Kitchen Renovation Cost Calculator: How to Calculate The Cost of Your Kitchen Remodel

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Renovation projects require careful planning—especially when it comes to allocating resources.

According to a survey by Budget Direct, over 80% of respondents said they have never used a loan to complete a renovation. Interestingly, the survey also revealed that over 60% of respondents put their renovations on hold for financial reasons.

The figures show why calculating kitchen renovation costs should approached with utmost diligence. Done right, you can enjoy a stunning kitchen without overspending.

In this guide, we’ll help you calculate your kitchen renovation costs and share tips and ideas to make your renovation project successful.

Comprehensive list of typical items in a kitchen renovation

A crucial step in calculating kitchen renovation costs is to list all the items needed for the project.

This ensures your calculation includes every aspect of the renovation, increasing its accuracy.

Below are items commonly included in a kitchen renovation.

  1. Kitchen Cabinets: Including base and wall cupboards, pantry units, and overhead storage.
  2. Benchtops: With materials that include stone, timber, laminate, or stainless steel.
  3. Plumbing Fittings: Fittings such as kitchen sinks and tapware made of ceramic, composite, or stainless steel materials.
  4. Appliances: Kitchen appliances like refrigerators, ovens, cooktops, range hoods, microwave ovens, and dishwashers.
  5. Splashbacks: A splashback can vary in price depending on whether it is made of acrylic, tiles, stone, or stainless steel.
  6. Flooring: Materials that include hardwood timber, laminate, engineered timber, tiles and vinyl.
  7. Lighting: Light fittings such as overhead, under-cupboard, and task lighting.
  8. Electrical: Installation and wiring of appliances like light switches, outlets, and wiring.
  9. Paint: Painting and decorating, including wall paint, trim, touch-ups, and repairs.
  10. Permits & Council Fees: Council permits and fees for plumbing, structural changes, and electrical work.
  11. Labour Costs: The cost of trade professionals and tradies such as electricians, painters, tilers, plumbers, installers, and carpenters.
  12. Project Management: Fees for hiring project managers or contractors to oversee the renovation.

 

6 Steps to Calculate Kitchen Renovation Costs

Use the steps and tips below to calculate your kitchen renovation costs.

1. Determine your project scope

Carefully defining your project scope gives you a comprehensive understanding of the work needed for a successful project outcome.

It also creates a harmonious collaborative environment between your contractors and suppliers.

Consider factors such as:

  • Timelines and milestones
  • Where your project starts and ends
  • If you are demolishing your entire kitchen and building a new one from scratch

2. Know the average kitchen renovation cost in your area

For example, basic renovations in your city can cost around $10,000, while mid-range kitchen or medium-complexity to high-end kitchen projects can cost up to $25,000 to $50,000. More upscale renovations can go beyond $50,000.

Knowing the average cost of kitchen remodels and renovations in your area gives you a baseline for comparison.

It helps you set a realistic budget and determine whether it aligns with market rates or needs adjustment.

So the project doesn’t significantly impact your finances, consider selecting a payment solution that enables you to distribute costs over several months, preferably without incurring any interest.

Renovation Capital partners with Humm90, giving its clients the 0% finance option. By working with Renovation Capital, you can avoid paying interest while availing of Humm90’s payment options.

3. Consider the size of your kitchen area

The size of your kitchen directly influences the number of materials and labour required for your renovation project and how much you spend on your kitchen.

It also affects the complexity of your renovation since larger spaces often require more intricate design considerations than a small kitchen.

Find out how many square meters you have to work with by calculating the size of your existing kitchen.

Measure the length of each wall, including alcoves or recesses, and the width of the kitchen at its widest point. Then, multiply the length by the width to get the square footage of the main floor space.

Don’t forget to measure the height of your kitchen’s walls to determine the room’s volume.

Also, the countertops should be measured separately to include the expenses in the total project cost.

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4. Research the quality of finishes

Your choice of finishes greatly influences the total cost of your kitchen renovation.

For instance, there are cost differences when choosing a laminate benchtop over an engineered stone benchtop.

The granite benchtop we installed for one of our clients elevated the ambience of their kitchen, giving it a much more luxurious feel (shown in the photo below).

The granite benchtop represented a higher investment compared to installing one made of laminate or engineered stone materials.

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“If you’re looking for a one-stop shop from showroom to service, Renovation Capital is it! Incredible service and the finish is the envy of all of my friends and family.” – Scott Donovan

5. Break down the expenses

Create an expense breakdown of your kitchen renovation, including the costs for the following:

  • Materials. Include the cost of all materials needed for the renovation, such as cabinetry, benchtops, floor coverings, tiles, appliances, splashback, hardware, and fittings.
  • Labour. Consider the costs of hiring tradies for demolition, plumbing, electrical work, new appliance and fittings installation, and other specialised labour.
  • Permits and fees. Research and factor in the costs of licenses and permits required by local building codes, including inspection fees.
  • Planning and design. Consider the costs of hiring architects or designers for custom features or major layout changes to your kitchen, including consultation fees.

“I recently had the pleasure of working with Renovation Capital for a complete kitchen renovation, and I could not be happier with the results. My designer, Emma, was truly impressive. She took the time to understand my vision for the kitchen and turned it into a reality. Her attention to detail in the design and material recommendations were outstanding.”

Account for other costs, such as disposal of debris and old materials during the demolition phase and other cleanup services throughout your kitchen renovation process.

Include miscellaneous expenses such as taxes, delivery fees, and permits.

6. Add all the costs

Once you have all the information and costs, add everything to estimate the cost of your kitchen renovation.

However, it’s best to add 15% to 20% to the total to give your budget some wiggle room and anticipate potential uncontrollable situations.

For instance, materials can be damaged during transport, and replacing them can cost extra unless you work with a company that will handle the replacement at no extra cost or at least minimal cost.

“Shelley from Renovation Capital made our recent kitchen renovation a great experience from the initial design process to the final install. Our natural stone bench cracked within hours of going in (nobody’s fault, just bad luck!) Shelley and the stone mason took the stress out of an unfortunate situation and had the matter resolved, and the entire job was still finished on time.”

Set aside a part of your budget as a contingency fund for unexpected changes and expenses to your project during renovation.

You can also use a budget calculator, along with the cost calculator, to compare your potential expenses to your budget.

Calculate renovation costs and get an accurate estimate

Kitchen renovation projects typically involve substantial investment.

However, calculating renovation costs before commencing the project enables much more efficient management.

Work with a reliable renovation company to make your kitchen renovation project an enjoyable and hassle-free experience.

Renovation Capital boasts over 150 years of combined experience in the renovation industry. Book a consultation now.

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