If you’ve decided to do a kitchen remodeling project, you know the biggest part of the design will be the cabinets.
Not only the new cabinets need to be aesthetically pleasing, but they also need to be functional and appropriate.
If you can find well-built cabinets made made of quality material, then you’ve hit the kitchen cabinet trifecta.
With all of the choices available today, it can be overwhelming to know where to start and what to choose. This guide will help you navigate the cabinet buying process including styles, materials, costs, and pros and cons of various options.
The total average cost (including materials and labor) to install European style frameless cabinets in a typical 10-by-10 kitchen will range between $4,750 to $6,950, depending on the choice of contractor doing the work, cabinet manufacturer, materials and your home’s location or the local real estate market dynamics.
Did you know? All else being equal, it will cost about $1,000 less to supply and install basic face-framed cabinets compared to frameless cabinets.
Framed cabinets can be more difficult to install, but they can be safely hung on uneven walls, making them more suitable for uneven wall layouts and oddly-shaped kitchens.
Framed cabinets are also available in a greater variety of styles and materials.
The pricing difference between the two kinds is mostly in the material cost of cabinets; Frameless Shaker Door style cabinets (material and supplies only) will cost between $3,500 to $4,000 for a typical 10-by-10 kitchen, while comparable cabinets with face frame will normally cost about $1,000 less for all the materials and supplies.
The limits are off for ductless heating and cooling systems, as double-digit growth in installations for six years running demonstrates.
ductless mini-split heating and cooling system
Mini split HVAC systems are no longer just for additions, rooms far from central heating that are too hot or too cold, or locations where installing or extending ductwork is impossible.
New technology and competitive costs are behind the growing number of applications including new construction.
This comprehensive ductless heating and cooling guide covers costs, system types, options, features, efficiency, pros and cons and more.
Did you Know?
Ductless mini split outdoor units are now being produced for cold climates. For example, the Fujitsu Halcyon XLTH Extra Low Temp system is an impressive 33 SEER ductless system that provides heating in temperatures as low as -5 degrees Fahrenheit.
Haier America, Samsung, Friedrich and several other brands have introduced cold climate ductless heat pumps. A base pan heater in these outdoor units allows condensate to drain without freezing.
How Much Does It Cost?
Mini split heat pumps cost higher than standard split systems, but significantly less than geothermal system costs.
Small, single-zone systems with installation start as low as $1,900. Large, complex systems can cost as much as $13,500 installed. Here are the average installed costs for three common system sizes. There’s more detail in various sections below.
Single zone systems: 1 indoor unit (6,000-36,000 BTU): $1,900 to $7,500
Average multi-zone systems: 2-4 indoor units (18,000-36,000 BTU total): $6,600-$10,500
Large multi-zone systems: 4+ indoor units (up to 60,000 BTU total): $9,250-$15,500
Here’s a quick breakdown of mini split HVAC costs for equipment and installation:
Outdoor unit cost: $950 to $5,800 (9K to 60K BTU)
Indoor unit cost: $200 to $2,000 (6K to 36K BTU)
Accessory package: $250-$1,950
Ductless HVAC system installation (warrantied labor) cost: $700 to $5,000
The accessory package may include a line set, drain tubing, wiring, thermostat, remote control, additional refrigerant when indoor units are distant from the outdoor unit, condensate pan heater for cold climates and other equipment required for installation.
Did you Know?
Knowing the technical terms will assist you when researching your options, shopping and discussing the project with an installer. In technical terms, outdoor units are also called condensers.
A condenser contains the compressor that circulates refrigerant and the condensing coil that disperses heat during an AC mode and collects heat in heating mode.
Indoor units are also called air handlers and evaporators, and there are several types (explained in the section of Indoor Unit Types below).
Pro Tip: You’ll spend less on equipment and installation when you choose one large outdoor unit that supports multiple indoor zones rather than several separate single-zone ductless systems. In a multi-zone system, the climate of each room or zone can be independently controlled for customized comfort.
Mini Split System Cost Factors
Ductless mini split system costs vary widely based on:
Whether it is AC-only ($-$$$) or a heat pump ($$-$$$)
Cost rises as energy efficiency goes up.
Cost rises with the size of the outdoor unit, though again, one outdoor unit costs less than two outdoor units with the same cumulative capacity (1-48,000 BTU unit vs. 2-24,000 BTU units, for example).
The number, capacity and type of indoor units (single zone vs. multi-zone)
Indoor units with variable-speed fans for better climate control cost 15% to 25% more.