Renovating a kitchen can be a costly project to undertake, so it’s important that you know what you’re up against before you even begin. We’ve spoken to industry professionals to get a good idea of how much it costs to renovate a kitchen on a budget and for high-end designer kitchen ideas. We’ve also provided ballpark prices for installation costs, labour costs for installers, replacing kitchen cabinet doors, kitchen appliances and kitchen floors.
What is the average cost to renovate a kitchen?
According to the Houzz & Home AU 2018 study the average cost to renovate a kitchen was $20,000 for a larger space and $12,000 for a smaller space. However, Houzz reports that this dollar amount isn't necessarily the cost of a new kitchen, just how much the average homeowner spends on renovating their kitchen.
A good place to research how much a new kitchen costs is the Archicentre website, which has costing reports for each room of the house ready to download. They Archicentre estimate a kitchen to cost between 12 to 30 thousand dollars and that doesn’t include your white goods.
Why does the cost of a new kitchen renovation vary?
“How much your new kitchen costs will vary based on your budget and the reasons why you are upgrading the kitchen,” says Luke Harris, CEO and Co-founder of the Property Mentors. “If you are simply 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 is 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.
“Make sure you are calculating the cost of appliances into your budget as they can add significant costs to a kitchen upgrade,” says Luke. “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 the 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.
How much does a brand new kitchen cost in a new build?
According to Cherie Barber, owner of Renovating for Profit, a brand new kitchen in a brand new house (if you’re building new) can cost $30,000 or more.
How much do the prices vary for budget, mid-range and high-end kitchens?
“It’s very hard to give a ballpark figure on new kitchen renovation costs as they completely depend on the materials and appliances used, and how much remedial work needs doing to the space first,” says Cherie Barber, owner of Renovating for Profit. “My rule of thumb when renovating for profit is to spend no more than 2% of the value of your property on your kitchen renovation. So, if your property is worth $500,000, then your budget for the kitchen reno is $10,000.”
However, Cherie has provided some ballpark figures on the costs of kitchen renovations.
- Budget - under $10k
- Mid-range - $15k to $25k
- High-end - $35k or more
“If you assume your renovated kitchen needs all new appliances, plumbing, electrics, tiling and installation, you can expect to pay the below price ranges.”
- $10,000 to $22,000 for a small/budget kitchen or rental property using laminate doors and benchtops
- $22,000 to $35,000 for a mid-range, standard size kitchen with stone tops
- $35,000+ for a high-end, more elaborate kitchen
What can increase or decrease that price?
“The key factors that affect the cost of your kitchen renovation project include the size of your kitchen, the materials you choose to use, appliances you select as well as labour and installation costs,” says Mick.
What is the average cost of big ticket items such as an oven, fridge, benchtops, cabinets, flooring?
For a mid-range L-shaped kitchen renovation* Mick estimates:
- Cabinets: $4,300 for IKEA Utrusta
- Benchtop: $3,619 for Caesarstone quartz (labour and materials)
- Flooring: $4,375 (labour and materials) to tile approximately 37 square metres with 600mm x 600mm ceramic tile
- Splashback: $600 (wall tiles)
- Lighting: $1,000 (pendants and LED downlights)
- Painting: $500 budgeted for materials, labour is DIY
For appliances, Mick estimates costs of:
- Oven: $2,130 (Bosch)
- Cooktop: $660 (Bosch)
- Dishwasher: $800 (IKEA)
“An important cost to also factor into your budget is qualified, licensed tradespeople who can build and install your kitchen,” says Mick. “For trades you should budget for the below price ranges.”
- $2,550 for a builder to install and project manage your renovation
- $2,485 for an electrician to install all lighting and power points for your appliances
- $2,875 for a plumber to install your kitchen sink, tapware, dishwasher, fridge
“Depending on your renovation you may also need a plasterer, a cabinetmaker, tiler or splashback installer.”
How can you prepare a budget that is as accurate as possible?
“The best way to find out how much your kitchen renovation is going to cost is to source quotes from local tradespeople,” says Mick. “This will give you a sense of what market rates currently are.”
The easiest way to source an on-demand quote from a local tradie is via hipages. The hipages app lets you describe your job with a photo, get up to three reliable quotes, message tradie directly and pay, all in one place. Bunnings now also offers a ‘Get Quote’ service inviting customers who’ve purchased a Kaboodle kitchen to source competitive quotes via hipages for their specific kitchen installation requirements. Customers can coordinate the installation either through the Bunnings website or in-store at the special orders desk. hipages will then connect the customer with up to three local verified tradies for the customer to select and lock in the job.
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