The kitchen is the heart of the home. If it's not functioning well, then the heart might need some TLC to keep the home happy and healthy.

Any HGTV fan can tell you that kitchen remodeling costs can grow unexpectedly. Once you start opening up walls in a house, you're likely to find something that is not up to code. Unfortunately, housing code violations need to be remediated when discovered, and that can get expensive.

However, many homeowners believe anything is worth it for their dream kitchen. To start planning your budget, check out the guide below.

Kitchen Remodeling Cost Average

It's difficult to pinpoint a precise range for the average kitchen remodeling cost because it varies significantly by region. A contractor's rate in California or New York, for example, is often much higher than in the American South.

Different materials also have different prices in different regions. Make sure to consider these price differences when researching for your budget.

Range of Remodel

kitchen remodeling project often falls within one of three categories -- a minor remodel, a mid-range remodel, or an upscale remodel.

A Minor Remodel

A minor remodel does not usually involve changing the layout of the kitchen. No walls will be opened up, avoiding those potential code violations lurking beneath. Instead, it focuses on flooring, painting, countertops, and updating a few appliances to energy-efficient models.

A Mid-Range Remodel

A mid-range remodel will often involve replacing cabinetry, which often costs a few thousand dollars itself. New appliances will be higher-end, including the sink. Of course, there's still painting and new flooring. Generally, more features are customized.

An Upscale Remodel

An upscale remodel can easily cost over $100,000 when changing the entire kitchen layout. Custom cabinets are common to go along with a kitchen island, granite or marble countertops, subway tile backsplash, and new lighting fixtures.

The appliances are top-of-the-line - and look like it. All the other changes will be made with the best materials and completely customized for the homeowner.

How to Save

There are some simple tips and tricks anyone can use to save money on a kitchen remodeling project.

For example, cabinets are usually a huge chunk of a kitchen remodeling project. Most savvy homeowners will find that a fresh coat of paint will transform their old cabinets for far less money. Additionally, splurging on nice hardware for the old, painted cabinets can give the appearance they are brand new.

There are also affordable material options to consider for areas like countertops and flooring. Laminate is much cheaper than hardwood, and butcher block is far less expensive than stone.

Getting Started

The average kitchen remodeling cost does not have to break the bank, but it does usually require some budgeting. Make sure to add some extra padding to the money you set aside for the project. Don't be afraid to splurge on some items - after all, a remodel does increase the value of a home.

To talk with professionals who can give more precise estimates, don't hesitate to contact us.