By Gene and
If you consider that kitchen cabinets are built-in furniture that must be designed to fit along the walls and around appliances, it's easy to see why they're the major expense in a kitchen remodeling project. No matter what your price range is, you'll find a dazzling selection of styles, materials and finishes from modest unfinished ready-to-assemble units to fine handcrafted cabinetry. Be sure to take your time and see all that's available at kitchen design showrooms and home centers.
If you're looking at moderately priced prefinished wooden cabinets, a contractor will charge $3,674 to remove and dispose of the old cabinets and replace them with 10 feet of moderately priced base and wall cabinets with doors, drawers and shelves and post-formed laminate countertop. This includes the labor and material. That's assuming the new cabinets are a direct replacement for the old ones and no new or custom carpentry work is needed. A handy homeowner with carpentry tools and experience can make the swap for $1,950, the cost of the cabinets, countertop and fasteners, and pocket a 46 percent saving. You'll need an electric drill, stud finder and carpenter's level.
DIY Hassle Alert
No matter who does the installation, open the cabinet boxes as soon as they are delivered to make sure they are the correct size, style and finish, and to see that they are not damaged.
When you’re shopping for kitchen cabinets look at how they’re constructed. Frameless cabinets have doors and drawers that extend entirely across the face of the cabinet, while face-frame cabinets have a hardwood frame around the outside of the doors and drawers. A sturdy cabinet shelf should be at least 5/8-inches thick so it can handle heavy loads.
The average price to install wall cabinets in the kitchen noted above is cost data to compare a contractor’s estimate with doing it yourself. Tweak the data by adding your ZIP Code to find a local cost.
Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2016
The cost and time data is generated by averaging labor and material data from annually updated cost books used by contractors and refined by the authors'
experience remodeling 13 houses. They are authors of 20 home improvement books and Do It Yourself or Not, a weekly column syndicated by Tribune Content
Agency. The national cost can be adjusted by ZIP Code.