A kitchen renovation is one of the most popular and most rewarding home renovations. Your new kitchen design ideas may make your kitchen a more efficient, exciting hub of your house and increase your home’s market value.

However, there’s no arguing that kitchen remodelling may be costly, especially if you don’t prepare ahead of time and stick to a budget. Coming to the main question – how much does a kitchen renovation cost?

This is difficult to answer until you are aware of factors like the size of your area and have picked your materials, appliances, and other features. Here’s what you need to know when determining an estimate.

What’s The Average Cost Of A New Kitchen?

An average kitchen remodel costs between $45 to $50,000, while a budget/flat pack kitchen will cost around high $20’s to low $30,000. Keep in mind that this amount does not necessarily reflect the total renovation cost but rather how much the average homeowner spends on a kitchen makeover.

You may check out a comprehensive cost breakdown for each room of the house and your kitchen from Archicentre – a nationwide supplier of design, advising, assessment, and inspection services to the Australian public as a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Australian Institute of Architects. They anticipate that although prices vary from place to place, Australia’s essential kitchen renovation costs will range between $30,000 and $50,000.

In Sydney, a basic custom-made kitchen renovation costs around $35 to $40,000. A standard kitchen installation costs between $5,000 and $15,000, pending the amount of plumbing, electrical, building work, and access to the premises.

These estimates frequently alter as new construction reveals issues such as water-damaged home frames or mould, resulting in further delays, effort, and money. As a result, always prepare for unanticipated complications and additional expenditures when planning your kitchen makeover.

While this is a rough average kitchen renovation cost, the actual price depends on size, kitchen styles (whether luxury kitchen, designer kitchens or contemporary kitchen), the layout of your kitchen and the materials used.

How Much Should Your Kitchen Renovation Cost?

It’s challenging to offer an estimate for new kitchen remodelling prices since they are so dependent on the materials and equipment selected and how much corrective work must be done beforehand. When taking up renovation projects, the rule of thumb is to spend no more than 7% of the value of your home on your kitchen’s makeover.


Materials account for a large portion of the expenditures. The joinery-built quality is something you should never compromise on. For instance, a dowelled and glued cabinet will last much longer than a cabinet assembled with screws or flat packed.

Suitable hardware for hinges and runners needs to be top quality as they will be used every day.

You must be ready to pay extra for cabinetry and suitable hardware because if they break apart after a few years, your entire kitchen will break, no matter how pretty the door is, so it’s worth investing in quality.

  • Melamine kitchens are much more affordable than solid wood or other materials, but they will also be more durable!
  • Splashbacks may cost a few hundred dollars if you choose tile, whereas high-quality stone, quartz or porcelain can cost thousands.
  • For benchtop installation costs, a laminate benchtop costs up to $3,000, quartz around $7,000, but a natural stone benchtop can cost up to $30,000 for the same size benchtop.

Services and Process

First, you will need a good kitchen designer; they will know how to get the most out of your current kitchen footprint and change it.

You’ll need a trained, licensed electrician for all kitchen renovation projects. Electricians bill hourly, with rates ranging from $80 to $130 per hour; often, electrical switchboards need a serious upgrade, and extra circuits must be drawn to service the additional load required for appliances such as induction cooktops and ovens.

Before you remove your existing kitchen, including cabinetry and appliances, a qualified plumber will need to temporarily disconnect any power & water and upgrade the pipes for the new sink, dishwasher and gas cooktop. Depending on the project, a plumber may charge anywhere from $60 to $120 per hour.

A good kitchen installer can charge as much as $1000 per day. It is crucial that your kitchen cabinets are installed properly and with care. It won’t be worth much after a few years if not installed correctly. So, it pays to get this done right.

How To Save On Cost Of New Kitchen Renovation?

Keeping the current kitchen layout such as sink, oven & cooktop, will reduce your labour costs considerably, rather than relocating the services for no great advantage.

Door cabinets: Sure, polyurethane door fronts, also known as 2 Pac or lacquered, may be a versatile and contemporary option; however, they are less durable and far more expensive. Unfortunately, the associative stigma attached to laminate being ‘cheap and nasty is not necessarily true. Laminate is appealing and trending in Europe today. Laminate kitchens are less vulnerable to wear & tear, making this an ideal option for young families. They are easier to clean and offer a greater variety of designs.

Benchtops: if you’re after practicality and the best value for money, composite quartz is your answer. With all the natural beauty of materials such as stone and marble, which are more expensive, quartz is ideal for kitchen worktops. If considering the budget, choose one of the standard ranges with similar qualities and properties as granite or marble. As for longevity and durability, opt for quartz. It is also significantly stronger.

Keeping the kitchen footprint and choosing a good quality laminate finish with a practical benchtop can save considerable money.

A new kitchen, in our opinion, usually provides a high return on investment, especially if you plan to sell shortly. Whether you’re renovating a high-end kitchen or a medium or small kitchen, it’s always ideal to use high-quality materials that will last decades, rather than succumbing to a cheap solution that ultimately, over time, shows signs of wear & tear. 

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