Kitchen Renovation Tips

What is the most expensive part of a kitchen remodel?

After you’ve made up your mind that you need to remodel your kitchen, the process begins immediately. You’re on Pinterest all day, creating boards and pinning images of what your dream kitchen would look like. Every time you walk into your kitchen, you imagine the newer and remodelled version of it. After all, who doesn’t love to daydream? Especially when it comes to imagining the output of your own creativity.

However, at some point, reality has to set in. You open the budgeting excel sheet and are lost. You ask yourself, “where will all my money go?” “How much does a kitchen remodelling project cost?” and more questions like these.

Well, we all have money blues, don’t we? Most of us don’t have a huge sum of cash just lying around for use at our disposal. That leaves us wondering about budgeting and financing options for a kitchen remodel before everything else. But first, before we can even delve into how we can finance a project and create an adequate budget, we need to know what everything costs. Hence, a price breakdown of elements you are going to change is a great first step towards planning. Check out our range of kitchen renovation at Hitch Property Constructions.

When should I renovate my kitchen?

While few people renovate kitchens less than five years old, if you’re feeling guilty about wanting to renovate your decade-old kitchen, it might help to know you’re not alone.

The Housing Industry Association (HIA) ’s Kitchens and Bathrooms survey conducted in February/March 2019 found the overwhelming majority of kitchen renovations in Australia last year – 78% – were performed in homes that were between 11 and 20 years old.

What’s the average cost?

According to the same HIA survey, the average cost to renovate a kitchen is $26,280 (not including appliances). While the exact cost for you will depend on a range of factors, the Archicentre Australia 2019 Cost Guide estimates kitchen renovations will cost between $15,000 and $43,000, not including white goods.

Of course, the cost of any renovation will be entirely dependent on the size of the project, the materials used, and the services required. Obviously, no one kitchen will cost the same. In the same way, no one kitchen is the same. While choosing lower-quality materials, or being selected with exactly what you renovate can bring your costs down, it’s important to note that your geographic location can also affect the cost of your renovation. Within major cities, such as Sydney and Melbourne, it can be assumed a renovation can cost more than in other areas, with the average renovation price being somewhere above $20,000. Outside of these areas, the typical Australian kitchen remodel will cost around $17,000.

What are the options to finance a kitchen renovation?

Kitchen Renovation Tips

How you finance the work on your kitchen may depend on how big the job is, which will impact much it costs. There are several options available for would-be home renovators to consider, including:

Home loan

If this job is big enough, or you are doing a range of jobs at the same time, one choice you may consider is refinancing or restructuring your home loan, or adding a “line of credit”. For example, depending on your lender you may be able to add a redraw facility to your existing loan (although it’s wise to keep in mind that some fees could apply to any loan changes and there could be redrawn limits). Or, you could add an offset account, which could help reduce the interest paid on your loan while still allowing access to your money (although it’s wise to keep in mind there could be some fees involved here, too, and higher interest rates could apply to these types of loans). 

Personal loan

Depending on your personal circumstances and the cost of the job, you may consider using a personal loan to fund the work. This could be a secured loan or an unsecured loan. It’s worth keeping in mind, though, that interest rates are generally higher for personal loans than for home loans, and it’s a good idea to read the lender’s terms and conditions first. 

Credit card

It may also be possible, depending on the cost and your ability to repay the debt quickly, to pay for the job on a credit card. There could be some fringe benefits for doing so, such as extra insurance cover in some cases (read the card’s Product Disclosure Statement to find out the conditions of the cover). Keep in mind that credit card interest rates are typically much higher than home or personal loans, and interest can quickly accumulate on large balances. Hence, it is a good idea to weigh up your options and consider them carefully. If you don’t think you’ll be able to pay off the card’s balance in full each month, it may be worth re-considering whether a credit card is a right option for you. 

What affects the cost of a kitchen renovation?

The older your home is, the more extensive your kitchen renovations are likely to be. The physical size of your kitchen will also have an impact on the cost of upgrading it. Considering the majority of kitchen renovation jobs (68%, according to the HIA report) involve enlarging the footprint – changing the physical size of the kitchen – you might want to have a little more saved up to allow for an expansion.

Prices will also depend on the quality of the materials, fixtures and fittings you choose, and whether you hire tradespeople to install your kitchen or do it yourself.

Also, it’s important to remember that quotes are estimates of what the work is expected to cost. These estimates could change as the project progresses, especially if there are delays caused by factors like supply issues or changes to your original plans. New work could also uncover existing problems, such as water-damaged house frames or mould infestations, which can also mean delays, the need for more materials and, subsequently, higher costs. When planning your budget, it can be a good idea to consider leaving room for cost overruns.

Hitch Property Constructions has an extensive range of kitchen renovation Melbourne to take the hassle out of deciding the right furniture that matches.

What parts of the kitchen cost what?

The materials you choose will have a big impact on the cost of your renovation, whether it’s for your benches, splashbacks and cabinetry or your handles, tapware and sinks.

Price typically differs according to a product’s quality, style, popularity or a combination of these factors.

Generally, the higher the quality of a product, the more it will cost, as those kinds of products are often marketed as being designed to perform better over time or to require less maintenance. For example, more expensive tapware could have more durable washers or be made of metals less prone to corrosion. Another example is the type of surface chosen for benchtops – hard-wearing, solid stone usually costs more than a cheaper, thinner laminated board. Read this story about some of the choices that you could make when designing your dream kitchen.

The styling of a product can also change the cost of a product. For example, tiles can differ in price depending on how they decorated. Generally, hand-painted tiles or artisan-glazed ceramics are considerably more expensive than mass-manufactured options in standard colours. Natural stone also usually costs more than manufactured tiles, even though they may look similar. Looking for kitchen renovation Melbourne? Look no further? Hitch Property Constructions has you covered. 

Cabinets

Kitchen cabinet installation costs an average of $2,000 to $8,000, with the products themselves ranging from $75 to $1,500 per linear foot. Kitchen cabinets prices vary depending on whether you opt for custom or stock products, and your project price will also depend on whether you update them rather than replace them. These features often make a room’s first impression. If they are dated or damaged, potential buyers may walk away underwhelmed.

Stock: $75-$150 per linear foot

  • Pre-made
  • Readily available at home improvement stores
  • Affordable
  • A limited number of designs and sizes.

Semi-custom: $100-$1,000 per linear foot

  • Made in the same sizes as stock products
  • Can be detailed for an extra fee
  • Options include resizing drawers, door fronts and cabinet depth

Custom: $500-$1,500 per linear foot

  • Designed however you want them to look
  • Most expensive option
  • Require a skilled carpenter

Cost to Reface Cabinets: $4,000-$9,500

  • A fraction of the price of new
  • Brand-new look without total replacement
  • Steps of the process:
    • Remove old doors, door fronts and hardware.
    • Select new elements and apply a wood veneer that matches the rest of the cabinetry.

Cost to Refinish Cabinets: $1,500-$4,000

  • Less expensive than refacing
  • Brand-new look without total replacement
  • Best to hire a professional for best results, especially if fronts are dinged up

Appliances

These workhorses of the kitchen – stove, oven, fridge, microwave, dishwasher and other electrical items – can also be a considerable added expense when it comes to updating a kitchen. 

Fortunately, there is also a wide range of choice and a competitive market for prices. For example, while there are some ovens available to buy for as little as $300, larger models with more functionality made by quality brands can run into thousands of dollars.

When choosing an appliance, you may want to consider the size of the space available to fit it, how it will be powered or fueled (in the case of gas ovens and cooktops), and what functions you require it to perform. For example, some gas cooktops have a special fitting for woks, while others have built-in teppanyaki or grill plates. The installation of some appliances requires an electrician, plumber or other suitably qualified and licensed professional.

Installing kitchen appliances costs $100 to $300 per appliance on average. Investing in higher quality stoves, dishwashers, or refrigerators will certainly drive up your total price. However, if you want to improve your home’s value, it will pay to install higher quality products. There are various options to choose from, including EnergyStar-certified, custom built-in, high-end store-bought and budget outlet products. If longevity is important to you, look for products with a longer life expectancy.

Custom built-in: $1,000-$10,000+

  • Product options: Dishwashers, ovens, ranges, stoves, microwaves and
  • Higher upfront price.
  • May require structural changes and added labour costs.
  • Take up less floor space.

High-end freestanding units bought : $1,000-$5,000+

  • Less expensive than custom built-in appliances.
  • Include features like sensors, Bluetooth capabilities and cabinet-depth refrigerators.

Budget freestanding units: $200-$1,000

  • Might not last as long as their high-end counterparts
  • Lack of the added features/technology of expensive models.
  • They do the job and work in most layouts.

Countertops

Installing countertops costs $2,000 to $4,000, though this price will fluctuate depending on the material and measurements. Countertops play a major role in the look and usability of your space. Choose the materials based on what looks and functions best.

Within each category of materials, price depends on quality. Seamless materials, such as Corian and granite, tend to be more durable, but are generally more expensive. Formica and concrete tend to be cheaper but add less value. Tile can be pretty, but you can expect quite a bit of maintenance down the road and regular grout cleaning. Countertop materials include:

Granite countertops costs: $2,000-$5,000

  • Durable
  • Scratch-resistant
  • Heat-resistant
  • Porous and requires sealing

Soapstone counter prices: $2,000-$5,000

  • Stain-resistant
  • Heat-resistant
  • Extremely susceptible to scratching and etching
  • Light scratches are easy to sand away

Marble countertop costs: $2,000-$7,000

  • Durable
  • Long-lasting when properly maintained
  • Heat-resistant
  • Susceptible to staining and scratching

Quartz counter costs: $1,500-$4,000

  • Many colour and style options
  • Stain-resistant
  • Doesn’t chip or scratch easily
  • Easy to clean
  • Less heat resistant than natural stones

Tile countertop prices: $800-$2,000

  • Inexpensive
  • Can be a DIY project
  • Susceptible to chipping and scratching

Laminate counters costs: $800-$1,600

  • Heat-resistant
  • Stain-resistant
  • Scratch-resistant
  • Easy to clean
  • Inexpensive
  • Susceptible to damage from knives and hot pans

Concrete countertops costs: $2,000-$4,000

  • Durable
  • Heat-resistant
  • Stain-resistant
  • Requires regular maintenance

Stainless steel countertops costs: $4,000-$11,500

  • Durable
  • Heat-resistant
  • Stain-resistant
  • Susceptible to scratches

Solid surface countertop prices: $2,000-$4,500

  • Examples: Formica, Corian, Wilsonart, Avonite
  • Renewable
  • Nonporous
  • Various choices
  • Scratch-resistant
  • Susceptible to heat and staining

Corian countertops costs: $2,200-$5,000

  • Durable
  • Many colour and style options
  • Stain-resistant
  • Easy to maintain and clean
  • Not as heat resistant as stone

Wood counter costs: $1,000-$5,000

  • Durable
  • Natural material
  • Long lifespan
  • Expands and contracts like flooring
  • Withstands burns and scratches

Bamboo costs: $2,000-$3,000

  • Eco-friendly
  • Easy to clean
  • Susceptible to scratches and burns

Recycled glass counters costs: $2,000-$4,000

  • Durable
  • Heat-resistant
  • Stain-resistant
  • Easy to clean
  • Susceptible to chipping and scratching

Paper composite costs: $2,500-$6,000

  • Durable
  • Easy to clean
  • Susceptible to scratches and stains

Kitchen Floor

Flooring installation costs $1,500 to $4,500, depending on various factors. The largest factors include the square footage and material you choose. Vinyl and linoleum flooring tend to be the most affordable but add little or nothing to the value of your house. Tile, granite and wood are more expensive and will help to increase value. The more expensive flooring sometimes proves to be the more difficult ones to maintain.

These spaces can be volatile workstations. Damage from stains, grease, heat and moisture are common. If you can’t keep up with the cleaning and maintenance, the more expensive flooring might not be the best for you. Options include:

Ceramic tile costs: $500-$2,000

  • Durable
  • Wide variety of colours
  • Susceptible to cracking and chipping

Vinyl flooring: $1,000-$1,500

  • Inexpensive
  • Durable
  • Can emit VOCs

Linoleum prices: $800-$2,500

  • Eco-friendly
  • Stain-resistant
  • Requires regular maintenance

Cost of laminate flooring: $1,500-$4,500

  • Inexpensive
  • Wide variety of styles
  • Requires regular maintenance
  • Check out our Comparison Guide for hardwood vs. laminate flooring

Wood flooring prices: $1,500-$3,000

  • Durable
  • Wear-resistant
  • Requires regular maintenance
  • Includes: hardwood, engineered wood, bamboo

Bamboo Floors: $600-$1,000

  • Eco-friendly
  • Low maintenance
  • Low-cost
  • Scratches easily

Cork floor costs: $500-$1,500

  • Eco-friendly
  • Mildew-resistant
  • Stain-resistant
  • Requires regular maintenance

Stone Floor Prices: $1,000-$3,000

  • Durable
  • Expensive
  • Absorbs stains

Marble Floors: $1,500-$4,000

  • Durable
  • Long-lasting when properly maintained
  • Stains easily
  • Scratches easily

Slate Floor Costs: $1,500-$3,000

  • Durable
  • Stain-resistant
  • Low maintenance
  • Less variety in aesthetics

Terrazzo Costs: $4,000-$15,000

  • Durable
  • Long-lasting
  • Easy to clean
  • Expensive option

Concrete Flooring Prices: $1,500-$4,000

  • Easy to maintain
  • Long-lasting
  • Moisture-resistant

How long does it take to renovate a kitchen?

The majority of full kitchen installations take four to 12 days to renovate from the beginning of onsite work to completion, according to the HIA survey. Again, this will depend on the extent of the renovations, who does them, and the materials chose.

It could be possible to stay in the home while the renovations are taking place unless you’re making some serious structural changes to the room. It’s a good idea to remember that you probably won’t have a kitchen to use during this time. While the toaster and kettle might do just fine on the dining table for a week, you may have to plan alternative ways of catering for your household. You might find yourself embracing the convenience of takeaway – which could become costly – or have some ready-to-heat meals prepared to pop in the microwave.

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