Years of daily use take a toll on kitchen cabinets, countertops, flooring, appliances, and lighting, whether you’re a master chef or a skilled microwaver. In fact, the kitchen is the most frequently remodeled room in homes in New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts and across the United States.
Although everything in your kitchen may still work, the room might no longer be up-to-date, comfortable or large enough for your needs. A remodel will refresh or expand the space and breathe new life into your kitchen. Are you wondering how much your kitchen renovation will cost? Here’s what you can expect to pay in our area of New England.
New Hampshire Remodeling Costs
Everything’s gotten bigger in recent years, from the size of soft drinks at fast food restaurants to the square footage of kitchens. While previous generations of homeowners may have been perfectly happy as long as their kitchens were big enough to hold a sink, range and refrigerator, basic kitchens don’t pass muster with today’s homeowners. Whether you want to update or enlarge the space, you can expect to pay $133,866 for a major, upscale kitchen remodel or $67,427 for a major, midrange remodel in the Seacoast New Hampshire area. Those figures come from Remodeling’s Cost vs. Value report for the Manchester, NH, region.
Massachusetts Remodeling Costs
If you live in an older home in Northern Massachusetts, you’ve probably become accustomed to living with a few home design quirks. Your kitchen may be so small that the refrigerator must reside in the dining room, or you may be frustrated by the inefficient layout of the room. No matter what your issues with your kitchen, we can help you create a spacious, well-designed room that contains all of the modern amenities.
A major, upscale remodel will cost about $157,534, while a midrange, major renovation costs $79,855, according to the Cost vs. Value report for the greater Boston area.
Maine Remodeling Costs
It’s amazing just how different a kitchen can look simply by adding new appliances, cabinets, and countertops and making a few floor plan changes. If your kitchen is stuck in the last century, a remodel can give you modern features and appliances without sacrificing the room’s classic style.
In Southern Maine, you’ll pay $126,503 for a major, upscale kitchen renovation. A major, midrange renovation will cost $63, 565, according to the Portland, ME, Cost vs. Value report.
What the Estimates Include
Remodeling bases its midrange, major estimates on a 200-square-foot kitchen with these features:
- 30 linear feet of semi-custom wood cabinets
- 3’ by 5’ island
- Laminate countertops
- Double-tub stainless steel sink with standard single-lever faucet
- Energy-efficient range
- Vented range hood
- Built-in microwave
- Garbage disposal
- Custom lighting
- Resilient flooring
- Painted walls, trim and ceiling
A midrange remodel can completely change the look of your kitchen but may not give you all of the features you want. If you’ve been dreaming of quartz countertops, custom cabinets and high-end appliances, an upscale renovation may be the better option.
The upscale, major kitchen renovation is also based on a 200-square-foot kitchen and includes these features:
- 30 linear feet of top-of-the-line, custom, white cabinets with built-in sliding shelves
- Stone countertops
- Ceramic or glass tile backsplash
- Built-in refrigerator
- Commercial-grade cooktop and vent hood
- Wall oven
- Built-in microwave
- High-end undermount sink with designer faucets
- Water filtration system
- General and task lighting
- Tile or flooring that looks like wood
Factors That Affect the Cost of Kitchen Remodels
The Cost vs. Value figures give you a rough idea of remodeling costs, but of course, your actual costs will vary depending on the specifics of your project. These factors and features will influence just how much you’ll pay for your remodel.
- Square Footage: Do you want to increase the size of your kitchen? If you borrow space from another area of your home or build an addition, walls, windows, plumbing and electrical systems may need to be reconfigured, which will add to your cost. The bigger the space, the more it will cost to renovate.
- Layout: Do you want to swap the locations of your range and sink and add an under-the-counter wine chiller? Changing the location of appliances usually requires extra fees for electrical and plumbing work.
- Cabinets and Countertops: Not so long ago, granite was the preferred choice for kitchen cabinets. Today, homeowners are just as likely to choose solid surface, soapstone or concrete countertops as they are granite. Although you’ll pay a little more for a countertop upgrade, all of these materials are extremely tough and will look good for years to come. Custom cabinets, rather than stock or semi-custom choices, will also increase your total.
- Flooring: Laminate flooring is the least expensive flooring option, although it’s still very durable. Hardwood floors, ceramic tile, bamboo, cork and other types of flooring add an upscale touch to your kitchen while increasing the cost of your project slightly. For extra comfort during blustery winter days, consider adding radiant heating to your floors during the remodel.
- Appliances: Choosing midrange appliances can help you keep the cost of your remodel down. Of course, if you enjoy cooking gourmet meals or baking Instagram-worthy cakes, you may want to splurge on a chef-quality cooktop and double convection ovens. Do you entertain often? An extra dishwasher can be invaluable during a party, as can a large capacity refrigerator.
- Built-Ins: Whether you’d like a custom cabinet for your collection, a built-in bookshelf for your cookbooks, or a cozy corner seating area, we can create custom features that really make your kitchen stand out. Built-ins add personality to your kitchen and help you take advantage of your kitchen’s unique features.
Have you been considering a kitchen remodel? If you live in the Seacoast New Hampshire, Northern Massachusetts, or Southern Maine areas, give us a call and tell us a little about what you have in mind.
This article uses data from the most recent 2021 Remodeling Cost vs. Value report which pulls averages from 2020. Due to unprecedented market volatility and supply chain irregularities last year, residential construction prices in New Hampshire Seacoast have increased up to 25% for some projects. Have a discussion with an experienced builder to know the most accurate and up-to-date building cost estimates. Now it's more important than ever to hire a professional contractor with longstanding supply and labor relationships.