How much does a kitchen cost to renovate?

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It’s official kitchens are the most renovated rooms in Australian homes, with more than a quarter of us remodelling the heart of the home last year.

Kitchens are also the most expensive room to renovate, with most people spending in the region of $20,000 to make over a medium to larger kitchen. You can spend as little as $5,000 but this will only buy you a superficial, cosmetic makeover, or if you have the budget splurge $35-$45,000 or more on a custom kitchen with all the bells and whistles.

Let’s start by taking an in-depth look at what costs you can expect to outlay, and what you get for your money.

What’s the average cost to renovate a kitchen?

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A standard kitchen renovation can cost anywhere between $15,000 and $40,000

Here’s our handy kitchen renovation costs breakdown to get an idea of what budget tier your project is likely to be in


What’s the cost of a budget or small kitchen renovation?

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 cabinets or replacing your existing cabinetry with a flat pack laminate finish, a tile splashback and a laminate benchtop.

For your flooring options in vinyl plank and laminate coverings, and entry level appliance brands.

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What’s the cost of a standard kitchen renovation?

A standard kitchen renovation costs anywhere from $20,000 to $40,000, with the median overall spend currently sitting at $25,000.

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 interior designer for this.


What’s the cost of a premium or luxury kitchen renovation?

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, then 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 and decadent lighting.

You will also be able to hire a dedicated kitchen builder capable of building you a custom kitchen as per your preferences with an interior designers aid and specification selections imposed on the finalised design.


Kitchen styles, fittings and fixtures – how do they influence the cost of a kitchen renovation?

The type of fittings, fixtures and materials you choose for your renovation can have a major impact on costs.

As you can see, the type and style of fittings, fixtures and materials you choose for your kitchen makeover can have a major impact on your overall budget

The most obvious example are your kitchen appliances, Using our three-tier system:

  • An oven could cost anywhere from $380 (budget), $700 (standard) and $2000+ (premium).
  • A dishwasher could cost anywhere from $400 (budget), $800 (standard) and $1400 (premium)
  • A kitchen sink could cost anywhere from $200 (budget), $800 (standard) and $1400 (premium).

Another area where there is a wide range in price is in kitchen benchtop materials, with laminate the budget option, engineered stone the mid-range and natural stone or premium engineered stone at the top end.

Use a spreadsheet or estimating software to help you get a handle on all your costs. From here you can get an idea of your overall budget, and where you may need to compromise or where you can splurge!

You also need a team of people to help you make it all happen or an experienced Interior Designer to take you through the entire design process right through to trade completion.


What tradespeople will I need for a kitchen renovation?

When it comes to hiring tradespeople for your kitchen reno, you have a couple of options open to you.

The first is to hire a dedicated Interior Designer who has the right and relative tradespeople, The pros of this is that they manage the whole kaboodle for you, so you don’t have to worry about sourcing each individual tradesperson.

This is the way to go if you want a custom kitchen built to your specifications and are less concerned with your budget and/or are time poor. It also makes sense if you are gutting your existing kitchen and replacing everything and need the design style to be nailed and for all to come together inventively and beautifully without the space feeling contradicted or obtuse

The downside is that this is likely to cost you more, the interior designer and kitchen builder is likely to use sub contractors for some aspects of your project – like electrician and plumber so all quotes are formulated once your preliminary design and specification is completed by the interior designer to obtain costings from these sub trades for your project.

Keep in mind, however, you’ll get the benefit of their expertise!

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