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Kitchen Remodeling vs. Kitchen Cabinet Refacing: A Cost Comparison

by Joe Cooper
KitchensAndCabinets.com Columnist
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Kitchen remodeling is a cost- and time-intensive renovation that can have homeowners' heads spinning. A simple comparison of standard kitchen remodeling with kitchen cabinet refacing costs shows that kitchen cabinet refacing is a practical, effective alternative that can yield surprising savings.

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Cost-Effectiveness

Kitchen remodeling can improve the functionality, value, and satisfaction of a home. When considering kitchen remodeling, homeowners have a laundry list of options facing them. What to replace, what to replace it with, and what companies to choose to complete the replacements.

It's important to remember that not completing a kitchen remodeling could cause the home to sit on the market for much longer, and also affect the sale price. While kitchen remodeling is definitely a good idea, the choices must work for your lifestyle and budget.

Cost Comparison

In Remodeling Magazine's 2004 Cost vs. Value report, the average cost of a minor kitchen remodeling was reported at $15,273. (This average did not even include new kitchen cabinets, but refinishing existing ones).

MSNBC reported an average midrange kitchen remodeling cost of $43,862, and an average upscale kitchen remodeling at a staggering $81,552.

Kitchen cabinet refacing costs are much lower than all of these figures. For a kitchen that included nearly 30 kitchen cabinets, one homeowner reported a cost of $9,100. Another company reported an average kitchen cabinet refacing cost of $4,000 to $5,000.

Cost Savings

The cost savings that a homeowner will enjoy by choosing kitchen cabinet refacing over a complete kitchen remodeling can range anywhere from $5,000 to $75,000, depending on the size of the kitchen and the scale of the project. These numbers are hard to argue with.

For a cost-effective alternative to a complete remodel, kitchen cabinet refacing really works.

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About the Author
Joe Cooper writes home services and design articles and edits medical literature. He holds a bachelor's in American Literature from UCLA.

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