What is the Average Cost to Remodel a Kitchen?
The cost of kitchen remodeling varies greatly depending on what you want and where you live. Even though there are too many variables to put an average into a single number, we can look at studies that give us ballpark figures.
HomeAdvisor puts the average kitchen remodel price in the $12,567 to $34,962 range. A small kitchen remodel can cost as little as $4,000 and a lavish remodel can cost as much as $50,000+.
A survey of 1,000 homeowners nationwide found that they spent an average of $17,900 on their kitchens with most spending around $11,700. A separate 2013 study done by Remodeling Magazine found that the median cost for kitchen renovations was $27,500 with 58% of projects costing between $20,000 and $39,999.
What is a reasonable price to remodel a kitchen?
The entire remodel should cost no less than 5% of the current value of the home – and no more than 15%. Prepare for the unexpected. 20% of your budget needs to be set aside for unexpected costs.
In most major areas of the country, homeowners spend an average of about $25-$30 per square foot for a minor renovation and, on average, it takes approximately 100 hours to complete a kitchen renovation.
Best Kitchen Remodel Ideas
First step before doing anything…find a reputable, professional designer or contractor!
Here is a list of best kitchen remodel ideas or designs to consider:
- Expand the kitchen by adding a wall or half-wall divider between where people eat and where food is prepared.
- Nix clutter by placing storage cabinets in corners and utilize space under the sink for home items that don’t need to be out on display.
- Use a dining area that is not the main focus of the room and put in extra cabinets or build-in hutches and wall units for additional storage and appliances.
- Create a grill nook with an overhang for an outdoor countertop and kitchen backsplash, using bricks or river rocks to create interest.
- If you have the space, try expanding the kitchen by making it part of your outdoor entertaining area and add a countertop with a sink for food prep.
- Add room-dividing screens or decorative half-walls to create a separate space in a small kitchen where kids can play and learn while adults prepare meals.
- Keep the look of a traditional kitchen with crown molding, chair rail and other architectural details that add sophistication to any style kitchen.
- Design furniture to blend into the room by using cabinets the same color as countertops or designing a window seat where everyone can sit and enjoy a meal together while keeping an eye on kids playing in another area.
- Build a wall between the kitchen and living space and add a banquette with cushions for seating instead of chairs, creating separate areas to sit and eat but still maintaining an open floor plan.
- Make it your own by designing the kitchen exactly how you want it, not following someone else’s design; your kitchen is your own personal space and you should enjoy it as such.