Cabinet & Countertop Cost Guides

Cabinets and countertops represent the perfect marriage of form and function - unless your cabinet and countertops are stuck in a 1980s time warp. Bringing them up to date could be a fine investment, one that could make your kitchen, bathroom and even garage and laundry room more efficient as well as sexier. Figuring the cost should start with priorities. If you really want to make a big splash with granite countertops, you might want to cut back on the cabinets, maybe just refacing or resurfacing instead of replacing them. Or perhaps you want to invest in sturdy, updated quality custom cabinets and settle for a tasteful but inexpensive laminate countertop. Trade-offs can be important when trying to work within your budget.

Where To Start

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  • Install Countertops Costs
    Most homeowners spent between:
    $1,899 - $4,079
    Average cost:
    $2,912
    Low cost:
    $400
     
    High cost:
    $7,000
  • Clean Tile & Grout Costs
    Most homeowners spent between:
    $275 - $620
    Average cost:
    $425
    Low cost:
    $130
     
    High cost:
    $980
  • Install Cabinets Costs
    Most homeowners spent between:
    $1,941 - $7,341
    Average cost:
    $4,621
    Low cost:
    $450
     
    High cost:
    $14,000

A fun place to begin is with online searches of cabinets and countertops images. Save the ones that you like or spark ideas. This digital scrapbooking lets you put together your ideas about colors and styles. Want to go on a more tactile exploration? Visit big-box stores or showrooms and check out all cabinet styles, colors and types of wood that are available. Then, once you choose cabinet installation professionals, they can help you figure out what type and style of cabinet best suits your space, and then go from there. You can also reverse the process - hire a designer or brainstorm with your contractor, talk about the needs and limitations of your space, get some measurements, sketch out a budget and payment schedule, and you're off to the races.

Common Types of Countertops

Laminate: Laminate provides the best selection of colors and patterns at the lowest prices. Laminate also offers more edge choices than other materials and only laminate can be formed into a seamless cove backsplash to keep spills from seeping behind the cabinets. Because laminates are priced low and have constant updates to their patterns and colors, changing your countertop to match current trends might be simpler than you think. Laminate also is generally easy to clean, and spills like wine and spaghetti sauce come off with little effort. Laminate countertops also are quicker and easier to install.

Ceramic Tile: An infinite range of designs are possible. Installing ceramic tile on a countertop is not for the faint of heart. This is a highly visible surface and any errors or mistakes will stand out like a sore thumb. Ceramic tile material costs can be even lower than that of laminate. But it's generally more expensive to install. Also, it can be difficult to maintain. The grout lines in between the tile must constantly be sealed, and even then it'll tend to attract crumbs and moisture.

Stone Slab Countertops (Granite, Marble, Quartz, etc): Stone dazzles. Counters made of granite or marble steal the show every time. The sheer beauty, amazing selection and durability of stone makes it an excellent choice for your home. If you can afford it. Be aware that natural stones like marble, quartz, & granite come at premium prices. If you go for a custom stone counter, expect to pay as much or more for the cutting and finishing as you do for the stone. One way to save on your slab is to look for remnants. Most stone sellers have a remnant yard, and you might just get lucky, finding a piece that can be cut to your cabinet dimensions. Another way to save is to go for stone tiles, which can create the rich stone look with half the cost. Of course, they do come with the same grout problems mentioned above. Big box stores also offer some affordable stone options for standard cabinets.

Other Counter Options

A popular kitchen counter option is butcher block, and handy and attractive work surface. Recycled glass is a pretty and environmentally friendly option. And few options show the versatility in styles and colors as acrylics, such as Corian and Meganite. These can simulate the look of stone and can shape to any surface, even creating sinks that are part of the same piece. Often an expensive option, the acrylics are nevertheless considered sound investments, and as part of more comprehensive kitchen or bath remodels, can increase your home value.

Standard vs. Custom Cabinetry

Going with standard sizes almost always will save you money.The standard height for kitchen base cabinets is 34.5", with counters between 1.5 and 2" thick. Upper cabinets are 30" high, with those over refrigerators shorter, usually 12-15". The depth for kitchen base cabinets is generally 24", with a counter overhang between 1 and 2", with the standard counter being 25.5" deep. Standard widths are the least standard, with sizes starting around 9" and expanding in 3-inch increments to 60". Keep in mind that 2 modules can be put together to expand the width.

Going with standards sizes may sound like you're going generic. That's not necessarily true. You can still make your cabinets distinctive. Drawer pulls and hinges, for instance, come in many, many styles. Browse salvage stores. Shop online. Chances are, you'll find something unusual that fits your style. Because the prices jump significantly when you move to custom installations, you should have a good reason for going that route, and, actually, there could be several. One might be the eccentricity of your room's size or shape. Maybe your kitchen cabinets or bathroom ones has an odd configuration, and the standard cabinets just won't fit. One size does not fit all, and that also applies to styles and materials.

Although big box stores can offer a nice variety of styles and materials, they might not have exactly what you want, and when you're shelling out big money, maybe you should get exactly what you want. That's the kind of freedom custom offers. The options expand to almost limitless in terms of size, shape, kinds of wood or other materials, finishes, trims, accents and hardware.Working with a custom carpenter, you can create a truly unique piece, something that's as much art as furniture.

You Can Update By Refacing or Resurfacing

If you like where your cabinets are located and you like their size and shape, you might consider cabinet refacing. Refacing is the process of replacing doors and drawer fronts, while veneering the cabinet boxes. The basic refacing project consists of installing new cabinet door and drawer fronts and covering the exposed face frames of the cabinets with a matching wood or plastic veneer. The layout and structure of your cabinets stay the same; they're just freshened up with a new, updated look - at a fraction of the cost of replacement. An even thriftier option is resurfacing. Re-coating or repainting a tired cabinet might make a surprising difference in the look of the room. Here's a project you may consider for a DIY.

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Leon williams More than 1 year ago
I have  mold/mildew restoration in my kitchen,  I do not have Ins estimate or Mold Remediation guide lines as of 8-22 but expect in near future.  Anyone with experience in this situation I can be reached at l.1208@att.net
elizabeth skaggs More than 1 year ago
They have Kiltz paint for mold.  I'd get a good respirator, solution for mold removal, wear gloves, and clean it, then paint it with Kiltz.  Or better yet, tear out and put up new sheet rock!
John Foster More than 1 year ago
Cast in place concrete countertops are gaining popularity by being more cost efficient and flexible in design. Color and texture variations exceed those available in other mediums while edge designs and textures have become available through our application of forms and admixes stains and surface sealers.
victoria leung More than 1 year ago
Have information as to who does concrete countertops?

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