How much does it cost to renovate a kitchen?
SAVINGS AND INVESTMENT I January 27, 2022
One of the most popular works carried out on a home is kitchen renovation. If we are buying a second-hand flat or we have been in our home for many years, kitchen renovation often becomes a priority, because the kitchen is one of the rooms we spend most time in.
Opening the kitchen out into the living room, adding an island, renovating the water and electricity facilities, installing new flooring and wall coverings, and replacing furniture and appliances are the most frequently requested renovations. However, are you wondering how much it costs to renovate a kitchen? In this post, we summarise what needs to be taken into account when renovating your kitchen, and we discuss what drives costs up and how you can save money.
As always, the amount of money you want - or can - spend will define what renovations you can make and how much it will cost. Costs can range from €2,000 (for a quick kitchen facelift) to €15,000 (or more if you have the budget and want luxury renovation), and the average price for renovating a kitchen of 7 m² is between €6,000 and €9,000. This price would include demolition, debris removal, the renovation of wall coverings, the installation of new furniture and appliances and the renovation of facilities.
Bear in mind that the most expensive kind of kitchen renovation will involve renovating main facilities or changing the location of the kitchen within the home. In the first case, if we are living in an old building, the gas or water pipes may be worn or may no longer comply with new regulations, so a kitchen renovation is a good opportunity to replace them and prevent future problems. This is an investment worth making even if it increases the renovation price.
If we are not changing the location of the kitchen (which would involve full renovation of the home), other items to consider in the budget for the kitchen renovation are as follows:
There are ways to save money when renovating a kitchen.
It is possible to perform a quick and cheap renovation (for example, for a kitchen in a second home or in a rental apartment) without having to change any furniture. If the kitchen is in good condition, you can make it look more modern with a touch of sandpaper and a lick of paint and some new handles.
To save money, you can also put adhesive panels on the front surfaces of the kitchen instead of replacing the tiles, or place a vinyl floor over the old flooring.
Another way of saving money is by limiting ceramics to the work area, and by painting the rest of the walls (paint is cheaper than tiles).
We can also save money when choosing appliances. There are many brands on the market that offer appliances that are very good value for money. Appliances are becoming more and more energy efficient, so this will also save you money on your electricity bill.
If you have a little more money to spend on renovating the kitchen, you can spend it on the most important elements of the room:
In short, in order to make sure your kitchen renovation goes well, it is important to do plenty of prior planning where you should consider the works involved in great detail and choose professionals with experience that are able to advise you and agree on a fixed price. This way, you can take advantage of every last penny of your budget and improve the functionality of the kitchen. Don't forget that a good kitchen renovation may significantly increase the value of your home.
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