Know Where Your Money Goes During A Kitchen Remodel To Keep Costs Down

Know Where Your Money Goes During a Kitchen Remodel to Keep Costs Down

The average cost of a major kitchen remodel is $US56,768, according to Remodeling Magazine. You could possibly control costs during your remodel by knowing where the money goes and how your choices affect the final cost.

Picture: Sitka Projects

HGTV says that labour usually takes anywhere from 20 to 35 per cent of project costs and cabinets also taking a big chunk (if not the majority) out of the budget. Here's the average breakdown:

35 per cent: cabinets

20 per cent: labour

20 per cent: appliances

10 per cent windows

5 per cent: fixtures

3 per cent: fittings

7 per cent: other

Your mileage would vary depending on your choices, of course. A complicated design would skew labour higher, while high-end, custom-made cabinets would raise your product costs but not labour and installation by very much.

Knowing the breakdown helps when you're on a tight budget and evaluating contractors' estimates or deciding where to splurge and where to save during a remodel.

10 Steps to Budgeting for Your Kitchen Remodel [HGTV]


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