How do I save money on my kitchen remodel?


How do I lower the cost of a Kitchen Remodel?

  • Pass on custom options: Cabinets take up almost 30 percent of the budget for these projects. Save with stock products rather than semi-custom or custom.

  • DIY where possible: See where you can do some of the installation and replacement yourself.

  • Remodel in stages: You can break up the projects and remodel in stages, so you only have to save for one thing at a time.

  • Only do necessary updates: You don't have to do everything. You can simply upgrade the materials and appliances that truly need updating.

Budgeting a Kitchen Remodel by Size

It could cost as little as $5,000 to remodel a small kitchen and as much as $60,000+to do a large renovation. The size of your space will play a significant role in how expensive your renovation gets. Below, see the typical spend for various sizes and the factors involved.

  • Small Kitchen Remodel (less than 10x10)

A 70 square foot (Condo size) or less kitchen renovation average cost is $5,000 to $20,000.

  • Medium Kitchen (average 10x10 – 12x12)

Renovating a 12x12 kitchen runs between $15,000 and $40,000. This is close to the standard size, which is between 150 and 175 square feet.

  • Large Kitchen (greater than 12x12)

A large kitchen is defined as 200 square feet or more and typically runs between $30,000 and $60,000. Upscale remodels can reach from $75,000 to $100,000 and beyond.

  • Cooktop or seating island

  • Double oven

  • Built-in appliances

  • Commercial-style range

  • Coffee or drink station

  • Recycling station

How much do kitchen cabinets cost?

  • Stock: $200-$400 per linear foot

    • Pre-made

    • Readily available to ship in 1 week

    • Affordable

    • Limited number of styles, colors, and sizes

  • Semi-custom: $400-$1,000 per linear foot

    • Made in the same sizes as stock products

    • Can be detailed for an extra fee

    • Options include customized finishing, sizes, glass opthins, accessories

  • Custom: $500-$1,500 per linear foot

    • Designed however you want them to look

    • Most expensive

    • Require a skilled carpenter

What is a typical Kitchen Renovation Budget Breakdown?

Kitchen renovations cost $12,500 to $34,0000, with a typical spend of around $23,000. The rate divides into materials, installation, lighting and plumbing fixtures.

Remodel Contractor Labor Rates

Expect to pay $3,500 to $6,000 for installation alone. Professional labor typically factors into the total in a range from 15 to 25 percent. The NKBA suggests 17 percent as the median. This percentage will vary depending on the size of the space and the features you install. Hiring a kitchen remodeling contractor is the best way to get the most out of your project and budget.