For most families, the kitchen is the heart of the home and where they spend much of their time. When it comes to selling your home, the kitchen is one of the rooms that buyers most scrutinise. Its state can be the deal breaker – the reason why someone buys your home or walks away. The state of your kitchen can also have a big influence on the price you ultimately receive for your home.
Kitchen Renovation Costs
The average cost to renovate a kitchen
Average kitchen renovation costs can be misleading because the averages are based on high and low prices paid for a renovation. They do give you a starting point, though. In general, kitchens can be divided into three categories: budget, luxury and ultimate. According to experts, the average cost of a kitchen reno in each of these categories, including all new appliances, installation, plumbing and electrical work is:
- Budget: $22,000
- Luxury: $34,000
- Ultimate: $40,000+
The gap between a budget and luxury kitchen is larger because of the materials and appliances included in the kitchen. Budget kitchens generally have melamine doors, laminate benchtops, standard tiles and lower-cost appliances. Luxury and ultimate kitchens will have solid timber, composite stone or granite benchtops. They will have frame and panel, or polyurethane spray-painted doors and expensive tiles or splashbacks. Owners will also choose the latest European appliances and spend more on their fittings.
Costs of kitchen renovation vary.
How much your new kitchen costs will vary based on your budget and the reasons why you are upgrading the kitchen. If you are going for basic functionality, then there are many DIY ‘flat-pack’ options available, however, if you are looking to build your dream kitchen, then the sky’s the limit. The cost of renovating a new kitchen varies according to the level of design you’re looking to achieve, such as on a budget, middle or high-end design.
Making sure that you are calculating the cost of appliances into your budget can add high costs to a kitchen upgrade. If you’re selling the property, install a kitchen that appeals to a wide range of buyers and try and stick with a simple colour palette. Kitchens and bathrooms are two areas that buyers look out for, so make sure your kitchen renovation is suitable for the property type and the area it is located but be careful not to over-capitalise.
When working on kitchen renovations costs, it’s important to consider appliances versus cabinetry and hardware. Don’t blow the budget on high-end appliances if they’re going to be fitted into cheaper cabinetry. Disperse cost thoughtfully. An eye-catching splashback, amazing layout or luxe-looking tiles and hardware can add wow-factor more than a fancy appliance hidden in a basic kitchen.
Budget or small kitchen renovation cost
A budget or small kitchen renovation costs anywhere from $5,000 to $15,000. For an entry-level budget, you can expect to renovate a small kitchen by resurfacing cabinetry or replacing your existing cabinetry with a flat pack laminate finish, a tiled splashback and a laminate benchtop. For your flooring, browse options in vinyl and laminate coverings, and entry-level appliance brands.
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Standard kitchen renovation cost
A standard kitchen renovation costs anywhere from $15,000 to $40,000, with the median overall spend currently sitting at $20,000.
For this budget range, you can expect to choose engineered stone benchtops, polyurethane cabinetry and a glass splashback. Mid-range flooring options include hardwood timber or large format tiles, as well as appliances from some big brands with more features and a choice of finishes. Mid-range flooring options include hardwood timber or large format tiles, as well as appliances from some big brands.
You should be able to hire a dedicated kitchen builder, though you will need to keep a close eye on your budget.
Premium or luxury kitchen renovation cost
A premium or luxury kitchen renovation can cost in excess of $45,000+. If budget is not a limiting factor or you want the very best. You can expect to choose premium engineered stone or natural stone benchtops, polyurethane fronted cabinets and a glass or premium tile splashback.
You also get to select premium appliances with all the bells and whistles, including ovens with a multitude of cooking programs, internet-connected fridge/freezers and natural hardwood floor or premium tiles.
You will also be able to hire a dedicated kitchen builder capable of building you a custom kitchen as per your preferences.
Things to Consider Before Starting a Full Kitchen Renovation
Before beginning with the renovation of your kitchen, think about the following:
What do you want from your kitchen space? How do you want it to look and operate? Are the size and configuration right for the renovation? Do you want to add commercial kitchen equipment and be more sophisticated? Ex: combi oven, commercial chargrill or under bench fridge.
Figure out your budget and calculate the resale value. Real estate experts always say that you should spend three to eight per cent of the home’s value on a full kitchen renovation. The average price of a house in Sydney begins with $1.1m, which means that the homeowner can typically spend $33,000 to $88,000 on a kitchen renovation without affecting the resale price.
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Design and Layout Process
The design is one of the most important, but often overlooked aspects of a kitchen renovation. The layout of your kitchen can make or break the ease of workflow and productivity. A poorly designed kitchen can be frustrating to work in and if you’re spending a large sum of money you want to be sure you will enjoy being in the new kitchen. A professional kitchen designer can ensure a sensible layout while providing you with ample storage and a stylistic look. If you’re looking at redesigning the entire layout of your kitchen, you’ll need to factor in designer’s fees, which are normally around 10% of the overall cost. The average price point for a designer’s fees is $2,500.
Suppose you are planning to change the previous layout of your kitchen. In that case, you might have to engage a registered architect to file a permit application with your local council, ascertaining that the new space will be compliant with building codes and laws. Altering the existing framework will cost extra for material and labour, along with the kitchen design and permit filing fees.
While the layout of your kitchen is likely to remain somewhat similar, you can make a big impact on your choice of colour and accessories. Splashbacks and wall paint are affordable ways to inject a pop of your favourite colour. Smaller accessories such as bar stools, wall clocks and fruit bowls are also great options to add colourful highlights. If you opt for an eclectic kitchen style, you could create space for displaying brightly coloured vessels or include open shelves that show off your crockery. Other kitchen styles include the rather clutter-free modern-contemporary style and the rustic look that incorporates a lot of natural wood and ‘stressed’ or vintage cabinets. Depending on the era of your existing kitchen, you could also opt for the ’50s or 60s retro’ kitchen that embraces some of this period’s features.
The ‘Working Triangle’
Architectures and designers recommend considering the classic ‘working triangle’ layout design for a newly renovated kitchen. This concept is designed to diminish the walking and operating distance between the sink, fridge and oven by placing each appliance on three points of a triangle. This approach works with most kitchen layouts, but you are free to alter the layout according to your budget and functionality ease.
The cabinets of every kitchen should be sturdy, but the materials they’re made from will determine how much you spend. Cabinetry materials are usually wood, wood veneers or composite woods like chipboard, though aluminium and polyethylene are increasingly popular options. Melamine Drawers and doors are a great budget option, whereas solid timber is more expensive but can give a better aesthetic finish. In most kitchens, the cabinets will take up a large portion of the space and incidentally, will be a big chunk of your budget. You can purchase cabinets typically at $80 to $1000 per cabinet. Custom-made cabinets will cost somewhere around $500 to $1,500 per cabinet. To replace all cabinetry, you can expect costs to be anywhere from $4,000 to $10,000.
Using standard cabinets throughout is the way to go on a smaller budget. These days there is a great choice of styles available. Even better, consider replacing cabinet doors only, and keeping any structurally sound cabinets you already have. Adding new doorknobs or handles is a small detail that can ‘upcycle’ your cabinets significantly. You can also repaint or resurface existing cabinets. In some cases, cabinet doors can remain in place and be spray coated, but more often than not, you will have to dismantle the kitchen cabinets and then install the cabinets again. Depending on the changes you are making to your kitchen and the state of the cabinets, it may be more efficient and cost-effective to replace all the kitchen cabinetry with standard cabinets. Many companies offer flat pack kitchen sets that are good value for money and easy to install.
The next most significant part of your kitchen renovation will likely be the benchtops. The cost of the benchtop would depend on the material, and the size required. The size of the edge and the thickness of the benchtop can again alter the bulk cost. If you are adding new appliances in your kitchen, then it would add another $1,000 to $5,000 in your overall cost. Again, depending on the materials used on these surfaces, there can be a large sway in pricing. Common kitchen benchtop materials include marble, stone, metal and composite woods – all of which have different price points. More basic materials, such as laminate benchtops can be less than $3,000, whereas solid timber or gloss polyurethane can be much more expensive. Even more expensive is marble or stone benchtops which can easily go above the $10,000 mark, before installation costs.
Laminate remains the most common and most economical material for benchtop surfaces. It has developed a lot in recent years with a host of colours and styles available. It’s practical, durable, and with prices starting from around $170 per square metre it is budget-friendly. Bamboo or stainless steel benchtops are interesting but are slightly more expensive alternatives (each starting from around $300 per square metre). Bamboo tops add a warm wooden tone to your kitchen. Stainless steel, on the other hand, creates a more sleek and modern look. It’s long been used in commercial kitchens, as it’s hygienic and easy to clean. If your budget stretches a little bit further, you could consider laminated timber (from around $450 per square metre).
When it comes to splashbacks, ceramic tiles work well and won’t break the bank. You could opt for a neutral, plain style or choose different colours or patterns. If money is tight or you want to use more expensive materials such as mosaics or glass, consider covering just the area immediately above and next to the cooktop. You could also install a longer but a lower strip of splashback material. Paint the rest of the wall in good quality, antibacterial paint specifically designed for kitchens.
When it comes to kitchen renovations, the flooring can be easy to forget. However, it can be an important aspect. Your kitchen needs a durable and easy-to-clean floor surface. There’s a great variety of flooring options, and you can choose between different types and styles of tiles, vinyl, wood and linoleum.
A tiled floor is generally more expensive due to the material itself but also the installation process. Tiles will cost around $2,000 depending on the kitchen size. High-end kitchens often use wood flooring, but this can increase the costs to around $4,000. The more affordable options are vinyl and linoleum, which are normally only $300 – $400.
Lighting is an important part of your kitchen as you want certain areas to be well lit for food preparation. However, not the most expensive part of a renovation, lighting can still add up. Normally installation costs for lighting sit around $300 and adding in the average price of downlight and pendant lighting your overall cost of lighting in your new kitchen will sit around $900 to $1500.
Costs of appliances vary greatly depending on location and the brand name, though the typical cost of labour when installing a new oven or dishwasher is $300. Factoring in the cost of the appliances themselves and you can expect the overall fit-out of your kitchen to sit at roughly $5,000. Of course, with more high-end appliances, the price can quickly double or triple.
You’ll be able to save a huge amount of money if you stay with your existing appliances. Consider which appliances still work (and are likely to work for several years to come) and which may need replacing. You might be able to focus on one or two new key items. If you do have to put in new appliances, you can opt for plain models that will do the job and match your kitchen style. Make sure you go for energy star rated products that will help you save money over their lifespan. Building your appliances into the kitchen and covering them with cabinetry usually requires more expensive, custom-made cabinetry.
Altering the layout of your kitchen and getting installations done can cost you labour charges somewhere between $2,000 and $5,500. Your labour cost might also include waterproofing charges, plumbing cost or electrical installation cost as per QN Design information.
The “Extras” Add Up
Apart from the cost of the cabinetry, the scope of works for tradesmen must be taken into account when undertaking a kitchen renovation. Each job is different. However, a typical kitchen renovation may require input from an electrician, a plumber or gas fitter, a tiler, a plasterer, a carpenter and a painter.
Moving the location of your sink or stove, in other words, the positioning of plumbing points and electrical sockets, is a major cost-contributing factor. Exactly how much extra money would be needed depends on the size, location and layout of your kitchen. In any case, if you are able to stick to the original floor plan and structure of your kitchen, you will be able to minimise your renovation costs. The same goes for existing doors and windows. You should plan on up to $20,000 to do a basic makeover of your kitchen, keeping everything where it is, or up to $30,000 if you are keen to include a few extras.
As you can see, the cost of a kitchen is dictated by a huge number of factors. The main ones are the size of your space, the materials, finishes, hardware and components you choose and the specialists you hire for the build and installation.
Whether you’re spending $10,000 or $100,000, it’s equally important to plan properly and maximise your budget for the best result. There’s no better way to do that than seek the advice of specialists who’ve completed many similar projects and know instinctively what works and doesn’t work so well.
By fully understanding the costs – and value – of each aspect of your renovation, you’ll have a great head start on achieving your dream kitchen.