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Planning Your Kitchen Renovation: A Guide


Are you planning a kitchen renovation? Not sure how to budget for your kitchen renovation? Your kitchen is the area where family members typically gather the most, so you want to make sure it is not only functional, but feels warm and inviting. The average cost for a full kitchen renovation can range from $20,000-$50,000. Planning all aspects of the project ahead of time is recommended in order to minimize surprises once the project begins and to keep your total cost as close to budget as possible. 

Consider all aspects of your kitchen renovation beforehand

Are you doing a major kitchen renovation and planning to move the sink or the stove? If so, you will need a plumbing contractor for these tasks. Will you complete any smaller projects yourself such as painting or cabinet installation? You need to consider all aspects of your kitchen; from the basics of the kitchen such as: flooring, painting, and tile, to deciding on new cabinets, countertops and appliances. 

Basics or “Guts” of the Kitchen

Flooring, framing, tile and paint should be about 10-20% of your total kitchen budget. Some of these tasks could be completed yourself if you are willing to do so and wanting to save money. 


If you need to replace cabinets, 20-40% of your budget should be designated for cabinets. This is a large portion of your budget so if your cabinets are in relatively good shape, you could consider simply repainting or refacing cabinets. If you are replacing cabinets fully you can choose between the most affordable stock cabinets, semi-custom cabinets, or custom cabinets.


Countertops can be another large expense (typically between 10-30% of your budget). The type of material used for countertops is the largest factor determining the cost. Marble and natural stone countertops will cost more than granite. However, granite is still a quality option for functional and aesthetically-pleasing countertops.


Are you updating appliances such as your refrigerator, stove, and microwave? These costs should be between 10 and 20% of your project when planning a kitchen renovation. When selecting appliances, you want to consider placement and size, and relation to the water source and countertops. 


If you are moving gas or water lines, you need an experienced plumber and should factor 5-10% of your budget for this area. You will also want to decide on makes and models to replace faucets and sinks.

Additional Items to Consider with Budget & Planning

Budget for the Unexpected

It is best to set aside a portion of your budget for unexpected expenses as surprises often occur when completing a major renovation. Ideally, you should save 20% for unexpected or higher costs than you planned for originally. 

Eating Meals While Renovation is Underway

Will you remain in your home during the renovation? If so, it will be difficult to cook in a kitchen undergoing a major renovation! You will want to consider that you may eat out more when completing this type of project and allow a portion of your budget for higher-than-usual eating expenses.

Complete Small Tasks Yourself

Smaller tasks that the homeowner sometimes opts to complete on their own include: assembling and installing kitchen cabinets, refacing or painting cabinets, interior painting, tiling, flooring installation, hanging drywall and installing baseboard.

Keep the Same Kitchen Layout 

If you keep the same kitchen layout, you will save money by not having to hire contractors to do this type of work. You can still update countertops, appliances, cabinets, and add fresh paint. Even if you only update your appliances, this will go a long way. Upgrading to a modern stove or an up-to-date quality refrigerator can make a big difference.


Planning a kitchen renovation in detail is the best way to get the most out of your kitchen remodeling project. You will want to make sure you have budget for each part of the update, and take into consideration that unexpected costs could arise. If you’re looking for expert guidance, visit the showroom in Weinstein Supply Broomall to begin discussing your kitchen renovation project. You can walk in or book an appointment ahead of time. Good luck planning your kitchen renovation!