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5 Kitchen Renovations for About $25,000 (or Less)


For owners looking to add value to their homes, kitchen makeovers can provide a lot of bang for the buck. Just keep in mind that this type of renovation doesn't come cheap. Even a minor kitchen remodel averages $19,588, according to Remodeling magazine's annual "Cost vs. Value" report, though homeowners can expect to recoup 72% of the cost at resale.

"Many people approach home-makeover projects with champagne taste and a beer budget," says George "Geep" Moore, the remodelers chairman for the National Association of Home Builders. "You can actually do a lot [in your kitchen] with a minimal budget." In a 200-square-foot space, a typical minor kitchen remodel can include updating cabinet fronts and drawers, replacing the stove, countertops and flooring, installing a new sink and faucet, and painting.

Here, we've rounded up before-and-after photos of five kitchen makeovers that cost about $25,000 or less to show how far your remodeling money can stretch. Take a look.

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