General Kitchen Renovation Costs

Monday, March 22, 2021

They say that the kitchen is the heart of the home, so it’s easy to see why kitchen renovations are so popular. Even if you don’t enjoy cooking, you probably spend a lot of time in your kitchen everyday—it’s where you eat, where you gather, and where you catch up at the end of a busy day. If you’re thinking about renovating your kitchen, but you’re not sure what costs are involved, this article is for you. We’ll go over all of the factors to consider with a kitchen remodel.

Factors That Impact the Cost of a Kitchen Renovation

One of the biggest factors in the cost of your kitchen remodel is the size of your kitchen. You might not think it has that much of an impact, but your cabinetry, countertops, and installation represent a significant portion of your remodeling budget, so if you have a large kitchen with more cabinets and counter space, you can expect to pay a lot more.


Then there’s the extent of your kitchen renovation. Are you simply giving your kitchen a refresh with a new faucet, sink, and countertop? Or are you replacing all of the appliances and fixtures and reconfiguring your kitchen layout? When you’re changing the location of appliances and plumbing, you can expect your renovation costs to increase.


Finally, there’s the quality of the materials and finishes you choose. Kitchen appliances can start at under $1000 and go up to 10–15 times that amount for a high-end brand; the same goes for countertops, cabinets, light fixtures, flooring, backsplashes, and sinks. It’s easy for these costs to add up once you’re in the process of designing your kitchen, so it’s a good idea to set a budget before you start and stick with it.


What You’ll Need to Budget for in a Kitchen Renovation

Because the precise costs involved in a kitchen renovation depend upon the size of your room and materials being used, it’s difficult to offer ballpark figures on the total price. Instead, we’ve allocated each part of the renovation a percentage of the average kitchen budget, based on data from HomeAdvisor.

  • Design fees – 4%
  • Installation – 17%
  • Appliances and ventilation – 14%
  • Cabinetry and hardware – 29%
  • Countertops – 10%
  • Lighting – 5%
  • Flooring – 7%
  • Doors and windows – 4%
  • Walls and ceilings – 5%
  • Faucets and plumbing – 4%
  • Other – 1%

While you may want to do some of the work yourself to save money, we recommend using a professional plumber to perform any plumbing work, especially if you’re planning on reconfiguring your kitchen. It’s important for everything to be up to code and done right the first time to avoid leaks and damage. We’ve heard horror stories about DIY kitchen renovations that needed to be torn out and redone when an inspector discovers they’re not installed properly during the sale of the home.

Learn More About Kitchen Renovations

Are you considering a kitchen remodel? Renovating kitchens is one of our specialties! Contact us today at 703-331-2100 to schedule an estimate and get started.

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