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.

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Hiring the Wrong Contractor

"You need to make sure that the contractor is right for you, because he's going to be in your home, and you want to make sure it's the right contractor," Jeff says. Stephen Drucker, former editor in chief of House Beautiful adds, "When you interview contractors and check references, the thing you want to find out is, how fast do they return phone calls? A contractor who returns phone calls fast has nothing to hide, and it's going to reduce your anxiety level."

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Polished nickel faucets and cabinet hardware are the jewelry in this room.

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The open concept living-dining-kitchen of this home allows the family to maximize time together and integrates garden and pool landscapes through the floor to ceiling wall of sliding glass.

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Smart Kitchen Storage Solution

Paring down cooking utensils to a few readily accessible essentials can help simplify both functionality and storage in a streamlined kitchen, as seen on HGTV's renovation Raiders.

Updated Lighting

As seen on Beach Flip, upgrades include new pendant lighting in the first floor kitchen at the renovated Gulf Dreams condo.

Beachfront Greeting

As seen on Beach Flip, decorations include a coastal welcome sign in the first floor entry at the renovated Comfort Breeze condo.

Open Floor Plan

New hardwood floors connect the newly-open kitchen and dining room areas.

Raised Marble Breakfast Bar

A raised breakfast bar overlooks the newly-renovated kitchen and separates the space from the adjacent dining area.

Gray Subway Tile

Dark gray subway tile with white grout adds a neutral, moody backdrop in this renovated kitchen.

Kitchen, After

As seen on Beach Flip, contestants Sarah and Nick installed all new cabinets, stainless steel appliances and lighting in the first floor kitchen at the renovated Gulf Dreams condo.

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