How to Calculate the Cost to Remodel a Kitchen

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The kitchen is the first thing buyers look at when evaluating a house. A beautiful, fully functional kitchen will attract buyers because it allows you to cook happily. Therefore, the renovation of the kitchen requires careful planning and design. There are many costs involved in renovating a kitchen, so it is important to evaluate the budget before hiring a contractor. Depending on the level of renovation and the fixtures you use this will have an impact on the average costs of the kitchen renovation.

In this article, we give you a breakup of the different items and costs to consider when doing a kitchen renovation.


These are compulsory expenses to incur regardless of the cost of your kitchen renovation:

  • Insurance premiums
  • Site maintenance, ongoing cleaning and rubbish removal
  • Project management and site supervision
  • Material procurement, delivery and loading
  • Building permit application and associated council/ VBA costs
  • Building surveyor if required
  • Access equipment
  • Material warranty and service guarantee
  • Required certificates of inspection and compliance
  • Electrical Make Safe

Construction Drawing Design

We do not recommend starting a kitchen renovation without a professional designer. A well-designed building kitchen will work like your anchor, saving a lot of time and money. Include a professional designer in your budget to draw the following:

  • Floor plan
  • Interior view
  • Lighting Plan
  • Floor finishes plan
  • Wall finishes plan
  • Electrical appliances items list with power, sizes and schedule
  • Material samples
  • Construction details
  • Electrical service planning, drafting and documentation

Demolition and Removal

Demolition of an old kitchen is a tedious task. Many fittings need to be removed. If on a tight budget, you can dismantle things that don’t require expertise. But, if you let your contractor handle it, you will be charged for the removal of:

• Flooring
• Wall Tiles
• Cabinets
• Benchtops
• Sink
• Oven
• Cooktop
• Dishwasher
• Water Filter
• Waste bins
• Taps
• Lights
• Exhaust Fans
• Wall and Ceiling Insulation
• Ceiling
• Plaster Board Walls to Ceiling
• Window
• Doors

Floor/Wall/Ceiling Preparation & Installation

The following are the main plastering and sealing works that must be paid:

  • Plaster ceiling throughout
  • Waterproof plasterboard on walls
  • Waterproof cement sheet for tiled wall and floor areas
  • Wall and ceiling insulation
  • Waterproof seal

Tiling Work

Whatever tile design and quality you choose, these are the bare minimum titling work that your contractor will charge for:

  • Screeding area for waterfall into floor waste as per spec
  • Waterproofing tiled area where necessary as per drawing and spec
  • Lay floor tiles to agreed area
  • Lay wall tiles to an agreed height
  • Supply floor tile throughout the area as per drawing or spec
  • Supply wall tile to height as per drawing or spec


A kitchen plumbing charges will typically include the following:

  • Replace any copper piping
  • Connect dishwasher, Insinkerator and water filter
  • Gas fittings for the cooktop
  • Stop cocks for taps
  • Move to sink hot & cold taps
  • Move/install butler pantry hot & cold taps


The quality of fittings you choose play a significant role in your kitchen remodelling cost. However, you will be paying the contractor for supplying and installing:

  • Single/double bowl sink
  • Taps
  • Waterfilter
  • Insinkerator
  • Standard Door
  • Sliding Door
  • Cabinetry
  • Splashback
  • Benchtops


A kitchen requires many electrical appliances, from water filters to refrigerators and microwaves. The electrician will charge you for safely installing:

  • Ceiling downlights
  • Pendant lights
  • Gas oven connection
  • Electric oven connection
  • Rangehood power
  • Dishwasher power
  • Water filter power
  • Insinkerator power
  • Microwave power
  • Wine Fridge power
  • Fridge power
  • Power points
  • Light switches


If you do the painting yourself, you can save a few dollars. Professionals will charge you a painting fee for:

  • Plaster ceiling and wall area
  • Fixed timber, including doors and skirting


The cost of kitchen remodelling may vary according to the size, design, and quality of the materials. However, this guide and a reliable contractor can help budget, plan and execute your kitchen renovation efficiently.

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