Kitchen Remodeling and Renovation Costs

Expect nearly a third of your budget to go for cabinets and hardware.
Couple Works Out Budget for Kitchen Renovation

Couple Works Out Budget for Kitchen Renovation

This couple talks with a financial adviser after making the decision to renovate their kitchen. Having a budget to work within will keep the project in line with finances.

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The key to not blowing your kitchen remodeling budget is careful planning. Start by downloading and completing our Day in the Life of Your Kitchen Questionnaire and Kitchen Goals Worksheet.

This exercise will help you develop a clear plan on where you should spend your money, depending on your priorities and reasons for remodeling.

As you work on a budget with a builder, ask the firm to supply a breakdown. There are many variables depending on the existing kitchen, the scope of the project (complete remodel or update-refresh?) and the local economy.

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The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) breaks down kitchen remodeling costs like this:

  • Design fees: 4%
  • Installation: 17%
  • Appliances and ventilation: 14%
  • Cabinetry and hardware: 29%
  • Countertops: 10%
  • Lighting: 5%
  • Flooring: 7%
  • Doors and windows: 4%
  • Walls and ceilings: 5%
  • Faucets and plumbing: 4%
  • Other: 1%

Ask your builder to provide a breakdown that will include the cost of:

  • Supplies: lumber, insulation, hardware, windows and doors, cabinets, etc.
  • Subcontractors: electrician, plumber, heating contractor, painters, tile installers, etc.
  • Download the Kitchen Budget Worksheet to help you manage your costs.

Kitchens to Inspire You

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BEFORE: Bland Black and White Kitchen

The original kitchen was part of a 1980s tract home occupied by empty nesters. The dated, black-and-white cabinetry did not work for the occupants, who wished their kitchen had a more European look.

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Photo By: Gayler Construction

BEFORE: Dark, Outdated Kitchen

Before the renovation, the kitchen’s size was cut short by a narrow hallway, closet and mudroom that led to the backyard. Appliances, hardware and finishes were dated, and the kitchen suffered from a dark appearance.

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Photo By: Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath

BEFORE: Outdated, Inefficient Kitchen

Prior to the renovation, the appliances were concentrated along a single 13-foot, nine-inch wall. The result was a kitchen with little room for usable storage.

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Photo By: Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath

Color Pop

Inside the kitchen, this window offers another stunning vantage of the view below. On the sill, a combination of beautiful and functional pieces bring together the different ways this space is used. Meanwhile bright green bar stools create a pop of color that breaks up the neutral-heavy space while providing seating to what is usually a standing-room-only space.

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Photo By: Patrick Cline

BEFORE: Snooze of a Kitchen

Everything about this featureless kitchen, from the cabinets to the countertop, is entirely forgettable.

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Photo By: Dans le Lakehouse

BEFORE: Tiny 1970s Kitchen

This 1970s-era kitchen begged for a total gut rehab. The room measured a tiny 132 square feet and featured tacky almond Formica countertops and matching ancient appliances.

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Photo By: Showcase Kitchens

BEFORE: Dark '60s Kitchen

A 1960-era home featured a dark, claustrophobic kitchen. The sight lines to the family room were severely limited by the kitchen’s upper cabinets.

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Photo By: Jennifer Allison

Updated, Open Kitchen

As seen on Fixer Upper, the kitchen went from plain, white and ordinary to dramatic and inviting.

Kitchen: Cindy Barshop's New York City Apartment

Cindy says her twins keep her home life happy and inspiring. "Before that, I still lived in the same place. My kids just weren't there and it did nothing for me," she says. "It's so fun and bright compared to the way it used to be."

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Photo By: Christopher Lane

BEFORE: Dated Kitchen With Awkward Layout

The preexisting kitchen suffered from an odd layout, where additional storage was located on the other side of a wall that ran parallel down the center of the room. The upper cabinets created a claustrophobic feel in the narrow space, while the monochromatic color palette looked bland.

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