The kitchen is arguably one of the most important rooms in the home. It’s where you feed
your family, entertain guests and it’s usually in a central location. All in all, it’s a room where
a lot of your time will be spent. For this reason, and the stylistic influences that can impact
on the kitchen, this room is often one of the first to go out of style and show signs of age.
A kitchen renovation can breathe new life back into your entire home, and hopefully,
increase the value of your home. So, whether you’re doing an entire remodel or simply
making a few updates, a kitchen renovation can be a worthy investment.
A note on the cost
Of course, the cost of any renovation will be entirely dependent on the size of the project,
the materials used and the services required. Obviously, no one kitchen will cost the same,
in the same way no one kitchen is the same.
While choosing lower quality materials, or being select with exactly what you renovate can
bring your costs down, it’s important to note that your geographic location can also affect
the cost of your renovation. Within major cities, such as Sydney and Melbourne, it can be
assumed a renovation can cost more than in other areas, with the average renovation price
being somewhere above $20,000. Outside of these areas, the typical Australian kitchen
remodel will cost around $17,000.
Of course, there’s a lot of room for variation and prices can change dramatically. For
example, a kitchen renovation can cost:
Apartment sized kitchen or small updates: $5,000 – $10,000
Budget Kitchens: $10,000 – $25,000
Standard or mid-range Kitchens: $20,000 – $45,000
Luxury or High-end Kitchens: $45,000 – $100,000.
Of course, there’s no real limit to what you could spend on a kitchen, it simply depends on
how creative you want to get. It’s best to speak to a professional and get a customised
quote which incorporates everything from design fees to material and labour costs.
Renovation and material options
As we have mentioned, your price point will be determined by the materials you use and
exactly what you renovate. Here’s the different areas that a kitchen renovation will involve,
along with popular material choices and their respective costs:
The design is one of the most important, but often overlooked aspects of a kitchen
renovation. The layout of your kitchen can make or break the ease of workflow and
productivity. A poorly designed kitchen can be frustrating to work in and if you’re spending
a large sum of money you want to be sure you will enjoy being in the new kitchen.
A professional kitchen designer can ensure a sensible layout while providing you with ample
storage and a stylistic look. If you’re looking at redesigning the entire layout of your kitchen
you’ll need to factor in designer’s fees, which are normally around 10% of the overall cost.
The average price point for designer’s fees is $2,500.
The cabinets of every kitchen should be sturdy, but the materials they’re made from will
determine how much you spend.
Cabinetry materials are usually wood, wood veneers or composite woods like chipboard,
though aluminium and polyethylene are increasingly popular options. Melamine drawers
and doors are a great budget option, whereas solid timber is more expensive but can give a
better aesthetic finish.
In most kitchens, the cabinets will take up a large portion of the space and incidentally, will
be a big chunk of your budget. To replace all cabinetry, you can expect costs to be anywhere
from $4,000 to $10,000.
The next most significant part of your kitchen renovation will likely be the bench tops.
Again, depending on the materials used on these surfaces, there can be a large sway in
Common kitchen benchtop materials include marble, stone, metal and composite woods –
all of which have different price points.
More basic materials, such as a laminate benchtops can be less than $3,000, whereas solid
timber or gloss polyurethane can be much more expensive. Even more expensive is marble
or stone benchtops which can easily go above the $10,000 mark, before installation costs.
When it comes to kitchen renovations, the flooring can be easy to forget, however it can be
an important aspect. Your kitchen needs a durable and easy-to- clean floor surface.
There’s a great variety of flooring options and you can choose between different types and
styles of tiles, vinyl, wood and linoleum.
A tiled floor is generally more expensive due to the material itself but also the installation
process. Tiles will cost around $2,000 depending on the kitchen size. High end kitchens
often use wood flooring, but this can increase the costs to around $4,000. The more
affordable options are vinyl and linoleum which are normally only $300 – $400.
Lighting is an important part of your kitchen as you want certain areas to be well lit for food
preparation. Although not the most expensive part of a renovation, lighting can still add up.
Normally installation costs for lighting sit around $300 and adding in the average price of
downlight and pendant lighting your overall cost of lighting in your new kitchen will sit
around $900 to $1500.
Costs of appliances vary greatly depending on location and the brand name, though the
typically cost of labour when installing a new oven or dishwasher is $300.
Factoring in the cost of the appliances themselves and you can expect the overall fit out of
your kitchen to sit at roughly $5,000. Of course, with more high-end appliances the price
can quickly double or triple.
In the end, it’s important to do your research, factoring in your own preferences, needs and
wants along with the size of your kitchen. If you’re working with a relatively small budget,
there’s a lot of compromises you can make to bring the price down. It’s important to
remember, however, that you should not compromise on the quality of construction.
Cabinets that are well-made, with high quality hinges and drawer runners can make a world
of difference. Consider this before you put majority of your budget into an expensive marble
After a renovation, a well-designed kitchen, with thoughtful planning, both in terms of
layout and budgeting can make a huge improvement on your day to day life, but also on the
value of your home.