A kitchen remodeling project can be a great way to update your home and add value. If you’re thinking about remodeling your kitchen, it’s good to understand the average cost of a kitchen remodel in Northern Virginia to plan appropriately. The cost of a kitchen remodel can vary depending on the size of your kitchen, the type of materials you choose, the changes to the structure you make and the labor costs involved. You can plan accordingly and avoid surprises by understanding what to expect.
Cost to Remodel a Kitchen in Northern Virginia
A kitchen remodeling project is typically a significant investment because so many components make up a kitchen: cabinets, flooring, major appliances, countertops, tile for backsplash and lighting are just some of the items. A kitchen remodel is also complex because your contractor must touch your plumbing, electrical and HVAC systems. All of these building materials and labor costs go into formulating your kitchen remodeling budget.
Midrange vs. High-end Kitchen Remodel Cost
Most remodeling projects are classified as midrange or high-end (upscale) remodeling projects. Recognizing the difference is the first step in understanding how to budget for your remodel and answering the question, “How much does it cost?”
Midrange Major Kitchen Remodel Cost
In Remodeling 2022 Cost vs Value Report, the average cost for a major midrange kitchen remodel is $81,053 in the Washington, D.C./Northern Virginia area. In our opinion, this is a good starting point, BUT this figure does not include many of the popular modifications that people in our region have come to expect as standard. These upgrades include quartz, granite or soapstone countertops (as opposed to laminate, which the report assumes); tile backsplashes; layered lighting; removal of soffits; door/window modifications; stainless steel appliances, upscale faucets, wood or tile flooring (as opposed to vinyl flooring which the report assumes).
In Arlington, Fairfax and Loudoun counties (the areas we serve) where homeowners often select a mixture of upgraded products and making some structural modifications, such as removing non-load-bearing or load-bearing walls, the cost to remodel a kitchen is higher. Generally, the starting point is between $110,000 -$120,000 and can quickly move into the $130,000-$140,000 range when the project is a large space, and includes soffit removal, a fair number of upgrades and structural modifications.
High-end (or upscale) Major Kitchen Remodel Cost
In the same report, a high-end or upscale major kitchen remodel costs $157,660. This is consistent with our experience with this type of renovation when only undergoing some minor structural changes.
However, most upscale kitchen remodeling projects include making structural changes to the kitchen space, relocating plumbing and/or appliances and remodeling work that flows into adjacent spaces. When homeowners combine these types of changes with the selection of commercial-grade appliances, stone floors, top-of-the-line cabinets and layered lighting, it’s not uncommon to have the kitchen remodeling budget move above $200,000.
However, if your kitchen renovation does not affect other areas of the house and doesn’t include any significant structural changes, $160,000-$180,000 is an accurate starting budget for a high-end kitchen remodeling project for the Northern Virginia market.