Renovating a kitchen is an exciting investment for homeowners. It can be expensive, but it also offers many benefits like increasing the value of your property and making the home more comfortable to live in. In this blog post, we will discuss how much it costs to renovate a kitchen so that you know what you’re getting into before starting on your project!
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Why should you renovate?
Building a home for the future
The kitchen is the heart of any home. It’s where we spend many hours preparing and eating meals with family, friends and guests. So when it comes to renovating or adding on to your kitchen – renovations can have a significant impact on both your kitchen experience and overall quality of life.
It’s always important to also consider your future plans – how long do you intend to live in your home? Are you expecting a change in family circumstances such as the expansion of your family which need to be included in your plans? What kitchen style are you after? Think about how your needs will change as you age and what additional functionality can be incorporated that helps you stay in your home for longer.
Increase the value of your home
One of the main reasons for kitchen renovations is to increase the value of your home. Renovating will not only add on marketable square footage, but it can also help you create more attractive spaces with open floor plans that are popular today. In addition, renovating a kitchen often includes adding entertaining space such as an outdoor kitchen or bar area which adds even greater appeal to potential buyers down the road. Did you know that a kitchen renovation can increase the value of your home by up to $100,000 or more, depending on what type of upgrades and options you want included in your project proposal – from basic updates to whole house packages – so be sure you do some research before making any commitments.
Lucky for you, this guide has all the elements associated with a kitchen renovation that will help you figure out how much it costs to renovate a kitchen and what projects are worth your investment. Check out our tips for kitchen renovations if you need more information.
How much does it cost to renovate a kitchen?
The estimated average kitchen renovation cost in Melbourne is $52,500.
To further break it down, the estimates for majority of kitchen renovations depending on their projects are as follows:
Average cost for Mid-range kitchen renovations – $35,000 to $50,000
Average cost for Luxury Kitchen Renovations: $50,000+
These are however only cost estimates and factors such as kitchen size, materials and type of renovation (kitchen from scratch in a new home or renovation to an existing home) need to be taken into consideration. Read more below on the types of renovations, materials used and how these kitchen renovation costs are calculated.
Types of renovations
Cosmetic Kitchen Renovation
A cosmetic kitchen renovation can cost significantly less but generally provides little in the way of adding functionality or modern conveniences. An example of this type of kitchen renovation would be painting the walls, updating hardware, basic kitchen cabinetry and replacing benchtops.
A kitchen remodel (or full redesign) is more expensive than a minor upgrade but provides you with the opportunity to customise the space to suit your specific needs and incorporate a layout that celebrates the kitchen as the true heart of the home. A modern kitchen remodel might include adding new cabinets and benchtops for example (including splashbacks), as well as improvements such as introducing technology into the space like digital appliances and fixtures, turning it into a high-end kitchen.
In addition to these changes you may also want to consider whether enhancing functionality will help make your kitchen work better for you – this could mean renovating it so there are adequate storage solutions available which means installing pullouts in corner base cabinets, drawers wherever possible to maximise storage and much easier access to everyday items such as plates, pots and pans, crockery etc.
Scope of The Project: Cost Breakdown
The cost of your Melbourne kitchen renovation will also be affected by the scope of the project – will building works such as extending the house or moving internal walls be required? While these may add to the cost of the project, consider if the end result of more space, better layout, increased storage etc… will be worth it.
Cost of Kitchen Cabinets
Kitchen cabinets can cost anywhere from $15,000 to $50,000 depending on the size of the kitchen, the materials chosen and what internal hardware you choose. Common types of materials include melamine, solid timber, vinyl/vinyl wrap and 2-Pac paint. The quality of materials each have their pros and cons and can affect the final price and look of your home. As professional designers we’ll ensure to work together with you to obtain the best possible solution that will suit your kitchen.
Cost of Kitchen Benchtops
Benchtops can range from $5,000 to $30,000 depending on whether you choose reconstituted stone, porcelain, marble, or granite. The size (per square metre) and edge detail will also affect the price. Different materials have different properties such as resistance to heat and UV damage, stains and abrasions, impact resistance and ease to clean and maintain. So make sure you choose the right kitchen benchtop that best suits your style and needs.
Cost of Trades
Trades and labour costs are a huge part of the overall cost of your kitchen. Structural work will, of course, add to the base cost and, for larger renovations, you should allow for the services of a structural engineer as well as any planning permits required. If you’re looking at labour & installation costs only, this should be around $2,500 but can go right up to $15,000 (or more) for full trade services including rip-out/demolition of existing kitchen cabinets, plumbing, electrical, installation of cabinets and benchtops, plastering, tiling for floor and walls, floor protection, insurances and certificates of compliance. Here are some further tips on how to choose the right tradespeople.
Cost of Kitchen Appliances
When you’re renovating your kitchen, it’s worth considering the cost of appliances as well. Of course, you can use the existing appliances you have, but if you’re considering a full upgrade, remember to consider factors such as installation costs and the power supply for your kitchen, so this is an area where it can be wise to do some research to budget in extra costs. At Mint Kitchen Group, we work together with a wide range of brands such as Miele, Siemens, Bosch, Fisher Paykel ect to ensure that you’re getting the best deal possible for your appliances.
How long will my Melbourne kitchen renovation take?
Again, the scope of work will play a key role in how long the kitchen renovation will take. In general, allow more time for a full renovation with building work involved. A standard kitchen renovation in Melbourne will take between 6-8 weeks (despite what you see on your favourite renovation show) from rip-out through to “ready to cook”. The length of the project will generally impact on the kitchen renovation cost as well.
Remember that with Mint Kitchen Group, you’re receiving a customized solution for the space, the home, your family, your lifestyle and your needs, so the scope of the project differs from customer to customer.
What to expect during your kitchen renovation
Be prepared to live without a main kitchen for at least a few weeks so think about a backup. Here are a couple of tips and tricks we’ve learned over the years.
- Cooking. In summer, a barbecue can greatly assist. In winter, maybe your slow cooker could be put to good use.
- Preparation. Temporary bench spaces can also help to maintain your sanity – trestle tables or camping equipment are a great option.
- Storage. Is there an alternative location for the fridge (such as the garage) or can you sit a bar fridge on your deck (for example) to help with refrigerated items?
With any renovation, you’ll receive a full schedule of works which will help you plan out the renovation and show you how long yours will take. Always make allowance for little things that can blow out the timeline – for example, the weather (if the kitchen is a part of a larger renovation). Remember that the benchtops are usually the last of the big items to be installed so you won’t have a usable workspace until the very end.
Stress and inconvenience is a necessary part of any renovation but, at Mint Kitchen Group, we do our best to keep this to a minimum. This comes down to communication – our goal is always to keep you informed, provide options, offer advice and work as much as we can to suit your other commitments. If you’re planning a larger renovation, some clients prefer to move to a serviced apartment or similar to escape the dust and noise.
If you are planning to stay in the home, be prepared for early starts and a crowded home. Pack away or cover any valuables, use drop sheets and consider storing unneeded furniture in a storage facility.
Choosing the right kitchen renovator
The company you choose to carry out your renovation can have a huge influence on the final kitchen renovation cost in Melbourne. Budget blowouts most commonly happen with trades and trade scheduling so choose a kitchen design and renovation company that oversees the booking and management of the multitude of trades involved in a kitchen renovation.
Most homeowners find it difficult to make hard choices between what to put on their “must have” list and what’s negotiable when it comes to where to invest their money. Here’s where our kitchen designers can help with expert advice and up-to-date product knowledge to make suggestions and guide your decisions to ensure you get your dream kitchen. We can help you with different elements such as space planning and kitchen designs.
Our award-winning Mint Kitchen Group team will look after your kitchen renovation from concept to completion so you will be informed at every stage of the process. We pride ourselves on our customer communication and our customers appreciate having their own Project Manager who is the one point of contact throughout the entire process, ensuring your dream kitchen is built on schedule and within budget. Our reputation is based on our feedback from customers, many of whom return to us again and again.
How much does a new kitchen cost?
So, to answer the question of “how much does a kitchen renovation cost in Melbourne” we really need to know more about you and what you need or want. At Mint Kitchens, our work is fully customised to suit the clients’ needs and with so many variables (such as kitchen styles and materials) that can affect the end price, our best advice is to talk to us. Building a new kitchen is hard. You want it to be as perfect as possible, but there are just so many things to consider.
Check out our incredible portfolio of award-winning kitchen renovation projects and then drop into one of our four Melbourne showrooms in Burnley, Burwood, Moonee Ponds or Richmond to experience the Mint Kitchens approach for yourselves. Transform your kitchen space today!