How Much Does a Kitchen Remodel Cost in Des Moines, IA?

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How much does a kitchen remodel cost?

Like anything, the cost of a kitchen remodel can vary dramatically depending on the updates to be made and the type of materials to be utilized. In this article, we will cover the following topics:

What is the average cost of a kitchen remodel?

At HomeWorx, the average cost of a kitchen remodel is $27,986 in the Des Moines area. The range of our kitchen remodels can be as little $5,000 to $40,000+ depending on the scope of work. A number of factors come in to play when determining the cost of a kitchen remodel. Throughout the remainder of this article, we will speak to some of the major items affecting the price.

To receive a custom kitchen estimate, schedule an appointment with us and one of our experts will work up a no obligation free estimate.

Will any plumbing or electrical need to be moved?

If the layout is remaining the same and no plumbing or electrical is being re-routed, this will be the best for the budget. However, if you are looking to do any of the following, costs will increase…

  • Move location of sink and dishwasher
  • Move location of or add lighting fixtures
  • Move location of or add electrical outlets or switches

The main word to focus on is “location”. If lighting fixtures, oven ranges or plumbing fixtures are simply being swapped out but remaining in the same location the costs will be less expensive. However, if you are looking to move the location of any of the items listed above to a new location your costs will increase. Depending on the scope of work being complete the costs to complete the above items could range from as little as $500 to over $1,500.

What types of material are to be used?

An entire book could be written on this question but to keep it simple we will focus on the major material costs that go into a kitchen remodel…

  • Cabinetry: New kitchen cabinets will range in price from $3000-$15,000+. On average, our customers spend $9,000 for a kitchen cabinets
  • Countertops: Granite and quartz countertops are the standard today with quartz becoming the more popular of the two. Granite countertops start around$60 per sq ft with Quartz starting around $70 per sq ft.
  • Tile: Per square foot, tile will range from $3 to $20. On average, our customers spend $8 per square foot. This would be for floors and / or backsplashes. A less expensive alternative to tile flooring is luxury vinyl plank, which costs $4-5 per square foot on average.
  • Appliances: Many people choose to reuse their current appliances or replace down the road. This definitely reduces the projects costs. However, if your appliances are on their last leg you can expect to pay around $5000 for a new set. As with all the other materials prices can be higher if you choose to go with Viking or Wolf appliances.
  • Plumbing fixtures: The basic kitchen faucet starts at $150 while our customers normally spend about $300 on a kitchen faucet.
  • Lighting fixtures: The majority of lighting we see in a kitchen includes recessed lights in the ceiling, pendant lights over the island and undercabinet lighting. Depending on the current lighting you could spend $1500 to add recessed lighting to a kitchen where it does not currently exist. Pendant lights generally cost around $150-$200 per light. And for undercabinet lighting you can expect to pay around $900.

How long does it take to complete a kitchen remodel?

Basic of kitchen remodels can be completed in under a week. As we begin getting into full gut kitchens with new cabinets, counter tops, etc, the time frame can extend to 4-8 weeks. On average, our kitchen remodels take 6 weeks. We’ve also written an entire blog post about this that you can read here.

What to consider when completing a kitchen remodel?

  • Do you see yourself being in the house for the considerable future?
    • If so, you will want to make the kitchen fit you and your lifestyle. You may want to spend a little more to get the features you’re looking for and not worry as much about making up the cost in re-sale value.
    • If not, you will want to look at the latest trends to complete your kitchen remodel and keep costs in check. We would not suggest going over the top, buying the fanciest materials, as you likely will not make up the entire cost when selling the house if you do this.


Kitchen remodels come in all shapes and sizes. Keep your budget in mind and work from there. Generally speaking, there is a kitchen remodel that fits most budgets.

To receive a custom kitchen estimate, schedule an appointment with us to discuss your dream kitchen.

Kitchen Remodel FAQs: A Complete Guide to Des Moines, IA Kitchen Remodels


Have you been thinking about remodeling your kitchen? Find yourself constantly looking through home improvement magazines while daydreaming about adding an island with a quartz countertop? Want to add a backsplash? Thinking about going open concept?

Whatever you’ve been daydreaming about, HomeWorx wants to help. As the best kitchen remodeling company in the Des Moines area, we can take care of whatever projects you might have in mind.

We’ve outlined this guide to answer some of the most common questions we get from customers. Hopefully, this will give you all of the information you need to get the process started.

Table of Contents

1. Will Remodeling My Kitchen Increase My Home’s Value?

2. How Much Does a Kitchen Remodel Cost?

3. Is a Kitchen Remodel Tax Deductible?

4. Can I Finance a Kitchen Remodel?

5. When is the Best Time to Remodel My Kitchen?

6. How Long Does a Kitchen Remodel Take?

7. What Steps are in a Kitchen Remodel?

8. Do I Need to Get a Permit in Iowa to Remodel My Kitchen?

9. Can I Remodel My Kitchen While Keeping My Old Cabinets?

10. Will HomeWorx Add New Lighting to My Kitchen?

11. Will HomeWorx Help Me Come Up with Some Kitchen Remodeling Ideas?

12. Can I See Some Pictures of Kitchen Remodel Projects? 13. Where in Iowa Does HomeWorx Remodel Kitchens?

1. Will Remodeling My Kitchen Increase My Home’s Value?

Yes. Aside from simply wanting to enjoy the benefits of a brand new kitchen, many homeowners decide to renovate because they want to increase the value of their house.

According to Remodeling Magazine’s 2018 “Cost vs Value Report”, a kitchen remodel adds significant value to nearly every house. A full remodel adds nearly $38,000 to the value of a mid-sized Iowa home. In larger homes, it has the potential to add as much as $67,000.

But, you don’t even have to remodel the entire room to add value to the house. Remodel points out that even minor kitchen renovations can add up to $17,000 to the home’s value.

Ultimately, those who invest in a remodel get a significant return on their investment. As of 2018, kitchen remodels can yield as much as an 80% return. So, when you finally decide it’s time to pack up and sell, you can expect to get a decent chunk of your investment money back.

2. How Much Does a Kitchen Remodel Cost in Des Moines, IA?

The average price of our kitchen remodeling services varies from case to case. It ultimately depends on the size of the kitchen, the cost of materials, and the amount of labor necessary. If you want a whole new set of cabinets, for example, you’re likely to pay more than someone who wants to leave their old cabinets.

On average, our customers spend about $25,000 on their kitchen remodel in the Des Moines, IA area. However, they can start as low as $10,000 and exceed $40,000 depending on the kitchen and design.

Contact us for a free estimate today. We’ll discuss your ideas and come up with a budget breakdown to give you an idea of expected costs.

3. Is a Kitchen Remodel Tax Deductible?

If you incorporate EnergyStar approved elements into the project, you could get some tax deductions from the IRS.

Energy-efficient windows and skylights, for example, are eligible for a 10% deduction. Any appliances that are modified for wheelchair accessibility are eligible, too.

In addition, you can deduct up to $100k in home improvement loans.

So, you can increase the value of your home and get some money back at the same time!

4. Can I Finance a Kitchen Remodel?

Yes! We offer financing plans to help our customers remodel their kitchens. That way, we can get to work as soon as possible and you can pay for it over time.

It’s our belief that everyone should be able to have the kitchen they’ve always wanted. Don’t let a limited budget prohibit you from having the kitchen of your dreams.

Give us a call at (515) 850-7501 to discuss our payment options!

5. When is the Best Time to Remodel My Kitchen?

There’s no wrong time for a kitchen remodel. We’ll do it in the hot summer months or the cold winter months. No problem!

6. How Long Does a Kitchen Remodel Take?

On average, kitchen remodels take between 4 and 6 weeks.However, the timeline varies for each job.

There are certain aspects of every home that make a renovation take more or less time. For example, if you want to remove walls in such a way that requires us to reroute electrical or plumbing, the job is likely to take longer.

There can also be surprises that pop up, even in small kitchens. The best way to gauge the timeline for a remodel is for us to take a look at your kitchen and discuss your ideas for the project.

7. What Steps are in a Kitchen Remodel?

Every Homeworx project involves seven key steps:

  1. First consultation: We meet with the homeowner to look at the kitchen and discuss the homeowner’s needs.
  • Project proposal: We develop a plan and a loose estimate for the project cost.
  • Sealing the deal: We enter into a contract. The homeowner signs off on a general budget.
  • Designing: We work with the homeowner to design the perfect kitchen. We work within their budget and come up with a more specific price.
  • Finalize proposal: When the homeowner is happy with the design, we agree on a finalized budget. After this, the allowance won’t change unless the customer asks for alterations.
  • Scheduling: The homeowner and the HomeWorx team decide on the best time to complete the job.
  • Kitchen remodel: We “break ground”! We work methodically—from tearing down walls and hanging new drywall to installing cabinets and new appliances. In no time at all, the customer will have the kitchen they’ve always dreamt of.

8. Do I Need to Get a Permit in Iowa to Remodel My Kitchen?

Technically, no. You don’t need a building permit to remodel your kitchen in Iowa under most circumstances.

However, there are situations that do require a permit from the city. For example, in Des Moines, you must have a building permit for any projects that require the plumbing to be rerouted. If all of the plumbing is staying in the same place, you are free to renovate without a permit.

In other words, if you want us to take the sink out and put it in a new spot, you’ll need to apply for a permit.But, if you’re keeping it where it is, we’re good to go.

In the case that your project does require a permit, HomeWorx will take care of and obtain all of the necessary documentation.

9. Can I Remodel My Kitchen While Keeping My Old Cabinets?

Yes! If you live in an old house and want to keep your cabinets to keep that traditional feel, we can work with them. We’ll redo the floor, add new counters, and bring in new appliances. We’re happy to leave your old cabinets right where they are.

10. Will HomeWorx Add New Lighting to My Kitchen?

Of course. We can absolutely add some new lighting.

However, it’s important to note that certain lighting projects may require a building permit. The project may also take a bit longer if a licensed electrician is required. But, we’ll take care of all that and have you enjoying a well-lit kitchen in no time at all.

11. Will HomeWorx Help Me Come Up with Some Kitchen Remodeling Ideas?

Definitely! As the best kitchen remodeling company in the Des Moines region, we love helping homeowners to brainstorm design ideas. Our expert team of contractors has been around and seen it all, so we have a great sense of how to make a kitchen really shine.

At HomeWorx, we use a 3D layout application to render sketches of our ideas. This software allows us to send you images of the project before we even start. That way, you’re able to change your mind and make alterations accordingly. It helps us to keep costs as low as possible and helps you to visualize the final product in real-time.

12. Can I See Some Pictures of Kitchen Remodel Projects?

Yes. Take a look at our kitchen gallery to see our portfolio.

13. Where in Iowa Does HomeWorx Remodel Kitchens?

We’ll remodel any kitchen in the Des Moines area. Here’s a list of cities we work in:

Don’t see your city? We may still be able to work with you. Give us a call. It’s possible that we’ll still be able to come out to your city.

How Much do Kitchen Cabinets Cost in Des Moines, IA?

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The cost of kitchen cabinets is one of the biggest expenses when it comes to remodeling a kitchen. There are many variables that will affect the cost of your cabinets. This could mean your kitchen cabinets cost around $6,000, up to over $20,000. Depending on your budget, there are many factors that will affect this budget. Keep these items in mind when shopping for cabinets so you stay within budget.

In this post we will cover some of the main items that can drastically affect the cost.

  • Quality of the cabinetry – Are the boxes plywood or MDF? What type of material is the drawer box made of? How are the drawer boxes constructed?
  • Painted or stained kitchen cabinets – Painted cabinets are in style but they do cost 10-20% more than stained cabinetry.
  • Cabinet hardware – Soft close hinges and drawer slides add cost but are a nice added feature
  • Customized options – Would you like to include drawer and cabinet organization features?
  • Size – Obviously the larger your kitchen the more cabinets you need. We won’t cover this in any more detail.

Quality of the Kitchen Cabinets

Plywood vs. MDF (Particleboard) Cabinets

Plywood boxes are a stronger cabinet box that typically have plywood backs and sides. Plywood is made by pressing layers of wood together making plywood very strong. This means the boxes are heavier duty and resist warping. They are able to stand up to the heaviest countertops.

Particleboard or MDF is made by pressing together wood particles and glue to create the board. Particleboard does not have the same strength as plywood and is more susceptible to damage during installation.

Verdict: The majority of homes have kitchen cabinets constructed of particleboard boxes. Generally speaking, for most kitchen remodels you will save money and the difference in box construction will not be noticeable. Using particleboard boxes allows you to save on your kitchen cabinet cost and splurge on other cabinet customization options.

Painted or stained cabinets

This will be short and sweet…. Painted kitchen cabinets are currently in style but they cost 10-20% more than their stained counterpart. This is a matter of style and what you want your kitchen design to look like.

As you start getting into different wood species the stained cabinets could end up costing more. From what we normally install though, the painted cabinets are more expensive.

Verdict: This depends on your personal style. Do not go with stained just because they are less expensive if you really want painted cabinets. The extra cost here is worth getting what you want.

Cabinet Hardware

The handle hardware for your drawers and doors will affect your cost but get what you like for those.

We are going to focus on soft-close hardware vs. non soft close. In our opinion, soft close hardware is worth the upgrade. Over time this will reduce the wear and tear on your cabinets by not allowing people to slam cabinet doors and drawers. If possible, undermount drawer glides are also a great option. This hides the drawer glides and makes for a nicer appearance.

Cabinet Organization

Customized cabinet inserts have become very popular lately and for good reason. Let me ask, have you opened your cabinet drawers to find a disheveled mess? If so, custom cabinet organizers are perfect for organizing any number of things:

  • Knives and other kitchen utensils
  • Tupperware containers
  • Pots and pans
  • Cups and glasses
  • Trash pull out

Verdict: If you enjoy cooking or are a bit of a neat freak these are a must have. They help keep your cabinets looking just as good on the inside as they do on the outside.

Our Final Words of Wisdom on Kitchen Cabinets Cost…

The options for your kitchen cabinets can be overwhelming. Use these tips to ensure your kitchen cabinet costs stay in line with your kitchen remodeling budget. Basic kitchen cabinets we see usually start at $6000 and can go up from there depending on the features desired.

Think about whether you will be staying in the house for a long period of time or the house is just a temporary stop until you purchase a new one. If it’s a temporary stop, buy a quality cabinet but don’t splurge on all the extra customizations, as it likely will not be re-couped at resale. However, if it’s your forever home, a kitchen remodel is likely something you will only do once, so spend the extra money to get exactly what you want.

If you would like further reading on this subject CliqStudios has an in-depth guide on cabinet quality and selection. Be sure to check out some of our recent kitchen remodels in Des Moines to get some inspiration.