If you’re not into budgeting or think the numbers behind a renovation is boring, here’s your cue to skip this one! No hard feelings, because I know it’s not for everyone, but this post was requested numerous times- so I definitely thought it was worth sharing. If you’re interested to see the budget breakdown for my kitchen, click through for the itemized list.
*Spoiler alert… if you haven’t already browsed through the kitchen reveal, go check that out right here before reading this post!
Hopefully budgeting posts are helpful and shed light on how much certain things cost if you’re considering renovating. Of course costs vary depending on your location and home, but this is what our kitchen reno budget ended up looking like (we live in Salt Lake City, UT). Let’s get to it! Our kitchen is 168 square feet, to give you a reference for size.
I also need to mention that our home was built-in the 1950s and was totally neglected (see before images here), so it needed a LOT of love. We had to replace the subfloor, drywall, add insulation, have our electrical service updated (for a hefty chunk of change), and other miscellaneous items that were part of the territory for this specific, dated, and abused house. If you have a newer home, you won’t have to worry about those items when renovating.
Here’s the breakdown on the number crunching…
- Microwave / Oven Wall Unit – $3,419
- Refrigerator – $3097
- Induction Cooktop – $2,049
- Espresso Maker – $599
- Soapstone Slabs (2) – $1,645 / per slab
- Fabrication – $2,025
- Custom Cabinetry + Millwork – $30,000
- Hardware – $800
- Lumber, Drywall, Insulation, Nails, etc. – $1,700
- Paint + Primer -$325
- Electrical & Plumbing Materials – $2,000
- Sconce – $60
- Pendant Light – $339
- Ceiling Medallion – $20
- Recessed Can Lights -$300
- Electrical Service Upgraded 60 Amps to 150 Amps (required by inspector for our old home) – $7,000
- Large Window Behind Breakfast Nook – $1,600
- Small Window Above Sink – $450
- Window Treatment / Roman Shade – $164
- Permits and Inspections – $275
- Obviously we did all the labor ourselves, so that cost was our time spent working on the kitchen (~15 hours each week over the course of six months), rather than a dollar amount. Emmett estimated about $9,000 – $12,000 in labor… I didn’t include this in the total amount below.
Although part of my job is working with brands I love, we honestly paid for the majority of the kitchen out of pocket. We always go into a renovation expecting to pay for the entire thing ourselves, that way we budget accordingly. After that, any contracts I sign for promotional content is an added bonus… it essentially goes toward my salary for living expenses, etc.
I actually have a post coming up in a week and a half on how to budget for large or expensive renovations, so stay tuned for that! We do A LOT of saving. As always, if you have any questions at all… leave me a comment below! Also remember- every renovation and home is different, this is just what our budget experience looked like this time around.