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How Much Does It Cost to Remodel a Kitchen in Your Zip Code?

The cost to remodel your kitchen depends on the size of the room and the finish levels you choose. Use our kitchen remodel cost estimator to calculate the total cost of your kitchen renovation by filling in the details of your project below.
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What is the average cost to remodel a kitchen?

On average, your kitchen remodeling cost can range from $18,000 to $58,000, depending on the size of the renovated space and where you live. It will also vary according to the cost of materials, the scope of the project, and labor charges.

Kitchen Remodel Costs Vary According to Size and Zip Code

Your complete cost considers a number of factors, such as the total square feet of the space, the scope of renovation, your zip code, local labor costs and the finishing details – just to name a few

To get a general idea, check out the table below for an estimate of how the average cost varies according to different cities and project sizes.

City Size of Project Average Estimated Cost (USD)
Birmingham, Alabama Small
Medium
Large
$17,800
$31,400
$53,400
Des Moines, Iowa Small
Medium
Large
$19,300
$34,200
$58,100
San Francisco, California Small
Medium
Large
$19,000
$33,000
$56,100

What is the breakdown of kitchen remodel costs?

Your kitchen improvement project can be broken down into several components that the total price will take into account. Here’s a breakdown of those components and their potential costs.

Component Cost
Hardware $100 to $1,500
Countertops $1,000 to $5,000
Paint $1,000 to $3,000
Flooring $1,000 to $6,000
Cabinets $4,000 to $15,000
Appliances $3,000 to $10,000
Trimwork $1,500 to $4,000
Drywall $2,000 to $3,000
Plumbing $3,000 to $6,000
Electrical $2,000 to $5,000

Please keep in mind, these costs are highly dependent on where you live and the types of products you choose. More expensive materials also increase the cost of installation.

Why should you estimate the cost of your kitchen remodeling project?

The kitchen is the heart of your home. That’s why a kitchen renovation can increase the value of your entire home.

According to industry estimates, homeowners should spend between 5% and 15% of the current value of their homes on a kitchen remodel in order to maximize their return on their investment when it’s time to resell. Ultimately, only 4% of homeowners spend less than $5,000 and only 9% spend more than $100,000 on this project.

Kitchen remodel cost estimator

Before embarking on this journey, the primary concern is to get the closest estimate of your budget. This is where our simple Kukun Kitchen Remodel Cost Estimator comes in handy.

Our estimator takes into consideration all the major factors that affect the cost of a remodel, including the type of remodel (addition, renovation, or expansion), the size of the kitchen, and the types of materials used. We also factor in your location, the age of your home, and the scope of the planned renovation.

Just follow the guide, answer the questions, and you’ll get an accurate estimate of your expenditures, including materials and labor!

How does the Kukun kitchen remodel cost estimator work?

You simply need to follow these steps and our cost calculator does the rest

1.Enter the type of remodeling task. You’ll be presented with three options:

Adition

You simply need to follow these steps and our cost calculator does the rest

Renovation

Remodeling the kitchen without any change to the walls

Expansion

Expanding the existing area by moving walls within or outside the perimeter of the house

You can also enter the size of your kitchen on this page:

Small

10' x 17'

Medium

10' x 14'

Large

16' x 18'

Custom

Measurements according to your specifications

2.On the next page, enter your zip code and the year the property was built. We do not share this information, but it helps us give you a better estimate because labor and material costs vary widely by geography.

3. If you wish, check the box with “Include the equity I could be building in my house calculations” to learn more. Simply enter your complete address to calculate your return on investment (ROI). The ROI is based on the real estate scenario and activity in your vicinity using permit data and home sales history. Please note that this is only applicable for an entire room with a “down to the studs” project finish level. You’ll see what this all means in the following step

4.Choose the level of remodeling you want -- because not all remodeling jobs are alike!

Ready To Sell

A “ready to sell’ kitchen remodel will give you the best return on investment possible without needing a permit. The renovation tasks may feature new flooring, countertops, faucets, light fixtures, paint, and hardware. It does not include new plumbing, electrical, cabinets, and similar works. This level is perfect for those who are preparing them to sell their home and tends to be cosmetic in nature so the home will present well.

Typical Renovation

This is a complete kitchen renovation. Your sparkling new space might feature drywall, electrical, plumbing, and HVAC installations, insulation, texture, paint, cabinets, countertops, flooring, trim work, new finishing fixtures, and hardware. A permit is required if you touch the plumbing, electrical, or move walls.

Down To The Studs

A “down to the studs” kitchen remodel includes everything listed above plus additional interior structural rearrangement, new doors, and windows. It may require custom materials, longer lead times, and stretched job schedules. This will require a permit. This is the level you need to strip all your walls and start fresh.

5. On the last page, where you can enter the categories of tasks you would like to include in your kitchen remodel, such as:

 
  • Framing, roofing, and windows
  • Plumbing and plumbing fixtures
  • Lighting, HVAC, and electrical fixtures
  • Insulation and drywall
  • Paint
  • Flooring
  • Hardware
 

And there you go! You will now get an exact estimate for your kitchen remodeling project! You can now play around with your selections to arrive at a figure that best meets your budget.

Once you agree with this budget, you can choose to either apply for a loan, analyze your finance options, or simply hire a professional. We offer reputable kitchen designers who have worked in your neighborhood. Explore the contractor's profile for their online reviews, all their previous permits, and ask around your vicinity about their reputation

Budget kitchen remodel: What measures can you take?

You can ensure an inexpensive kitchen remodel with a few steps:

Consider reducing the cost of cabinets and countertops. Hardware like cabinets comprises almost 35% of the total renovation cost. In the case of a small kitchen, the price for new hardware is approximately $6500. Look for existing options that you can use and see if you can do some installations and repairs yourself.

Break up your kitchen redo into stages. If you have budgetary constraints, segment the total project into affordable parts.

Be smart with what you replace. You are not required to replace everything. Check out your electrical components. Even electronic items can be reused or resold at second-hand shops.

When you are ready, decide your best financing option. We lay out several loan options and show your potential alternatives through our partnerships with financing institutions, based on your eligibility. You can even take the Kukun quiz to better understand the best loan alternative that works for you. Remember: Contractors will always ask for direct payment via cash, so it’s essential to be properly financed!

What are the steps to get started on a kitchen remodel?

1.Be organized. This is the first mantra for a successful kitchen renovation. Now that you know how to calculate a budget, cut down on costs, and what to expect, you can prepare a plan for the perfect kitchen renovation.

2.Choose the perfect professional: Before finalizing with a firm, you need to gauge a contractor for their credibility. Shortlist at least five contractors. You can choose based on Kukun credibility ratings and a contractor’s number of years in the business. Check if they have a valid license, as required in your area. Then choose the professional that suits your goals the best!  

3.Keep an extra few bucks (approximately 10-15% of the total budget) handy for unexpected surprises.

4.Calculate the amount that you can save on kitchen recoup prices.

5.Research on DIY ideas to cut down on prices.

Never forget to sign a contract with your contractor. Only then, you can hold the firm liable for any errors during the project. Always discuss the total floor plan and the complete timeline of the job and make sure that is reflected in your contract.

How To Make Your Kitchen Remodel Special

Before offloading your kitchen remodeling project to a contractor, always use your own imagination to visualize how a particular layout will look in your home. Give your contractor some heads up on how you want the design to meet your needs. The final result should fit with your existing space for an appealing look. That’s the best way to get a special remodel that will enhance your home’s resale value!