How much does kitchen remodeling cost in Scottsdale, AZ?
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How much does kitchen remodeling cost?
The answer is dependent on many factors. We’ll outline some of the major considerations using a kitchen we remodeled in Scottsdale as a case study.
This example kitchen remodel was part of a whole house remodel in Scottsdale, AZ. It included wall removal, exposed glulam beams, and finishing adjacent rooms.
This guide assumes hiring a qualified, licensed design-build contractor to help you with your kitchen remodeling project. It also considers a high level of workmanship, customer service, and professional project management. All necessary building permits and inspections were included in this project.
Kitchen remodeling scope of work
The biggest factor that drives the cost of kitchen remodeling is the scope of work. Some projects include only minor changes and upgrades, while others are more complex. The size of the kitchen is also an important factor.
If you like the layout and size of your kitchen, consider replacing the cabinets, appliances, and finishes in the same locations to reduce the overall budget. If this is the case, the project may not require a building permit, which will save money and time.
If your dream kitchen involves major changes in layout, function, or quality of finishes, your investment will increase. It’s often necessary to make some changes to better suit your lifestyle, family needs, or satisfaction with your kitchen.
Moving of plumbing, electrical, and lighting will require a building permit in AZ, as will any structural changes.
Example kitchen- Scope of work:
The owners of this example kitchen wanted to dramatically improve their space while updating the kitchen. As a result, this kitchen design went beyond simple replacement of cabinets, countertops, and fixtures.
This modern farmhouse kitchen remodel included:
- Appliances moved from original locations
- Peninsula changed to a 6′ island
- Large pantry wall with center countertop added
- Upper wall cabinets added
- Imported plywood cabinetry
- Solid wood shaker doors
- Soft close drawers
- Crown molding & cabinet trim
- Wood accent on the kitchen island
- Stainless steel cabinet hardware
- White carrara quartz countertops
- Added recessed lights & pendants
- New receptacles & switches
- New sink & faucet
- Garbage disposal unit with countertop air switch
- Re-use existing appliances
- Exhaust ventilation through the roof
Additional home remodeling work
Additional work that can drive the investment in your kitchen remodeling project can include structural changes, electrical modifications, or replacing windows & doors.
Any increase in the scope of work will impact the schedule, cost of investment, and labor needed to complete your project.
Some examples of additional work that can be performed as part of a kitchen remodel project include:
- removing walls and installing structural beams
- installing exterior doors, windows, or large patio doors
- custom built-in shelving or cabinetry
- wood or other accent walls
- HVAC modifications
- unforeseen conditions or repairs
Kitchen remodeling project costs
This farmhouse style kitchen remodel in South Scottsdale included options that made the scope of work larger than a basic remodel of the space.
It’s also very typical of how people want to improve their kitchen. Many people are interested in a more open concept and a more comprehensive overhaul of their home or kitchen.
The investment required for your kitchen design or remodel depends on what your vision entails, how you want the kitchen to function, and the conditions of your home or space.
Click on the Kitchen Remodel tab below to see the investment it took to remodel this beautiful kitchen, and an outline of what was involved to make it happen.
The Structural Wall Removal tab shows the optional work and additional investment it took to open up the space. The Finish Living Room tab details the additional work to finish and complete the space.
- design drawings, 3d images & space layout
- project management, permits & inspections
- dust protection temporary walls
- demolition of cabinets, countertops & flooring
- concrete cutting & trenching for island electrical
- minor framing & carpentry
- wiring for lighting, switching, and receptacles
- replace plumbing shut-offs & drains
- drywall repair, finishing & texturing
- caulking, prep & painting
- cabinet, crown molding & trim installation
- quartz countertop fabrication & installation
- hardware installation
- tile backsplash installation
- plumbing of new kitchen fixtures
- installation of new lighting
- installation new flooring
- finish & trim work
- debris disposal
- design, engineering, permit & inspections
- temporary walls & shoring
- moving electrical & switches
- demolition & concrete cutting for footings
- digging & pouring reinforced footings
- framing & beam installation
- structural connections & hardware
- structural ceiling connections in attic
- air sealing & insulating in attic
- drywall repair & finishing
- debris disposal
- demolition of existing flooring
- addition of recessed lighting & switching
- drywall repair, finishing & texture
- caulking, prep & painting
- flooring installation
- baseboard trim
- wood accent wall
- debris disposal
Kitchen remodeling cost drivers & cost savers
Kitchen Remodel Consider these improvements
if your budget allows
- moving appliances from original locations
- changing cabinet layout or locations
- custom or semi-custom cabinets
- tall pantry cabinets or pantry walls
- add or move a kitchen island
- crown molding & cabinet trim details
- custom storage features
- premium countertop slabs
- tile backsplash or walls
- premium tile or flooring
- kitchen exhaust ventilation
- modifying soffits and ceilings
- recessed, pendant, or cabinet lighting
- premium appliances
- converting from electric to gas
Kitchen Remodel Consider these factors
if you're on a strict budget
- keep appliances in original locations
- maintain the original cabinet layout
- choose off-the-shelf cabinets
- minimize tall pantry cabinets
- choose a peninsula instead of an island
- minimize cabinet trim & details
- use open shelving for storage
- choose basic countertop slabs or laminate
- use 4" backsplash
- keep the existing flooring
- choose more affordable flooring options
- maintain soffits & ceiling as is
- use existing lighting layout
- use existing or standard appliances
- maintain electric or gas
Kitchen Remodeling Tips & links
- Hire a licensed contractor with appropriate licensing
You have significant protections when you hire licensed contractors
Verify ROC licensing. (click here)
- Check references
Check online reviews & references. (click here)
- Design your kitchen first
Hire a design-build construction contractor or kitchen designer before starting.
- Document everything
Make sure your agreement spells out all the details, timeline, and payments.
- Communicate often
Your relationship with your contractor should include regular updates.
- Maintain accountability
If something seems off, have an open conversation with your contractor about it.
- Only accept quality workmanship
If you think the work is sub-standard, speak up and request it be fixed.
- Be patient
Kitchen remodeling projects are disruptive to your everyday life.
Having patience can greatly relieve the anxiety that comes with it.
- Be prepared for unforeseen issues
Remodeling projects can sometimes reveal issues that aren't visible at first.
A good contractor will explain anything they discover and propose a solution.