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Kitchen Remodeling Explained: Basic, Mid-to-Upper Range vs. Deluxe

Given the increased popularity of home decorating and design shows on HGTV and the DIY network, homeowners can easily be misled about how much a kitchen remodeling project actually costs. Whether your kitchen layout stays the same, is slightly modified, or completely overhauled, it is important for you to understand the distinct differences.

Houzz.com, the leading online platform for home remodeling and design, published a fantastic article that does a superb job of breaking down a homeowners’ remodeling needs into three types: “basic,” “mid-to-upper range,” or “deluxe”. It also breaks down the actual costs associated with each kitchen remodeling type.

After reviewing this article, you will have a good idea of which kitchen remodeling type best suits your needs. It should also help you appreciate the added time and value that goes into a mid-to-upper range or deluxe remodel.

Mid-to-Upper Range Remodel:
A mid-to-upper range remodel is perfect for anyone finding themselves in need of an upgrade. This type of remodel generally includes reworking the kitchen layout and may or may not include relocating the plumbing, electrical and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC). Through MainStreet’s detailed multi-phased design process, we help you reconfigure your space to accommodate much needed storage, incorporate a custom island or simply update an outdated layout. Our design team will walk you through the selection process, advising you on material and color selections ensuring that your new space looks great and functions even better.

Mid-to-upper range remodels often include:

  • Replacing existing interior finishes
  • Removing walls to open up the floor plan
  • Replacing cabinetry (custom or semi-custom)
  • Installing new, solid surface countertops
  • Adding new appliances
  • Adding ceramic tile
  • Updating lighting fixtures
  • Relocating mechanicals (plumbing, electrical, HVAC, etc.)
  • Adding new flooring

Deluxe “High End” Remodel:
A deluxe remodel is fit for a gourmet chef, and just about anyone who wants an efficient kitchen designed to suit their every cooking need. These modern kitchens are highly functional, architecturally detailed, and custom-designed to every cooking/entertaining requirement. In a high end remodel, materials and craftsmanship are of the highest quality and no detail is spared, including high end, top-of-the-line appliances that are incorporated into the space and concealed by custom wood panels to match the rest of the cabinetry. These kitchens are also typically larger in size  (either the existing space is large or it requires building out additional square footage), and often incorporate other rooms into the remodel or even require a change in ceiling height.

Deluxe “high end” remodels often include:

  • Extensive space planning to incorporate custom features that don’t currently exist
  • Removing walls to open up the floor plan
  • Installing custom cabinetry
  • Installing new, solid surface countertops (stone)
  • Installing custom or high-end tile
  • Incorporating custom lighting
  • Adding architectural details such as crown moldings, built-ins and fireplaces
  • Adding higher end appliances and high tech gadgets

As a luxury design build firm, MainStreet Design Build works with you to develop a cohesive project plan right from the very beginning. Ideas for your kitchen are shared freely and evaluated in relation to your budget and timeline. And, as you start construction, every detail is managed for you and with you.

Learn more about MainStreet’s custom remodeling services and unique design build process.

For inspiration and ideas on how to create your dream kitchen, visit our photo gallery.

To discuss your upscale or high end remodeling project in more detail, schedule a design consultation today.

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