What Is the Average Cost to Remodel a Kitchen?

Looking to remodel your kitchen but don't have a clue what it will cost? Find out what a kitchen remodel will typically cost and how to save money on your new dream kitchen.

Updated on May 02, 2024
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Many of us dream of a stunning kitchen remodel. But knowing what it will cost will help you set reasonable expectations and stay on budget.

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Kyle Ortiz

Many of us dream of a stunning kitchen remodel. But knowing what it will cost will help you set reasonable expectations and stay on budget.

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Kitchen remodels are one of the most popular, and also one of the most satisfying, home remodels. The National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) estimates that roughly one in 10 households will undertake a kitchen renovation each year. A fresh kitchen design not only updates your home and increases resale value, it can make your kitchen a more functional, compelling epicenter of your home.

A NKBA report for 2023 found that when they renovate, homeowners are looking for larger islands that function as dining tables, connections between the kitchen and outdoor spaces and a functional walk-in or butler pantry. White kitchens will continue to be popular the NKBA's 2023 predictions note, alongside a growing interest in nature-inspired hues of green and blue.

But one of the first questions homeowners will consider when planning a kitchen remodel will be price; what they can expect to pay, and more importantly, what they can afford.

Experts note that across the country, material costs have soared, with increases of anywhere from 5%-10%, according to HomeAdvisor, along with longer delivery times. As a result, it's best to make decisions early so you can begin ordering materials, cabinets and appliances.

And be prepared to wait for what you want. According to HomeAdvisor, the average kitchen remodel takes from six to 10 weeks, though much longer is also a possibility.

Where You Live Matters

The cost to remodel a kitchen can vary wildly, not just from state-to-state but also depending upon whether you live in a rural or metropolitan area. Kitchen remodels in the South tend to be cheaper than ones in the North and West with a major midrange kitchen overhaul costing almost $3,000 less in the South than one in California, for example.

Midrange Versus Upscale Remodels

In its annual Cost vs. Value report for 2023, Remodeling Magazine puts the national average for a midrange major kitchen remodel at $77,939 and an upscale major kitchen remodel at $154,483. In the Pacific region (Alaska, California, Washington and Oregon), according to Remodeling Magazine, that same midrange major kitchen remodel jumps to $80,855 and an upscale major kitchen remodel jumps up over $7,000 from the national average, to $161,797. Compare those costs to the South Atlantic Region (Maryland, South Carolina, Florida, North Carolina, Georgia, Virginia and Washington, DC) where a midrange major kitchen remodel prices out at $77,770 and an upscale major kitchen remodel is $152,672. The addition of luxury stone or marble countertops, high-end flooring, a commercial-grade range and luxury faucets can all significantly increase the cost of a renovation.

HomeAdvisor puts the average 2023 kitchen remodel price in the $14,611-$41,432 range with the median cost at $26,790. A small kitchen remodel can cost as little as $10,000-$15,000 and a lavish remodel can cost as much as $130,000+.

Where the Money Goes

The cost of your kitchen remodel will largely depend upon three things:

  • Space size
  • Quality of the materials
  • Whether you change the room's layout

Experts estimate that cabinets generally entail the largest cost for a kitchen remodel. Custom cabinets are the priciest followed by stock or semi-custom. If saving money is important to you, refacing or refinishing cabinets will go a long way toward cutting costs.

Major expenses after cabinets are labor/installation; followed by appliances/ventilation; countertops; and flooring. The remaining budget goes to design; doors and windows; faucets and plumbing; lighting; and walls and ceilings.

As an example of how budget affects materials, a low-end kitchen renovation might entail vinyl, linoleum, laminate or concrete floors. A mid-range renovation could include porcelain, ceramic tile or cork flooring and a high-end kitchen renovation might include marble, slate, hardwood or engineered wood.

HomeAdvisor puts the cost breakdown for each kitchen remodel element as follows:

  • Labor and installation: $3,500 to $6,000
  • Cabinet installation cost: $1,860 to $9,430
  • Cabinet costs: $100 to $1,200 per linear foot
  • Kitchen hardware: $1 per unit (low end) to $500 per unit (top of the line). Most homeowners will pay between $2-$3 per handle or knob.
  • Countertop installation: $1,860 to $4,340
  • Countertop: $480 (tile) to $12,000 (wood/quartz)
  • Appliance installation: $120 to $280
  • Appliances: $200-$10,000+
  • Flooring installation: $1,520 to $4,700
  • Flooring: $500 (cork) to $32,000 (slate)
  • Faucet installation: $160 to $360
  • Sink installation: $220 to $630
  • Backsplash installation: $590 to $1,320
  • Electrical: $50 to $100 per hour
  • Moving a gas line: $270 to $880
  • Upgrade from electric to gas: $130 to $2,000
  • Painting: $300 to $750
  • Wall removal: $300 (non load-bearing) to $3,000 (load bearing)
  • Interior door installation cost: $360–$1,170 per door
  • Exterior door installation cost: $510–$1,790 per door
  • Window installation cost: $300–$1,200 per window
  • Lighting: $300 per fixture (recessed)

Kitchen Renovation Average Costs

  • Cabinets $8,400
  • Labor and installation $5,400
  • Appliances $4,500
  • Countertops and backsplashes $3,300
  • Flooring $2,100
  • Lighting $1,500
  • Painting and drywall $1,500
  • Doors and windows $1,200
  • Plumbing $900
  • Design $900

Spend Wisely

Home builder insiders recommend only spending as much for your kitchen remodel as you hope to make back when you sell your home, if you expect to sell in the next five years. Staying in your home for longer than five years? Then creating a kitchen remodel that you and your family will love is the ideal end goal.

According to HomeAdvisor, these kitchen improvements add the most value in a kitchen remodel:

  • New cabinets
  • Additional storage
  • Kitchen island
  • New countertops
  • Upgraded, efficient appliances
  • High-quality flooring

What Costs the Most

Part of determining that price of your kitchen remodel is the extent of your makeover. Your biggest cost investment for a kitchen remodel will usually be cabinets, which typically eat up 25% of your budget. Going budget-friendly on your kitchen cabinets at Ikea or a big box retail shop can save a huge amount of money. On-trend hardware in brass, for instance, stands up better to wear and tear and can give cheaper cabinets a more custom, expensive look. By the same token, splurging on a quality faucet but not necessarily buying a super expensive sink can also make a big difference in your overall remodel budget. You can also add custom doors to standard cabinet boxes to give a more custom look. And instead of spending money on custom features like pot or recycling organizers inside your cabinets, consider using customizable organizers purchased at retail stores to keep your cabinets neat at a lower cost.

How to Save Money

Ornate crown moldings, pilasters and other unnecessary ornamentation will also eat up your budget quickly while simple, clean woodwork will stand the test of time and is easier on your budget.

Followed by cabinet cost, labor and appliance costs generally consume 20% each of your budget. By not fixating on status-oriented appliances by Sub-Zero, for instance, but instead using mid-range appliances, you can save a bundle on your remodel.

Plan (and Save) for Surprises

Experts also recommend setting aside 20% of your budget for unexpected surprises, which could include unpleasant demolition discoveries such as water damage, electric that is not up to code or other budget-spiking gotchas.

Stick to Your Budget

What is especially critical, experts advise, is to stick to your game plan (and budget) as the renovation unfolds. Adding extras or more features can quickly inflate your budget and lead to a domino effect of increased costs all around.

For those looking to remodel their kitchen within a tight budget, there are several options including using an inexpensive countertop material like butcher block, refacing existing cabinets, adding new paint to existing cabinets, replacing existing floors with a laminate or other affordable material. And a fresh paint job can do wonders to refresh a kitchen. Using particleboard instead of plywood where it won’t be seen, doing the demolition of the kitchen yourself and other money-savers can help you get the kitchen of your dreams but without going into debt to do it.

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