How Much Did the Kitchen Cost?

It came as a big surprise to us that the number one search on our site is “kitchen cost.” We never planned on breaking down the total kitchen cost in its own post, since we did share costs of projects and purchases as we went and also a complete source list.  But also, there are a lot of factors that come into play that won’t be the same depending on what part of the country or world you live in like gas lines or construction costs. But after enough inquiries, and our budget post last week, we decided to lay it all out on the table. So how much did our kitchen renovation actually cost?

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In short, about $28,000. For reference, the kitchen is about 13×11. That is not including the walk-in pantry we added or the recessed portion where our new fridge, microwave and cabinets surrounding those are (add another 2′ for that). All in all, it was a good mix of splurge and save items. Considering the average cost of a kitchen overhaul is $54K (the cost of a minor kitchen renovation comes in at just over $18K), we’re feeling pretty good about where we landed on this kitchen we took all the way down to the studs and rebuilt. We could have easily spent way more money, but we could have pinched pennies more, too. But that’s just us in a nutshell. We like to be somewhere right in the middle, mixing splurge and save pieces.  For instance, while the white concrete countertops were a save, the black walnut island top was a bit of a splurge. We saved by going with Ikea cabinets (in their Laxarby finish) but splurged a bit on hardware, which I always think is a good idea.

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While the appliances were provided by Frigidaire Professional, we chose them because they look really expensive and high-end, but cost about half of what another all-refrigerator or 60 inches of range would cost (we pushed 2 30″ ranges together to achieve the look here). A major save.

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How does it break down dollar for dollar? 

Demo + construction materials: $1850
All Refrigerator, Frigidaire Professional: $2099
All Freezer, Frigidaire Professional: $2099
Dishwasher, Frigidaire Professional: $1099
(2) 30″ Gas ranges, Frigidaire Professional: $5398
2 Gas Lines: $800
Built-in Microwave: $549
Deep, double-basin sink: $399
Faux Wood Tile Flooring in Nordic Brown: $673
Ikea Sektion cabinets in LAXARBY finish: $5300
Mission bin pull in unlacquered brass: $450
Plank-style black walnut island top: $1478
White concrete perimeter countertops, DIY (concrete and forms from Z Counterform): $856
Concrete Countertop Sealer: $200
Counter stools: $455
Vintage Runner, Ebay (similar): $135
Paint–Hazy Skies, Benjamin Moore: $40
4×5 White Subway tile: $983
 Pocket Door (stained with Minwax English Chestnut): $299
Pocket Door handle: $10
Shelf brackets BlueStoneShelves: $120
Reclaimed Shelves: $30
3 Sconces above windows: Alto Sconce, Cedar & Moss: $537
2 Island Pendants: Mist Corded Pendant, Rejuvenation: $430
250 series low-E triple pane Pella Windows, Lowe’s: $600
Triassic Touch2O Faucet: $239
Pot Filler: $290
Hood insert and cover: $500
Island Customization: $150

TOTAL: $28,068

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So there you have it! That’s what a $28,000 kitchen renovation looks like. While I did include the cost of items that were c/o, like the appliances, I didn’t include decor or plates or anything in the cost break-down, because we mostly had all of that. But if you’re curious where anything came from that’s not mentioned in the list above, you can check out our Shop Our House page for image links to just about everything in our house. I can barely believe it’s already been 6 months (tomorrow!) since we finished this space and shared it right here. The honeymoon period is still going strong. Hope this helps a bit in your upcoming kitchen remodels or plans!



54 Comments

  • Reply March 20, 2017

    Mary

    You used semi handmade, correct? Is that cost not included in this breakdown? We are in the planning stages of a kitchen reno and our layout is almost identical to yours. We are curious on that cost,

    Thank you,
    Mary

    • Reply March 20, 2017

      Julia

      No, these are standard Ikea cabinets in Ikea’s Laxarby finish. All costs are included here.

  • Reply August 11, 2016

    Leslie

    I love your kitchen. You guys are such an inspiration! We are remodeling our house right now and going with ikea laxarby cabinet. I’d life to do a range hood like yours. What sheen and color did you paint the range hood?

    Thanks!

    • Reply August 11, 2016

      Julia

      Thanks, Leslie! The color is Valspar’s Soft Wool in Satin

  • Reply June 21, 2016

    Cathy

    Hi Julia – Can you share the source for your recessed lighting? I tried to look for that info in your kitchen posts and “Shop Our House” page, but couldn’t find it anywhere. We’re getting ready to hire someone to come and add recessed lighting but they want us to provide all the materials. Any tips on shopping for recessed lighting would be greatly appreciated!

  • Reply April 18, 2016

    Emily Hoegh

    Can you tell me the source of your kitchen step stool?? What a beautiful remodel!!

    • Reply April 18, 2016

      Julia

      Thanks! It’s from Ikea

  • Reply March 28, 2016

    Clover

    Your kitchen is amazing and I love your blog. I am curious if the cost of the island was included in your cabinet cost and if the ikea cabinets were difficult to install? Thanks

    • Reply March 28, 2016

      Julia

      Yes, the island cabinets were included in our cabinets cost. I would say the cabinets were relatively easy to install. The only ones that gave us grief were the ones in our recessed portion around the fridge, but only because it was a very, very tight space.

  • Reply March 26, 2016

    Abbey

    Hi! I love, love, love your kitchen. And I 100% appreciate all the info you’ve provided from start to finish. This is a silly question. And by “silly” I mean potentially ridiculous. But as you’re decorating, how do you determine where your coffee maker, grinder, toaster, mixer, etc. – where do you put it?! Your kitchen looks so polished and bright (and clean). Please tell me on a normal morning the coffee maker is out on the countertop. :)

    Thanks again!

    • Reply March 28, 2016

      Julia

      Haha, all of our small appliances are in the large bottom drawer to the right of the range. We don’t drink coffee, but we do use our blender and toaster almost daily and just tuck it in. You can tour all of our drawers right here if you want.

  • Reply March 24, 2016

    Bailey

    So glad you posted this! We’re going through a kitchen renovation as well. It is much smaller, but it’s always great to read transparent and honest posts like this!

  • Reply March 24, 2016

    Jessika

    Absolutely love this kitchen!! Did you do any of the work yourselves? Was all of this work done yourselves or hired out? Might be a silly question but I’m new to your blog! Regardless, beautiful job!!

    • Reply March 24, 2016

      Julia

      We did almost all the work ourselves. You can read about what we DID hire out here.

  • Reply March 23, 2016

    allison

    Thank you for the cost breakdown! We are saving our pennies right now to re do our 50 year old kitchen, and I am glad our budgeting seems to be right on track. Quick/ random question- Do you have 8ft ceilings in your kitchen or are they 9ft?

    • Reply March 23, 2016

      Julia

      They are standard 8 ft ceilings….that I’m trying to love. Haha

  • Reply March 23, 2016

    Loz

    That is so helpful! Thank you!

  • Reply March 23, 2016

    Loz

    This is seriously my favorite kitchen renovation I’ve ever seen! So beautiful and so functional, and on a realistic budget. I love the color combo too. I really appreciate you sharing the cost. It’s helpful as we go into renovating out kitchen.

    Question…how much clearance is between the island and the countertops/fridge area? I have heard 36″ absolute minimum. We have a 13 x 14 kitchen and would love a big wide island for lots of prep space. When I do the math, I end up with only room for a less than 3″ island after I subtract out 25″ for the cabinets and then 36″ for the fridge on the other side. Would love to hear your thoughts!

    • Reply March 23, 2016

      Julia

      There’s 45″ from the island to the fridge, 44″ from the island to the ranges and about 41″ from the island to the sink side. Couple things to consider: A counter depth fridge will shave a good 10″ off your fridge depth freeing up loads of space. We also opted to put our seating on the dining room side by design. It keeps the work space walkways free to, well, work in and not have to worry about seating interference.

  • Reply March 23, 2016

    Kelli

    Thank you for this post! I still drool over each picture you post of your new kitchen. We are a few years away from a full gut job on our current kitchen so I’m vicariously living through you. I know it’s all relative to an individual’s market and area but providing this breakdown and transparency means so much to me as a reader. You guys work hard and it shows. I just want to move right in!

  • Reply March 23, 2016

    Lauren B

    Thanks for sharing! It is really helpful to see cost break downs.

    We are putting the finishing touches on our kitchen now and used a lot of your tips. Thank you SO much for the Craft Art recommendation. While most of our kitchen was what you’d call a save, we splurged for a huge 3’x6′ mahogany kitchen island- it is a dream! It’s always nice reading good reviews. :)

  • Reply March 22, 2016

    Priscilla

    I just want to copy every single thing you do!!!! Lol.
    Can I just come chill at your beautiful home for a week?? Or a year??
    Love it all!! Great job.

  • Reply March 22, 2016

    Emma

    Just wanted to echo similar comments and thank you for sharing the cost rolled into a large overall number. It’s so hard to know how much seems reasonable and how far money goes. Granted, everyone has a different approach and priorities, but it really helps to begin to ball park. I appreciate your willingness to share!!!

  • Reply March 22, 2016

    Courtney

    Thank you for sharing! It’s very helpful to know a ballpark, a starting point. We’re considering buying a house right now that’s a total gut job, so we’re trying to determine how much it’ll cost to renovate, so having a real-life (and AMAZING!) example is fantastic and so helpful. Thanks!

  • Reply March 22, 2016

    Kim

    Wow- LOVE THIS! The transformation is unbelievable and I can’t believe you did all of this for 28K! One question, where is the freezer? It looks like you just have the refrigerator in the kitchen unless it’s a combo unit? Beautiful job- thanks for posting prices!

    • Reply March 22, 2016

      Julia

      It’s in the pantry! Heavenly. I added the price to this kitchen breakdown, but didn’t add the pantry cost. Oops! You can see it in this post though.

  • Reply March 22, 2016

    Laura

    Beautiful kitchen, thank you for the break down of costs. So you did ALL of the work yourselves? Installed windows, built out island, all electrical and plumbing?

    • Reply March 22, 2016

      Julia

      It was a mostly DIY kitchen, but we did hire some things out. You can read about those things (which I included in the budget breakdown) here.

  • I think it was totally worth it! I love the colors and I still love the idea of the two smaller ranges put together!

  • Reply March 22, 2016

    Becky

    Hello Julia, I’ve been following your posts for a while – thanks for all the awesome info!

    Can I ask how do the black cabinets hold up with little kids – we have a 2 and 5 year old. Do finger prints etc show very well on them? I’m trying to convince my husband they will look good in our house….!

    • Reply March 22, 2016

      Julia

      You know, I haven’t wiped them down more than once in 6 months! So I would say they are doing really great! Haha. They have more of an eggshell finish rather than a semi-gloss or glossy finish like a lot of cabinets which helps.

  • Reply March 22, 2016

    Hannah

    Thanks for breaking it all down! This is one of my all-time favorite kitchens. We’re buying our first (very dated and un-exciting) house right now and I’m dreaming up kitchen plans already. This is super helpful!

  • Reply March 22, 2016

    Kristen

    Thanks for sharing! We’re in the process of looking for a new house and it’s likely we’ll need to do some kitchen updates.

  • Reply March 22, 2016

    Karen

    Gorgeous kitchen, I absolutely love it. Curious, how did you manage to find a good insert and hood for $500 for 60 inches of range? I’m trying to do a similar hood for a 48 inch range and being quoted $1300 for the insert alone! Any tips/thoughts? Thanks in advance!

    • Reply March 22, 2016

      Julia

      Check eBay for inserts! We got a 48″ Electrolux insert with a remote blower (the bulk of the cost) and then built the hood ourselves–that part only cost us maybe $45 in materials.

      • April 25, 2016

        Tiffany

        Hi guys, I didn’t see a post on how you built your hood. Are you considering writing one?

      • May 15, 2016

        Vincent

        I am also curious to know how you built your hood.. It looks great! Did you find plans online or just make something up?

      • May 15, 2016

        Julia

        We just made it up. It’s built from 1/4″ plywood and we added trim. It’s the inside supports that are tricky and unique to each hood.

      • July 11, 2016

        KD

        And just FYI, hoods are generally recommended to be 1 size larger than your cooktop size (overlapping the cooktop by 3 to 6 inches on each side). For example, if your cooktop size is 30”, the ideal size would be a 36” or 42” hood.

  • Reply March 22, 2016

    Whitney Shortt

    Thanks for breaking this down, guys! My husband and I move into our first home in less than two weeks and are going to be complete newbs at renovating. It’s nice to have a ballpark idea of which way things can go cost wise. Your kitchen turned out absolutely beautiful. Especially love that island!

  • Reply March 22, 2016

    Jeanna

    This remains my favorite kitchen renovation! I love your mix of high and low expense items…………………………..it just makes for a place that functions and sparkles a little too :)

  • Reply March 22, 2016

    kellie

    Hi Julia!

    Super random question… what’s the paint colour on the walls in the kitchen? I’ve scoured through various post of the kitchen reno stage and I can’t find it noted anywhere.

    Thanks!

    • Reply March 22, 2016

      Julia

      Benjamin Moore’s Hazy Skies

      • March 22, 2016

        kellie

        GAH ! ! ! ! So sorry … I’m totally the person that I yell at the screen “read the damn post !!!!” Just scrolled up and saw that you already noted it. My bad…. :\

      • March 22, 2016

        Julia

        Haha, no worries at all. I don’t mind one bit.

  • Reply March 22, 2016

    Jaclyn

    Thank you!!! I know money can be a tricky thing to write about because there will always be people that spent more or less than you and will have opinions. But this is so helpful! My husband and I are slowly renovating our whole house and saving penny by penny and posts like this are helpful to see. And your kitchen is beautiful!

  • Reply March 22, 2016

    Corine

    I love the mix of splurge and save. The overall feeling is gorgeous, approachable, unique and totally you! You guys knocked this kitchen reno out of the park. The double ranges still blow my mind. Genius move.

  • Reply March 22, 2016

    katie

    Thanks for this, it is always helpful to get a general idea of the actual cost of things. Our last kitchen reno was a complete gut but we were able to do the entire thing for just over $9k. We’re trying to figure out how far to take our current kitchen with a renovation, this kitchen is a little more high end, and would require some additional work… so nice to have something to base it on! Your kitchen looks great! Side note, I’m trying to find a 36″ “professional” style range that isn’t Wolf, Viking, etc – did you come across a 36″ option in any of your research? It seems most stop at 30″. We have a 36″ gas cooktop and double wall ovens, but I’d like to replace with a 36″ range, and gain more storage and counter space back from the double wall ovens.

    • Reply March 22, 2016

      Julia

      Wow! $9K! Way to go. I did find some off-brand ones but with little to no reviews, I had trouble trusting them. The other thing about a 36″ range is you either get one really large oven or 1 slightly smaller than normal oven with another very small oven next to it. Neither of those options resonated with us which is why we landed where we did. But just google “36” range” and you’ll see a ton of options come up.

    • Reply March 23, 2016

      Rachel

      Katie-
      We used Thermador in our kitchen remodel, they have a 36″ range. We were very happy with all of the appliances we bought, and they often have a “deal” where if you buy a whole appliance package, they include a dishwasher & hood for free. Let me know if you have any other questions about them & I will try to answer.

    • Reply March 24, 2016

      Claire

      I have a 30″ Bertazzoni I love (though it does have its quirks, definitely runs hot) which came with a matching hood, I believe it comes in 36″ as well. Check out ajmadison.com- when appliance shopping they really seemed to list everything, and a local appliance store was willing to price match. We ordered our fridge from them though without any problems!

  • Reply March 22, 2016

    Carol

    I love everything about this kitchen (and basically everything else you do)! We’re in the in-between-houses phase while we save up for a down payment and I am living vicariously through all my favorite home bloggers and everyone who has a house. So thanks for sharing!!

  • It looks amazing though and it is the best bang for your buck when it comes to reselling your home in the future (hopefully at a time of high market). I love everything about your kitchen and that splurge on the island top was worth it. Are you still in Idaho? That’s where I’m from.

  • Your kitchen is quite possibly one of my favorite kitchen renovations I’ve ever seen. It’s absolutely perfect and I find myself swooning a little every time I see it! We are finishing up a little kitchen refresh that will hopefully tide us over until we can do something amazing like this – it always shocks me how far a little paint and creativity will go!

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