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Are Custom Kitchen Makeovers Expensive?

by Kelly Richardson

Play it calm and cool? Or shoot for the moon? Custom kitchens can get very expensive very quickly if you don't plan ahead. Here's a quick overview of what to expect on your journey to a custom kitchen, and two cost formulas you may want to follow.

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Custom Kitchens: Where the Money Goes

Before you buy, your custom kitchen strategy should identify all of the areas that feature stock versus custom options. Once you know these specifics, you're better prepared to appropriate your budget on the areas that mean the most to you. Here's a quick list of custom kitchen features, from ordinary to extraordinary.

  • Cabinets. Available in stock, semi-custom, and custom
  • Countertops. Laminate on the low end to solid stone on the high end
  • Appliances. From free-standing to built-in
  • Faucets, Fixtures, and Plumbing. From stainless steel to solid surface
  • Lighting and Electrical. From central overhead to strategically placed recessed lighting
  • Flooring. Available in inexpensive vinyl to costly hardwoods
  • Walls, Moldings, and Architecture. Plain to high-accent designs

The 5/15 and 80/20 Custom Kitchen Spending Rules

According to Keidel Supply, the typical kitchen budget is 8 percent of a home's value. If you use the 5/15 rule, you most likely fall around that average. Simple take 5 percent of your home's value on the low end and 15 percent on the high end as benchmarks for your spending.

Looking at it another way, the 80/20 rule states that you should spend only 80 percent of what you can afford for your custom kitchen makeover, saving 20 percent for unforeseen expenses or highly desirable upgrades. This rule ensures that you stay within your budget no matter what unexpected turns the project takes.


About the Author

Kelly Richardson has obsessive compulsive lawn disorder and is afflicted with the need to share his knowledge with the world. Kelly writes lawn columns for a variety of home and garden magazines and e-zines.

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