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How Much Does Renovating A Kitchen Cost?

Last updated: 21st Nov 2019


The average cost of kitchen renovations in Australia in 2018 is $56/hr. Final rates can still change depending on the complexity of the job or the size of the kitchen and materials used, but prices generally range from as low as $50/hr to $77/hr or higher.

Our experts claim that the total cost of an average kitchen renovation ranges from $18,000 to $28,000, whereas our customers stated that the prices typically range from $5,000 to $30,000.

So, we’re going to give a more detailed cost breakdown and discuss the factors that influence the pricing further in this article.

Besides bathroom renovations, kitchen renovations are among the biggest, most important and most expensive house renovating projects because these two rooms can breathe new life into your home and significantly increase its value if you’re selling.

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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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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How Much Do Common Kitchen Renovation Jobs Cost?

Based on our latest findings, here’s the 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
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What Major Factors Affect The Cost of A Kitchen Renovation?

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 it. Small kitchen renovations will cost less than bigger projects, of course.

Timeline of the project

You need to check the tradesmen’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.

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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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.

What Is The Average Cost to Replace Kitchen Cabinets?

On average, cabinet installation costs $4,895, with most homeowners spending between $1,866 and $7,961. This data is based on actual project costs as reported by HomeAdvisor members.

The average costs for cabinet installation are around $4,500 – $5,000, but they can sometimes be as low as $2,000 or can rise up to $8,000+.

To completely replace your old kitchen cabinets with the new ones, expect to pay:

  • $4,000 – $5,000+ for stock cabinets,
  • $8,000 – $10,000 for semi-custom cabinets,
  • $16,000 – $20,000+ for custom-made cabinetry.
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In comparison, a professional cabinet refacing for a standard kitchen can cost between $1,000 and $3,000 for laminate, and $2,500 – $6,000 for real wood veneer, or even more than $9,000 for a larger kitchen if you want to use high-quality wood veneer.

Anyway, replacing your old kitchen cabinets is worth the money when you take into account the fact that they define the personality of your kitchen appearance.

Still, if you’re on a tight budget, you may opt for repainting your old kitchen cabinets, which can cost you around $1,200 including the necessary materials. The total price here will also depend on the labour cost and the number of cabinets you want to repaint.

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What Is The Best Benchtop for A Kitchen?

When choosing a benchtop that will best fit into your dream kitchen, its price, and ease-of-cleaning are among the main deciding factors.

However, make sure you don’t neglect the quality of the material, which should be your starting point in making this big decision.

When it comes to durability, a quartz benchtop is almost indestructible so it’s number one. It may cost between $200 and $400 per linear metre excluding installation and customisation or $600-$1,300/m2.

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The following benchtop materials are among the most popular choices:

  • natural stone (such as granite or marble), which costs between $700 and $2000 per square metre including installation;
  • stainless steel prices range from $800 to $1200 per square metre, including manufacture and installation, but this material is prone to scratching;
  • hardwood timber are durable, easily repaired and almost as effective as natural stone, and you may expect to pay between $600 and $1,8000 per square metre for a fully finished benchtop including installation;
  • synthetic solid surfaces are highly resistant to scratches and stains and cost around $850 – $1,200 per square metre;
  • laminate is the most widely available, affordable and adaptable benchtop material with prices ranging from $99 to $500 per square metre but it also scratches easily;
  • recycled glass is an eco-friendly benchtop choice which is durable and can cost approximately between $300 and $700 per square metre;
  • ceramic tile benchtop which costs around $30 – $200 per square metre can be a good choice but grouts get difficult to clean over time.
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Choice has put 16 benchtop materials to the test in their labs, assessing their ability to resist heat damage, staining, impact, cutting and abrasion. As a result, they’ve created this kitchen benchtops buying guide you may want to check out before reaching your final decision.

Similarly, Consumer Reports tested the most popular types of countertops, so you may also benefit from their recommendations of the best countertop materials for busy kitchens.

Finder’s latest kitchen benchtop selection guide is another source that may come in handy when it comes to choosing the best benchtop for your kitchen.

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What Tradies Do I Need for A Complete Kitchen Renovation?

Did you know that a kitchen renovation is the most popular reno project among Aussies according to statistics?

When doing a total revamp, it can be difficult to figure out exactly what tradies you need to hire.

That’s why we’ve created a list of the tradespeople to consider as a guide for your next full kitchen renovation. Of course, you may not need all of them. It will depend on the type of work you’ll do.

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1. Builder

If you’re doing major kitchen configurations such as knocking down the old walls to extend your kitchen area, you’ll definitely need a professional licensed builder.

Before relying on a qualified, insured builder to handle all the work for you and signing the contract, it would be wise to double-check the builder’s home building license first. Just in case.

2. Electrician

A qualified, licensed electrician is absolutely necessary for your kitchen renovation work. This is what you do NOT want to do yourself, unless you’re one.

An electrician is responsible for tasks which have to do with installing necessary electricity,such as:

  • cutting out appliance holes in your benchtop and the installation of appliances,
  • installing and wiring up lighting and power points to make sure your kitchen is perfectly lit for practicality,
  • helping you plan your kitchen lighting although you may want to hire a lighting expert particularly for ambient and accent lighting tasks.

Here’s how much you can expect to pay for hiring a professional electrician in Australia.

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3. Plumber

Obviously, plumbing work is another must-have trade for every kitchen renovation project.

A plumber is required to:

  • make sure any gas or water outlets are safe before you start the demolition phase,
  • extend and connect the gas line and install any gas appliances,
  • cut out space for the sink in your benchtop,
  • install the sinks and taps,
  • connect a sink and a hot water system,
  • install the stoves,
  • take care of the dishwasher drainage
  • install refrigerators and the like.

To get the job done right the first time, make sure you hire a qualified, licensed and insured plumber, especially because their work is associated with risks.

Here are the prices of standard plumbing services in Australia.

4. Cabinet maker

You’ll undoubtedly need this tradie to construct and install your new kitchen cabinetry.

A professional cabinet maker can also give you valuable advice on the cabinet layout, functionality, and design based on your needs and wants.

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5. Tiler

There’s basically no kitchen without tiles, right?

So, you’ll need a qualified tiler to remove your old kitchen tiles and take care of installing the new ones, perhaps including the splashback and flooring or even benchtops as these may often be combined with tiling.

Many professional tilers can use their extensive experience to help you choose the perfect type, size, colour and design for your new kitchen tiles.

To find out how much average professional kitchen tiling services cost in Australia, follow the link.

6. Painter

You may also need to hire a painter to paint the ceiling and the walls which are not covered in tiles. This expert can even help you choose the best colour of paint to match your kitchen cabinets, appliances, and the other rooms in the house.

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7. Flooring installer

Besides laying the new floor in your kitchen, the job of a flooring expert is to advise you on what materials to use, as well as the style to choose according to the space and your budget.

8. Window installer

You’ll need this tradesman only if you decide to replace or reposition the old kitchen windows.

9. Ventilation professional

For instance,if you want to get a ducted range hood installed in your new kitchen, that’s a job for a ventilation expert.

While some of the tradies listed above are the essential experts required for a kitchen reno, other expert services are optional, such as a ventilation professional, window installer, an interior designer or architect.

Whichever of these you need, when choosing a perfect trader for your kitchen renovation project, don’t just focus on prices, but always remember to consider their qualifications first.

What Is The Average Cost of A Kitchen Renovation in Australia?

The average cost of mid-range kitchen renovations in Australia is approximately $23,000 although it typically ranges from $17,000 to $35,000 depending mainly on the scale of work involved, materials used, appliances you choose, and the size of the kitchen.

Besides the previously mentioned price factors and many others, the total cost of kitchen renovation primarily depends on how much you want to spend.

However, these are our average estimates to help you see the bigger picture before you make your final decisions.

What are the average costs of renovating a kitchen in Australia?
Types of kitchen renovation projects and sizes Price ranges
Basic $10,000 – $25,000
Standard $25,000 – $45,000
Luxury $45,000 – $100,000+
Small kitchen $10,000 – $22,000
Mid-size kitchen $22,000 – $35,000
Large kitchen $35,000+
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Obviously, kitchen renovation costs in Australia 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 tradie 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.

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What Are The Latest Kitchen Trends?

According to the sources mentioned in this subsection, here’s what’s hot in the world of kitchen design:

  • vibrant colours (especially blue and green),
  • colourful appliances,
  • creative two-toned cabinetry with ornate oversized handles,
  • mixed materials (e.g. brass and mixed metals)
  • metal and concrete effects (such as gold, copper, or brick accents)
  • maximised but concealed and disguised lighting,
  • concealed hoods and other elements,
  • patterned flooring,
  • tiled splashback,
  • multipurpose islands,
  • open shelving,
  • stone worktops,
  • banquette seating.

These are just the highlights, so follow the links to the sources below to dive deeper into the latest awe-inspiring kitchen trends.

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Here’s what an Australian Guide to Kitchen Design Trends 2018 says:

‘With the influence of so many amazing designs for the kitchen, 2018 is going to see a wave of eclectic styles being specified but executed in a refined and well-thought out way. Functionality will take precedence above all else, however, the kitchen will be beautiful in it’s own unique way.’

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Take a peek at the Caesarstone: Kitchen Trends book to get the key insights into the most popular designs, colours, and materials. Don’t hesitate to explore their latest trends photo and video gallery and perhaps choose your favourite among the suggested:

  • Timeless Classic,
  • Urban Industrial,
  • Calm Luxe or
  • Wild Living.

Then, get inspired by the latest Housing magazine issue and check out what experts say about this year’s big kitchen trends.

After that, find out more about the top kitchen trends for 2018 by kaboodle.

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Our next recommendation is to take a look at the HGTV gallery and see their suggestions of the 30 Top Kitchen Design Trends.

Similarly, ideas from Modern Kitchen Designs for Cooks With Style by Team 7 are bound to leave you breathless.

You may also use our kitchen photo gallery to get inspired for your big project.

If you still haven’t found the perfect solution for your kitchen, Forbes claims that These Kitchen Design Trends Will Inspire Your Next Project, so you may want to give them a chance.

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Found your winning combination?

Not yet? Need some expert help from a talented interior designer? We’ve got you covered.

Don’t hesitate to search for the best deal for your renovation project from the professional kitchen renovation companies or any other necessary experts listed in the Service Seeking directory.

Disclaimer: Our cost estimates are based on quotes for kitchen renovation services and are useful as a guide only.

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