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How much will your kitchen remodeling project cost? Pricing includes all cabinets, countertops, appliances, flooring, fixtures, and installation.

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Calculating how much a kitchen project will cost is not as difficult as most non professionals might believe. And contrary to what most people might expect it is not the quality of the materials or added construction that makes kitchens significantly more expensive. Quality cabinetry can be inexpensive and removing walls or moving doorways and plumbing adds only a small fraction to the overall cost of a kitchen.

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It is selecting professional appliances, unusual cabinet colors or styles, particularly expensive counter tops, or luxury windows, doors or fixtures that can make a budget spiral out of control.

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Below is a breakdown on what a small, medium and large kitchen would cost using quality materials such as solid wood cabinetry with soft close doors and drawers, granite, quartz or other types of solid surface counter tops, and stainless steel named brand appliances, professional or luxury appliances. Construction costs will vary greatly by location so we have included a link below to help you adjust you cost to your location. These prices are based on our location in the Philadelphia Suburbs.

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  • Semi Custom cabinets starting cost $7,000 for a small kitchen. Large kitchen $14,000. Custom cabinetry or high end semi-custom cabinetry in a large kitchen $22,000. Stack wall cabinets to the ceiling in that large kitchen with 9 foot or 10 foot ceilings and glass doors above with beaded inset style cabinetry $35,000. Distressing cabinetry, unusual finishes and wood species, or hand drawn cabinet customization adds significantly to the higher priced cabinetry.

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  • Countertops Granite level 1 to 3 or quartz small to medium kitchen $2,000 to $4000. Medium to large kitchen and level 5 or 6 granite, Quartz, or other stone $4,000 to $8,000. Large kitchens with exotic stone countertops, Dexton, glass, or other unusual tops. $10,000 to $15,000.

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  • Stainless steel appliance packages. Small kitchen with name brands $3000. Large kitchen with counter depth refrigerators, slide in ranges, or cooktops and wall ovens $7,000 to $12,000. Professions appliances Subzero refrigeration Wolf, Viking or other professional cooking units expensive hoods and panels for appliances $25,000 including added cabinetry panels. Ultra luxury appliances $50,000 and up.

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  • Flooring, backsplash tile, sinks, faucets, handles, lighting fixtures small kitchen $2,000. Large kitchen more expensive tile and fixtures $4,000. Large kitchens with heated flooring, handmade tiles, stone back-splashes, etc $8,000. Luxury and exotic surfaces, fixures, and lighting. $12,000.

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  • Construction costs for small kitchen including demolition, framing, drywall, electric, plumbing, lighting, tilework, flooring, finish carpentry and cabinetry installation, door and window replacement and painting $15,000. Large kitchen with wall and soffit removal and added construction changes $25,000. Ultra expensive selections for doors and windows and all other materials add an additional $5,000 plus the cost of the expensive doors and windows. Some contractors will be far above these numbers but typically they do no better a job and simply market to more expensive clientele. Home Additions or major home renovations such as moving staircases are significantly more.

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Adding all the numbers above you will find that typical small kitchens can cost under $30,000 using ALL quality materials.

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Of course if you do work yourself or have existing appliances or don’t need some of the items listed you can spend even less. However it is rare that a complete kitchen ever costs much less that $25,000 without the customer doing some tile work and painting.

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If you were to take the expensive numbers listed here a large custom kitchen with professional appliances and some luxury features could easily cost $80,000 to $100,000. We have had customers spend $80,000 just on appliances, so there is almost no limit to how much you can spend when you actively spurge on a large kitchen.

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Here is a link on Houzz.com that will give you a good guess as to what you will spend on your project for your location. Simply enter your zip code into the calculator and use the middle price number as the small kitchen price in your area. The high end price will be close to the high end costs we describe above.

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Hoping you let Main Line Kitchen Design help you spend your kitchen budget wisely.

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And particularly when we are all living and eating at home during social distancing we wish you good health and of course . . . BON APPETIT!

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Paul, Julie, Ed, Chris, Lauren, John, Tom, and Stacia

Main Line Kitchen Design

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11 Comments

  1. Paul McAlary, August 9, 2020 at 9:48 am:

    Sorry Barbara I just realized that I never responded to your comment. I always recommend 16 gauge undermount sinks over the thinner 18 gauge models. Artisan Sinks are an inexpensive well made sinks that we would recommend.

  2. Paul McAlary, August 9, 2020 at 9:29 am:

    Hi Denise,
    The other designer is the type that you want to work with. I’m glad you found him. I would go with the Fabuwood over the Forevermark too.

  3. Denise, August 8, 2020 at 5:37 pm:

    Thank you for your prompt reply!

    I share your concern about the island. I’m wondering if it’s a “tell” regarding sales/designer? I want someone to provide me with helpful feedback, and steer me in the safe, practical and affordable direction. Not someone who is simply trying to please me, to make a sale.

    Thank you for the feedback regarding the pantry, as well. Very informative.

    I just returned home from an excellent meeting with a different designer. I appreciated his feedback, such as “These pantry shelves look good in brochures, but are terrible, from a practical standpoint.” He pointed out many other discrepancies between what “shows” versus *works* well. He spent so much time with me, discussing the pros and cons of various products, materials, layouts, styles, etc. I kept telling him that I would browse on my own, so that he could take his lunch, for goodness sakes!

    When I showed him my initial floor plan and renders (that I had created in a design program), he told me, “In all of my years designing kitchens, I have never seen a customer so well prepared, and with such detailed plans and photos.” He asked me if I was an interior designer. What a tremendous compliment!

    Nevertheless, I fully appreciate that I really don’t know anything about the complexities and intricacies of kitchen design. I told him about the Wellborn Forest quote, and that I will probably need to stick with stock (e.g., Forevermark or Fabuwood) cabinets (to stay on budget, given the medium-ish size of my kitchen). He had both brands in his showroom. To me, the Fabuwood seemed (ever so) slightly higher quality?

    Thanks again, for everything. You don’t even know me, and yet you have greatly improved my life, simply by your wonderful blog. I am so grateful that I was researching Forevermark cabinets, and found my way here…

  4. pmcalary, August 8, 2020 at 1:44 pm:

    Hi Denise,
    Thanks for the compliments. Tall narrow pantry cabinets with roll outs are expensive. Pantry pull outs where the whole bottom of the cabinet pulls out are crazy expensive and I do not recommend as the put your cabinetry under undo stress. This could explain the price jump. I find it troubling that you were the one that nixed the island. When a space is too tight for an island it is the designers responsibility to aggressively explain the problem to the customer. Prior to Covid, when we had three designers working with their customers in our offices at the same time, it wasn’t unusual for all three designers to be trying to convince customers to leave more space in their kitchen at the same time. Sometimes conversations would stop and everyone would smile at the similar discussions happening around all three desks and flat screen TV’s. Good designers do this, bad kitchen designers simply sell people whatever they request without discouraging bad design ideas.

  5. Denise, August 8, 2020 at 11:49 am:

    Thank you for the link! I just typed in my zip code, and the budget that I created (based on 10-15% of my home value), was spot on. Thank you for this incredible website. It is a treasure trove of information. So far, I have visited one kitchen cabinet showroom. The first quote was well within my budget (Wellborn). However, I had asked for a kitchen island, and after taking the design home, I realized that the island (as much as I wanted one) simply did not fit the space well (my kitchen is long and narrow, 16.5 by 9.5), was a major “space suck” and impeded the work flow of the kitchen. So, I requested converting the island into a peninsula, which improved the plan greatly. When I received back the revised quote, the cost had nearly doubled. To my untrained eye, moving the island to create a pennisula did not seem to add any cabinets, or increase the counter surface area significantly (but I’m not sure). However, I did add two narrow “pantry” (floor to ceiling) cabinets on either side of the fridge. Nevertheless, I’m confused by the nearly doubled price, and reached out to the designer, to clarify. I’m going to heed your advice, and have set up appointments with a few different kitchen designers. I plan to select a kitchen designer that will guide me along this incredibly complicated process — and tell me when my “wants” and “expectations” are not safe, practical, or reasonable. Thanks again, for this amazingly helpful site.

  6. Barbara, July 15, 2020 at 2:44 pm:

    I’m using quartz countertops in my kitchen remodel and planning to have an undermount, single bowl, rectangular, stainless steel sink. Is the sink a place to economize? What brands do you like? Any brands to steer clear of?

  7. Paul McAlary, June 8, 2020 at 11:31 pm:

    Hi Chip,
    It is the standard grain oak cabinetry that is so unpopular now. Especially in traditional brown stains. Quatersawn Oak in white and grey stains or with wire brushed and other distressed finishes is very popular as are textured melamines with similar looking finishes on slab doors.

  8. Chip, June 8, 2020 at 6:01 pm:

    I’ve noticed you have said on a few occasions that Oak cabinets decrease resale. I was wondering what you thought of some of the higher end oak cabinets like rift cut white oak?. These have been seen as having a more high end contemporary look. I see that Plain and Fancy as well as Woodmode sell several versions of them, too. Thanks

  9. Laura, May 27, 2020 at 2:30 pm:

    Hi Paul,
    Thank you so much for your reply! After reading your site for several weeks now I had no doubt about working with a kitchen designer, and found one in my area based on your list of those outside your service area. I haven’t had a chance to meet with the designer yet but will do that this week or next. I’m not considering resale any time soon as the house was just purchased but at the same time I don’t want to design poorly. So, the soffits will go and I’ll hope they don’t serve a purpose that I’m unaware of right now! Thanks again for your wise advice!

  10. pmcalary, May 25, 2020 at 10:13 pm:

    Hi Laura,
    I would say that NOT removing soffits is a huge mistake. Soffits are so understandable and out of fashion that in almost all kitchens other than a rental properties leaving soffits destroys the value of the renovation you are undertaking. Using Oak cabinets or arched wall cabinets would be two other value killers. If you care AT ALL about resale value get good advice from a professional kitchen designer so that you don’t spend money on a renovation that has little to no resale value. I would consider a small kitchen one with 13 or less cabinets and a medium kitchen one with between 13 and 20 cabinets

  11. Laura Pertot, May 25, 2020 at 9:26 am:

    Many, many thanks for the wealth of information on your website! Regarding this article on kitchen estimates, can you give me an idea of what is considered a small or medium kitchen? Also, is it OK to keep soffits? I think keeping them will be cost effective, even if I add crown molding to the top. I don’t need the added cabinetry so if I removed them it would be just for looks as I would like to avoid a gap between the cabinets and ceiling. Thank you!

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