Today's blog is about "replacement" kitchens. I put this in quotations because I am not talking about what people typically are referring to when they say "new kitchen." Many homeowners would love to have a new kitchen in their home but feel that it's way more than what they could afford. Prices of $30,000, $40,000 even $70,000 and $80,000 are not uncommon when installing an all new kitchen.

Fortunately, for most people, there is a less expensive option that will accomplish many of the same goals but at a much lower price. This is what I refer to as a "replacement" kitchen. Much like a replacement window fits into the opening created for the last window, a replacement kitchen is laid out just like the old kitchen.

When installing a replacement kitchen, we install new cabinets and counter tops. New appliances are installed and a new coat of paint is applied to the walls. However the layout of the kitchen does not change, the sink, dishwasher, refrigerator and other appliances all are positioned in the same spot as they previously had been, thus greatly reducing or eliminating the need for any plumbing or electrical work. The cabinet and counters are laid out just as before, but using new materials. This reduces greatly the need for any type of framing work, drywall work or other carpentry. If the condition of the floor will allow it, this can also be left unchanged.

By reducing the scope of the project down to the key parts of a kitchen (counters, cabinets and appliances) the job can be performed at a significantly lower price and in a much shorter period of time. Generally speaking, the replacement kitchens Legacy has installed run between $10,000 and $20,000, including the new appliances. This work is done in 3-5 days.

If you have wanted to get a new kitchen but have thought that this too much money, you should consider the concept of a replacement kitchen. This will give you a nice new area in your home, at a reasonable price and with minimal disruption. Best of all, like many remodeling projects, this investment will pay off one day when you go to sell your home.