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

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

A Moment in Time

The butler’s pantry/passageway from the dining room to the family’s kitchen is the perfect space to store the couple’s wedding china. Not only is this space a passageway, but it’s also a gateway to the family home’s past. Inside the frame is a photograph of the butler’s pantry as it originally stood decades ago, taken by the home’s previous owner. The pantry has stood the test of time. Matching the case-good to the trim color, with a fresh coat of white paint was a great way to update it without ruining structural integrity.

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Photo By: Tomas Espinoza

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

Maximize natural light

Maximizing natural light makes a home healthier, beautiful and more energy efficient. These white cabinets and the glazed backsplash help amplify light and energize the space.

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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

Updated, Open Kitchen

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

Retro Realness

Kitchens are everyone’s favorite gathering spot, and this house is no different. It’s full of personality and retro chic to boot. Mint green is rapidly becoming my personal fave for kitchen applications and I really love using artwork in kitchens too. Not only do the Stansells have two Jeff Guy portraits displayed on the windowsill, they’ve layered them with pieces that their children have created. Micah and Whitney are really conscious of continuity in their home’s design: the color teal is represented again on the kitchen island and the breadbox. Besides the nostalgic range and mixer, the counters are 4x4 tiles as opposed to one solid surface and were recently restored by Micah himself.

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Photo By: Tomas Espinoza

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

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

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