Estimating Kitchen Remodel Cost

The cost of a kitchen remodel depends on three main factors: the changes made, the materials used and local labor costs (or more specifically, the fee of the remodeling contractor you hire to do the work). Estimate your kitchen remodel cost before any significant planning or design work begins so you'll know what type of kitchen remodel you can afford. The following national cost averages come from Remodeling magazine’s popular Cost vs. Value report for 2018.

Midrange kitchen

A modest remodel might include new cabinet doors and a modern oven.

Midrange Kitchen Remodel Cost: Minor Remodel

A makeover on a 200-square-foot kitchen with 30 feet of cabinets costs around $21,200.

A typical project might include:

  • Cabinet refacing (replacing doors with raised-panel doors, plus new hardware)
  • New energy-efficient oven and cooktop
  • New laminate countertops
  • New standard sink and faucet
  • Replacing resilient ("vinyl”) flooring
  • Installing new wallpaper
  • Painting trim
  • No changes to cabinet configuration or fixture/appliance locations
Kitchen with large island

A major remodeling job can involve new appliances and a new island.

Midrange Kitchen Remodel Cost: Major Remodel

A significant update to the same 200 sq.ft. kitchen costs around $63,800 and might include:

  • New semi-custom cabinets (relocating cabinets may add to the cost)
  • Installing a new island (3 x 5 feet)
  • New sink, faucet and laminate countertops
  • New energy-efficient oven, cooktop, microwave (built-in), dishwasher, garbage disposer and ventilation system
  • Adding custom light fixtures
  • Installing new resilient ("vinyl”) flooring
  • Painting walls, ceilings and trim
High end kitchen

A high-end remodel can involve custom cabinets and accessories.

High-End Kitchen Remodel Cost: Major Remodel

For “the works” on a 200 sq.ft. kitchen, you can expect to pay about $125,700. However, the potential for upgrades or custom additions to any of the kitchen elements makes the project cost essentially limitless. Many high-end remodels include expanding or adding onto the room or home, which can easily double or triple the typical kitchen remodel cost. A typical high-end remodel might include:

  • New premium hardwood cabinets with custom accessories
  • New stone countertops with premium undermount sink and faucet
  • Integrated water filtration system
  • Premium tile backsplashes
  • New built-in refrigerator
  • New cooktop and commercial-grade range and ventilation system
  • New convection oven with microwave function
  • New warming drawer and trash compactor
  • Installing new comprehensive lighting array
  • Adding new cork (or similar) flooring
  • Installing new hardwood molding

How Much Will Your Kitchen Remodel Cost?

Compare your project goals to the items listed in the above remodels to get closer to a ballpark figure for your new kitchen. For many homeowners, getting over the initial sticker shock of a proposed kitchen remodel is an important first step to the real planning process. Once you have a better idea of what your project will involve, as well as many of the new materials and products you’ll use, sit down with a kitchen designer, remodeling contractor or architect to do a thorough examination and breakdown of the costs involved.

Philip Schmidt writes for

Updated April 22, 2018.

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