Whether you live in Alexandria, Arlington, or any other town in Northern Virginia, you may be living in an older home. Older homes have plenty of charm and character, but their kitchens aren’t always suited for modern lifestyles. Homes built 60 or even 20 years ago may not offer enough room for the latest appliances and gadgets.
Whether your Northern Virginia kitchen is too small, outdated or poorly designed, a renovation can boost the value of your home and make cooking meals more enjoyable. Before you begin planning your kitchen remodel, you may want take a look at a few things that can affect the cost of your renovation.
Adding square footage, whether you borrow it from another room or build an addition, will increase your costs. In some cases, you’ll also need to re-route plumbing and electrical systems, which may also add to your renovation total.
Would you like to convert your first floor to an open floor plan? Open floor plans, whether they encompass the entire first floor or just the kitchen and family room are particularly popular these days. Your budget may be higher if you choose this option, as your renovator will need to make a few changes to ensure a seamless transition between the new and old spaces.
Home improvement shows make tearing down walls seem like a minor concern, but removing walls can complicate a renovation. Any renovation that alters the structure of your home, such as adding or removing windows, doors or walls, will result in a higher price tag.
Appliances, Cabinets and Countertops
Countertops, cabinets and appliances will account for a significant portion of your renovation budget. Although inexpensive versions of these items are certainly available, cheap products quickly show wear and tear and don’t last nearly as long as high-quality cabinets, countertops or luxury appliances.
Aging in Place
If you plan to stay in your home for years to come, it makes sense to make a few changes that will make your kitchen safer and more accessible in the coming years. Aging-in-place renovations are becoming particular popular with homeowners. In fact, 1/3 of Baby Boomers make aging-related changes during kitchen renovations, according to Houzz’s 2020 U. S. Kitchen Trends Study.
Homeowners are paying a little more to add wider pathways, improved lighting, lower countertops, rounded edges on cabinets and countertops, a shallow sink, drawers instead of cabinets, hands-free faucets and non-slip flooring.
What is the Average Cost of a Northern Virginia Kitchen Remodel?
Remodeling’s 2020 Cost vs. Value Report estimates that a major upscale kitchen remodel will cost about $134,190 in the Washington, D.C., metro area. Of course, this figure will vary depending on the extent of your renovations. Remodeling bases that figure on a 200-square-foot kitchen with 30 linear feet of top-of-the-line white cabinets.
The price includes stone countertops, a ceramic or glass tile backsplash, commercial-grade cooktop, wall oven, built-in refrigerator and microwave, general and task lighting, tile or wood-look floor and high-end undermount sink.
Could your kitchen benefit from an upgrade? Schroeder Design/Build can help you create the kitchen of your dreams. Contact us to get the process started.
Remodeling: 2020 Cost vs. Value Report
Houzz: 2020 Houzz U.S. Kitchen Trends Study