The hardest part of determining a kitchen remodel in Philadelphia is estimating the custom kitchen cost. There is help. The good folks at Cost vs. Value do a national sweep of possible home projects and let us know by metro area the average cost of these projects. The Philadelphia metro area includes both the city and the immediate suburbs but does give us a good starting place on what to expect when you are remodeling to achieve your ideal custom kitchen.
The answer is expensive. Every year I like to update what it costs to remodel a bathroom in Philadelphia. I use Remodeling Magazine’s Cost vs. Value report. This report is updated every year around the country. I always look at the Philadelphia metro area costs. This includes the suburbs or Philadelphia and the city where costs do differ in terms of labor, with labor costs in Philadelphia being higher. However, we have found over the years that these costs are pretty accurate. There are two possible bath remodeling categories, midrange or upscale. Here are the details:
One of the biggest frustrations many of my clients have is that they have no idea what their custom kitchen is going to cost. Their kitchen designer cannot give them a cost until the kitchen is designed and then it costs more to redesign the kitchen to the price range they need.
First let us define what a custom kitchen is so you know what you are getting for your money. A custom kitchen is composed of cabinets + appliances + countertops + backsplash +hardware +lighting that are custom fit to your kitchen dimensions to optimize how you use your kitchen + a custom look to optimize how you want your kitchen to look. How you get to there is usually with the help of a Kitchen Designer such as Teknika Kitchens and Baths. You need an expert to help you choose from all the options and to develop a functional (for you) custom kitchen that has your unique stamp. Unless you want to spend 3 years, working full time, finding and evaluating options, you will not be able to discover and assess what you need and want for your kitchen. That is why there are specialists.
The first two questions we usually get from new clients looking to do a kitchen project or remodeling in Philadelphia is “How much is this going to cost?” and sometimes “How much should this cost?” At Teknika Kitchens and Baths we start with the second question. Why, because that is what determines if you will:
So what can we expect for Philadelphia kitchen design in the next five years or so? This is important since we don’t want to spend all that money to find out in five years the kitchen design is dated. If my crystal ball is up to snuff this is what I will be seeing at Teknika Kitchens and Baths for the next five years or so at www.teknikakitchensandbaths.com. So here are my best guesses and predictions for Philadelphia kitchen design trends in the coming years.