Custom Kitchen Remodeling In Greater Grand Rapids
We Want You To Love Your Kitchen
Upgrading your kitchen is one of the most significant home improvements you can make. Not only is the kitchen one of the most traveled and used rooms in the home, but if you are ever looking to sell your home, it is one of the most important areas when it comes to showing the home and the value you can sell it for.
So, you need someone you can trust. Someone who has the knowledge and experience to make a complicated project like a kitchen remodel come together. After all, the average kitchen remodel takes 6-8 weeks. Yikes! That is a long time to live with someone in your own home! You need to know that they will keep to their schedule, and have the skill to make it all come together to be beautiful for years to come.
That is a difficult question to answer. First, start with a budget. Generally speaking, you should budget 15%-20% of the value of your home for a kitchen remodel. However, not every $300,000 house needs a $60,000 kitchen. You can use the guides below to help set a preliminary budget number for your kitchen. Every kitchen is different, so there is no "one size fits all" price. However, these guides may be helpful to set a preliminary budget.
How do I select a Kitchen Cabinet?
When it comes to the overall cost of your kitchen, the cabinet selection the 800 pound gorilla in the room. Your cabinet selection can cause large swings in pricing. Here are the 5 main elements that go into pricing your kitchen cabinets:
1. Cabinet Construction Methods and Materials.
The type of box construction says a lot about the quality of the cabinet. Many cabinet boxes and drawers are made out of cheap particleboard. While great for keeping costs down, particleboard is not the most durable option avialable, especially when this material is exposed to water. When you are doing a kitchen remodel, you are investing a lot of financial resources into this experience. So, one consideration that should go into your cabinet selection is the material of the box itself. The better the construction, the more durable the cabinet will be. Other construction factors are important: Dovetailed drawers, ball bearing slides, and soft close slides/hinges are all factors that determine the cost of your kitchen cabinets.
2. The Material that Covers the Cabinet.
Material for cabinet faces can range from stainless—most expensive—to melamine (thin plastic laminate over pressed wood) surface—least expensive. In standard wood-faced cabinets, Maple is far and away the most common. For a little more, you can get Hickory, oak, and pine. All of these usually run very close in price. Cherry is usually about 7-10% more than oak. More exotic or specialty cabinet woods like alder, mahogany, fir, rift cut woods, redwood, teak, etc. will cost more than the more common woods.
3. Kitchen Layout and Types of Cabinets.
The layout of the kitchen and the cabinet configuration will largely affect the price. A Lazy Susan will cost more than a sink cabinet, and drawered cabinets will be higher priced than shelved cabinets. When it comes to layout, a U-shaped kitchen generally costs more than an L-shaped Kitchen. Adding an Island will bump that price up even more. A wall oven/cooktop combination can increase the kitchen cost by more than $1,000.
4. Cabinet Door Style.
Big picture: The more detail, the more the cost. A shaker style door is fairly basic and straightforward. Adding an arch to an otherwise square door adds to the cost. Doors with grooves or molding generally cost more than a simple door. Changing to a full overlay door is another upgrade that will add to your costs. You can upgrade further to a door set inside the cabinet frame (called inset). Adding panels to the ends of cabints adds a beautiful look, but again, this will add more cost.
5. Type and Style of Finish.
When dealing with wood cabinets, generally there are two types of finishes available: painted and stained. Painted cabinets will run 10 -15% more than a stain finish. There are glazes that can be added to both painted and stained cabinet faces that can all add to the price. This glazing can add another 7 - 15% more due to the extra labor. A lot of work goes into the finish of the cabinets. The more layers you add, the more it costs.
The Right Kitchen Sooner than you Think!
At Amber Valley, we live right here with you in West Michigan, and our team will go to work for you on both the design and implementation of your ideas for your kitchen remodel. From Grand Rapids to the Lakeshore, and from a complete kitchen remodel to smaller kitchen renovations like cabinets, kitchen flooring, or counter tops, our team is ready and able to turn your concepts into reality.
Working Together On Design
We work with you through the entire process to: suggest materials that work with your budget, accurately estimate costs, and deliver an incredible kitchen space that matches your vision and adds huge value and utility to your home.
Attractive, Functional, and Affordable Remodeling
If you’ve been dreaming of a brand new, remodeled kitchen for your Grand Rapids, MI area home, we’d be happy to help give you the perspective you need to make the right decisions. Are you looking to improve your home’s value, better entertain, suit a growing family, or simply feel better about your space? Whatever your mission, we have the experience and the portfolio to match your goals and deliver on your home’s true potential.
Call today or request a consultation using the tab above. With Amber Valley, your dream kitchen is closer than you think!