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How much does a kitchen renovation cost? 2021 edition

31st Mar '21 • By Shreya Kulkarni

Need a breakfast far, a fresh coat of paint or a complete renovation? Take a look at our 2021 guide on how much do Kitchen Renovations cost?

Kitchens get so much use that they start to look a little tired and rusty before you know it. Whether you’re making small upgrades to your home, going for a full renovation project, a kitchen renovation is a great way to start to change the feel of your home. Sometimes while looking at and considering exciting ideas to change up the kitchen we often forget most much the cost of the entire project is going to be. Some people desiring chef-like minimal kitchens, while others prefer something cosier. Whatever your preference is, we have a few ideas of how much this project can cost you.

kitchen-renovation-costHow much does a kitchen renovation cost?

Kitchen renovations will cost anything from $15,000 to $45,000 or more.
Prices vary based on individual preference such as the quality of materials, fixtures and furniture used. It's easy to overspend on a kitchen renovation without a simple budget plan, which can lead to higher costs than you expected.
If you are changing up everything from your kitchen like breaking down walls, changing the cabinet structure, the cost is going to be high. But if you are merely repainting the walls or changing the fixtures, the cost is going to be significantly less.
The average cost of a kitchen renovation in each of these categories, including all new appliances, installation, plumbing, and electrical work, is, according to experts:
Basic - $17,000
Budget - $28,000
Luxury - $40,000+

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Because of the materials and equipment used in the kitchen, the difference between a budget and a luxury kitchen is greater. Melamine doors, laminate benchtops, regular tiles, and low-cost appliances are popular in budget kitchens. Quality timber, composite stone, or granite benchtops can be used in luxurious kitchens. They'll have costly tiles or splashbacks, as well as frame and panel or polyurethane spray-painted doors.

What factors affect the cost of a kitchen renovation?

Due to several underlying factors, no two kitchen renovation projects will cost exactly the same. When you’re looking to renovate your kitchen, take note of these factors that might increase or decrease the cost of your renovation project 

  • Labour costs
  • The complexity of the job
  • Cost of materials
  • Size of the kitchen
  • Timeline of the project

What tradies do I need for my kitchen renovation?


Kitchen cabinet maker

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Most kitchen cabinet makers cost $65 to $110 an hour. Expect to be charged a premium for custom cabinetry, anywhere from $120 per hour. This cost also depends on the size of your kitchen and what manufacturer you opt for. If you're on a tight budget, you may opt for repainting your old kitchen cabinets, which can cost you around $1,200 including the necessary materials. The total price here will also depend on the labour cost and the number of cabinets you want to repaint.

Tiler

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Every kitchen needs tiling. Most tilers have extensive experience tiling kitchens and can help you choose the perfect tiles for your kitchen. Aside from the colours of the tiles, they can help you with the size of the tiles and even the type of tiles that would be perfect for the kitchen. Tilers' labour costs range from $50 to $160 per hour, but they're more likely to quote you on a per square metre basis, with prices ranging from $40 to $130 per square metre. The average cost of laying kitchen tiles is $65 per square metre.

Painter

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Another trade you may need is a painter. A painter can help you choose the perfect colour of paint for your walls and ceiling. You may even want to ask the painter for colour suggestions to help you find colours that are best for the kitchen and don't clash with the colours in your dining room or living room. On average, painting your kitchen’s walls will be almost 50% less than most other rooms due to the cabinetry. Expect to pay around $1000 for your kitchen, at $30 to $60 per linear foot. 

Flooring

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Many types of hard flooring materials can be ideal for the kitchen. You may prefer tiled floors, polished concrete or another type of flooring material. Costs of kitchen flooring depend on the area of the kitchen and what flooring you prefer. Average floor installers are charging an average price of around $35.50/m2.

Electrician

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Most kitchen renovation companies have electricians on hand who can install necessary electricity for the kitchen. A qualified, licensed electrician is absolutely necessary for your kitchen renovation work. Electricians charge for their services on an hourly basis and the cost can vary from $80 to $130 per hour. These prices depend on the complexity of the work, size of the job required, nature of the repair or installation work.

Plumber

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Obviously, every kitchen renovation requires a plumber to install sinks and other plumbing. If you have a large kitchen, having an extra sink can be handy. It will cost more and the plumber will have to come in before the kitchen is installed to install the pipes and get the area ready for the new sink. A plumber can cost from $60 to $120 an hour depending on the job.

Don't let the averages scare you.*Cost and prices in this article are indicative and should only be used as a guide. They also vary locally and are subject to market forces.

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