The kitchen is one of the most popular rooms to remodel, but it's also one of the most expensive. Minor tweaks start at $4,000, but renovations can balloon up to more than $100,000 if they include major structural expansions. The latter figure isn't the norm, though — most people spend around .

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Keeping It Basic:

You don't need to bring the room down to the studs to make a big change. Having your cabinets repainted by a professional costs about $1,200; having the cabinets refaced cost around between $1,000 to $5,000. If you do nothing else, new countertops can make a huge difference (see costs below).

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Reimagining The Cabinets:

These are a kitchen gamechanger — and to that end, they eat up about 30 percent of the budget. Stock cabinets, like those you can buy off the shelf at home centers, start at $80 to $400 per cabinet. Semi-stock cabinets (IKEA, for example — ones you custom-order from a company's inventory) offer a lot more options and higher quality, and can run from $150 to $1,000 per cabinet. Custom cabinets — made specifically for your space and can often include super-fancy upgrades — cost about $500 to $1,500 each.

Upgrading The Counters:

Plan to spend about 10 percent of your remodeling budget on countertops depending on the material and kitchen size — with about going toward installation. Material costs range dramatically per square foot (see the chart), and the style of the edge you choose and thickness of the counter will add even more $$. Designers use this secret to save: They'll choose a more inexpensive counter material for the large stretches, but save the expensive stuff for the island.

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Stepping Up The Floor:

The kitchen is a busy area, so your flooring needs to stand up to tons of foot traffic — and spills. The most indestructible: Vinyl, which starts at $1 per square foot, or ceramic tile, which will cost you $1.20 per square foot. Things get pricier if you opt for stone (it starts at $1.20 per square foot), and eco-friendly options like cork and bamboo will set you back at least $4 per square foot. Hardwood and engineered flooring also start at $4.25 and $6.00 per square foot, respectively.

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Homeowners will spend nearly $67 billion remodeling kitchens this year.



Choosing The Details:

Once the big pieces are in place, the real style comes in the form of the final touches. Appliances can make a space: Plan to spend between $1,000 and $5,000, depending on your luxury level. Picking a tile backsplash is the fun part of design — and the options are endless (the average backsplash costs $2,485). Lighting makes a huge difference, too: Recessed lights cost about $150 a piece to install, and over-the-island pendants start around $150. And faucets are a final punctuation: They start at but can cost as much as $1,000.

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