Cost of Renovating a Kitchen

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The average cost of kitchen renovations in Australia in 2016 is $56/hr. Final rates can still change depending on the complexity of the job or the size of the kitchen, but prices generally range from as low as $50/hr to $77/hr or higher.

Where do these prices come from?

All prices stated in this article are based on FY 2016 pricing data compiled by The figures resulted from a comprehensive analysis of quotes submitted by Kitchen Renovation Experts on the site from July 2016 to July 2017.

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Hear from an expert

Jarrod from Yates Constructions says the average kitchen renovation project can cost from $18,000 to $28,000. This rate covers all bases including compliance certificates and permits if required for the jobs. Labour fees typically range from $6,000 to $10,000; expect to pay an additional $12,000 to $14,000 for materials.

If you’re keen on changing the full layout of your kitchen or you need new fixtures and fittings, prepare an extra $2,000 to $4,000 for these add-on services.

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Hear from our customers

According to a survey of customers who have revamped their kitchens in the past couple of years, kitchen renovation costs typcially range from $5,000 to $30,000.

This gap in prices resulted from a variety of factors — mainly the duration of the projects. For instance, jobs that took about one week to one month to complete have prices ranging from $5,000 to $15,000. On the other hand, kitchen renovations that lasted for two to four months got pricier at $25,000 – $30,000.

One customer, though, renovated her kitchen for a period of eight months and spent only $15,000 in total. She only hired three tradies for the project and DIY-ed other tasks like painting and interior design.

Kitchen renovation prices from real customers

Peter from NSW
He paid for a full kitchen renovation at his home in Greenacre. The job also involved renovating two bathrooms and a laundry.
Other details: The cost for the project included labour and materials.
TOTAL COST: $60,000
Amy from WA
She had her kitchen fully renovated. The job also involved plumbing, electrical installation, lighting, demolition of internal walls, bricklaying, and plastering.
Other details: The cost for the project included labour and materials.
TOTAL COST: $36,000
Robert from NSW
The kitchen in his home in Bangor was fully renovated. Other services involved were plumbing and electrical.
Other details: No plans were required for the job, and the cost included labour and materials.
TOTAL COST: $21,000
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Cost of common kitchen renovation jobs

Kitchen Renovation Task Typical Quoted Prices
Cabinetmaking $3,000
Benchtop installation $750
Flooring installation $3,000
Plumbing and gasfitting $5,000
Splashback installation $1,500
Electrical installation $500
Wall tiling $500

Factors Affecting Cost

Due to several underlying factors, no two kitchen renovation projects will cost exactly the same. When you’re looking for a builder to renovate your kitchen, take note of the following elements that can bring down or amp up the cost of your project.

Labour costs

Licensed builders cost more than unlicensed tradesmen, but they can assure you of high-quality workmanship. Hiring licensed builders will greatly help you avoid shoddy workmanship.

Complexity of the job

The more features you want for your new kitchen, the more it will cost. Examples of these are: under cabinets, additional sinks, glass splashbacks, benchtops, etc.

Cost of materials

Choosing higher quality materials will cost more initially. However, it might be better for you in the long run because they are more durable and more likely to last longer.

Size of the kitchen

The size of your kitchen is one of the main factors you should consider if you want to renovate. Small kitchen renovations will of course cost less than bigger projects.

Timeline of the project

You need to check the tradesman’s hourly rates before you hire them. Since many licensed builders charge on an hourly basis, kitchen renovations will cost more if they take a longer time to complete.

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Cost by state

Kitchen renovation costs vary by state. New South Wales has the highest average rate among all the states at $76/hr followed by South Australia with prices averaging $70/hr.

Tradies in Queensland and Victoria charge the same rate of around $50/hr while those in the Australian Capital Territory charge approximately $63/hr.

Are you looking for a builder to make your dream kitchen come true? Ensure that you hire only licensed tradesmen. has a list of the best kitchen renovation experts in your area.


Pricing information correct as at August 2017.

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