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How Much Does a Kitchen Remodel Cost? Tips to Calculate (and Stick to) Your Budget

Short answer? As much (or as little) as you want it to.


By RaShea Drake
Jun 9, 2019


Calculating the cost of updating a kitchen can seem daunting, especially since every site seems to have a different answer. However, we’re here to help break down costs and what to expect. We cannot give you a definitive number for your kitchen (yet), but we can help give you an idea what you can do with the budget you have in mind.

Breaking Down the Costs by Feature

The National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) recommends the following breakdown of costs:

  • Cabinets - 29%
  • Installation - 17%
  • Appliances and Ventilation - 14%
  • Countertops - 10%
  • Flooring - 7%
  • Lighting - 5%

  • Walls and Ceilings - 5%
  • Doors and Windows - 4%
  • Faucets and Plumbing - 4%
  • Other/Miscellaneous - 1%
  • Design - 4%

While this isn’t a one-size-fits-all breakdown, it will give you a good idea of how to prioritize your budget.

The good news is that, if you read some of those and thought “I don’t need that”, then you can either cut those items from your budget or roll that into one of the other categories that you may want to invest more in (or better yet, a buffer in case any surprise costs come up). We went ahead and took the “Designer” fee and rolled it into “Other” because we deduct our designer fee from the cost of your products when you purchase through Vevano Home.


Breaking Down Costs by Type of Remodel


Low-Cost Remodel: $100+ per square foot


A low-cost remodel can cost as little as a few thousand dollars, especially if you’re looking to update features rather than completely replace them. Painting walls and cabinet refacing (instead of replacement) combined with new appliances, a backsplash, faucets, sinks, and lighting can add a newer look to your kitchen without demolition or high costs.


Mid-Cost Remodel: $200+ per square foot

With a mid-cost remodel, you may want to replace some features of your kitchen while keeping others. Bigger updates mean bigger returns on your investment, changing your kitchen more to what you need it to be. New cabinets, countertops, flooring, backsplashes, appliances and more are a part of this update, truly transforming your kitchen compared to a low-cost remodel.

High-End Remodel: $300+ per square foot

With a high-end remodel, this tends to go beyond just replacing fixtures. This could include custom cabinets, redesigning the entire kitchen layout, high-end custom appliances, or taking out walls to expand your kitchen area.


Now you know what types of remodels there are and a general idea of what each entail. The nice thing about any of the above remodels is that, no matter your budget, you can use one of our virtual designers. You can find out more about a custom quote for your kitchen remodel by contacting our designers.