The kitchen is the most expensive room in the house to remodel, on a square foot by square foot basis.
When you remodel a low-intensity, low-function room such as a living room , you have few services (i.e. no running water, few electrical needs) and inexpensive materials (i.e. drywall, trim).
By contrast, a kitchen needs cabinetry, appliances, extra lighting, extra electrical needs, plumbing, ventilation, and more. The materials also tend to be expensive (i.e. granite, stainless steel, Corian, marble, custom or stock cabinets). So, here are a few things to consider:
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