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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Rustic Bread Board

Buff wax with cloth until surface feels smooth. Allow wax to dry before using to serve food.

Kitchen With Open Shelving and Oranges

Open shelving is the perfect opportunity to show off lovely dishes and plants. This kitchen, seen on Restored by the Fords, also features golden sconces as an elegant, warm finishing touch.

From: Leanne Ford and Leanne Ford

Kitchen Sink and Windows

White countertops and backsplash fade into the background letting this kitchen's pretty wood cabinets shine.

Photo By: Davies Imaging Group

Open Kitchen Shelf With Plants

The open shelving in this kitchen stretches all along the countertop and stores a beautiful mixture of dishware, plants, sculptural pots and linens. It's a lovely, easy way to add texture to a room.

From: Leanne Ford and Leanne Ford

Contemporary Kitchen With Patterned Backsplash

Black-and-white patterned tiles create a unique backsplash in this contemporary kitchen, an interesting contrast to the dark wood cabinets.

Recessed and Hanging Lights in High Ceiling

A combination of recessed lighting and modern pendant lights illuminates this cooking space, which features high ceilings with built-in speakers.

Kitchen Cabinet, Shelf and Stool

In a kitchen where many things are on display, each one of them feels handpicked and beautiful: from the dishes on the open shelf to the unusual stool.

From: Leanne Ford and Leanne Ford

Butler's Pantry With Wine Refrigerator

Entertaining is made easy in this home with an indoor butler's pantry that opens directly onto the roof deck. The pantry offers amenities like a wine refrigerator, lots of storage and countertop space.

Photo By: Robert Hansen

Midcentury Modern Kitchen With Blue Backsplash

Unusual pulls for drawers and cabinets can instantly give any room a new, fresh look. This kitchen goes in a midcentury modern direction.

Photo By: Wynne H Earle Photography

Butler's Pantry With Bar Cart

This butler's pantry sits adjacent to the home's roof deck and provides indoor prep space for meals and parties.

Photo By: Robert Hansen

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