Since the kitchen is probably where you’re going to spend the majority of the money on a home renovation, this is an important question to answer. So let’s cut right to the chase! A median range kitchen remodel can range anywhere from $25,000 to $80,000. There are many factors determining this amount including who is doing the remodel, the extent of the remodel, and what types of material you will be using.
We are in the planning stages of a renovation project, so we have already been working on our budget and specs for the new kitchen. I am quickly reminded of how much money it takes to make something look great. I thought during this process, we would try and share lots of our breakdowns and budgets. Hopefully, this will be helpful to you.
Electrical and Plumbing
Thankfully, electrical and plumbing are both a small amount of the budget, but the electrical can really make a huge difference in the kitchen. This is the part of the budget that allows for relocating and adding in more light fixtures. We all know you can never have too much lighting in a kitchen.
Luckily, we aren’t having to go all out and replace all wiring. Doing this would have made this line item of the budget go up significantly. Starting from scratch would certainly be a lot more work. We are only tweaking and adding to the existing wiring and plumbing.
This estimate will include all labor and materials including recessed lighting(normally provided by our electrician), but excluding two wall sconces beside the hood, two pendant lights above the island, and a couple more wall scones.
I’m sure there is no surprise that the cabinets would be the biggest part of the budget allowance. What is a kitchen without stunning cabinetry? Although this is true, I will have to say our budget isn’t really all that much or steep for a kitchen of this size. This was dependent on two major factors. One being we don’t actually have a lot of upper cabinets. We will be doing open shelving. The open shelving will be DIYed by Henry and will actually be pretty inexpensive. This small amount will be budgeted under the line item other.
We’ll also be saving by going with manufactured cabinets instead of custom handmade ones. Custom cabinets are usually 50% higher than factory-made. But we still choose quality cabinets. Ones that are all wood and have the option of being painted a custom color.
We’re also cutting cabinet costs by designing a more simple kitchen without upper cabinets. This allows us to add custom touches in the form of open shelves, hardware, and custom wood island finishes.
Countertops are another area that consumes a large part of a kitchen remodel budget. We almost always go with quartz countertops for a great look and durability. Quartz also seems to be in a medium price range, more than granite and a little less than marble depending on what quartz you choose.
Our budget is allowing us to purchase 3 slabs of quartz which is what we should need for the entire kitchen we are designing for the flip. We will be using quartz for the entire perimeter including a coffee bar, an eight-foot island with waterfall edges, a pantry, and a backsplash behind the range.
Lighting may be a small fraction of the budget, but it will make a huge impact. We never allow for a huge budget in this area because I like to shop around for deals. I never buy an overpriced light without trying to find something on sale first. You can find very reasonable priced, stylish lighting without breaking the bank.
Our allowance includes two pedant lights over the island, two wall sconces beside the range hood, and a few more scones throughout other parts of the kitchen that are not yet determined. The recessed lighting is in the electrical part of the budget which are always provided by our electrician and charged by the light when installed.
Good looking and functional appliances are a must-have for me. Although this budget isn’t too large, I do think we should be able to get mostly what we need and want.
The two most expensive items will be the range and fridge, but I think it’s ok to spend a little more money here.
This “other” category includes a few materials and labor that we didn’t include in another line item. This is where the open shelving material will fit in along with the labor for demolition. It also gives a little cushion in case we go over in a couple of areas.