Most kitchen projects tend to fall into 4 categories:
Are your existing cabinets in great shape, but the rest of the room needs some love?
A simple and quick "Face-lift" may be all you need. Involved in this is usually only:
What Can I expect to spend?: Somewhere between $4,995.00 to $12,000.00
This option is for those who like the current layout and simply want to update their kitchen with all new components. This type of project does not involve reconfiguring the space or performing any work outside of replacing the existing components. The major benefits to the replacement option are time and money. The entire project can be completed in as little as five days and the cost is comparable to and most often less than re-facing. So if you like the current layout of your kitchen, the replacement option is by far the best value.
What Can I expect to spend?: Somewhere between $10,000.00 to $20,000.00
This option is similar to the Replacement option in that the layout remains pretty much the same. The difference is that a limited amount of structural work may be performed. For example, soffits may be removed to allow for the installation of taller wall cabinets. Or perhaps an island is added which may require some light electrical work. The Replacement Plus option often includes more "upscale" features such as crown molding, under cabinet lighting, solid surface counter tops and a tile backsplash.
What Can I expect to spend?: Somewhere between $15,000.00 to $35,000.00
This option involves much more design time and planning than Replacement kitchens. The space is almost always reconfigured, sometimes drastically. For instance, the wall between the kitchen and dining room may be removed in order to open up the space and make room for an island with seating. Lowered ceilings and/or soffits may be removed. The electrical, plumbing and heating systems are often a major part of the project. Doors and windows may be moved or added. Custom kitchens are always quite complex and can take an average of 5 to 10 weeks to complete.
What Can I expect to spend?: Somewhere between $35,000.00 to $85,000.00