Welcome to your guide to kitchen remodel prices for the materials you plan to use and for installation too. Our goal is to provide you with accurate information for researching kitchen remodeling costs, comparing prices and determining your total budget. We track current remodeling costs, so you’ll have a good idea what to expect for the work you want completed. When you’re ready to take the next step, we can help with free written estimates from licensed and insured contractors in your area.
Before clicking through to our Price Guides, you might want to review the kitchen remodeling Q&A section below where important issues and costs are discussed.
Comprehensive Kitchen Remodel Prices
Readers use our guides to put together a complete kitchen remodel budget. Follow the links to pages on each topic with a wealth of information about:
- Material prices
- Installation costs
- Factors affecting cost
- How to save money on kitchen remodeling
- Prices submitted by other readers
The Countertops Prices Guide covers today’s most popular countertop materials from affordable options to the most upscale countertops. Among the countertop materials covered so far are laminate, granite, quartz, stainless steel and 10+ more.
Backsplashes are an attractive complement to countertops and serve a practical purpose too. Our Backsplash Prices Guide features top choices like tile and glass and exotic backsplash materials like onyx, plus several more for you to consider.
The Flooring Prices Guide gives you the information needed to compare costs for popular options hardwood and stone, green choices linoleum and cork, affordable vinyl and luxury vinyl plus several more common kitchen flooring materials.
A kitchen island is a useful addition that often becomes an activity hub. Our Kitchen Island Prices Guide discusses all the possibilities from portable islands to built-in kitchen islands with prices for mechanical features such as electricity or gas and practical extras like a breakfast bar or seating.
What’s the difference between stock, semi-custom and custom kitchen cabinets? Our Kitchen Cabinets Prices Guide has all the details along with price ranges from affordable to luxury.
Explore your options and how much they cost with our Kitchen Sink Prices Guide. Basic, better and best ranges for all your sink options are included with accurate, detailed pricing.
The Kitchen Faucet Prices Guide is a useful overview of your many faucet choices. Compare types, quality and prices for your favorite kitchen faucet styles.
Questions and Answers about Kitchen Remodel Prices and Costs
These FAQs provide information about the “big picture” of kitchen remodel projects while each guide gives details about specific components.
How long does a kitchen remodel take?
Most complete kitchen remodels take 4-6 months from the time you first start getting estimates. Your kitchen will be out of use for only 4-8 weeks of that time. Here is a basic schedule for a complete kitchen remodel. Your project might not include all the steps, but the timeline will help you plan accordingly.
- Week 1 to 3: Get written estimates, and meet with the contractors to decide which company you’ll hire. Choosing the right kitchen contractor is covered in a later question.
- Week 4 to 5: Meet with your contractor to finalize the design, materials and work to be done. Order the materials, sign a contract specifying the contractor’s and homeowner’s separate responsibilities and make a down-payment.
- Week 11 to 14: Depending on how long it takes for materials to arrive, the crews should be able to start work within 14 weeks of you getting initial estimates.
That covers the planning and ordering process. Here’s what a typical work schedule looks like:
- Demolition 1-2 weeks: The old kitchen will be removed the week before the materials are expected to be ready, so sometime in the range of 9-12 weeks after you first get written estimates. If you’re removing a wall to open the kitchen, then expect demolition to take a few extra days to a week longer.
- Installation 2-4 weeks: New kitchen installation including construction, plumbing, gas, electrical and all the finished components (cabinets, countertops, flooring, island, appliances, etc.) takes 2-4 weeks based on the scope of the project.
- Final steps 1-2 weeks: It’s not uncommon that small details and final cleanup takes a week or two to complete. You will probably be able to use your kitchen during this time, so the hassle is reduced.
Total time from getting estimates to having a newly remodeled kitchen to enjoy will be 15 to 22 weeks for most jobs depending on how large your project is and how readily available the materials are.
Do you have tips for choosing a kitchen contractor?
There are a couple of good ways to find a kitchen remodeling company. The first approach starts with asking people you know what company they used and whether they were happy with the workmanship, costs and finished kitchen. Compile a list of contractors that get good reviews. Then, begin calling those companies and requesting references to follow up with. Once you’ve narrowed your list to three or four kitchen remodelers with a good reputation, request written estimates from them to consider and compare. This approach takes most homeowners 4 to 8 weeks.
A second approach to finding the right kitchen remodeling company is to use the free service we partner with. You’ll receive written estimates from local kitchen contractors that are prescreened, licensed and insured for your protection. They’ll meet with you, answer questions, give you price options for the design and materials you’ve chosen. They can assist you in finalizing your kitchen remodeling plans. This approach takes the guesswork out of finding an experienced contractor to remodel your kitchen, and the companies know they must compete on price to get the project. There is no obligation once you’ve received the estimates.
What can we do to prepare for our meeting with a kitchen remodeling contractor?
Develop ideas about the design, materials and style you want for your kitchen. Good sources of ideas, information and inspiration include local home shows and parades of homes, online kitchen remodeling sites and Pinterest. Most kitchen remodeling contractors can help you finalize your choices; some can even sell you the kitchen components, at your option.
If the entire kitchen is gutted before remodeling, how much does that cost?
Kitchen demolition includes removing cabinets, countertops, flooring, replacing drywall, etc. We’ve built the costs for removing each component into the pricing tables in our Guides. The cost of kitchen demolition ranges from $800 to $1,500 for most jobs depending on the size of the kitchen, number of appliances and amount of cabinetry and countertops to remove. Removing a wall to create an open floor plan costs up to $1,500 depending on the size of the wall and what is in it such as electrical wiring, plumbing and gas line.
How much do rough plumbing and electrical cost?
Prices vary by the size and scope of the project, but here are a few examples of itemized costs:
- Installing a gas line: Up to $800
- Moving kitchen plumbing: $500-$1,000
- Installing wiring and a 220-volt outlet: Up to $500
- Rewiring a kitchen: Up to $2,000
- Drywalling a kitchen: $1.75-$2.50 per square foot of wall space
What does it mean if a kitchen contractor is bonded?
To be bonded means to pay a premium, like an insurance premium, to a surety company. Being bonded protects the homeowner. If the contractor fails to complete the work, doesn’t pay subcontractors, fails to get proper permits or makes other costly errors during the work, the surety company will cover the cost of having the work completed, subcontractors paid or fixing mistakes if the builder goes out of business.
How can I save money on kitchen storage?
There are two proven ways. First, empty everything out of your current cabinets, and separate out items such as hand tools that aren’t ever used in the kitchen and kitchen items you rarely use. Those items can be stored elsewhere. Now, put the essential kitchen items back into the cabinets, and determine if you can reduce the number of cabinets needed in your remodeled kitchen.
The second method is to incorporate a walk-in pantry into your remodeled kitchen design. Pantry space with painted wood or coated wire shelving costs far less per square foot than semi-custom and custom cabinetry.