Renovation Costs: Kitchen Remodel Cost

Kitchen Demolition Cost 

Kitchen demolition costs significantly vary across the nation. Your overall budget will depend on the size of your kitchen, the kinds of work you want to be done, labor costs, and disposal costs. However, the national average kitchen demolition cost ranges between $1,000 to more than $10,000.

For example, if your kitchen area is about 100 sq. ft, the following price estimates:

Type of Demolition Average Cost
Kitchen cabinet removal $100 – $400
Countertop removal $50 – $200
Appliance removal  $50 – $300
Sink and drain removal $30 – $90
Flooring removal $50 – $300
Drywall removal $40 – $100

How Much Should I Budget For Kitchen Remodel? 

There are a wide variety of kitchen remodeling budgets. Your budget may be dictated by necessity, preference, or the vision that you have for your kitchen. Remodeling budgets run the gauntlet from minor to low-end to high-end. For example, if you want the cabinets in a small kitchen restored, that is minor. However, suppose you have a large kitchen and you want to replace all the appliances, flooring cabinets, countertops, sinks, and drains, install lighting, or remove a wall. In that case, that is a high-end kitchen remodeling project. 

Type of Kitchen Remodeling Project Average Cost
Minor $100 – $1,000
Uplift $1,000 – $5,000
Basic $5,000 to $10,000
Low-end $10,000 to $15,000
Moderate $15,000 to $50,000
High-end $50,000 to $100,000+

Here we look at the types of remodeling projects that people do on $5,000, $10,000, $15,000, and $50,000. There are also suggestions for do-it-yourself (DIY) projects that can be done with minimal expenses.

$5,000 Kitchen Remodel 

If you are working with a $5,000 budget, you can make significant changes to your kitchen that uplift it and your spirits when you’re using it and in it. Assuming that you are going to pay a contractor to do this work for you, there are a few things that you can do to improve your kitchen. Some projects you can do include: reflooring your kitchen with laminated flooring, refurbishing your wood floor, refinishing your cabinets, replacing your cabinets, upgrading your appliances, painting the ceiling and walls, removing a wall, and installing energy-efficient lighting in the ceiling and under the cabinets. 

Kitchen Remodel Under $10,000

With a budget of $10,000, you can do a basic kitchen remodeling project. This budget allows you to replace your cabinets with more upscale models, replace your flooring with more costly flooring, replace countertops, replace and upgrade appliances, and/or establish a recycling station. The amount of work you can do depends on how much money you spend on the projects you decide to do. Or, you can commit the majority of your budget to one or two projects and spoil yourself. For example, you could spend your entire budget on new countertops, lighting, flooring, or appliances. Your budget can go even further if you do some of the work yourself, whether it’s private projects or working with the contractor to reduce the cost of the remodeling project.

Kitchen Remodel Under $15,000 

$15,000 is an excellent budget for a low-end kitchen remodeling project. This kind of project may require an interior decorator. This budget allows you to replace the countertops, lighting, cabinets, flooring and paint the ceiling and walls. In addition, you can replace your sink and drain, plumbing fixtures, wall sockets/outlets. You could also install a small island in your kitchen or a small breakfast nook. Finally, suppose your kitchen is in great condition, but you want to make some small improvements that will have a tremendous effect on your kitchen atmosphere. In that case, you can install backsplash tile, ornamental trim, or maybe even texturize the ceiling.

$50k Kitchen Remodel 

With a $50,000 budget, you can complete a moderate kitchen remodeling project. You have a plethora of options with this budget. So, you can do all of the things listed in the lower budgets plus invest in some bigger ticket items that you can spoil yourself with throughout the year. Some of the most common things done during this kind of project are installing double ovens, built-in appliances, a commercial-style range, a coffee or drink station, a recycling station, and/or a cooktop or seating island. It is your choice to spread the money over multiple projects, combine DIY with a contractor’s work to optimize your return on investment, or work with a contractor to produce some amazing projects that will bring new life to your kitchen.

Cheap Kitchen Remodel DIY

If you are cash strapped or not able to commit significant amounts of money, or time, resources to a kitchen remodeling project, then you may prefer to DIY. As a DIYer, you can select which projects you want to do overtime and plan them according to the availability of time and resources available to complete them. DIYers should make sure that they can complete technical projects like installing light fixtures, plumbing fixtures, and construction projects before clearing initiating the projects. Also, if you are doing any plumbing or electrical work, consult with a contractor and, ideally, have one on speed dial who can help you complete your remodeling project if you run into any problems.

Simple DIY remodeling projects that you can do by yourself include painting the walls, refurbishing cabinets, refurbishing wood floors, adding trim to your refrigerator, adding liners to your cabinet shelves, and installing backsplash tile. Besides the listed projects, hundreds of other projects you can do on a budget to improve your kitchen and breathe new life into it.

Remodeling Project Estimates

Let’s look at the average costs of some kitchen remodeling projects. Remember, the costs can be adjusted so people working with any budget can do them.

Kitchen Remodeling Project Average Cost
Replace countertops (with granite, quartzite, marble) $3,500 – $5,500
Refurbish cabinets $800 – $2,500
Paint walls, ceiling, trim $350 – $1,000
Inexpensive laminate flooring $500 – $2,000
New stock cabinets $600 – $15,000
Purchase energy-efficient appliances $2,800 – $7,500
Plumbing fixtures $800 – $2,000
Flooring (laminate or tile) $1,400 – $3,500
Tile Backsplash $500 – $1,500
Custom cabinets $20,000 – $30,000
High-end countertops $7,500 – $10,000
Custom built-in appliances $20,000 – $30,000
Upscale sink and faucet $3,000 – $4,500
Flooring (natural stone or cork) $3,500 – $5,000
Lighting (recessed lighting, under cabinet lighting and track lighting) $3,750 – $5,000
Replace plumbing fixtures (modernize faucet and sink) $250 – $1,500
Replace wall socket and light switch plates $5 – $25/unit
Refurbish wood floors $500 – $2,000
Reface cabinets  $4,000 – $9,500
Kitchen Island $800 – $20,000


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