests throughout the process. As a design-build company, JMC Home Improvement Specialists collaborates with you on making your kitchen renovation cost-effective during both the design and construction phases.