Renovating your home is a great way to add your personal touch, modernise and add value to your property. For many families, the kitchen is the heart and soul of the home. It’s where you spend quality time, cook, laugh, and eat together. It is the heart of your home.
So, when it comes to renovating your home, many homeowners typically prioritise renovating their kitchen to add the most value to their property and to their lifestyle.
Before beginning any kitchen renovation, however, homeowners generally want to know how much their kitchen renovation will cost. If you’re wondering the same, then read on to see just how much that shiny new kitchen is going to cost.
How Much Does A Kitchen Renovation Cost In Australia?
The cost of a kitchen renovation will depend on several different factors. This includes the size of your kitchen, the materials you want to use, the complexity of the space, condition, and how much you want to change. The more complex your plans are for your kitchen renovations, the more your renovations are going to cost you.
Renovations vary enormously in price depending on the scope of the work. Detailed below are some of the factors that will influence the final cost of your kitchen renovation project.
Factors To Consider
In general, the larger the kitchen, the more expensive it will be to renovate. Not only are more materials required, but there is space for a larger number of useful kitchen installations, which all add to the cost. Intriguingly, compact kitchens may also be more expensive to fit in comparison to a medium-sized room, due to the need for innovative, custom cabinetry to ensure all the features the property owner wants can be fitted into the space available.
Type Of Benchtops
Opting for granite, quartz or marble bench tops results in an attractive surface that will last a lifetime. Unfortunately, natural stone bench tops can be pricey, adding a significant amount to your renovation cost. Bench tops made from engineered stone, timber or laminate will usually cost less if budget is a consideration.
Kitchen cupboards and units produced in a factory are normally manufactured in a relatively small range of standard sizes. As part of the design process, your kitchen installer will work with you to configure these units into a workable kitchen. Custom cabinetry provides the freedom to install kitchen cabinets, units, benchtops and other features that are built to your exact specifications. Ideal for oddly shaped kitchens that aren’t a good fit for standard units, custom work is also a great way to enjoy cabinets built with your needs foremost. Custom cabinetry will add to the cost of your renovation, although many property owners feel the price is worth paying for the end result.
Choice Of Appliance
The number of appliances you decide to buy new for your kitchen directly impacts the price. In addition, budget brands can save you money (although may not last as long). If you already own premium brand appliances or wish to save on your kitchen project, it may be possible to incorporate your existing appliances into the refurbishment.
Vinyl or laminate flooring is usually the most cost-effective option for a kitchen floor. Porcelain or ceramic tiles cost more but last longer and some homeowners prefer how they look. If cost isn’t a consideration, natural stone is an attractive option that can really add value to your kitchen refurbishment.
Complexity Of The Detailing
The more detail and ‘little touches’ you want for your kitchen, the more it’s going to cost. Labour costs are likely to form a large percentage of your kitchen budget – the more work that needs to be completed by hand and customised to the needs of your project, the higher the cost.
If you need a kitchen that’s wheelchair accessible, for example, or that’s designed for someone with limited manual dexterity, the adaptations needed may add to the cost.
Full Vs Partial Renovation
When you decide to renovate your kitchen, you can completely overhauling your existing kitchen and changing everything or opting for a less invasive partial renovation.
A complete renovation can seem daunting, but ultimately, you will be able to tailor your entire kitchen to your tastes and needs. There are many kitchen designs you can choose from. You will have a say over the layout, colours, materials, appliances, and design, just to name a few. The space you have available may be your only constraint.
A partial renovation, on the other hand, will likely be a lot easier on your wallet. However, since you will probably only be giving your kitchen an aesthetic facelift, you won’t have as much say over the finished product.
Partial renovations can include a new paint job, a new tile splashback, and maybe installing a new benchtop or cupboard. These are relatively easy and cost-effective ways to spruce up your kitchen, but the general layout of your kitchen will not change.
Appliances are generally considered extra expenses. The costs will depend on whether you reuse your existing appliances or decide to buy all new kitchen appliances. Premium European brands are going to set you back more than cost-friendly budget appliances.
How Long Will A Kitchen Renovation Take?
A kitchen renovation will generally take 8 to 10 weeks as a minimum. If more complex jobs such as moving plumbing or electrical points to different locations are necessary, you may need to extend this time frame.
As a general rule of thumb, it’s always a good idea to allow yourself a little bit of extra time for the renovations if something goes wrong during the renovation. Some extra time allocated in your planning stages can account for any potential delays.
If you’re thinking of renovating your kitchen soon, we can help. We’re experts when it comes to professional kitchen renovations in Rockhampton, and we’re here to guide you through the process, from start to finish. Call us today to see just how we can help to design and build your dream kitchen.
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