How Much Will My Kitchen Cost?
Use an architect's reality checklist to calculate approximate remodeling costs before any design work starts.
Synopsis: San Francisco architect John McLean doesn’t like it when his clients are surprised by how much a kitchen project costs. So to keep them firmly rooted in reality from the outset, he developed a checklist that includes 24 categories that influence the cost of a kitchen, from structural changes to selecting appliances. Each category has five levels of complexity, that allow you to tailor a best-guess price for a project. The article includes a method for calculating the regional differences in the cost of construction.
In the 2005 edition of Fine Homebuilding’s HOUSES, I shared my approach to projecting the cost for home building and renovation projects prior to the start of design work. I was not surprised to learn that the article generated a lot of reader response. “How much will it cost?” is almost always one of the first questions that clients ask. And it’s a good…