How Much to Install a Kitchen Island?

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For homeowners who are planning to remodel a kitchen, the addition of a new kitchen island or replacement of an outdated island can really enhance the overall look and functionality of the kitchen. Kitchen islands add more work space or can house a slide in stove or a cooktop, which can be very helpful for families cooking large meals. Some families tend to gather in the kitchen during family gatherings and events and a kitchen island can make a kitchen a warm and inviting place.

Decide What the Island Will Be Used For

  • Decide what the island will be used for. As mentioned above, the island can house a slide-in stove/oven combination or a cooktop. For people who have difficulty bending down, a cooktop installed in a center kitchen island and a built-in oven installed at mid to high body level on a nearby wall may be beneficial. This type of setup allows the cook to do less bending, which is easier on the back and shoulders.

    Counter space is extremely important in the kitchen. Some individuals choose to install a section of the island as a butcher block countertop for cutting. The center island can be used for cooking and preparing food solely or a section can be used for eating. Some homeowners put one or two bar stools at a center island so that family members can eat a quick meal, such as a bowl of cereal for breakfast, without sitting down at a formal table.

    This is all important to the cost of the kitchen island, because the final cost will depend on what appliances, if any, are used in the island and what appliances must be moved within the kitchen. Making smart decisions about putting the dishwasher near the sink or installing a corner kitchen sink can make a huge difference in not only the look of the kitchen, but the overall functionality and counter space, which is incredibly important for families that do a lot of cooking and baking. Storage is also a big consideration. Families not only need to be able to properly store all of their kitchen necessities within the kitchen, but items must be in reach of those who use them.

Cost Difference in Appliances

  • Cooktops and ovens vary in price. Some cooks choose to purchase name brand cooktops and built-in wall ovens and may spend anywhere from $500 to $2,000 per piece. Others go with brands that aren't ao popular, but are inexpensive, such as Frigidaire.

    In some cases, these brands can offer a lesser price (around $200 and up) and they may have a sleek look to them, but not the hefty price tag. Shoppers should be sure to check the scratch and dent rooms, if available, because a lot of good deals can be found there too. A smart shopper may be able to purchase an expensive oven at a very inexpensive price if they are willing to deal with a small scratch or dent. In some cases, these items have been returned as open merchandise because the wrong color was delivered and not because there was anything wrong with the item.

Countertop and Cabinet Cost

  • Decide what is most important to you. For example, if you're more interested in an attractive countertop and cabinetry, you may wish to spend more of your budget on these things and opt to purchase off-brand or less popular ovens and cooktops.

    Others choose to spend more money on the appliances and would rather cut back on the cabinet and countertop purchase. Home improvement stores, such as Lowes and Home Depot, often offer laminate countertops at very discounted prices. Granite is very popular, but very expensive. Tiling a countertop may offer a nice alternative and cheaper tile can be purchased. Tile is also incredibly easy to install and do-it-yourselfers may choose to take on a tile installation project themselves, rather than going with laminate or a professional install.

Installation Costs

  • The cost of installation depends whether the homeowner is going to do the installation himself. Some people are handy or have the ability to do these types of projects, but should keep in mind that some specialty tools may need to be purchased. It's important to take tool costs into consideration and compare to the cost of having a professional install. If someone is handy and the cost of the tools is less, they may wish to go this route.

    Countertops typically cost about $15 a foot, depending on what type of countertop the homeowner chooses to go with and whether or not the homeowner is installing it themselves. If someone is not installing everything, they can expect to pay closer to $20 to $25 a foot for the countertop with installation. Cabinetry typically costs about 40 percent of the overall budget. Most installers charge around $35 per section to install the cabinets and there are usually four to five sections. Depending on what type of cabinetry you choose, you may spend about $140 or more for the installation, plus whatever cabinetry they choose to purchase. Many installers will charge around $700 to $800 to install everything, depending on what has to be done. Sometimes, if a new gas or electric cooktop or oven is being installed in a new position within the kitchen, someone who specializes in this type of installation may need to be called. This installer may be different than an installer who puts in the cabinetry and the countertops.

    Remodeling a kitchen can be expensive and may cost anywhere from $2,000 or $3,000 all the way up to $20,000, just for the kitchen island alone. The final price is dependent on what choices the homeowner makes regarding what will be installing in the center island and the quality of the products being used.

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