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.

Price of kitchen renovation

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.

What does the price for renovation include?

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:

  • Labour: this can account for between 10 and 15% of the total budget. Kitchen renovation involves bricklayers, electricians, plumbers and carpenters. Services can be arranged individually, though it is more practical and cost-effective to agree on a final price with a renovation company that does not charge hourly rates.
  • The size of the kitchen: the bigger the kitchen, the more labour and more materials will be required, which will therefore increase costs.
  • Quality of materials: coverings, cabinets and appliances can increase the final price of a kitchen renovation by 20% depending on quality (for reference purposes, we looked online and found tile prices ranging from €8/m2 to €100/m2).
  • Brand and design: if we opt for designer and branded furniture or appliances, costs will increase (for example, a private label refrigerator may cost you from €300, and a luxury brand may cost you more than €1,000).

How to save money on your kitchen renovation

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 are on a budget: this is what you should invest in

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:

  • The countertop: this is one of the most frequently used parts of the kitchen, so it should be of high quality and durable. Countertops come in many materials and in a wide price range: porcelain, granite, marble, Silestone, wood, laminates, etc.
  • The floor: a kitchen floor experiences a lot of wear and tear so it is important that, in addition to looking good, it is resistant to stains, bumps and scratches, easy to clean and non-slip.
  • Furniture: kitchen furniture gives your kitchen its style: modern, classic, industrial, nordic, etc. But it is not only a matter of style, it should be functional, resistant to humidity and heat and easy to clean. There are many materials (and prices) to choose from: synthetic laminates, lacquer furniture, natural wood, etc.
  • Appliances: choose smart appliances, which you can control from your mobile phone, and which are energy efficient. In the long run, this will keep your electricity bill down.

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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