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How much do Kitchen Renovations cost?

$10,000 - $75,000

    How Much Do Kitchen Renovations Cost?

    On average, the cost of a new kitchen in Australia will cost around $17,000 but vary greatly depending on the size, complexity, shape, and quality of the project. This guide contains a new kitchen cost breakdown for all the elements you will require. 

    Renovation Type Average Reported Cost
    Typical renovation $10,000 – $100,000
    Budget renovation $10,000 – $25,000
    Mid-range renovation $25,000 – $45,000
    Luxury renovation $45,000 – $100,000

    The wide price range accounts for the full range of options available when it comes to renovating your kitchen, including buying a set from brands like Masters Kitchens. This price takes into account additional professionals required such as an electrician or plumber.

    The most significant factor in any kitchen renovation is how many of the fittings will be staying in the same place, and how many will be moving. The least amount of movement here will keep the overall cost of the job down. If you would like the layout of the kitchen completely overhauled, then you will need to adjust your budget accordingly.

    Similarly to home renovations, kitchen renovations are dependent on the size, style and layout you wish to transform the space to. Businesses have quoted Oneflare customers the following for a range of jobs from a new splashback to overhauled kitchen renovation: 

    State/Territory Average Reported Cost
    New South Wales $35,000
    Victoria $20,000 
    Queensland $15,000
    Bright indoor-outdoor kitchen with white cabinets, bench and timber seats.

    Indoor-outdoor kitchen. | Source: Balnei & Colina

    Budget kitchen renovations

    A budget or cheap renovation cost can be around $10000 to $25000 if there is not too much that you need to be done or you choose your materials wisely. If your budget is less than this you might not be able to achieve a full kitchen renovation, but will still be able to make some changes.

    Kitchen renovations under $10,000

    For kitchen renovations under $10,000, you can still update the space with some major upgrades. You can update the splashback, cabinets, flooring, and new benchtops on this budget. Of course, you might be limited in your choice of materials. For instance, you might choose less expensive tiles for the splashback instead of more expensive glass ones. 

    You might also like: 35 Kitchen splashback ideas – tiles, glass, white and coloured

    Kitchen renovations under $3,000

    Kitchen renovations under $3000 require a bit more planning. You might not be able to do a full kitchen renovation for this price, but you can still make some upgrades and improvements. For instance, you might consider resurfacing your cabinets instead of replacing them. You also might resurface your benchtop or choose a less expensive material like laminate. 

    What do you need to achieve your dream kitchen?

    What trades will you need to complete your kitchen renovation?

    In addition to the raw materials, labour and trades also need to be factored into the complete kitchen renovation cost.


    A builder will be required if any structural adjustments need to be made to the layout of your kitchen. The price of a builder will depend on the jobs they perform. Walls and ceilings may cost between $1,000 and $1,500 whilst various installation costs can cost between $4,000 and $5,000.

    Electrician $130 – $270 per hour (plus materials)

    The cost will differ significantly for electrical expenses depending on the quality and experience of the tradesperson. There is a vast range of fittings and products on the market, so finding something within your budget is easy to do. All major hardware stores or wholesale retailers will stock the whole range from budget to luxury items.

    Plumber $120 – $230 per hour (plus materials)

    The cost here can be significantly different depending on the quality and experience of the plumber you choose. This is one cost that it is worth doing additional research and quality checking to ensure the best quality.

    Painter $120 – $225 per hour

    Painting is one aspect of the job you can DIY if you are watching your budget. Painters are an option for a professional and efficient finish. Paint and materials for a regular-sized kitchen will set you back approximately $200, maybe more depending on the size of your kitchen and the finish you require.

    Tiler $50 – $160 per hour

    The cheapest types of tiles you can choose are standard 30 x 30 ceramic tiles which are around $15 per box (1.5m²). The most expensive types of tiles you can select are granite stone look tiles that are closer to $70 per box (2.2m²)

    Glazier $150 – $350 per square metre

    A glazier may be required to install a glass or mirror splashback. Costs will vary depending on the size and type of splashback needed.

    Bright kitchen with white tile splashback, timber bench and stainless steel appliances.

    Bright kitchen with tile splashback. | Source: Balnei & Colina

    Materials and appliances you may require:

    Flooring: $406 – $761 (excluding materials)

    The price of flooring will greatly depend on the style and quality of the flooring you want. This is typically not included in the overall cost of a pre-designed kitchen kit. The cheapest options for flooring are to keep the flooring you already have, or if it needs replacing opting for vinyl or floating floor. More expensive options include tiles and wooden floorboards.

    Benchtops:  $100 – $2,000 per square metre

    The cheapest types of bench-tops are made from laminate and are available in a wide range of textures and colours. Laminate benchtops cost between $100 and $350. At the more luxury end of the spectrum are custom made marble and wooden benchtops. Laminate benchtop materials, such as Laminex Pure Mineralstone and Laminex Metaline Splashback, are popular in various colours and patterns. They are also hygienic and easy to clean, which makes them ideal for kitchens.

    The cost of stone benchtops will set you back between $600 and $2000 per square metre. Pre-made or free poured concrete benchtops are popular at the moment, however, can be an expensive addition depending on the contractor. Glass splashbacks are popular however are generally more costly than tiling.

    Cabinets: $4000 to $10,000

    The average cost of new kitchen cabinets is around $4000 to $5000. for a more affordable option such as melamine. Materials like polyurethane and timber are more durable but will add a considerable cost to the budget, starting from $6000 to $15,000. The price to install kitchen cabinets is about $2,500 for the average job. 

    Splashback: $45-$250 per square metre

    Splashback prices also differ according to the material chosen. A tiled splashback is the cheapest at around $45-$250 per square metre. Acrylic splashback price is around $150 per square metre, and a glass splashback will cost approximately $140 to $650 per square metre. 

    Doors: $150 – $500

    Pantry or cupboard doors should be accounted for when estimating the average kitchen installation cost. 

    Cooktop Installation: $250 – $800

    A kitchen renovation wouldn’t be complete without the installation of appliances. A cooktop can offer flexible and versatile cooking options.

    Stove & Rangehood Installation: $100 – $500

    There are a variety of stoves and rangehoods available on the market, each with their own advantages. Installation costs can vary depending on the type you choose.

    Oven Installation: $80 – $450

    When it comes to the installation of an oven, you have a choice between gas, electric or wall-mounted. The installation costs will vary but should be considered when considering a kitchen renovation cost.

    New Appliance Installation and Electrical: $1,500 to $ 1,800

    You can expect to spend an additional $1,500 to $ 1,800 for alterations to the electrical system. 

    Dishwasher Installation: $500 to $800

    Putting in a new dishwasher can be a big part of the job, depending on how much plumbing work is required. The average new dishwasher cost is around $500 to $800, but for a top-of-the-line model, it can cost several thousands of dollars. The dishwasher fitting cost and plumbing will add, on average, another $150 to $450 to the job

    Long narrow kitchen with black cabinets, patterned timber floor and floating staircase.

    Long and narrow kitchen. | Source: My New Cabinets

    Factors Impacting the Cost of a Kitchen Renovation

    Size of the kitchen

    Your kitchen installation cost will be heavily impacted by how large or small your kitchen is. The average price for a small kitchen remodel will be around $10,000 to $25,000. 

    Quality of kitchen renovation

    Your budget will decipher the quality of kitchen renovation you receive. As mentioned, a budget renovation will cost less than a luxury renovation.


    The labour costs will change depending on the number of trades you hire, the size of the kitchen, the length of the project and your involvement in helping out.


    The quality of materials used will impact the average cost to build a new kitchen.

    Rubbish removal

    If your kitchen is going through a serious renovation, you may require the services of rubbish removalist or skip bin. Having a skip bin will prove both convenient and cost-effective in the long run.

    The complexity of the job

    If your kitchen is an unusual shape or requires additional features, the cost will be more.

    Time taken to complete project

    It is important to factor in a tradesman’s hourly rate into your budget. The longer your kitchen renovation takes to complete, the more expensive it will be.

    Modern kitchen with black cabinets, marble benchtop and three pendant lights hanging over the sink.

    Modern kitchen with pendant lights. | Source: Mattrix Constructions Pty Ltd

    Tips on How to Get an Accurate Estimate Before You Start

    Tip #1: Search around

    The best way to ensure you get the best quality tradesperson at the best possible price is to do your research. The more research and questions you have, the better informed you’ll be when communicating with your tradesperson.

    Tip #2: Have a clear plan

    Having an idea in your head of what you’d like the finished product to look like gives your builder the best chance of achieving your goal on budget. The more information you provide them as they are formulating a quote, the more accurate the estimate will be. Reference photos of kitchens and features you like are often an excellent way to communicate your ideas.

    Tip #3: Get multiple quotes

    Once you know what you want, make a shortlist of builders you’d like to get quotes from. We recommend getting three quotes from local kitchen renovators to give yourself options, but not too many to overwhelm you when it comes to making a decision.

    Fresh kitchen with marble benchtop, timber cupboards, pendant lighting and white walls.

    Newly renovated kitchen. | Source: Lion Building Solutions

    How to Hire a Builder for Your Kitchen Renovation

    Look for Reviews

    On each Oneflare businesses profile, you will be able to find reviews from customers they have recently completed work for. There will likely be a review here for a job similar to yours.

    Meet the builders in person

    To get the most accurate quote and a good feel for the builder you’ll be working with, make sure you organise a face to face meeting before hiring them. This will give you a good idea of what the builder will be like to work with and allow them to see the space before committing to a quote.

    Small or large business

    This is a personal preference. Going with a local builder has its benefits. Each job is different, so you need to take that into consideration. By meeting and asking questions of both small and large businesses, you’ll know which option is best for you.

    Should I do it myself?

    Any jobs which require plumbing or electrical changes must be done by a registered electricians. Avoid attempting these yourself even if you are trying to achieve a low-cost kitchen makeover. 

    Tips on How to Save Money on Your Kitchen Renovation

    Tip #1: Do your research thoroughly before hiring a business.

    Tip #2: Source some of the materials yourself from a consignment or wholesale retailer.

    Tip #3: Don’t over commit to the DIY portion of the job; this can lead to expensive fixes later down the track.

    Tip #4: Reuse appliances or light fittings that you already have.

    Tip #5: Save money where you can with kitchen products from a site like My Chefs Toolbox or Amazon

    Tip #6: Trying to keep the same layout of your existing kitchen can save you thousands.


    How can I renovate my kitchen cheaply?

    Having a limited budget does not mean your kitchen renovation will lack quality and impact. Use these easy and affordable ideas to make the most out of your kitchen renovation.

    • Paint –  A great way to brighten up your kitchen is by painting all necessary walls and cupboards in white a or off-white colour.
    • Layout – If possible, stick to your current kitchen layout. Moving around appliances and altering the layout will incur extra costs from various trades
    • Resurfacing – Existing cupboards or benchtops can look brand new with a fresh resurface. It’s a lot cheaper than replacing them and can allow you to spend money on other features.
    • Lighting – Updating your lighting with a feature pendant or several downlights can dramatically improve your kitchen’s aesthetics.
    • Benchtops – There are several low-cost benchtop options to chose from. A brand new benchtop can bring your kitchen to life.


    * The cost data is based on Oneflare and third-party sources

    Real Oneflare Customer Quotes

    Jacqui's Kitchen Renovation Job

    Location PinGold Coast, QLD
    Job type

    Cabinet installation

    Job description

    Replacing cabinets from damage

    Tiling services

    Tile installation for floors

    $950inc. gst

    Quoted by Byron Constructions Australia

    Angela's Kitchen Renovation Job

    Location PinGold Coast, QLD
    Job type

    New cupboards and benchtops

    Job details

    New formica added

    Tiling services

    Tiles for splashback

    $5000inc. gst

    Quoted by Hudson Constructions & Renovations

    Werner's Renovation Job

    Location PinSouth East Melbourne, VIC
    Job type

    Kitchen and bathroom renovation

    Kitchen services

    Installation of cupboards

    Other kitchen services

    Painting and installation of window frames

    $20000inc. gst

    Quoted by Masters Build

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