Kitchen Renovation Costs
Any kitchen remodel can be a big undertaking. Whether you’re adding a backsplash or completely replacing your cabinets, all kitchen remodeling projects require careful planning. When you plan ahead, you’re not only increasing your odds of a successful kitchen renovation project, but you can save money too.
See how to lower your kitchen remodeling costs and then connect with kitchen contractors near you.
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Table of Contents
- Kitchen Renovation Cost
- Kitchen Renovation Projects
- Kitchen Flooring
- Kitchen Cabinets
- Kitchen Countertops
- Kitchen Sinks
- Kitchen Appliances
- Cheap Kitchen Renovation Ideas
- Find A Pro
Kitchen Renovation Cost
As you can see above, the average kitchen renovation project costs approximately $18,000. The total price varies tremendously depending on a myriad of factors, with materials having the largest effect. For example, tile counters start at $6/sf, but concrete countertops go all the way up to $55/sf. To see the other major factors that decrease or increase the total kitchen renovation cost, please see our kitchen remodeling cost estimator.
Kitchen Renovation Projects
When it comes to remodeling a kitchen, most homeowners take it on in phases. The price above assumed you’re remodeling an entire kitchen. If you don’t have as much money to spare, you can always complete one kitchen renovation project, such as new cabinet doors or new hardware, and save the bigger projects later on.
Nevertheless, when it comes to kitchen remodeling, your project will most likely revolve around one of the following undertakings:
The size of the kitchen as well as the type of material chosen will have a big impact on how much it costs to install, replace or repair your flooring. Furthermore, the material of choice will greatly influence the cost.
Back in the day, tile was the dominant selection, but recently, hardwood has won the hearts of homeowners across the U.S. While it can be expensive, hardwood offers a modern, yet rustic touch that tile or vinyl can’t match.
While inexpensive vinyl and linoleum may save money in the short term, it's important to consider how long each will last before they start to look old or worn. No matter what style you go with, and whether or not you hire a pro, homeowners should do the math beforehand to figure out the most cost-effective and efficient choice. Based on national averages, installation can run between $3,000 and $5,000 depending on your flooring choice.
The most popular kitchen flooring options and their material cost are:
- Tile Flooring: Prices start at $2/sf.
- Bamboo Flooring: Prices start at $2/sf.
- Travertine Flooring: Prices start at $3/sf.
- Sheet Vinyl Flooring: Prices start at $3.50/sf.
- Wood Flooring: Prices start at $6/sf.
- Limestone Flooring: Prices start at $8/sf.
Cabinets are perhaps the most dominant feature in your kitchen. After all, they are eye-level with your guests and take up a majority of the space down below. As such, they’re not only a time-consuming addition, but are also one of the most expensive kitchen renovation projects you’ll see.
Choosing cabinets means deciding whether to have a standard set installed or go for a custom fit as well as picking out the materials and colors that will look right in your kitchen. Most kitchen cabinet projects cost at least $2,000, but could enlarge to $6,000. Just know that touching up existing cabinets can save a great deal of money, costing only $300 - $500.
If you want install or replace the cabinet yourself, please note the average material costs below:
- Custom Kitchen Cabinets: Prices start at $60/linear foot
- Tall Kitchen Cabinets: Prices start at $298/sf
- Kitchen Base Cabinets: Prices start at $300/cabinet
While cabinets may be the most expensive kitchen item, many homeowners agree that your countertops are the heart of the kitchen. Your kitchen counters can make or break your entire kitchen design. That is why you must decide on layout and composition before considering installation. Homeowners must decide if you want a prep area, kitchen island or both. Bear in mind, too little counter space makes it difficult to share the kitchen with family members and coordinate meals.
Surface options range from inexpensive materials such as Formica to more expensive marble, stone and butcher block styles. After cabinets, counters are the most expensive items in your kitchen remodel. Overall, countertop installation can run roughly $2,600 for completely new countertops while repairing existing fixtures is only about $400.
If you’re thinking of replacing your existing countertops, see the most popular options, and their prices, below:
- Tile Countertops: Prices start at $6/sf.
- Laminate Countertops: Prices start at $25/sf.
- Granite Countertops: Prices start at $35/sf, but can go up to $100/sf.
- Soapstone Countertops: Prices start at $36/sf.
- Quartz Countertops: Prices start at $38/sf.
- Butcher Block Countertops: Prices start at $40/sf.
- Marble Countertops: Prices start at $40/sf.
- Corian Or Acrylic Countertops: Prices start at $42/sf.
- Concrete Countertops: Prices start at $55/sf.
Sinks comes in all shapes, sizes and designs, and the cost can fluctuate wildly from model to model. Homeowners should expect to pay around $500 to install a new sink while replacing only the faucet fixture costs a little less, around $200.
The type of faucet makes an impact on the appearance of the kitchen. Keep in mind that the faucets are not always included with the sink. This could be an additional expense, and professional plumbers may charge more to install faucets with the sinks. From basic models with two-way handles to elegant curved faucets with decorative hot and cold knobs, there are many styles to choose from.
As far as material, porcelain is one of the most popular with stainless steel gaining steam. In terms of design, the two dominant players are vessel and undermount sinks.
New appliances have an impact on both the appearance and functionality of the kitchen. Growing families may need to invest in larger refrigerators and stoves while empty nesters are often looking to simplify and downgrade. Choosing Energy Star-rated appliances conserves energy and reduces the cost of future electric bills. However, the initial installation of an appliance averages $512 and may be more depending on location. Some appliance retailers include installation in the purchase price. Homeowners looking to save money on kitchen renovations should always shop around for the best price. Never get one estimate or go to one source.
Cheap Kitchen Renovation Ideas
If the prices are scary, rest assured that there are plenty of kitchen projects you can do yourself without breaking the bank. All projects below are DIY-friendly, but as always, if you’re unsure how to get started, contact a local kitchen renovation pro.
Install A Backsplash
Backsplashes are quickly becoming the norm as opposed to the rule. Believe it or not, if you pick the right materials, many backsplash projects can be done without a pro for less than $400. Furthermore, there are plenty of different materials to choose from, the most popular of which being subway tile.
Paint Kitchen Cabinets, Countertops & Appliances
You may not think of it, but paint can be applied to more than your kitchen walls. Luckily, most cabinet, countertop and appliance manufacturers knew styles and trends change and made most of their products paint-friendly.
If you have tile counters, you can mimic the look of granite by painting your countertops with a faux granite finish, or the look of stainless steel with a shiny, satin-finish paint in a gray-blue metallic palette. Counters are just the beginning. For more paint updates, please see 7 Things You Didn't Know You Could Paint.
Clean Grout & Tile
If you have tile floors or a tile backsplash, the simplest way to breathe new life into your kitchen is by cleaning all of it, including the grout. While tile may be easy to clean with a mop or Clorox wipe, the grout holding your tile together is not so easy.
The visible grout lines made from water, sand and cement absorb grease and dirt faster than tiles. As a result, it may discolor quickly. If mold or bacteria is present, unpleasant odors could ruin the room. Luckily, all can be avoided with proper and occasional cleaning.
For more info, check out tile & grout cleaning costs.
Install New Cabinet Hardware
Hardware is often referred to as the jewelry of the cabinetry. Luckily, replacing your cabinet hardware is one of the easiest DIY projects that can easily transform your kitchen.
Now, think about how often your open and close your cabinets and fridge. Needless to say, there may be a lot of grime on all handles. Therefore, it’s no surprise homeowners look to new hardware before replacing or refacing their kitchen cabinets.
As you might imagine, there are hundreds of different handles and knobs to choose from. Fortunately, award-winning kitchen and bath designer Kristin Whalen shared her complete Kitchen Cabinet Hardware Guide on ImproveNet.
If you think your cabinets need a bigger change, but are not ready to completely replace them, try refacing. Refacing is essentially replacing all aspects of the cabinets you can see, like the doors, handles or sides. Professional contractors quote most cabinet refacing projects between $2,400 and $3,200, but if you’re good with a drill and screws, you can DIY.
Install Under Cabinet Lighting
We can all agree that light is pretty important in the kitchen. After all, one small cutting mistake could spell disaster. Additionally, many homeowners like a small amount of light without illuminating the entire kitchen. Enter undercabinet lighting.
To make your cabinets and countertops stand out at night, you can buy lights that attach underneath and plug into the walls. It's an inexpensive way to brighten up your kitchen and just like the projects above, you can install them yourself.
Find A Pro
Regardless of the price tag above, giving the kitchen a makeover is a sound investment when each part of the job is done right. It improves the look and value of the home while giving individuals and families a comfortable place to cook, eat and enjoy the company of friends.
For those of you who need help, ImproveNet can connect you with local kitchen remodeling pros for free.
Last updated on Jan 12, 2017
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