How Much Does a Kitchen Renovation Cost?

“How much will a kitchen renovation cost?” 

This is one of the most common questions that people have when it comes to renovating a kitchen. And that’s completely understandable – the first step in any significant home improvement project is usually establishing a budget. But the fact is, several variables will have a dramatic impact on the final cost of a kitchen renovation. These include the size of the kitchen, the scope of works, the materials and the quality of the work. 

How Much Should You Budget for a Kitchen Renovation? 

It’s becoming increasingly common for homeowners to buy a property with the intention of living in it for a few years before renovating and selling in the hope of making a profit. If this is your intention, then it’s important to consider how much you should allow in your budget for the kitchen renovation. The general guide from real estate experts is to spend no more than 10% of your property’s total value on a renovation.

But how you choose to allocate those funds (what percentage you spend on the kitchen) can impact your potential return on investment (ROI). Online platform Open Agent reports that a kitchen renovation can typically expect a 90% ROI, thanks to the (cliched but true) fact that kitchens and bathrooms sell houses. This point is backed up further by financial councillor Dave Ramsey, who noted 80% of surveyed buyers include the kitchen when listing their top three areas to consider when buying a home.

What is the Average Cost of a Kitchen Renovation in Brisbane? 

According to the 2019 HIA Kitchens and Bathrooms survey, the average cost of a kitchen renovation is $26,280, not including appliances. However, this cost will vary depending on whether you opt for a budget, standard or high-end kitchen renovation. 

  • A budget kitchen renovation will have an average price range of $10,000 to $25,000.
  • A standard kitchen renovation will have an average price range of $25,000 to $45,000.
  • A high-end kitchen renovation will have an average price range of $45,000+. 

What Determines the kitchen renovation cost in Brisbane?

When determining how much a kitchen renovation in Brisbane is going to cost, you’ll need to consider all of the following elements, as they will all affect the final cost: 

1. Kitchen size

A small kitchen will require fewer materials (kitchen cabinets, tiles, etc.) which means that it’s often possible to select higher-quality finishes without drastically impacting the budget. A larger kitchen means more materials, more labour so, naturally, more cost. 

2. Kitchen cabinetry

Kitchen cabinets are often the first design detail that you notice in a kitchen. The price of cabinetry will vary depending on what style, material and quality you choose. Custom cabinetry allows for more choice and higher-quality finishes, so you should expect to pay more than you would for a stock-standard flat pack kitchen. 

3. Kitchen benchtop

Benchtops are now available in a wide range of materials, including timber, laminate, concrete, stainless steel, Caesarstone, granite and marble. A good-quality laminate benchtop will have an average price of $350-$650 per square metre, while a marble benchtop may cost $800-$4,000 per square metre.   

4. Kitchen layout

Two kitchens that are the same size and using the same materials could have quite different costs depending on which layout is selected. It’s also important to remember that changing the existing layout of your kitchen will increase the cost as plumbing, electrical and gas connections will need to be altered.   

5. Kitchen appliances

In addition to the standard oven, cooktop and rangehood, kitchen appliances can now include customised dishwashers, inbuilt coffee machines and steam ovens. Your appliance budget will depend on how many appliances you choose, as well as the quality of the products.  

6. Kitchen finishes

Finishes include all of the smaller items that make up the finished kitchen. These include the kitchen taps, sink, splashback and tiles. These smaller items allow for a lot of variety in terms of design, quality and cost. 

7. Kitchen quality:

Handling a kitchen renovation DIY may save you a little money in the short term, but it can lead to bigger costs later if something starts to go wrong. For a kitchen renovation that looks fantastic and will last a long time, it’s well worth investing in the work of experienced professionals. 

Talk to Experienced Kitchen Designers in Brisbane for a Customised Quote

For any kitchen renovation quote that has been tailored to your needs or query related to kitchen renovation cost in Brisbane, contact the experienced kitchen design team at Craftbuilt. We’ve been completing kitchen renovations in Brisbane for over 45 years, so we can help you design a new kitchen that suits both your style and your budget.