3 Realistic Budgets for a Kitchen Remodel

Planning for a kitchen remodel? How much does it cost? How much should it cost? What is a good return on my investment? If you're thinking any of these thoughts, you're in luck! I've done a little research that will go a long way in helping you plan for and determine a realistic budget combined with my years of working with homeowners.

The National Kitchen and Bath Association recommends budgeting 15-20% of the value of your home on a kitchen remodel for a good rate of return.  Within that budget, they then advise to include an extra 25% cushion for unexpected expenses or upgrades. Based on NKBA numbers, a few examples are, if your home is worth $250,000, budget from $37,500-$50,000 for a kitchen remodel and if your home is worth $500,000 budget from $75,000-$100,000.

BASIC KITCHEN REMODEL $5,500 - $20,000

Replace countertops with wood or stone like granite or quartz $3,500-$5,000

Repaint existing cabinets and update hardware $800-$5000

Repaint walls, ceiling and trim $350-$1500

Replace sink and faucet $250-$1500

Replace light fixtures and add undercabinet LEDs $250-$500

Install basic laminate flooring or refinish existing wood floors $500-$1500


Install new stock cabinets $6,000-$15,000

Install new stone countertops $3,500-$5,500

Install upgraded appliances $2,800-$7,500

Install new lighting & undercabinet LEDs $1,000-$2,500

Install new sink and faucet $1,000-$2,000

Paint walls, ceiling and trim  $350-$1500

Install new flooring tile or wood $2,000-$3,500

Install tile backsplash $500-$1000


Remove walls, reconfigure kitchen layout $TBD

Install new semi-custom or custom cabinetry $20,000-$30,000

Install new high-end stone countertops $7,500-$10,000

Install new high-end appliances $7,500-$15,000

Install new high-end lighting & undercabinet LEDs  $3,000-$5,000

Install new main sink & faucet, prep sink & faucet, pantry sink & faucet  $3,000-$5,000

Paint walls, ceiling and trim $1,500-$2,000

Install new crown molding, upgrade electrical, charging stations $1,000-$2,500

Install new higher-end flooring tile or wood $2,500-$5,000

Install architectural details like custom hood, wooden beams, and wall molding details $TBD

According to the experts at This Old House, the exciting news is that the average return on a kitchen remodel is around 85%. If you're planning on staying in your home a long time, having a functioning kitchen for you and your family is an investment you can enjoy for years to come!

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