I decided to share the costs of our kitchen renovation with all of you, as I think it is super helpful for anyone who is interested in completely renovating their kitchen.
(And especially since this post is one of my most popular posts - I figured my readers LOVE knowing how much things cost.)
We honestly had no idea where to start with our budget. Would a kitchen renovation cost 10k? 30k? 50k? Depending on what materials you pick out - you could easily pay well over $50k on a new kitchen. We reviewed our finances and decided a $15k-$20k budget is where we wanted to be, which honestly meant we had to be frugal in some areas in order to splurge on the things we really wanted.
Here's our kitchen renovation cost breakdown in a nutshell:
1. Demolition: Tearing out the existing kitchen cabinets/appliances/flooring/soffits etc. = $1,700
I honestly thought this was pretty steep - however, this price did include trash removal and re-plastering the ceiling and walls behind the cabinets.
2. Electrician: Materials and moving wires = $300
We had to hire someone to move the wires behind our walls. This also included buying $100 worth of materials for rewiring/etc.
3. Flooring: Purchases of tile and other flooring materials, and installation = $2,000
The tile and flooring materials (hardy backer/grout/etc.) were around $1200, and the labor was around $800.
4. Cabinets/Sink: Cabinets, Custom Pantry, Farm Sink, and Installation = $8,000
We hired a kitchen designer for $200. We bought the cabinets during a 20% off kitchen sale and a beautiful ceramic farm sink! We hired someone at $20/hour to install the kitchen - so *I think* we saved a lot in the labor department since $20/hour is pretty reasonable.
We have a lot of counter space so I knew our countertop would be pricey. We decided to go with quartz countertops and I absolutely love them. (we could have gone with butcher block to save alot of money but we bought the countertops during a 20% off kitchen sale so we got them at a good deal! And installation was free with purchase! :)
6. Backsplash: Tile, Grout, and Installation = $650
Our materials were only $250 since we went with a tile that was only $6/sqft. But the labor was pretty pricey ($400) since it was such a time consuming process.
7. Appliances: New fridge, oven, microwave and dishwasher = $2,300
We purchased our appliances on Black Friday - so what should have cost us over $3,500+ only cost us $2,300!! I couldn't be happier with going to HH Gregg on Black Friday! They had the best deals!
8. Other Expenses: $900
And there were other small things we had to buy or pay for - like garbage disposal pieces, plumbing of the kitchen sink, crown molding for above the cabinets, molding for the floors since our existing molding was damaged, new light fixtures, new light switches and plate covers, paint supplies, grout sealers, etc. etc. etc. Trust me...all these little things ADD UP!
OUR KITCHEN RENOVATION TOTAL: $17,650.00
*That might seem like a lot - but let me remind you...we gutted EVERYTHING and literally started from scratch. So, to me, $18K for an ALL-BRAND-NEW kitchen seems like a pretty great deal. In plus, this probably raises our home value double or triple of what we actually spent on the kitchen!
..........and since I can't waste any time between one renovation and the next......the bathroom renovation is currently in the works. So stay tuned for more home renovation fun! :)