We are starting the process of getting our kitchen remodeled, and we contacted a contractor/designer to see if she could help. Her reply:

For a complete overhaul - removing soffits, putting in new cabinets, counters, flooring, appliances,plumbing fixtures, removing wallpaper and re-doing wall, new lighting,new countertops you’re looking at a ballpark of $45,000 to $55,000.

That’s 1/3 of what we paid for the entire house.

We will likely be getting the cabinets and counters from IKEA, so my thought now is to hire somebody to demo the kitchen, which includes removing the soffits over the cabinets and removing the wall over the bar at the kitchen entrance. Then get IKEA to install the cabinets and counters, get a plumber to hook up the appliances, and save the floor for last. I want to remove the popcorn on the ceiling, and I can scrape that and hire somebody to skim it. The light fixtures I can hang myself. My concern is being without a kitchen for days on end, but if I can get IKEA in right after the demo, then we should be good to go. Any thoughts, Oppo?