Costs of a Kitchen Remodel/Financing Options

This is a two-part article. The first part will discuss the costs of a kitchen remodel and the second financing options to cover those costs. 1) Various costs of a kitchen remodel. Most/least expensive elements. Areas where a homeowner could cut costs. (i.e., not changing plumbing). 2) Ideas for financing a kitchen remodel. Requirements: For #1 A general or kitchen contractor; or interior designer/architect. For #2 Someone in the personal finance field who can speak to financing kitchen remodels. Both sources within North America.