When it comes to renovations, the kitchen can be one of the most expensive rooms to overhaul. It needs to be beautiful and well designed, while also being functional and durable.
Together with bathroom renovations, kitchens require significant plumbing and waterproofing, as well as cabinetry and multiple surfaces including tiles, benchtops and splashbacks, to name a few. You will also need to factor in costly materials, appliances and labour.
All this means that the cost of a kitchen renovation can quickly get out of hand.
This is why it’s essential to have a general idea what a kitchen renovation will cost before you get started. Having a ballpark figure in mind will help you to set your initial budget and get an understanding of what you can realistically expect to get for your money.
Kitchen renovations – General cost estimates
There is no single cost estimate for a kitchen renovation. The cost will be affected by a range of factors including the size of the kitchen, the style and materials and the extent of the renovation.
But, to begin with, let’s have a look at the general cost brackets for a renovation based on kitchen size.
- Small kitchen – $10,000 to $20,000
- Medium kitchen – $15,000 to $40,000
- Large kitchen – $30,000 to $60,000 +
Of course, these are just general price ranges. A basic cosmetic update to a small kitchen could cost you as little as $5,000 while a high-end luxury renovation of a large kitchen could cost you upwards of $100,000.
Before you get started
Before starting a kitchen project, you should take the time to consider what you really want to get out of the renovation and what your priorities are. Do you want a functional kitchen optimised for cooking and food preparation? Do you want a stylish kitchen that looks great? Or do you want a renovation that will add value to your home and deliver a profit come sale time?
Knowing what you want from your renovation will help you to focus your budget in the right places to achieve your goals. For example, if you don’t cook much and your priority is a great looking, stylish kitchen, then you don’t need to spend big money on a heavy-duty, top-of-the-line stovetop.
The extent of the renovation
If you’re considering a comprehensive renovation that completely alters the layout of the kitchen, then you should be prepared to pay. A project of this kind will involve engaging an architect to file a permit application with the council. A renovation of this kind can involve substantially altering the framework, plumbing and electrics, you will be required to show that the new layout is compliant with all building codes and regulations.
For this scale of renovation, you should expect a base cost of around $30,000, and that’s before you start thinking about appliances, cabinetry, benchtops and so on.
If you’re simply updating the existing layout, costs will be significantly lower as no permits are involved and there shouldn’t be any major changes to the plumbing or electrics. Have a look at “7 Questions To Ask Yourself Before You Plan A Kitchen Renovation”
Materials and labour cost
There are four major cost components for materials when it comes to your kitchen renovation:
Cabinetry can be expected to take up around 30% of your materials budget. However, costs will vary significantly depending on the number and size of the cabinets, the materials and whether they are mass produced or custom made.
Stock off-the-shelf cabinetry from home centres or hardware stores will be relatively cheap, but they won’t be great quality and won’t allow for much variation in terms of design.
Whereas, custom-made timber cabinets will cost 5-10 times more, but they will be premium quality and made to order.
Benchtops can be expected to account for around 10% of your materials budget. But, as with everything else, this will vary depending on your choice of material and the quality. Budget options like laminate materials are available, but aren’t overly durable. Materials like granite are expensive, but are ultra-tough and will last a lifetime. At the premium end, marble benchtops will be extremely expensive, will look amazing, but are susceptible to damage and staining.
Appliances should always be factored in to your renovation. Your choice of appliances should reflect your renovation priorities. For example, if your focus is designing a kitchen for cooking, then you may want to spend a little more on your oven and stovetop. However, if style and aesthetics is your focus, you might want to spend more on a great looking fridge.
The detailing can include a range of finishing touches like splashbacks, tap fittings and lighting and could end up costing you around $5,000 depending on the level of luxury and design you’re after.
You should always factor labour and installation costs into your renovation. Labour costs can include demolition and disposal, transport and installation, flooring, waterproofing, plumbing and electrics, architectural permits and more.
It’s important to get detailed quotes from all tradespeople so your have an idea of materials and labour costs before you get started.
If your head is spinning, don’t worry. There’s a lot to consider when renovating your kitchen and sometimes the best thing you can do is speak to a kitchen design expert to help you work through all the choices. They can help you get the kitchen you want for the price tag you want.