Pull and Replace Kitchen Remodel with Wood Cabinets - $48,200

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This project was what we consider to be a “pull and replace” kitchen remodel”. In a pull and replace remodel the kitchen layout stays basically the same but the cabinets, counters, flooring etc… are all replaced. 

In this case we were also able to make the kitchen a little larger by adding a bigger cabinet to the left of the range. We also added storage by replacing their closet pantry with a tall cabinet with roll-outs and adding cabinets on the back of the peninsula.

For the look of the kitchen the homeowner wanted to stick with wood cabinets or cabinets with a wood stain finish and quartz countertops. We also replaced the flooring throughout the house with LVP (aka luxury vinyl plank) flooring. 

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Wood Cabinets Project Cost

Good Better Best Budget: $47,324

During our original design and budget consult the homeowners were just looking at remodeling their kitchen and replacing the flooring in the kitchen. 

Final Contract Price:  $48,197

After the design work was done the final contract price increased about 2% mainly due to some slight differences in construction labor costs. This is typical for our projects, with most projects landing within +/- 3% of the original GBB budget we create for you.  

Change Orders: $10,844

After the fixed price contract was signed but before the project started however the homeowner decided to replace all the flooring in the house, not just in the kitchen.

We created a change order to amend the proposal. Adding the flooring throughout the rest of their home ended up costing an additional $10,844. 

Final Project Costs: $59,041


Wood Cabinets Project Goals

  • Make the space feel larger
  • More counter top space
  • stay with wood cabinets
  • Personalize the kitchen with new countertops and backsplash
  • Add more storage 

Fixtures and Materials Used

  • Alder cabinet doors with a pecan stain from Bellmont Cabinets
  • Quartz Countertops from Cambria, the color is Windermere 
  • Mohawk Vinyl Plank Flooring – The color is Castle Rock
  • Under cabinet lights and angled power strips from Task Lighting 
  • Delta Essa Faucet with pull down sprayer
  • Element Posh Glass Tile from Crossville for the Backspalsh



This project went smoothly except for a warranty issue with the cabinet finish. We’ve been working with Bellmont for a couple of years and have not had this issue before. However on this project there was a problem with the clear coat on a lot of the wood cabinets doors the we found unexceptible.

Bellmont replaced all the doors at no cost to us.


Our Favorite Things:

  • We love the pecan stain on these alder doors.
  • The Cambria Counters also really shine. We’d never used the color Windemere before but have used it a couple of times since!
  • The pantry cabinet on this project has 5 adjustable rollouts, which is awesome!


Project Timeline

1. Design and Budget Consult

We started this project with our typical design and budget consult. This consisted of a home visit and a showroom visit.

The home visit is where we took before photos, measurements and talked with the homeowner about what all they were looking to achieve.

The showroom visit is where we went over the scope of work for their project, the budget and general selections. 

To move forward, they paid a 5% design retainer and then we started with the design phase.

2. Design Phase

The design phase took about 9 weeks, a little longer than average due to scheduling meetings in between the owners business travel.

3. On the Jobsite

We had to delay the start of the project by a week due to a delay in the cabinet delivery. We don’t like to start a project unitl the cabinets are safely stored in our warehouse.

We were on the job site for about 10 weeks total. This was also longer than average due to a couple delays.

The project took about 6 weeks from start to finish. However we had a warranty issue with some of the cabinet doors, the finish on them was not quite right. So we reordered the doors and replaced them. This made the total project time about 10 weeks.

Project Details

For this project, the original layout of the kitchen was somewhat similar before and after. However, there were a few main differences that made a huge impact.

The first change we made was removing the soffit above their cabinetry and taking the cabinetry to the ceiling. This made the space feel larger and less closed in. We also removed their pantry closet and added a tall pantry cabinet. This gave them additional storage space and allowed them to add adjustable rollouts, which made the storage even more accessible.

Another change from the original layout was making the peninsula all one height. Originally, they had a raised bar behind the sink. Sometimes having a raised bar is nice! However, lowering the counter to all one height provided them with more usable countertop space, which was important to them. It also allowed us to add 3 large, additional cabinets for extra storage on the opposite side of the peninsula. Since they already had a breakfast area for seating they opted for more storage instead of additional seating at the peninsula. 

Before Photos

Design Photos

During Photos

After Photos

Thank you for reading! We’d love to be a part of your next remodel. Check out our design services page

Paul McManus

Certified Residential Contractor, CRC1331326