Remodeling your kitchen is the chance for a fresh start, as it encourages you to pause and critically think about your current kitchen layout, what features you like, and what is no longer working for you and your family.
As you prepare for your kitchen renovation in Asheville, NC, or the surrounding area, it’s important to make a list of your project priorities and start developing a remodeling budget. Both of these factors will influence your vision for the project and what you are able to accomplish.
One of the first questions for many homeowners during the onset of any home improvement project is, “What will this cost?” The answer, however, is not so simple.
The exact cost to remodel or expand the kitchen in your Asheville home depends on the size and scope of the project, whether you’re significantly changing the existing footprint, and the type, quality and grade of the materials and appliances you select. To give you a better idea of what to expect in terms of budgeting, here is a look at different levels of kitchen remodeling, what upgrades they typically incorporate, and what they cost:
The average cost for a minor kitchen remodel with midrange selections in the South Atlantic Region, which includes parts of North Carolina and Northeast Tennessee, is about $22,000, according to Remodeling’s 2020 Cost vs. Value Report. Minor remodels are an especially worthwhile investment for homeowners as they tend to add significant value to your home, in addition to enhancing the livability, function and comfort for the years you spend at the residence. On average, you can recoup about 76% of your costs for a minor midrange kitchen remodel in resale value.
For the price of a minor remodel, the layout of your kitchen remains roughly the same. Your cabinet boxes stay in place, although your can update the fronts with new shaker-style wood panels and install new hardware to fit into your chosen kitchen design style. Additionally, you won’t change the location of your sink, oven range and stove, and kitchen island, as that requires extra plumbing and electrical work, but you can upgrade to newer models that improve the function, aesthetics and energy efficiency of your kitchen. The cost of a minor remodel also covers replacing laminate countertops, installing new economy grade flooring, and adding a fresh coat of paint to the walls, trim and ceiling.
If you’re trying to keep your remodel budget-friendly and within the midrange level, you should choose more stock options for various kitchen components and materials rather than selecting customized products and imported materials.
A major kitchen remodel in western North Carolina and Eastern Tennessee costs an average of about $65,000, and the estimated return on investment (ROI) is about 58%. As the name implies, you thoroughly update a majority of your kitchen, from installing new semi-custom wood cabinets and a 3-by-5-foot kitchen islands to adding a standard double-tub sink with a garbage disposal and custom lighting fixtures.
Another main focus of a major kitchen remodel is to incorporate new energy efficient appliances, including a vented range hood and dishwasher. You can also add a built-in microwave and new storage space to improve your kitchen’s function. Additionally, now is your chance to think about your overall kitchen style and decide if you’re ready for a change. Some popular kitchen styles include traditional, contemporary, coastal, Mediterranean, French country, and cottage charm. Whatever style you choose, it will influence your color palette and the materials you select for your countertops, cabinets, flooring, and sink.
If you want to take your major kitchen remodel to the next level, creating a luxurious space chalk full of lavish materials and modern technologies, you are looking at roughly $130,000. That scope of remodel gives you the latitude to restructure your kitchen or even expand the space. You can also rearrange the location of your kitchen components to create a whole new setup that refreshes the look and feel of the room. This may require adding or rerouting your plumbing, electric, and gas lines, making the project a bit more complex.
Upscale also refers to the quality of materials, finishes, and fixtures you select. Rather than going with basic stock options, you can add top-of-the-line custom cabinetry with built-in sliding shelves and other interior accessories; imported ceramic or glass tile for your backsplash; and high-end tile, stone, hardwood, or luxury vinyl flooring. The price also covers a commercial-grade cooktop and vent hood, wall oven, built-in refrigerator, built-in microwave unit, and undermount sink with designer faucets and water filtration system. Another area to improve upon while remodeling your kitchen is lighting. Consider installing new general and task lighting, including low-voltage under-cabinet lights.
Kitchen renovation projects are an investment but they give returns in two major ways: partially paying for themselves in terms of resale value and improving your quality of life while at your home. Kitchens play a central role for many families. Not only do you use them for food preparation, but often they become a place for dining, doing homework, and hosting special events and parties. There is a benefit to making your kitchen as attractive and inviting as possible.
Additionally, if there are certain aspects of your kitchen that are detracting from your comfort or causing frustration—such as a lack of natural light, outdated appliances, or poor traffic flow—remodeling gives you the opportunity to fix the problem and optimize your Asheville kitchen remodel cost.
It’s helpful to do preliminary research to start developing a budget, but you won’t know the exact cost to remodel your Asheville kitchen until you’ve worked with your general contractor to finalize your design plan, including your specifications and materials selections. At Wood Construction and Remodeling, we prioritize communication and transparency during the budgeting and construction phases of your kitchen renovation process to ensure it is a positive experience for you. To help you get started with your kitchen renovation, we've put together a list of average investment ranges. Download our free Kitchen Remodeling Cost Guide!