How To Do Kitchen Renovation on a Budget

November 03, 2019 | Kitchen Renovations

It is Possible

Undertaking a kitchen renovation should be very exciting – checking out different kitchen designs, options, etc. But when you start talking about kitchen renovation costs, the initial excitement can diminish. However, sticking to your budget when doing a kitchen renovation is important…and possible. Here are some ways to do a kitchen renovation without blowing your budget.  

There are a multitude of factors that will affect how much or how little your kitchen renovation project will cost. The real cost can only be accurately determined after the kitchen is measured, and the materials, finishes, inclusions, and appliances are chosen.  

Know Your Budget and Prioritize

There is a “scale” of kitchen renovation costs, ranging from budgetto mid-range, and highend. 

Small kitchens or kitchens where budget–priced materials and finishes are selected typically fall within the range of $7,000 to $15,000.

At Imperial Kitchens you can still expect to receive custom-made cabinetry and an engineered-stone benchtop (eg. Caesarstone, Stylestone) from our “standard” selection for some designs within this price range. 

Mid-range kitchens that fall within the price range $15,000 to $30,000 offer you considerably more scope when choosing finishes and  materials. For example, you will have a larger selection of benchtops from which to choose and the finish on your cabinetry may be selected from the vinyl-wrap and 2-pac range. 

High-end kitchens generally start from around the $30,000 mark and can extend to well over $50,000 depending on what you include and the size and/or configuration of the kitchen space in your home. At this price point your choices are only limited by how much you wish to spend. 

Once you have determined the budget for your kitchen renovation, it’s important to identify the overall purpose of the renovation and prioritise your functionality requirements (i.e. how you use your kitchen), which appliances will be retained or replaced, which services will need to be relocated, etc. Prioritising and understanding all the issues will save you unnecessary expense.  

Other Factors That Help You Stay Within Your Budget


Re-using your fridge and other appliances will save you considerable money on your kitchen renovation. However, you should ensure that your appliances won’t compromise the overall result you’re seeking to achieve.


Cabinetry usually accounts for the largest proportion of the cost in a kitchen renovation. You can expect that it will make up around 30-35% of your total kitchen renovation cost, meaning this is one of the most important areas where you should budget wisely. 

A popular option you may consider instead of cabinets is open shelving. Many people opt for open shelving as they are relatively inexpensive, and open shelves create an airy, spacious feeling in a kitchen.  


Installing a splashback is a cost-effective option in a kitchen renovation because it automatically provides a new look for your kitchen and it provides a durable surface behind food preparation areas. A carefully chosen splashback also gives you the opportunity to introduce colour or texture to your kitchen renovation. 

Value to Your Home

Renovating a kitchen is important as it is one of the most heavily used areas in your home. The added bonus is that a renovated kitchen adds value to your home. Studies show that an “average” kitchen renovation in Australia costs approximately $22,000.  Most kitchen renovations undertaken by Imperial Kitchens fall within the range of $10,000 to $30,000, depending on the variables we mentioned earlier.  

It’s wise to know the steps involved with your kitchen renovation, especially if you’re on a limited budget. It’s always a good idea to seek input from expert kitchen designers or builders to ensure that you will not incur unnecessary costs while still achieving your dream kitchen.  

We’re always happy to discuss your project at no cost and without obligation. Contact us today! 

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