If you've never remodeled a kitchen before, you might be shocked at what new cabinets and countertops can cost. Though it won't ease the pain, I've found a handy calculator that can simplify the process of "guesstimating" what kind of expense you are facing. You can find the calculator by clicking here.
The cabinet choices range from ready-to-assemble (RTA) melamine on the bottom ($70 per lineal foot) to custom-built hardwood face-frame units ($1,400 per lineal foot) at the top end. (The latter price includes installation.) All you have to do is measure the lineal feet of upper and lower cabinets you need, enter the numbers and choose a material.
A separate tab offers estimates for ten different countertop materials, with 5 profile options. Once you've entered numbers for both cabinets and countertop, the calculator provides a total cost.
It's a useful tool, but it's not perfect. There are many cabinet choices not offered. For example, the only RTA option is the least expensive choice. You can, however, find much better RTA cabinets that can give you a nice set of cabinets at a more affordable price than some of the higher end products offered at an installed price in the calculator. For more on
RTA cabinets, take a look at this summary. And for more on estimating kitchen cabinet costs, see
How To Quickly Compare Kitchen Cabinet Prices.
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