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What does a dream kitchen cost?

August 5, 2013

If you don’t have a big kitchen renovation budget, what is a realistic guide to kitchen prices and much can you hope to achieve with your kitchen makeover?


With so many options, estimating costs for a kitchen renovation can be daunting and many people don’t know where to start so often overspend. Here’s an idea of what your money will buy:

Something that makes a huge difference to the look of a kitchen is the bench tops and cabinetry and this is probably the cheapest and easiest way to give your kitchen a facelift as moving or altering fittings requires a much larger renovation budget.

A kitchen makeover usually involves changing the face of things while keeping the structure – the ‘footprint’ remains the same. For example, keep most of the existing cupboards but give them new doors and panels or drawer banks. A simple kitchen renovation will save money in cabinetry, but not appliances or labour (you’ll still need to pay for a plumber, electrician and installation).

For under $1000? You can refresh your tiles with tile paint, or install a glass splash back, re-laminate your bench space or paint your kitchen cabinetry. Look at tiling the floor, or laying a new floor surface or you may even decide to paint and just update a few of your appliances all of which can make a huge difference to the appearance of the room.


For under $5000? A renovation budget of $5000 can cover a makeover, but don’t expect your kitchen to look completely brand new. You may choose to keep your benchtops (so there’s no need to disconnect the sink and taps) and spend the money on paint and some slick storage solutions. However, most people update their benchtop for a new look, such as changing from laminate to stone.

For $10,000-$20,000? Changing both the kitchen doors and benchtops will cost close to $10,000. This price bracket is quite realistic if you want to do a complete make over offering flexibility plus some bells and whistles. A kitchen in this price range might see you spend $7000-$10,000 on cabinetry, $2000-$2500 on a stone benchtop, $1200-$1800 on appliances, $3500 on tradespeople and $1500 upwards for a glass splashback.

For $20,000-$30,000? This means ‘out with the old, in with the new’. For this price, everything in your kitchen can be updated. You have more options for finishes and styles of kitchen doors and cupboards and can opt for superior brands of appliances. You can also incorporate some luxurious

For some ideas on how you can improve your overall look visit Andersens or call 1800 016 016 for a free measure and quote

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