How Much Does a Kitchen Renovation Cost in Sydney 2023? A Practical Guide to What You Can Expect at Different Price Points waratahkitchensadmin October 26, 2023

How Much Does a Kitchen Renovation Cost in Sydney 2023? A Practical Guide to What You Can Expect at Different Price Points

kitchen renovation cost breakdown

Have you been dreaming of a new kitchen but not sure about the kitchen renovation cost, where to start or if you can even afford it? Remodelling your kitchen can be a thrilling yet challenging task. With so many factors to consider, from design to materials to budget, it can be overwhelming to know where to begin. 

Whether you’re looking to update your kitchen for resale purposes, or simply want to create a space that better fits your lifestyle, probably the best first step to set you on your way towards your dream kitchen is to get a grasp of the average kitchen renovation cost. Knowing the estimated average cost of kitchen renovation in Sydney can help you create a realistic budget and make informed decisions about materials and design.

In this article, we will explore the average kitchen renovation cost in Sydney for budget, mid-range, and luxury kitchen renovations. By understanding the average cost of kitchen renovation for each category of reno, you can make an informed decision about the type of renovation that best suits your needs and budget.

What is the Average Cost of Kitchen Renovation in Sydney?

So how much does the average kitchen renovation cost these days, I hear you ask…Well the tricky thing is kitchen renovation cost can vary greatly depending on a handful of factors. However, sometimes you just need somewhere to start. That said, it’s probably most helpful to talk about kitchen renovation costs in terms of the 3 main price range categories and what can typically be achieved within each range:

Cost Breakdown

Average Budget Kitchen Renovation Cost


Average Mid-Range Kitchen Renovation Cost

$25,000 - $45,000

Average Luxury Kitchen Renovation Cost

$45,000 - $100,000

What are the Main Factors that Impact Kitchen Renovation Cost?

Before we get into what you can expect within each of the three price ranges, it’s helpful to understand the main factors that can impact the cost of a kitchen renovation:

1. Kitchen Size and Layout

The size and the layout of your kitchen will play a major role in determining the cost of your renovation. A bigger kitchen will physically require more materials and more labor, which will increase the cost of the renovation.

2. Materials Used

The materials, fitting and fixtures you select for your kitchen renovation will also impact the renovation cost. High-end materials such as marble or granite benchtops, high-quality cabinetry, and top-of-the-line appliances will cost more than more affordable options such as laminate benchtops and mid-range appliances. (Head over to our article about the 3 best stone benchtop alternatives to learn more about kitchen benchtop choices that can help with reducing kitchen renovation cost.)

3. Kitchen Renovation Labor Costs

Labor costs will depend on the extent of the renovation and the time it takes to complete the project. More extensive renovations that require more time and expertise will have higher labor costs.

4. Kitchen Appliances and Fixtures

The cost of appliances and fixtures such as sinks, faucets, and lighting fixtures can also impact the overall cost of a kitchen renovation. High-end appliances and fixtures will cost more than mid-range or budget options.

5. Permits and Fees

Depending on your location and the scope of the renovation, you may need to obtain approvals or pay fees for building inspections or other requirements. These costs can definitely add up and impact the overall cost of the renovation.

6. Design and Planning

Design and planning costs can also impact the overall cost of a kitchen renovation. Hiring a professional designer or architect can add to the cost of the renovation but can also ensure a more functional and aesthetically pleasing outcome.

Understanding these factors can go a long way to helping you create a realistic budget and make informed decisions about your renovation. Ok, so lets get into it…

How Much Does a Budget Kitchen Renovation Cost?

If you're looking to renovate your kitchen on a budget, you can expect to pay anywhere from $10,000 to $25,000.

A budget kitchen renovation may be just what the doctor ordered if you’re updating an investment property, preparing your home for sale, you want a minor refresh or just simply don’t have the budget to go all out. However, it can be challenging to know what level of change you can acheive on a budget and how to get the most bang for your buck.

Budget kitchen renovation - before

What you can expect a Budget kitchen renovation to include:

To keep the budget low, this type of kitchen renovation normally focuses on updating the aesthetic appeal of your kitchen. This being the case, a budget kitchen renovation is sometimes also called a Kitchen Makeover or Kitchen Facelift.

You can expect a budget kitchen renovation to include new kitchen cabinet doors and drawers, benchtops, splashbacks and appliances. You may also be able to replace your kitchen flooring, and update lighting within budget.

What might be out of this price range:

This basically means you can acheive a stylish, new looking kitchen, but big structural changes and reconfigurations like adding a butlers pantry, enlarging the footprint, changing the orientation of the kitchen or creating a open-plan kitchen/living space are normally off the menu.

Our Tips for Maximising your Renovation Dollars with a Budget Kitchen Renovation

Here are the top tips on how to get the most out of a budget kitchen renovation.

1. Plan and Prioritize

Before you start your renovation, take the time to plan and prioritize the changes you want to make. Decide on the most important features you want to include in your new kitchen. This will help you to focus on the key areas that need attention and avoid spending money on unnecessary upgrades.

2. Opt for Affordable Materials

Consider using more affordable materials for your splashbacks and benchtops. Now alot of you will already be groaning at the thought of laminate countertops, but before you do, I have two words for you. Granite Transformations. What’s that? It’s a clever engineered stone product that can be installed right over the top of your existing benchtops, giving you the look of solid stone or marble for much less. It can even make your curved edges square. Thank us later.

3. Keep the Layout of Your Kitchen the Same

Changing up the layout of your kitchen can be a major expense. Moving plumbing and electrical and opening walls all cost. If possible, try to keep the layout the same and focus on making cosmetic changes. This can save you significant money and time on your renovation.

A budget kitchen renovation can still result in a beautiful and functional space if you plan and prioritize your upgrades and opt for clever, affordable materials. By following these tips, you can get the most out of your budget and create a kitchen that fits your needs and style.

How Much Does a Mid-Range Kitchen Renovation Cost?

For a mid-range kitchen renovation, you can expect to pay anywhere from $25,000 to $45,000. This budget range opens up a world of possibilities including higher-quality finishes and custom design.

What you can expect a mid-range kitchen renovation to include:

In this price range most people can acheive that Instgram-worthy custom kitchen they’ve been dreaming up. You can expect a custom designed kitchen that makes the most of the available space. Want to move your kitchen sink to the kitchen island so you can face the TV and keep an eye on the kids? Tick. Want to open the walls to let in more light and connectedness with the rest of the home? Tick. Want better storage and more drawers to organise your kitchen? All these things are within reach at this range.

Most mid-range kitchens will also include higher spec of fittings and finishes including engineered stone benchtops, sturdier drawer runners and hardware that can take more weight and wear and tear. You can also opt for mid-range appliances.

Mid-range kitchen renovation after

What might be out of this price range:

Depending on what you prioritise you may or may not find it in the budget to include high-end materials such as solid marble and granite, state of the art appliances and built in/hidden appliances.

Our Tips for Maximising your Renovation Dollars with a Mid-range Kitchen Renovation

Decide what features are most important to you and your family before sitting down to design your new custom kitchen. Most changes are acheivable in this price range, its more a questions of how you divvy up your budget and what items you put it towards.

If you are a budding amatuer chef, you may want to invest in a 6 burner gas range and steam oven. If you’re big entertainers you might opt to spend more of the budget on adding a giant kitchen island, butlers pantry and servery window that leads out to the pool area. A skilled kitchen designer, with their knowledge of different materials and solutions, can go a long way to helping you acheive all or most of your kitchen reno goals within your budget.

How Much Does a Luxury Kitchen Renovation Cost?

If you're looking for a high-end kitchen renovation, expect to pay somewhere between $45,000 to $100,000 or more.

What you can expect a high-end kitchen renovation to include:

This price range will typically include completely custom cabinetry, concealed appliances, premium benchtop materials such as marble or granite, and high-end appliances. The layout and footprint can be completely reconfigured and/or expanded within this budget. The extra budget here often goes towards things like luxury appliances, sculptural lighting fixtures, skylights, custom-built island, underfloor heating.

Certain design styles also can tend to be in this more expensive category due to the ornateness of the style. For example French Provinical kitchens tends to be laden with alot of marble, ornate design elements on the cabinetry and chandeliers.

Where does Waratah Kitchens sit as far as kitchen renovation cost?

At Waratah Kitchens, most of our kitchen renovations fall into the budget and mid-range price categories. We’re all about creating beautiful custom kitchens and kitchen makeovers whilst keeping it affordable and high-quality. And yes, that is totally possible!

We specialize in both kitchen makeovers and full custom kitchens

Unlike some kitchen companies that prefer not to do small kitchen renovation projects or who will shy away from “just a minor refresh”, we actually specialise in facelifting old kitchens, benchtop and splashback resurfacing with Granite Transformations, as well as creating bespoke custom kitchens from scratch.

The Waratah Kitchens Team
The Waratah Kitchen's team build custom kitchens from their North Rocks workshop in Sydney's North-West.

Hand-crafted Aussie Workmanship at Value-for-Money Prices

We take pride in our ability to deliver exceptional value for money without compromising on quality. All of our kitchens (whether budget or high-end) are hand-crafted by our own expert cabinet makers using quality boards and workmanship and are designed to stand up to tough Aussie conditions (and busy Aussie families). 

So if you’re looking for a friendly and affordable kitchen renovation solution, come and talk to us. We’d love to hear from you!

Summing Up...

Overall, the cost of a kitchen renovation in Australia can vary greatly depending on your budget and the materials you choose. However, with careful planning and research, you can create a stunning kitchen that meets all your needs and stays within your budget.

Want to take the next step? Get a free quote for your own Sydney kitchen renovation cost.

If you’re ready to take the next step with your own kitchen renovation, we invite you to explore our kitchen renovations service and kitchen makeovers service page or to book a free design consultation and quote. Our friendly team are here to provide you with more information and answer any questions you may have to assist you on your renovation journey.

Need help planning your kitchen renovation project? We'd love to help.

Simply send us a few details and tell us a bit about your project and we’ll get back to you to organise a complimentary design consultation and quote to help you get the ball rolling.