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Full Kitchen Remodels

Cost to Renovate a Kitchen by Size

It could cost as little as $5,000 to remodel a small kitchen and as much as $60,000+ to do a large renovation. The size of your space will play a significant role in how expensive your renovation gets. Below, see the typical spend for various sizes and the factors involved.

Size (Square Feet)
Average Cost Small (<70) $5,000 – $20,000
Medium (100-150) $15,000 – $40,000
Large (200+) $30,000 – $60,000+

Small Kitchen Remodel Costs and Condo Renovations

The rate to update a small kitchen is between $5,000 and $20,000, depending on what you install, repair or upgrade. For this room, small is defined as 70 square feet or smaller. You’ll have limited options for a project of this size. It’s important to set your budget and plan for some DIY work to save time and money. Here are some recommendations for enhancing the project:

Green updates:

Under-cabinet and counter LED lighting
Environmentally friendly faucets
Green appliances
Double-paned windows
Space-saving recessed lighting fixtures in the ceiling

Maximizing storage:

Lazy Susan’s
Roll-out trays
Double pull-out shelves
Tiered racks

Pull-out countertops: Have a countertop contractor install a counter extension that you can flip or pull out when you need it.

Smaller appliances: Replace large appliances to their smaller and greener alternatives.
You can remove walls and cabinetry if you have the space and the budget to do it. You can even combine this space with the dining room for one large, unified area, instead of having a bar or tall wall separate the two. If you live in a condo, check building codes to make sure you can knock out walls. Also, consult with a contractor, as they could recognize that the wall is connected to a supporting beam.

10×10 Kitchen Remodel Costs

“Proper planning is key to a successful kitchen remodel. For a major gut renovation, expect to spend three to six months just on the planning phase.”

Dan DiClerico, HomeAdvisor Smart Home Strategist and Home Expert.

A 100 square foot kitchen renovation costs $15,000 to $30,000. These dimensions qualify a space as “medium.”

Redo a 12×12 Space

Renovating a 12×12 kitchen runs between $20,000 and $40,000. This is close to the standard size, which is between 150 and 175 square feet.

Cost to Update a Large Kitchen

A large kitchen is defined as 200 feet or more and typically runs between $30,000 and $60,000. Upscale remodels can reach from $75,000 to $100,000 and beyond. With a large area like this, you may include features like:

Cooktop or seating island
Double oven
Built-in appliances
Commercial-style range
Coffee or drink station
Recycling station
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Price of Typical Kitchen Remodeling Elements

Here are some of the elements that go into an average kitchen remodel and their typical installation prices, based on small, mid-range or major options:

Kitchen Renovation Cost Calculator

Feature Small Remodel Mid-Range Major Reno
Install an appliance $100 – $200 per appliance $200 – $400 per appliance $400 – $600+ per appliance
Install cabinets $100 – $200 per cabinet $200 – $300 per cabinet $300 – $500 per cabinet
Install countertops

$200 – $500 $400 – $1,000 $1,000 – $2,500
Install a faucet $125 – $200 per faucet $200 – $300 per faucet $300 – $550+ per faucet
Install flooring $600 – $1,000 $1,000 – $1,500 $1,500 – $3,000
Install a sink $100 – $250 $250 – $400 $400 – $600
Backsplash installation $150 – $400 $400 – $800 $800 – $1,200
Painting/adding wallpaper $100 – $200 $200 – $400 $400 – $600

Cost of Kitchen Cabinets

Kitchen cabinet installation costs an average of $2,000 to $8,000, with the products themselves ranging from $75 to $1,500 per linear foot. Kitchen cabinets prices vary depending on whether you opt for custom or stock products, and your project price will also depend on whether you update them rather than replace them. These features often make a room’s first impression. If they are dated or damaged, potential buyers may walk away underwhelmed.

Stock: $75-$150 per linear foot
Pre-made
Readily available at home improvement stores
Affordable
Limited number of designs and sizes.
Semi-custom: $100-$1,000 per linear foot
Made in the same sizes as stock products
Can be detailed for an extra fee
Options include resizing drawers, door fronts and cabinet depth
Custom: $500-$1,500 per linear foot
Designed however you want them to look
Most expensive option
Require a skilled carpenter
Cost to Reface Cabinets: $4,000-$9,500
Fraction of the price of new
Brand-new look without total replacement
Steps of process:
Remove old doors, door fronts and hardware.
Select new elements and apply a wood veneer that matches the rest of the cabinetry.
Cost to Refinish Cabinets: $1,500-$4,000
Less expensive than refacing
Brand-new look without total replacement
Best to hire a professional for best results, especially if fronts are dinged up
Steps of process
Remove drawer fronts or drawers
Sand
Stain or paint
Reinstall
New Kitchen Appliances Cost

Installing kitchen appliances costs $100 to $300 per appliance on average. Investing in higher quality stoves, dishwashers or refrigerators will certainly drive up your total price. However, if you want to improve your home’s value, it will pay to install higher quality products. There are various options to choose from, including EnergyStar-certified, custom built-in, high-end store bought and budget outlet products. If longevity is important to you, look for products with a longer life expectancy.

Custom built-in: $1,000-$10,000+

Product options: Dishwashers, ovens, ranges, stoves, microwaves and Higher upfront price.

May require structural changes and added labor costs.
Take up less floor space.
High-end freestanding units bought : $1,000-$5,000+

Less expensive than custom built-in appliances.
Include features like sensors, Bluetooth capabilities and cabinet-depth refrigerators.

Budget freestanding units: $200-$1,000

Might not last as long as their high-end counterparts
Lack the added features/technology of expensive models.
They do the job and work in most layouts.
EnergyStar appliances average between $300 and $3,000. Budget freestanding, high-end freestanding and custom built-ins can all come EnergyStar certified. Product options include refrigerators, dishwashers, lightbulbs, freezers and more. Features include:

Certified by the U.S. Department of Energy as energy-efficient and beneficial to the environment and consumer.
More expensive up front than their noncertified counterparts.
Have longer lifespans than noncertified options.
Lower utility bills.
Cost to Build Kitchen Countertops

Installing countertops costs $2,000 to $4,000, though this price will fluctuate depending on the material and measurements. Countertops play a major role in the look and usability of your space. Choose the materials based on what looks and functions best.

Within each category of materials, price depends on quality. Seamless materials, such as Corian and granite, tend to be more durable, but are generally more expensive. Formica and concrete tend to be cheaper but add less value. Tile can be pretty, but you can expect quite a bit of maintenance down the road and regular grout cleaning.

Countertop materials include:

Granite countetops costs: $2,000-$5,000
Durable
Scratch-resistant
Heat-resistant
Porous and requires sealing
Soapstone counter prices: $2,000-$5,000
Stain-resistant
Heat-resistant
Extremely susceptible to scratching and etching
Light scratches are easy to sand away
Marble countertop costs: $2,000-$7,000
Durable
Long-lasting when properly maintained
Heat-resistant
Susceptible to staining and scratching
Quartz counter costs: $1,500-$4,000
Many color and style options
Stain-resistant
Doesn’t chip or scratch easily
Easy to clean
Less heat resistant than natural stones
Tile countertop prices: $800-$2,000
Inexpensive
Can be a DIY project
Susceptible to chipping and scratching
Laminate counters costs: $800-$1,600
Heat-resistant
Stain-resistant
Scratch-resistant
Easy to clean
Inexpensive
Susceptible to damage from knives and hot pans
Concrete countertops costs: $2,000-$4,000
Durable
Heat-resistant
Stain-resistant
Requires regular maintenance
Stainless steel countertops costs: $4,000-$11,500
Durable
Heat-resistant
Stain-resistant
Susceptible to scratches
Solid surface countertop prices: $2,000-$4,500
Examples: Formica, Corian, Wilsonart, Avonite
Renewable
Nonporous
Various choices
Scratch-resistant
Susceptible to heat and staining
Corian countertops costs: $2,200-$5,000
Durable
Many color and style options
Stain-resistant
Easy to maintain and clean
Not as heat resistant as stone
Wood counter costs: $1,000-$5,000
Durable
Natural material
Long lifespan
Expands and contracts like flooring
Withstands burns and scratches
Bamboo costs: $2,000-$3,000
Eco-friendly
Easy to clean
Susceptible to scratches and burns
Recycled glass counters costs: $2,000-$4,000
Durable
Heat-resistant
Stain-resistant
Easy to clean
Susceptible to chipping and scratching
Paper composite costs: $2,500-$6,000
Durable
Easy to clean
Susceptible to scratches and stains
Kitchen Floor Remodel

Flooring installation costs $1,500 to $4,500, depending on various factors. The largest factors include the square footage and material you choose. Vinyl and linoleum flooring tend to be the most affordable but add little or nothing to the value of your house. Tile, granite and wood are more expensive and will help to increase value. The more expensive flooring sometimes proves to be the more difficult ones to maintain.

These spaces can be volatile workstations. Damage from stains, grease, heat and moisture are common. If you can’t keep up with the cleaning and maintenance, the more expensive flooring might not be the best for you. Options include:

Ceramic tile costs: $500-$2,000
Durable
Wide variety of colors
Susceptible to cracking and chipping
Vinyl flooring: $1,000-$1,500
Inexpensive
Durable
Can emit VOCs
Linoleum prices: $800-$2,500
Eco-friendly
Stain-resistant
Requires regular maintenance
Cost of laminate flooring: $1,500-$4,500
Inexpensive
Wide variety of styles
Requires regular maintenance
Check out our Comparison Guide for hardwood vs. laminate flooring
Wood flooring prices: $1,500-$3,000
Durable
Wear-resistant
Requires regular maintenance
Includes: hardwood, engineered wood, bamboo
Bamboo Floors: $600-$1,000
Eco-friendly
Low maintenance
Low-cost
Scratches easily
Cork floor costs: $500-$1,500
Eco-friendly
Mildew-resistant
Stain-resistant
Requires regular maintenance
Stone Floor Prices: $1,000-$3,000
Durable
Expensive
Absorbs stains
Marble Floors: $1,500-$4,000
Durable
Long-lasting when properly maintained
Stains easily
Scratches easily
Slate Floor Costs: $1,500-$3,000
Durable
Stain-resistant
Low maintenance
Less variety in aesthetics
Terrazzo Costs: $4,000-$15,000
Durable
Long-lasting
Easy to clean
Expensive option
Concrete Flooring Prices: $1,500-$4,000
Easy to maintain
Long-lasting
Moisture-resistant
Plumbing

Installing a faucet costs $150 to $350. If you don’t need to change the plumbing layout, installing a sink costs $200 to $550.

If you decide to do a major change and rearrange your appliances, you will have to relocate the pipes. This often involves getting new pipes – installing additional pipes costs about $1,100 – and connecting them to the main line. This also means spending more on labor and, in some cases, hiring a plumber. Plus, you might have to get a permit from the city. These building permits could cost up to $800 if your contractor gets it for you.

Electrical

The rate for electrical work is $50 to $100 per hour on average. It’s best to do electrical work during the tear-out process. However, many homeowners don’t factor in this expense until the work is underway.

Plan ahead and determine whether you need to upgrade your electrical output to accommodate a new refrigerator or oven. The cost to upgrade an electrical panel averages about $1,000. You may also need to move outlets and fixtures to accommodate a new layout. Plus, you may have outdated outlets that need replacement. The cost to add an outlet adds $175 to your project total. Hire an electrician to guide you through the process and be ready to spend about 5% of your total on electrical work.

Gas Lines

Moving a gas line costs $250 to $800. Unless you’re planning to move your oven and stove cooktop to an entirely differently place in the room, you should be able to avoid this expense. The process involves moving and running additional gas lines, upending flooring and knocking out walls. It also requires a permit for handling natural gas lines.

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Kitchen Remodel Cost by Location

City or State Average Cost Range
Los Angeles, CA $27,700 – $53,000
New Jersey $6,000 – $14,000
San Diego, CA $23,500 – $49,000
Springfield, MA $9,000 – $22,500
San Francisco Bay Area, CA $24,500 – $54,800
Chicago, IL $13,000 – $33,000
Northern Virginia/ Washington, D.C. $14,000 – $32,600
Las Vegas, NV $20,700 – $39,000
Dallas, TX $10,400 – $28,000
Seattle, WA $16,000 – $40,700
Portland, OR $13,400 – $32,000
San Jose, CA $30,000 – $59,000
Cleveland, OH $10,000 – $22,000
Miami, FL $10,800 – $29,000
Phoenix, AZ $11,400 – $29,000
Boston, MA $15,700 – $38,500

Cost data is based on actual project costs reported by HomeAdvisor members.

Budgeting a Kitchen Remodel

Building a budget should be your number one concern when planning a kitchen remodel. It determines how much you can accomplish, the materials available, how much professional help you’ll need, and what the final product will look like, among other aspects. If you don’t plan appropriately, there’s a good chance that you will find yourself in debt by the end of the project or left with a half-finished space after the funds run out.

Homeowners should expect to spend the following:

Minor: $10,000-$15,000
Mid-range: $15,000-$30,000
Major: $30,000+
You should also set aside 15% to 20% of your budget for any unexpected problems during the remodel. These issues can include plumbing, electrical, structural, and pest or toxic material problems that could arise.

Basic Remodeling on a Tight Budget

With $10,000 and $15,000, you’ll need to do some work yourself and hire a professional for the specialty work. If possible, purchase some of the materials before calling in the professionals. While contractors can get some materials for wholesale prices, it’s customary for them to charge extra for the purchase and labor. Save time and money by getting materials in advance and then paying for installation.

These projects typically involved:

Upgrading your sink and faucet
Installing or replacing your countertops with inexpensive materials (laminate, vinyl, tile)
Adding a tile backsplash
Refacing or refinishing your cabinets
Installing stock cabinets
Upgrading your appliances
Painting your walls and ceilings
Installing energy-efficient lighting in the ceiling and under the cabinet
Mid-Range Bathroom Budgets

When you’re working with $15,000 to $30,000, you can leave more work to the professionals instead of doing it yourself. This might include refinishing or refacing your cabinets, painting the walls and ceilings, installing new lighting and rewiring some electrical work. You can also focus on replacing your flooring, if it’s particularly worn, and look at more high-grade countertop material like granite, Formica or Corian. You might be able to invest in custom cabinets, move some plumbing, or have an island installed in this price range, but you might have to compromise on other upgrades in the process.

These remodels include:

Replacing your countertops with high-quality materials (stone, wood, metal).
Installing semi-custom cabinets.
Building an island.
Installing high-end appliances.
Adding recessed lighting and rewiring as necessary.
Replacing your floor.
High End Kitchen Upgrade Cost

When you spend $30,000 or more to remodel a kitchen, you’ll have more leeway to pick and choose which improvements you want to make.

You might want to do everything on this list:

Installing high-end appliances with the EnergyStar rating
Adding granite countertops
Installing a new sink and faucet
Having custom cabinets built
Opting for additional overhead lighting
Adding hardwood flooring
If you decide to go with a major remodel and spend upwards of $50,000, you should consider consulting a kitchen designer. A professional designer has the experience, connections and examples to suggest what fits with your plan. He or she can also help you save where possible, so you don’t spend needlessly while still getting the final product you want.

Tips to Make It a Cheap Kitchen Remodel

Pass on custom options: Cabinets take up almost 30% of the budget for these projects. Save with stock products rather than custom.
DIY where possible: See where you can do some of the installation and replacement yourself.
Remodel in stages: You can break up the projects and remodel in stages, so you only have to save for one thing at a time.
Only do necessary updates: You don’t have to do everything. You can simply upgrade the materials and appliances that truly need updating.
Kitchen Renovation Cost Factors

When estimating the cost of a kitchen remodel, there are various factors to keep in mind. The most important include budget, longevity, and what other homeowners in the neighborhood are doing with their spaces. By planning around these factors, it’s possible to come out with results that meet expectations, last for a long time and recoup most of their original cost in the resale.

Longevity

When planning for this project, ask yourself how long you plan to live in your house from the time of the remodel. If you plan to sell shortly after, you shouldn’t spend too much money on it. The rule of thumb is that you should spend between 5% and 15% of your property’s total value. This is the optimum range for homeowners to spend and expect to recoup.

If you plan to remain in your house for years, then you should consider splurging on items like new countertops, appliances, cabinets and flooring. The fact you’ll be living in the house for years to come means that you could save money on repair or replacement because they last longer. It also means that you continue to find value in their repeated use. If you plan to live in your house for years or decades after the renovation, there’s no point in spending money and only making small changes.

Neighborhood

While this applies more to sellers than to lifetime homeowners, the neighborhood you live in should reflect the kind of changes you make. Your kitchen should not be significantly more understated or overstated than others in the neighborhood. This could reflect poorly when potential buyers are perusing and comparing properties in the area.

Ideally, you want a renovation that brings out the best qualities of the room and complements your house. Avoid any colors, styles and other design qualities that will disrupt the overall scheme of your hous

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New Kitchen Costs

Adding a new kitchen will range in price from $25,000 to $50,000, or $100 to $300 per square foot. There are many additional factors in building an entirely new space with the proper structure, plumbing and electrical. High-end materials can bring your rate up to $100,000 and beyond.

How to Prepare for a Kitchen Remodel

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