How much does it cost to renovate a kitchen in Australia?

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How much does it cost to renovate a kitchen in Australia?

A complete kitchen renovation is a big commitment for any homeowner. It requires careful planning as well as an understanding of the financial resources required for the project. While materials will constitute the majority of your costings, direct labour and installation costs are also major considerations for your budget.

From budget to standard and premium renovations, the costs of revamping your kitchen will vary significantly depending on the location, size and condition of your property as well as the quality of materials used.

The intended use for the kitchen will help forecast your budget planning. If you’re a cooking enthusiast, you may opt for higher end appliances with standard fittings, whereas if you’re more concerned with the aesthetics of your kitchen, you may spend more on upgrading cabinets and floors, as opposed to appliances.

While some jobs can be done through DIY projects, it is recommended that you consult licensed professionals such as kitchen renovation specialists, architects or carpenters before embarking on your renovation project.

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How Much Will a Kitchen Reno Set Me Back?

Kitchen renovations at different prices

According to ImproveNet (2015), the average cost of a kitchen renovation is $17 226, with most Australian homeowners spending between $12 101 – $19 023.

However, this cost can vary significantly depending on the extent to which a kitchen needs to be altered. Typically, kitchen renovations can be segmented into three categories: budget, standard and premium.

According to the Australian Institute of Architects combined with a recent study, a basic kitchen renovation in Sydney costs $23 061, a standard renovation costs around $41 800 and a premium kitchen renovation is estimated at approximately $68 961.

These estimates vary between low, standard and high renovation costs depending on the materials used, as well as the labour and detail of work required. These costs include all new appliances, installation, plumbing and electrical work.

Kitchen Renovations at Different Price Points

Before remodelling the kitchen, you should do some research into the material and installation costs to help plan for your renovation. It is recommended that you choose materials, appliances and fixtures before you begin the project to ensure that you stay within the parameters of your budget.

Budget: $10 000 – $25 000

A budget upgrade may involve simple additions to the kitchen such as new cupboard knobs, light fixtures, or adding a tile splashback. This type of kitchen upgrade will generally include DIY projects where the shell of the kitchen, such as the floors and ceiling, will remain in tact.

Building expertSamuel Tastzidis confirms that a budget kitchen renovation would generally involve basic upgrades to the existing structure:“You’d probably change the light fittings, upgrade appliances or even install new stone benchtops to give the kitchen a facelift.”

While a budget kitchen renovation is estimated to cost between $10 000 – $25 000, Tastzidis says there are ways you can get better value-for-money: “You can find cheap DIY kitchen kits with all appliances from Bunnings or Masters for around $5000 which can be easily installed. But it goes without saying that the overall finish won’t be as good as a custom-made kitchen built and installed by a professional cabinet maker.”

It is critical that you choose your materials wisely by observing warranty terms and opting for reputable brands, Tastzidis explains: “I would always recommend paying a little more for appliances with extended warranty periods and sourcing quality materials such as laminate or Formica®  doors which are much cheaper and more durable than polyurethane.


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Get More Luxury for Less

If you’re after luxury at a budget price tag, there are several ways you can minimise your costs:

  • Leave your electrical outlets in their current position to save on plumbing and installation costs.
  • Choose an acrylic splashback instead of expensive wall tiles.
  • Opt for vinyl flooring rather than costly ceramic or porcelain tiles.
Standard: $20 000 – $45 000

For a standard kitchen renovation, you can upgrade your kitchen and make some changes to the kitchen’s shell structure, such as new flooring, replacing a window or relocating lighting. However, this price point assumes that the major features of the kitchen will stay in place and the floor plan will not be changed dramatically.

Tastzidids reveals the factors that influence the cost of a standard kitchen revamp: “The cost really depends on the size and existing condition of the kitchen but I would say that a standard upgrade would set you back between $20 000 to $45 000.”

With respect to items such as your benchtop, Tastzidis explains that certain brands stand above others:“I would always choose Caesarstone or Corian benchtops as these are extremely durable and not easily damaged by moisture . Your cabinet maker will supply and install these benchtops, or they will employ a sub contractor who specialises in stone benchtops to measure, cut and install the benchtop for you.”

“Kitchen styles have become a lot more open planned over the past 15 years so removing walls is always a possibility. Island benchtops and breakfast bars are becoming very popular in today’s kitchen designs.”

When choosing the functionality design for your cabinetry, Tastzidis demonstrates the importance of choosing quality hardware: “In a standard kitchen renovation I would always install cabinets with soft close drawers but be careful of manufacturers using cheap hardware as this will not last. I recommend using Blum hardware which is a reputable brand that sets the industry standard for cabinet making.”


Premium: $45 000 – $75 000 +

A larger scale renovation may include a new layout of the kitchen space or addition of walls leading to adjacent spaces. According to Tastzidis this could involve extensive alterations to your kitchen: “A premium kitchen renovation could involve relocation of the kitchen, removal of major walls, installing high end European appliances, auto-opening drawers, heated flooring, hot water taps or installing new windows. For this type of renovation, you’d need to budget between $40 000 – $70 000 plus.”

In terms of the increased functionality of premium appliances, Tastzidis states:“All your appliances would be built in and will work in a seamless manner. For instance, your fridge and dishwasher will appear to be a cabinet, but when opened will function as a fridge or dishwasher respectively.”

“The major difference between a budget and a premium renovation is the quality of the materials used. You can look at a budget kitchen and it may be aesthetically pleasing, but it won’t have the durability, functionality or longevity of a premium kitchen. Sometimes it’s worth investing now to reap the benefits later, you need to think about how this project can add substantial value to your home.


How much value will a kitchen add to my property?

While renovating can be a costly option, it can add considerable value to your home and improve the space and functionality of your kitchen. It is estimated that the percentage of the project recovered upon resale of your home could be 75 – 100 per cent, depending on your suburb.

According to Tastzidis, renovating an existing kitchen is the fourth highest value-adding renovation type in Australia.

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What are the costs of different kitchen components?

By understanding the costs of each component of your project, we break down the itemised costs for each type of kitchen renovation: budget, standard and premium.


The size of the area as well as the material selected for the kitchen floor, will greatly impact the overall cost of the flooring. Inexpensive materials such as vinyl and linoleum may reduce costs in the short term, but you need to consider whether these materials will endure wear and tear. Wood and tile, on the other hand, require a larger upfront investment, but they will last much longer.

Based on national averages, it is estimated that the materials and installation of new kitchen flooring can cost approximately $3 000. That’s why it’s important to know exactly what kind of material is desired and how many square meters need to be covered.

  • Basic: Vinyl flooring is a popular option amongst budget kitchen renovations. It is estimated that the supply and installation of vinyl flooring costs approximately $36 per square meter. So for a 13m² kitchen, the total flooring cost would be around $468 on average.
  • Standard: The standard cost of a premium grade hardwood floor would start from $40 per m² and installation costs are about $35 per m²  including underlay. For a 13m² kitchen, the total flooring would cost roughly $975.
  • Premium: Solid hardwood flooring such as spotted gum would often be seen in a premium kitchen space. This material would cost around $90 per m² , and sanding and polishing would also be $90 per m². For a 13m²  kitchen, this premium flooring cost with a premium finish would be around $2 340.

Having adequate storage is a crucial consideration for any kitchen space. Utensils, tupperware and cooking ingredients need be stored and organised efficiently. You need to decide whether you would prefer a standard set or a custom fit, as well as choosing a design and colour scheme for your cabinets.

Your choice of hardware, such as your pulls or knobs, can provide you with versatility with respect to the aesthetics of your kitchen. You can change the look and feel of your kitchen by alternating between your hardware. For example, knobs come in a range of finishes from glass to ceramic so you can make your cabinets look more traditional or contemporary based on your preferences.

  • Basic: If you just need to touch up or modify your existing cabinets, it could only set you back $100 – $460.
  • Standard: Upgrading cabinets using high quality laminate and mid range hardware could cost between $3 000 – $4 500.
  • Premium: Installing high end hardware using polyurethane timber, stainless steel knobs and pulls could cost between $5 000 – $12 000.

One of the most influential kitchen renovation designs you’ll make is selecting the right countertop for your lifestyle. Factors such as durability and style are likely to guide your choice when contemplating different countertop materials. Are you all about an easy-to-maintain surface? Do you value stain-resistance? Or maybe you dream of launching a hot pot on a granite counter without making a burn?

Surface materials range from less expensive choices such as  Formica® to more expensive surfaces like marble, stone or quartz.

  • Basic: Repairing or adjusting existing fixtures including re-sealing the joints between the splashback and the benchtop could only cost just $450 – $800.
  • Standard: Upgrading benchtops to a quality laminate countertop could cost between $3 000 – $5 000.
  • Premium: Using high quality quartz or stone that may include features such as waterfall ends could cost $10 000+.

Sinks range from simple undermount models to fully integrated, professional-grade sinks designed for heavy duty cooking.

From basic models with two-way handles to trendy curved faucets, there is an infinite choice of sink types to suit every budget.

  • Basic: For a basic kitchen sink, including taps and installation, you could spend just $500.
  • Standard: For a mid range sink and tap, including installation, or if you are replacing existing fixtures, you could spend about $1 500.
  • Premium: If you’re installing a new sink with premium features, you may need to budget around $3 500.

New appliances will influence the appearance and functionality of your kitchen area. By purchasing Energy Star-rated appliances you conserve energy and lessen your electricity expenses.

  • Basic: Repair existing appliances through routine maintenance, such as cleaning your oven, which could cost around $200 – $300.
  • Standard: You could replace your oven and cooktop for about $5 000 with mid range appliances.
  • Premium: You can upgrade your cooktop and oven with premium European branded appliances, such as Smeg, for around $10 000+.

Undergoing a kitchen renovation is a considerable task that requires financial and managerial commitment. Having realistic expectations of your costs will facilitate the renovation process, regardless of your budget. Selecting the right materials, design and tradesmen can also be instrumental in successfully completing your kitchen renovation project.

What is the Cost of a Kitchen Renovation?

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Kitchen renovation companies offer free design services and online cost calculators for a reason. Their most frequently asked question is, “How much does a kitchen reno cost?” There are so many variables, it’s  impossible to give an accurate answer. We can’t give you an answer, either, but if you’re looking for some general advice before you start getting quotes, we can give you some reasonable estimates.

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Average Kitchen Renovation Costs*

Average kitchen renovation costs can be misleading because the averages are based on high and low prices paid for a renovation. They do give you a starting point, though. In general, kitchens can be divided into three categories: budget, luxury and ultimate. According to experts, the average cost of a kitchen reno in each of these categories, including all new appliances, installation, plumbing and electrical work is:

  1. Budget: $22,000
  2. Luxury: $34,000
  3. Ultimate: $40,000+

The gap between a budget and luxury kitchen is larger because of the materials and appliances included in the kitchen. Budget kitchens generally have melamine doors, laminate benchtops, standard tiles and lower cost appliances. Luxury and ultimate kitchens will have solid timber, composite stone or granite benchtops. They will have frame and panel or polyurethane spray painted doors and expensive tiles or splashbacks. Owners will also choose the latest European appliances and spend more on their fittings.

Getting More Luxury for Less

As mentioned above, average costs can be misleading. One budget renovation can cost under $10,000 while another can cost $25,000 or more. If you want a luxury kitchen at a budget price, there are a number of things you can do to save on costs:
Choose a flat pack kitchen and do some of the installation work yourself.
Leave your sink and electrical outlets in their current position to save on plumbing and electrical installation costs.

  • Choose stylish acrylic splashbacks instead of expensive wall tiles.
  • Lay vinyl flooring instead of ceramic or porcelain tiles.
  • Keep some of your existing appliances if they are still in good nick.
  • A stylish flat pack kitchen from IKEA can cost less than $3,000. If you remove your old kitchen and hire a kitchen installer to help you, it might cost $1,000 to $2,000 more. Add $40 to $60 per square metre to have vinyl flooring installed and you can have a budget kitchen reno for around six to eight thousand dollars. The price will be higher for a larger kitchen, but even with appliances thrown in, the total cost can be much less than the “average” price of $22,000.

Don’t let the averages scare you. Quality and style doesn’t have to cost more if you choose carefully. If you need help, kitchen designers are trained to show you all your options, not just the most expensive ones. Get quotes, compare them by price and quality and you can have your dream kitchen reno.

*Cost and prices in this article are indicative and should only be used as a guide. They also vary locally and are subject to market forces.

Renovating your first home – an idea of costs

There’s a lot to consider when deciding whether or not to renovate your first home; from how much you can afford to spend, to how much you should spend – and where.

How much should I spend?

As a first homeowner you should avoid taking risks when renovating and spend conservatively. To make sure you don’t overcapitalise (when you spend more on a house than what you can sell it for) it’s a good idea not to spend more than 5% of the purchase price on renovations.

So based on the current median national house price of $437,500 (source: ABS), your renovation budget shouldn’t be much more than $20,000.

A well-planned and executed renovation can add up to 10% to the value of your home, especially if you hold onto the property for five or more years.
So by spending $20,000 renovating your average $437,500 home you could potentially make over $40,000 – double the money you invested.

Should I renovate?

Just because you can afford to renovate, doesn’t make it the right decision. You should consider all the pros and cons before committing your time and money:


  • Added resale value.
  • Make your home more comfortable and improve your standard of living.
  • Invest in quality fixtures and fittings that will stand the test of time.
  • Save time and money by renovating instead of re-locating. You can avoid all the stamp duty, agency and legal fees that come with moving by re-modelling your home to suit your changing needs.


  • Potential to overspend and overcapitalise.
  • May have to move out of home while works are being completed (or live in dust!).

What should I renovate?

For the best return on your renovation spend, you should be selective in your renovation choices. Some common value-adding renovation projects include highly-trafficked rooms like:


Average size: 8 square metres
Average renovation cost: $12,000-$16,000


  • Install a canopy rangehood and dishwasher.
  • Use stone for surfaces.
  • Keep the design open-plan.


  • Purchase expensive fixtures and fittings.
  • Compromise bench and storage space.
  • Use an unusual colour palette.

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Average size: 6 square metres
Average renovation cost: $9,000-$12,000


  • Install a frameless glass shower.
  • Lay floor-to-ceiling tiles – Include a double vanity (if there’s room).



  • Make extensive changes to the plumbing.
  • Replace a combined bathtub/tub with a shower only.
  • Overuse mosaic tiling.

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Renovated bathroom

Other renovation works to consider

New flooring

Average size: 150 square metres (standard 2-3 bedroom home)
Average sqm cost: $25-$100 per square metre (depending on material)
Average total cost: $3,750 -$15,000

Read more: How to: choose flooring for your home

Extra bedroom

Average size: 12 square metres
Average renovation cost: $18,000-$24,000

Deck or patio

Average size: 9 square metres
Average sqm cost: $180-$900 per square metre (depending on material)
Average total cost: $1,620- $8,000

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Take your time

Although you might not be able to do it all, if you take your time to select the areas of your home that would benefit most from a revamp, you stand to boost your standard of living – and bank balance.

Council fees?

Don’t forget to also allow for council application fees (check with your local council for prices, which can be up to $2000 approx) and budget for an additional 10% on top of your planned costs, so you’re prepared for any unexpected expenses.

*Renovation costs sourced from online tendering and are shown as a guide only. Actual quotes and prices may vary.