Remodeling Your Kitchen? Know What You’re Paying For

Kitchen remodels in New York City can range from $35,000 to $250,000. We break down the costs including what you should save & splurge on.

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Remodeling Your Kitchen? Know What You’re Paying For

Remodeling your kitchen in NYC can be a costly proposition, but what does the price tag entail? Our kitchen renovation experts break down the different costs associated with each element of a full kitchen remodel.

The thought of finally having the kitchen of your dreams is exciting. But, while imagining all the benefits may be effortless, understanding the costs associated with a custom kitchen renovation or remodel isn’t as obvious.

The cost of a kitchen renovation is a combination of several factors. Between labor, permits, and raw and finishing materials, the average kitchen renovation can range from $35,000 to $250,000. There are also the "hidden costs of a kitchen renovation," which our CEO wrote a separate article on. Remodel projects in areas like New York City can also come with additional stipulations for co-ops and condo owners. Together, these often unexpected costs can douse the spark of excitement around a project.

Remodel projects in areas like New York City can also come with additional stipulations for co-ops and condo owners. Together, these often unexpected costs can douse the spark of excitement around a project.

It’s possible, though, to reduce the final price of your new kitchen without sacrificing quality. Let’s break down the elements of a project and how each one factors into a project’s final cost.

What Are You Actually Paying For?

Exactly how much the renovation costs will differ from project to project. But several factors are common across the board, including:

  • Time And Labor
  • UNLESS YOU’RE A REMODELER YOURSELF, YOUR PROJECT WILL ALWAYS INCLUDE TIME AND LABOR COSTS. THE DETAILS DEPEND ON WHAT CONTRACTOR YOU CHOOSE AND THE SCOPE OF YOUR PROJECT — FOR EXAMPLE, RECONFIGURING YOUR KITCHEN’S LAYOUT WILL COST MORE THAN JUST REPLACING THE COUNTERTOPS.
  • Permits And Filing Fees
  • MOST HOME RENOVATIONS REQUIRE SOME LEVEL OF FILING FOR PERMITS, WHICH IS TYPICALLY THE CONTRACTOR’S RESPONSIBILITY. THE SPECIFIC FEES DEPEND ON THE PROJECT AND LOCATION, AND THE CONTRACTOR WILL DETERMINE THE SUBMISSION COST.
  • Property Type
  • IF YOU LIVE IN AN APARTMENT, CHANCES ARE YOU’LL PAY MORE FOR YOUR KITCHEN REMODEL. YOUR CO-OP OR CONDO BOARD WILL LIKELY IMPOSE RULES RESTRICTING CERTAIN WORK TO SPECIFIC DAYS OR TIMES. MOST BUILDINGS REQUIRE YOUR CONTRACTOR TO FINISH WORK BY 3:45 OR 4 P.M. THIS CAN EXTEND THE NUMBER OF DAYS DURING WHICH YOU’LL HAVE TO PAY FOR LABOR.
  • THE AGE AND CONDITION OF YOUR PROPERTY, APARTMENT OR CO-OP, FACTORS IN AS WELL. IF YOU LIVE IN A HOME THAT HASN’T BEEN RENOVATED IN DECADES, YOU SHOULD EXPECT TO PAY SLIGHTLY MORE FOR YOUR PROJECT.
  • Raw Materials
  • OUT WITH THE OLD AND IN WITH THE NEW ALSO MEANS RENOVATING THINGS LIKE THE WALLS AND THE INFRASTRUCTURE BEHIND THEM. FROM ELECTRICAL AND PLUMBING LINES TO SHEETROCK AND COMPOUND, THESE ROUGH MATERIALS CAN HAVE A SIGNIFICANT IMPACT ON YOUR OVERALL COST.
  • Finishing Materials and Fixtures
  • THE CABINETS, COUNTERTOPS, TILES, FAUCETS, APPLIANCES, PULL HANDLES, AND MORE THAT MAKE UP THE FACE OF YOUR NEW KITCHEN ARE THE MOST OBVIOUS COSTS. THOSE COSTS CAN BE HIGH OR LOW, DEPENDING ON THE QUALITY OF FINISHES YOU CHOOSE, BUT THE RIGHT CONTRACTOR CAN HELP YOU MAKE THE BEST CHOICE.
  • EXECUTION Costs
  • DESIGNER OR ARCHITECT: WORKING WITH A DESIGNER OR ARCHITECT TO DESIGN YOUR SPACE WILL ADD COST. 
  • DESIGN-BUILD FIRM: IF WORKING WITH A DESIGN & BUILD FIRM, LIKE GALLERY, KEEP IN MIND THERE ARE VARIOUS SPECIALTIES OF STAFF WHO HANDLE ALL INTRICACIES OF THE RENOVATION PROCESS ON YOUR BEHALF (DESIGN, ARCHITECT, PROJECT MANAGEMENT, MATERIAL PROCUREMENT, PERMIT PROCUREMENT, BOARD APPROVAL). THIS FULL SERVICE APPROACH CARRIES A COST, SO IT’S IMPORTANT TO MAKE SURE YOU ARE COMPARING SERVICES AND NOT JUST PRICE.
  • CONDO & CO-OP BOARDS - IF YOU LIVE IN A CONDO OR CO-OP, BOARDS MAY APPLY ADDITIONAL COSTS, RELATIVE TO THE SPACE. FOR EXAMPLE, THEY MIGHT REQUIRE REPLACING PLUMBING UP TO THE RISER OR LAYING WATERPROOF MEMBRANES IN ALL AREAS EXPOSED TO WATER.

When breaking costs down further, the two biggest financial factors are labor and the quality of finishes used throughout the project. But how much of those costs you incur depends on how you want to execute the project.

You could choose to deal with a traditional contractor who operates on a labor-only model, charging just for labor and raw material. But that leaves you to take on more of the project than you’d probably like. Filing for every necessary permit and bouncing between retail shops to choose cabinets, tiles, and fixtures is costly and time-consuming.

Speaking of finishes, if you have expensive taste, you’ll pay even more if you choose to shop yourself. Retail stores build in hefty margins to cover their overhead expenditures, and fully custom cabinetry and top-of-the-line fixture prices skyrocket as a result.

So how do you get the most bang for your buck without quarterbacking the project yourself?

Leave Your NYC Kitchen Renovation in Trusted Hands

The cost of design can be significantly reduced by working with an all-inclusive company like Gallery KBNY. In addition to taking on all design, material selection, and building responsibilities, we eliminate the need for a designer or architect. That alone can save you between $25,000 and $50,000.

Our internal designer will work with you to design your space and procure all relevant permits, as well as find the best prices for a wide selection of the highest-quality finishes. As a dealer for several different high-end lines of cabinetry, we can offer semi or fully custom fixtures at much lower prices than you’d find walking into a Manhattan showroom. We pass our trade discounts to you.

If you own a co-op or condo, we’ll find out whether your board will make you jump through any hoops. You won’t be surprised by cost overruns or unexpected invoices, because our proposal will include all of your project costs, including board stipulations.

We know you’re excited about your new kitchen, and we want you to keep that excitement all the way to the project’s completion. That’s why we cover all the bases for you, controlling your project while you keep control over costs.

Thinking of renovating your NYC kitchen? Contact Gallery Kitchen and Bath to schedule your free consultation.

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