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Kitchen Renovation cost?

Question by tagden: Kitchen Renovation cost?
I know it is impossible to give a price on something without seeing it, but I would like to get some opinions on what this would cost.

8′ x 9′ kitchen. 101″ floor to ceiling. Galley style.
I have appliances, we are looking at completely stripping the old kitchen and put in a new modern looking kitchen with clean lines. Knock out one wall with a doorway and add a support beam in it’s place opening up that side. Taking back the walls on the other side of the kitchen to counter depth. This would eliminate the closed feeling of 1925 construction and give the open feeling I’m looking for.

I have a price on the counters, floors, and backsplash…but the rest…demo, cabinets, installation…how much for all that??

I have gotten one quote from a contractor for 10k, and one for 40K.

Help guide me! Please!

Best answer:

Answer by me
It all depends on your roof and supports and the basement …Also how wide of an opening for the “I” beam and then rerouting electrical and plumbing…. Impossible to answer here.

Think hard on this though..I know open concept is the rage but the money may be better spent adding a breakfast room and a 1/2 bath and mud room. You don’t want to take away the look of the older home but you do want the space and to be able to accommodate storage an eating area and a mud room to both keep heat or cool in and dirt out. If this is like most older homes you don’t have a bathroom on the first floor. http://img4.southernliving.com/i/2007/03/decorator-kitchen/cantley-breakfast-nook-l.jpg?400:400

The cost of adding on may be equal to your plan cost wise and offer you much more use of the space. Feel free to contact me for design concepts (no charge).

Quotes from contractors will vary wildly for both concept and design unless you know exactly what plan your going after. Also you need the knowledge of what will work most cost efficiently to achieve your family’s needs and work with your aesthetics. http://www.housebeautiful.com/cm/housebeautiful/images/white-nook-1-0107-xlg.jpg Breakfast nooks are great for storage too. http://www.homedzine.co.za/kitchen/images/nook-01a.jpg
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no cost home improvements?

Question by jammas_1472: no cost home improvements?
My mother is on social security & her home is in disparate need of home improvements. Do any one know grants, organizations, or anything that help her improve her home?

Best answer:

Answer by Juanaquena
I don’t know of any from personal experience.

I do find one Federal program, Rural Repair and Rehabilitation Loans and Grants. Here’s the link to the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture info on the program:
http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/HAD-RR_Loans_Grants.html
The grant funds may just be limited to those older residents living in rural areas however.

Here is a link to a U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) web page with info on home improvement programs:
http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/topics/home_improvements
The area in which your mother lives may participate in one or more of the Federal programs.

I do believe all counties in the US have an office/department designated to help the elderly with info and direction on a variety of topics. In my home county it is part of the county government and named the Aging and Disability Resource Center. I know other places call it the Area Agency on Aging. I recommend you check the Yellow Pages phone directory for the area where your mother lives under the section named Social Services to find the agency in her area. Then, you can telephone and talk with someone there about what might be available.

Also, in my area, there are some church groups that offer no cost, volunteer home repairs for the low income elderly in the area. That may be an avenue of investigation for you, too. If your mother belongs to a church, perhaps her pastor is familiar with a similar program where she lives.

Also, my elderly mother found reliable workers for small home maintenance jobs through her church and the church youth group. They did charge for their work, but the cost was a lot lower than most maintenance people. The youth group members did the work to earn money for their projects. Mainly they did yard work. They were responsible. Their adult adviser(s) supervised their work.

Best wishes

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Cost of Home Improvement

One of the effects of the recent recession is that home improvement contractors are now offering their services for considerable lower fees. This means that the cost of home improvement is not as high as it used to be and a lot of homeowners are taking advantage of it.

After you might have decided on a home improvement project for your house, the first stage is the planning stage. You need to have a clear idea of what improvements you would like to do and where everything should be. If you are adding a new patio, have a clear vision for the design of the patio and put your plans down in a concise manner. After that you will need to determine the cost of home improvement.

The cost of home improvement depends a lot on the materials that will be needed for each project. Things like the cost of wood, pipes, paint, tiles and the like all reflect on the cost of home improvement. Therefore in determining the cost of home improvement, you need to settle on what materials you would need for the project.

Professional services will also impact on the cost of home improvement. You need to take into consideration building costs, installation and fitting prices, plumber, electrician, painters, decorators and other home improvement professionals’ fees will all go into the cost of home improvement. It might be useful to find out current industry prices and the cost of materials so that you have an idea when you are planning.

On the other hand, bearing in mind that costs and prices could vary, depending on the home improvement project you are undertaking, you should get a home improvement company to handle most of your home improvement needs. The reason for this is that a home improvement company will already have the materials needed for your home improvement project and might have discounts on offer.

Furthermore, you could get cost estimates from them for the cost of materials and the cost of labor. Finally, they will have a competitive warranty program to protect you should anything go wrong with your home improvement.

Home improvement is a necessity if you are a home owner. The cost of home improvement will always depend on your budget and what sort of work you want done on your home. The projects will cost a bit of money but the cost of home improvement is seen as an investment towards the value of the house. When and if you do eventually decide to put your home on the market, your home improvement will significantly increase the value of your home.

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