The Average Cost of Remodeling a Kitchen

A simple kitchen remodeling job comes with a price tag just shy of $20,000 on average, but high-end finishes or complex design ideas can drive the price much higher. Learn what you will really get when you invest in an average kitchen renovation, and how much more you can expect to spend for added luxuries and extras.

Average Kitchen Cost

The average minor kitchen renovation costs $19,226 as of 2015, according to Remodeling Magazine. This type of project is ideal if your kitchen is in good basic condition, but you simply want a new, upgraded look. A kitchen renovation at this price includes installing new fronts on existing cabinets, adding new hardware, a new oven and cooktop, laminate countertops, flooring and paint. Expect the finished product to be functional and up-to-date, but don't expect to see stone countertops or any other high-end options.

Prices also vary based on where you live; for example, the average minor kitchen remodel costs just $17,702 in the west south central region, which includes Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana. The average price jumps to $21,497 in the pricier Pacific region, which includes California, Alaska, Oregon and Washington.

Major Remodel

Plan to pay $56,768 on average for a major kitchen remodel. This includes new cabinets topped with laminate countertops, a new oven, cooktop, dishwasher and disposal unit, as well as an attractive exhaust hood over the stove. Your investment will also gain you a double sink, built-in microwave, high-end lighting and a semi-custom look. Once again, however, the average price of this project can vary significantly by region, ranging from a low of $52,959 in the west south central region to a high of $62,441 in the Pacific area.

Luxury Kitchen Remodel

If you want one of the glamorous kitchens you see on home improvement shows, plan to spend around $113,097. You'll get solid cherry cabinets, stone countertops, and all new commercial-grade appliances, including a built-in refrigerator. You can also expect a sleek undermount sink as well as fine finishes, such as a glass backsplash or custom lighting. If you live in low cost-of-living areas like the west south central region, the average price of this project drops to $106, 599, while those in the Pacific region will pay an average of $123,087.

Expensive Extras

When budgeting for a kitchen remodel, it's easy to check prices on tiles or appliances so you can decide where to splurge and where to save. What's far too easy to overlook, however, is the cost of structural work. Want to remove a wall to create a kitchen that flows into the dining room? Expect to spend up to $1,000 to hire a structural engineer to help with the design. You could also spend another $10,000 to $12,000 for beams and headers to support the ceiling once that wall is removed.

Emily Beach

Emily Beach works in the commercial construction industry in Maryland. She received her LEED accreditation from the U.S. Green Building Council in 2008 and is in the process of working towards an Architectural Hardware Consultant certification from the Door and Hardware Institute. She received a bachelor's degree in economics and management from Goucher College in Towson, Maryland.