A Breakdown of Kitchen Remodeling Costs for 2019

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The average kitchen remodel in 2019 will cost you about $150 per square foot, but many homeowners spend as little as $75 per square foot. The cost will depend on the size of the kitchen, the materials you choose, and any structural changes you might make. It is perfectly possible to opt for a small project that will cost you just $10,000 by simply replacing the countertops, backsplash, and sink. If you want to go the distance, you may be looking at spending more than $30,000.

While this might seem like a lot of money, it is worth making your kitchen the best it can be. If you are like most people, you spend a lot of time there on a daily basis, as well as for special occasions, like the upcoming holidays.
The thing is, kitchen remodeling can be complicated. Here is a breakdown of kitchen remodeling costs for 2019. This can help you find ways to cut down on some costs.

First things first

Industry standards place the money you spend on kitchen remodeling should only be between 5% and 15% of the market value of the home. If the market value of your home is $100,000, you should not spend more than 15,000 for your kitchen remodel.
Assuming that the minimum you will spend for your kitchen is $75 per square foot, you might want to consider what you want with the space you have such as the layout, functional areas, and configuration of the storage spaces. If you have a limited budget, you can manage your money by refinishing or refacing your cabinets, keeping your existing appliances, or doing small remodels in stages until you get the kitchen you want.

Materials, labor, and fixtures for a major kitchen remodel will cost you an average of $23,500. The typical breakdown looks like this:
• Design – 4% (from $920)
• Labor – 17% (from $3,910)
• Appliances and HVAC system – 14% (from $3,220)
• Cabinets – 29% (from $6,670)
• Countertops – 10% (from $2,300)
• Lighting – 5% (from $1,150)
• Floors – 7% (from $1,610)
• Doors and windows – 4% (from $920)
• Walls and ceilings – 5% (from $1,150)
• Plumbing and faucets – 4% (from $920)
• Miscellaneous – 1% – (from $230)


Hiring a designer to work with you on your kitchen design will cost between $100 and $200 an hour, more if the designer has certification from the NKBA and does the work onsite. Some remodeling companies like Fairfax Kitchen and Bath do offer free design consultation, and even provide 3D designs based on your space and specification, and you do not have to commit to them to get them.
Of course, it would be more efficient to have your design carried out by the same company that made it for you. At any rate, you can shave off as much as $920 from your budget by simply taking advantage of this offer.


You will need professionals to carry out your design, including installation of your floors, ceilings, cabinets, and countertops. The cost range is from $3,500 to $6,000 just for the labor if you contract each one independently. The total cost will depend on the scope of work.
In most cases, you want to get a package deal from a remodeling company that includes labor costs for the entire project. These companies also work regularly with different professional, so you only have to coordinate with them for any issues you might have with the work.


Your total cost will depend on many factors, but a major one is the size of your kitchen. A small kitchen, which would be less than 70 square feet in area, will cost between $5,000 and $20,000. A large one, which would be more than 200 square feet, will cost from $30,000.

Small kitchens

If you have a small kitchen, you have quite a few choices to make that will dictate the overall cost. You need to establish a budget and look at doing some of the work yourself to keep your total investment small. You can also consider the following to save some money in the long run.
• Use LED lighting, which are low energy and easy to install on your own
• Choose green products for faucets and appliances
• Install double-paned windows for better heat efficiency
• Put in accessories that will help you maximize storage, such as Lazy Susans, roll-out trays, pull-out shelves, racks, and roll out countertops

A great way to make more space in your small kitchen is to choose an open space layout. It might mean removing a couple of walls and replacing some cabinets with a kitchen island, but you will have more visual and actual space in which to work. Have a contractor check if the wall is a load-bearing one before finalizing your design. If you live in a condo, ask about any rules or codes that might not let you remove walls in your unit.

Large kitchens

If you have a larger kitchen, congratulations. However, it also means you will probably spend quite bit more upgrading it. You can spend as little as $30,000, but it can go up from there, depending on the upscale features you choose. Typically, this will include:
• Full kitchen island with seating and cook top
• Wall ovens
• Commercial grade stove
• Breakfast bar
• Recycling stations
• Built-in appliances


Kitchen remodeling costs for 2019 might seem a lot, but you have complete control over it. Your best option is to find an expert remodeling company to help you every step of the way.
Fairfax Kitchen Bath can be that expert for you. Fairfax Kitchen Bath services the DC, MD and Northern Virginia metropolitan areas. We are a Class A, licensed and insured contractor, registered in the Commonwealth of Virginia. We have a showroom in Fairfax, Virginia, which houses all our products.

We sell only top-quality products for all your kitchen remodeling needs, from natural and engineered stone slabs, cabinets, shelves, sinks, faucets tiles, backsplashes, knobs and pulls, and hardwood flooring. We carry only the top brands for these products, such as Schrock Cabinetry, Silestone, Blanco, Kohler, and Mosaic Décor.

Contact us today to get free in-home design consultation and quote for your kitchen remodeling project.

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Sam Kazanci <br/><span id="position">Owner</span>

Sam Kazanci

Sam Kazanci is the owner of Fairfax Kitchen Bath Remodeling. He has experience to build and remodel the kitchen and baths with his team and the author of fkb blog: You can find Sam on LinkedIn and Twitter.