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Published: April 2, 2010

Tip 2 The importance of establishing a realistic budget.

It is very important for the customer to work closely with their kitchen and bath designer to work together and establish a realistic budget for the proposed project. Laws of consumerism being what they are it always cost more than we want it to for what we want. However there are product and design tips that can easily assist most folks with most any budget.

Kitchen's can start as little as about 10K for a small simple kitchen of 8 to 12 cabinets for a low cost project for a flip and sell or rental type project. And on the other end of the spectrum you can easily spend more than a $100K on a gourmet custom kitchen of your dreams. Here in San Diego the statistics share that an average full kitchen remodel easily costs just over $60K. For many that is a very large number if your property is of median house value for our area, say maybe $300K to 500K. A simple but well done average sized kitchen on a modest budget can easily be obtained for about $25K to $40K with results that should both enrich the quality of your life style and enhance the value of your home for many years to come.

If the project is professionally completed this investment in your home should you decide later to sell your home, you should be able to recapture approximatively 93% of your costs at resale in the San Diego market. Also keep in mind that the average life cycle for a kitchen or bathroom remodel should be about 20 to 30 years. The point is if you think you can not afford to remodel your kitchen, often times working with a professional designer, he or she can help you create a design solution, scope of work and suggest budget appropriate materials and provide a great looking project at a realistic and appropriate budget for the value of your home. Give us a call here at K B Design and Remodeling we offer free in home consultations and one of the first steps is to help provide our clients with a preliminary project budget. Then we will be happy to further discuss cost cutting options for you to consider.

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