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The products and materials you choose will have the greatest impact on your new kitchen's price tag. Cabinets typically account for the biggest chunk of the budget, but depending on what kind you choose, that chunk could be $5,000 or $50,000.

  

Product Type

Factors Affecting Price

Cabinets

Construction quality; custom or stock; material type; door style; finish; interior storage accessories; hardware; trim and moldings; difficulty of installation.

Appliances

Capacity; power source and output; finish; features; built-in or freestanding.

Countertops

Material type and quality; thickness; difficulty of installation; edge treatment; backsplash material and design.

Flooring

Material type and quality; difficulty of installation.

Sinks & Faucets

Material type; size and number of basins; finish; spout style; accessories.

 

If you walked into a $50,000 kitchen, you'd expect to see some materials and details that you wouldn't find in a $12,000 kitchen. So here's a general idea of what types of products your budget will buy.

 

Product Type

$5,000-$20,000 Budget

$20,000-$40,000 Budget

$40,000- plus Budget

Cabinets

Stock

Semi-Custom

Custom

Appliances

Freestanding with standard features

Freestanding with paneled fronts and standard features

Built-in with professional-style features

Countertops

Laminate

Wood, tile or solid surface

Stainless steel, stone or solid surface

Flooring

Vinyl, laminate or linoleum

Tile

Stone or hardwood

Sinks & faucets

Stainless steel, self-rimming single- or double-bowl sink

Multiple undermount, enameled cast iron or stainless steel sinks

Multiple solid surface, integral sinks and potfiller faucet

Architectural details

Painted or vinyl walls and ceilings with simple or no moldings and trim

Wood-paneled or plastered walls and ceilings with some detail work in moldings and trim

Beamed or pressed-tin ceilings, stuccoed walls, extensive moldings and trim, hand-carved accents

 

 

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