How much does a kitchen renovation cost?
If you’re considering renovating your kitchen this year, it’s really important that you know what you’re up against in terms of cost.
Here, the Sydney-based home improvement platform, houseace, take us through a step-by-step look at all the costs involved in a kitchen renovation – from design fees and flooring, to plumbing and appliances.
Topics in this article:
What is the average kitchen renovation cost in Australia?*
- Starting point = $18,000
- Standard price range = $25,000-$35,000
- Premium price range = $40,000-$100,000+
Though these figures are just averages, it’s important to note that the size of your kitchen will significantly affect the cost of your renovation. For example, it could cost as little as $11,000 to renovate a small kitchen, and $60,000+ to undertake a standard, large renovation.
|Size (m2)||Average cost|
1. What to consider before you start a complete kitchen remodel.
Before you start thinking about the aesthetics like taps and tiles, make sure you take a long, hard look at the space you have and consider the following:
- What do you want from the space?
- How do you want it to look and function?
- Is the size and configuration right?
Budget and resale value.
Once you have considered these three things, you then need to ask yourself how much you’re willing to spend. If you think you may sell up and move one day, it’s really important to keep your home’s resale value in mind when considering costs.
The industry generally says to spend three to eight per cent of the home’s value on a full kitchen renovation if you want to make a profit or break even when the time comes to sell your home.
In other words, with the average house price in Sydney standing at $1.1m, the average homeowner can typically spend $33,000 to $88,000 on a kitchen renovation without negatively affecting the resale price.
Help – I don’t have a budget that size!
If you don’t have a budget of that size but still want to refresh your kitchen, you do have some alternative options:
- Reface or refinish your cabinets instead of replacing them.
- Refinish your appliances if they’re outdated or need that stainless-steel look to increase visual appeal.
- Replace things in stages rather than doing everything at once.
2. The design and layout process.
If you’re looking to alter the layout dramatically you should expect a base cost of at least $30,000.
This is because you’ll need to engage a registered architect to file a permit application with your local council, proving that the new space will be compliant with building codes and laws.
The cost implications of changing the existing framework and footprint will incur additional labour and material costs, along with the design and permit filing fees of around ten to 15 per cent of the total project value.
3. Key considerations for the layout of your kitchen.
In most cases, the size and shape of your room will determine the most suitable design, but it’s always helpful to consider the classic ‘working triangle’ when thinking about the layout of your newly renovated kitchen.
This concept is designed to minimise effort and walking distance between the sink, fridge and oven by placing each appliance on three points of a triangle.
This approach works with most kitchen layouts, although, if you have to run all the appliances and the sink along one wall, you may need to ‘flatten’ the triangle. To do this, position the three points in a line with just a few steps to walk in between.
4. How much do materials cost?
Your kitchen material costs are broken down into three key parts:
New cabinets are a real game-changer in terms of the overall look and feel of a kitchen, so it’s no surprise that they eat up around 30 per cent of the budget. Stock cabinets, like those you can buy off the shelf at home centres typically start at $80 to $400 per cabinet.
Semi-stock cabinets (such as those at IKEA or Bunnings that you custom-order from a company’s inventory) are of higher quality and therefore more expensive, costing around $150 to $1,000 per cabinet.
If you want completely custom-made cabinets you can expect to pay around $500 to $1,500 per cabinet.
Benchtops typically account for around 10 per cent of your total budget, depending on the material and kitchen size. Material costs range dramatically per square metre and the style of the edge you choose and thickness of the counter will also bulk up the cost.
Top tip: Designers tend to choose a less expensive counter material for large stretches, and save the expensive stuff for the island.
Once the big pieces are in place, the real style comes in the form of the final touches. Appliances can make a space, so budget around $1,000 to $5,000, depending on your desired luxury level.
Picking a tile backsplash is the fun part of design – and the options are almost endless (the average backsplash costs $1,845). Kitchen lighting makes a huge difference, too; recessed lights cost about $150 a piece to install, and over-the-island pendants start around $150. Kitchen mixers are a final consideration – they start at around $250 but can cost as much as $1,000.
5. How much does labour cost?
Even if you’re just remodelling fixtures in your kitchen, you need to account for labour costs (demolition, disposal and installation).
It’s also important to plan for unexpected costs. For example, if the wall tiles are removed you may discover that plasterboard needs to be repaired, in which case it will cost an average of $2,000 to strip the space pre-installation.
Other costs to consider include prep work to protect the floors ($600-$900), waterproofing (about $1,000), electrical and plumbing permits ($900-$2,000), and plumbing work ($2,000-$3,500).
6. Breakdown of average kitchen renovation costs.
Most complete kitchen renovations cost $18,000 to $45,000, with a typical spend of around $25,000. The rate divides into materials, installation, lighting and plumbing fixtures.
The table below breaks down the specific costs when it comes to a kitchen remodel, based on real project data and the online quoting engines on houseace.com.au.
|Complete kitchen renovation cost: Where does the money go?|
|Element of project||Percentage of budget||Average renovation cost|
|Appliances and ventilation||14%||$3,500|
|Cabinetry and hardware||29%||$7,250|
|Doors and windows||4%||$1,000|
|Walls and ceilings||5%||$1,250|
7. Installation prices involved in a kitchen renovation.
Here are some of the elements that go into an average kitchen renovation and their typical installation prices, based on small, mid-range or major renovation projects:
|Kitchen renovation installation cost guide (average costs)|
|Feature||Small reno||Mid-range||Major reno|
|Install an appliance||$100-$200 per appliance||$200-$400 per appliance||$400-$600+ per appliance|
|Install cabinets||$100-$200 per cabinet||$200-$300 per cabinet||$300-$500 per cabinet|
|Install a mixer||$125-$200 per mixer||$200-$300 per mixer||$300-$550+ per mixer|
|Install a sink||$100-$250||$250-$400||$400-$600|
Ready to start budgeting or planning your kitchen renovation?
If you’re planning a kitchen renovation or thinking of improving your home, visit houseace for free, online renovation quotes in just two minutes.
(Note: The estimated costs in this article are based on kitchen renovations submitted through the houseace platform, paired with live pricing data from houseace’s online quoting engines.
*According to figures from Houseace’s quoting data, the average cost of a basic kitchen renovation in Sydney $18,376 a standard renovation is around $25,000, and a premium kitchen renovation sits at around $48,000.)
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Now this is a detailed breakdown. I really appreciate the tables and costs analysis even by specific element. It makes me rethink my ideas for kitchens and where I can save some money when I finally redo mine. I’ve heard that some backsplashes now are getting even cheaper and I’m pretty handy so I can do most of the remodel myself. Maybe not countertops, but just about everything else.
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Thank you for explaining how you can determine what kind of design would best suit your kitchen by determining how large the area is. My wife and I have noticed that it is difficult for us to prepare meals for our children on weekends because our kitchen is especially cluttered and doesn’t have a lot of floor space. We should consider finding an expert that can help us make the most of our limited area.
Hi Jonny, this is such a great article you have shared to the industry. We were was actually looking for an online resource that guide and our customers for the costing. Thanks a lot.
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You’re welcome Greg. If you’re ever in the market for a kitchen renovation, I can give you a quick quote online – http://www.houseace.com.au
My pleasure Karl – I like to make things as transparent as possible
Hi Taylor – hopefully we’ve helped in your budgeting. If you’re still trying to figure it all out, I can help with an online quote at http://www.houseace.com.au