Your Kitchen Remodel Budget: What Does It Cost?

Are you looking to remodel your kitchen? It can be a daunting task considering the fact that there are so many things that go into it and they all cost money. If you’re not careful, then your budget could get out of control before you know it. In this article, we will talk about what each part of a kitchen remodel costs and how much the average one should cost overall. We hope that giving you these numbers, will help ease some of the pain when planning for your new kitchen!

The budget can vary widely but we can talk with average numbers just to give you an idea. If you look at the cost of a complete kitchen remodel and you break it down into various component parts, for instance, tile, backsplash, flooring, plumbing, cabinetry, countertops, you can divide them as a percentage of the total bill and understand what these various parts of your project may be.

There are many variables there to pick as an option but what we talk about is the averages, you could pick an exotic countertop material that could change that percentage rich share of the total quite a bit.

Cabinetry: The Major Price Impact

Firstly when you look at cabinetry you will see that it is going to have a major impact on the price. With your selections, you can extend or narrow the price of the cabinetry. You can go with a semi-custom product or you can go with a more modular product where there’s less customization involved, that’s going to have an impact on just the base pricing. Most semi-custom cabinet products on base price level will be higher in price. 

Then you’re going to look at the different door styles and door styles based on the complexity of that door, and what it takes to put it together. Then the wood types that incorporate the finishes that can contribute to quite a variation and pricing. 

Every part of a Cabinet Matters

There are lots of others, all of which can have some impact on the overall price. Such as; the wood species and finish. Painted finishes typically cost more than most wood finishes, at least with the suppliers that we represent, wood species can have a pretty big impact.

More common wood species would be maple and birch, both hardwoods. They’re going to be often less expensive than some of the others, like walnut, to be an example of rustic, hickory. Wood types can certainly have an impact in terms of countertops. There might be natural stones that you fall in love with, that can range widely in terms of pricing.

Door Construction: Different Types of Cabinets

Door construction is an important part of the overall project cost. and it doesn’t have a big impact on pricing. But you’ll find some different terms out there when you’re looking at cabinetry. There’s 

  • a partial overlay, 
  • full overlay,
  • full access framed versus,
  • frameless. 

To explain the types; 

A partial overlay door design is one in which you can see the frame of the cabinet. Parts of that frame are exposed, not covered by the door.

A full overlay is going to overlay the frame, it’s covering the frame and that’s what’s most popular today is that these doors fully overlay the frame and you don’t see the cabinet frame, you see the doors and whatever design of the door or drawer front is what you’re going to visually see and very little of the cabinet itself. 

A frameless design, which comes from Europe, having a face frame which there isn’t a face frame at all. Based on its construction you get about 15% more usable space with a frameless design versus a frame. It can give you a little more usable space and can also save you money because the construction method does save some money during the manufacturing process, which will be very helpful. 

Countertops: Porcelain, Quartz or Natural Stone

One of the major cost items will be countertops that could be a larger portion of that overall project cost or a lesser one depending on the material choice. If you’re going to decide on porcelain versus quartz or a natural stone what some of the considerations might be, this goes back to how you’re going to use your kitchen, what’s important to you, and what concerns you.

The look of marble is very popular, we do sell a lot of natural marble, which is beautiful. But there are some precautions and you need to understand what the issues are, that’s including how we protect and stand and the remodeling ideas that staining can still occur.

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Considering the Material

Depending on the material, there are considerations. That’s something we spend some time on because this is a thoughtful process, each element of the design you should spend a little time on to make sure that what you pick is first and foremost going to be appealing to you aesthetically, that it’s going to meet your budget consideration and also is going to function in the way that works best for your lifestyle. 

These are all considerations and when you’re spending good money, you want to make sure when this project is complete and for the years that follow that, this investment performs well for you, that you don’t have a lot of issues. You should do a thoughtful design and material selection on the front end and then there’s less risk of having disappointment later.

The Story of a Stone: Pricing Varies Widely

The pricing varies widely, there’s no easy way to characterize that. There are a lot of natural stone choices that could be lower in price than the quartz or porcelain options, but also understanding that a lot of those choices are now somewhat dated. 


When granite started to hit the scene replacing laminate countertops and a lot of those patterns were what we call level one patterns, they’re very tight condensed patterns, some of those colors you may be familiar with. There was a lot of Jeol Ornamental and Santa Cecilia, new Venetian gold.

These were all popular level one colors, and their popularity has waned in terms of people doing new designs. You’ll still see quite a bit of that material used in commercial and presidential, rental apartments, and so forth, but less in new residential remodel designs. Because people are looking for the look of marble, bigger flowing patterns, and less tight busy ones. 


Then quartz kind of does range quite a bit and porcelain is similar to quartz in terms of its price ranges. With quartz, it’s a manufactured product, what we call an engineered stone, and its 90+ percent natural material. It’s quartz the mineral, which is ground and added with resin and bright color and so forth and pressed into slab form. It’s man’s interpretation of nature just coming up with his/her own design ideas, and maybe not taken from nature at all.

But where quartz is interpreting nature it quite captures the realistic look of what porcelain offers because it’s an actual image with porcelain, they take a high-resolution image of a block of stone and then they use high-resolution inkjet technology to transfer that image onto this porcelain substrate and it gets baked at very high temperatures and so forth to finish the process. When it’s done it looks like the real thing, and it is very popular among kitchen design ideas.


Porcelain can also be a more contemporary setting without it. Some people want bright white and solid color, there are lots of different contemporary designs that aren’t an image. Also, although bright colors are used quite often, natural stone and some solid colors and textures are pretty unique and look great with a more contemporary setting.

We also have variable selection options for countertops. We represent different companies such as; Infinity, Neolith, and Sapien Stone. All of them produce beautiful materials and we have samples of the mall in our showroom. We have full slabs on display in our warehouse so that you can see how these slabs look in their completed, full uncut form.

Eye-Catching Interior Design

We do a fair amount of backsplash kitchen design ideas and usually, the way we would look at this is to think about the room. When you think about where the eyes are going to be drawn when you look into it, you’re going to start somewhere and that feature could be the cabinet, wood species and door style, and just the arrangement of cabinets. That’s going to be the essential building block that we’re going to start with. 

It may be that you’ve fallen in love with a certain countertop material, and we’re going to complement it and work around it with a complementary material or maybe you’ve got a large wall and you want that wall to be the focal point of the room and coming up with a title design or a backsplash material might be full hype countertop backsplash that’s going to run up the wall that’s going to provide a unique look and be the feature in the room. 

It’s important to think about where the eye is going to be drawn and you don’t want it to be drawn. That’s something we can help you to do, we have lots of backsplash, tile, flooring options. When you come in, you can look at what we have and we don’t have it all, but certainly, anything that you want from our manufacturers we can get samples of and get them into you.

How long will kitchen cabinets last? 

They should last a lifetime if you don’t get bored with them. If you have a kitchen now, you probably have cabinets that are still functioning for you. You should know that; what is your motivation for change? It’s likely that you’re just tired of them wanting to update the look cabinet to still function, but that you just want a different look or you have changed your lifestyle in some way. The function of your kitchen needs to evolve with your lifestyle change and that could be another reason to do so.

In most cases, more than not it’s going to be you getting bored with it, or your lifestyle has changed in some way and you want to change the layout or update in some fashion. But you can get a lifetime warranty on cabinets, and most cabinet problems; reveal themselves pretty quickly. Usually what happens is; that will install a kitchen layout, and there are a couple of warranty items. Once those are corrected, which would be as part of our warranty process, that’s usually the last you’ll ever have to deal with. It’s just following the maintenance instructions from the manufacturer.

They’re usually very simple, there isn’t much to it. You should get a very long life. The other area where you can see life shorten is when you have water damage. If you have quite often the sink base where it starts, if you have a leak in your sink base and that water starts to run through eventually those cabinets are, they’re going to soak up that moisture and be compromised. That is where we see that another motivation for replacement is the cabinets have been compromised due to water.

Can You Remodel a Kitchen on a Budget?

It goes back to these material choices. Cabinetry plays a significant role in the overall final price of your project. Cabinets can certainly be an area where you can spend more or less. We have cabinets that we assemble in our showroom that are of good quality that would be the most economical and then we could go up to the semi-custom where you can get just about anything you want. But there is a price to pay for that. In terms of countertop materials, the same thing.

What’s important there is that you come in and be willing to talk about your budget with us. We have some remodeling ideas where you want to be and hopefully, we try to select products and put together an offering that allows us to cover a wide range of budgets. We want to welcome every customer and want to hope that we have a solution for everyone. But certainly, the cabinets and the countertop materials are going to have an impact. You can go more budget-friendly or spend more on either. 

Do some research on how much kitchens typically cost in your area. This will help you determine what budget to work with, and then it’s easier to know if the prices of a remodeling contractor are reasonable or not.  

Find out information about kitchen warranties before making any final decisions. For example, does the warranty apply only while the company is still in business? Who pays for repairs after that point? Is there an expiration date on these warranties? You may also want to do some more comparison shopping when looking at different companies’ features. It can be worth paying slightly more upfront for something that will last longer than something cheaper but without such good quality overall.

About AGS Stone

We started back 10 years ago, in 2010. We are a family-owned business. We have an extended family of great craftsmen that have been with us really from the start, we’ve been a close-knit extended family for 10 years. For us, finding good craftsmen, finding good people to build a team around is everything. We worked hard at pleasing our clients and we’re not perfect, we do make mistakes from time to time, but if you visit Google and look at our reviews, you’ll see that we have a good rating. We have several reviews there, and many of them are thoughtful ones that you could read through and glean some background about clients’ dealings with us and how they thought it went.

For those of you that are close or close enough, we are at a convenient location on Route 60 and which is Adamo drive in Tampa. We have an 18,000 square foot facility here, and we have a lot of things under one roof which would be kitchen and bath vignettes, cabinet door samples, tile, backsplash. We also have countertop materials and a variety of different forms, different types. Our fabrication facility is located here in Tampa and we have a large selection.

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