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Is your remodel minor or major and what will it cost?

Remodeling your kitchen is a great investment for any homeowner. In addition to creating a beautiful, functional place to cook delicious meals, entertain guests, and spend family time, a kitchen remodel offers a high return rate in the real estate market. Such a large project does require careful planning to ensure its affordability, since certain factors like the amount of labor, the kitchen's size and the chosen materials can greatly affect the overall cost.

To help you stay on budget,  we've compiled a comprehensive cost guide. This guide compares three possible remodels for a 200-square-foot kitchen, categorized as minor, major and upscale in scope. Sourced from Hanley Wood Market Intelligence, the following estimates are national averages and will vary by location. The following information is compiled from the National Association of Realtors, the National Association of Home Builders, and the National Association of Remodeling Contractors based on project surveys from 2021. Prices of course vary by area depending on availability of materials and labor. These are only projected project avg costs and are in no way estimates of our pricing stuctures or in any way a quote. 

Minor Remodel

Minor remodels aim to preserve the kitchen’s existing footprint while refreshing its overall appearance and usability. The significant changes are usually budget-friendly fixes like painting the walls, adding new flooring and buying energy-efficient appliances, since the customer isn’t selecting top-of-the-line materials or products. Cabinetry is often a lofty expense, but minor remodels opt for money-saving measures like refacing the existing cabinets or selecting entry-level cabinets, which are mass-produced and ready-to-install.

A minor remodel typically includes:


  • Cabinet refacing or the addition of entry-level cabinets

  • Appliances updated to new, energy-efficient models

  • New countertops, kitchen sink and faucet

  • New flooring

  • Freshly painted walls

    AVERAGE TOTAL COST: +/- $24,000

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Major Remodel

Major remodels involve a larger overhaul of the existing kitchen than minor remodels. Key fixtures—lighting, appliances and flooring—are replaced with new versions, while extra touches are added such as a high-end sink with matching faucet and semi-custom cabinetry. Semi-custom cabinets are customizable, with versatile sizing and door front options.

A major remodel typically includes:


  • Semi-custom cabinetry and a 3-by-5 foot island

  • New countertops with a deep, spacious sink and faucet

  • New appliances, including a garbage disposal

  • Custom lighting

  • New flooring

  • Freshly painted walls

    AVERAGE TOTAL COST: +/-$69,000

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Upscale Remodel

Upscale kitchen remodels usually include specialty or luxury additions. These items—like high-end countertops, top-of-the line appliances and built-in water filtration systems—help a kitchen go above and beyond both in usability and appearance. The kitchen’s existing footprint may also be altered in upscale remodels.

An upscale remodel typically includes:


  • Custom cabinetry with built-in shelves & interior accessories

  • Stone countertops with ceramic or glass tile backsplash

  • New, technologically-advanced appliances

  • Under-mount sink with designer faucet and a water filtration system

  • New general and task lighting, such as under-cabinet lights

  • Installation of floor tiles or upscale flooring that resembles hardwood

  • Freshly painted walls

    AVERAGE JOB COST: +/-$136,000

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