How Much Is A Sydney Kitchen Renovation? The Experts at Badel Weigh In

How much is a kitchen renovation in Sydney
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A daily question we receive at Badel: how much do typical kitchen renovations in Sydney cost?

While we understand how crucial this question is to planning your big project, there really is no single answer for that. A better way to answer this is: what are the ranges of cost for a new kitchen?

Kitchen renovations can typically be broken down into three categories:

  • Budget renovation – $15,000 – $ 25,000
  • Mid-range renovation – $25,000 – $45,000
  • Premium renovation – $45,000+

Location also plays a big factor when it comes to computing for your cost. The average kitchen renovation in Australia costs around $17,000 but this average increases to $20,000 in Sydney.

Usually included in this are compliance certificates and permits, labour fees and materials.

Sydney kitchen renovations vary greatly from project to project and the complexity as well as materials used can greatly affect the end price tag.

Budget Renovations

This budget range is easily attainable for smaller or apartment-sized kitchens. To save on cost, budget kitchen renovations also typically just deal with the aesthetics and surface-level fixes. These include new cabinets and splashback, a fresh coat of paint or a new countertop. Work involving structural, electrical or plumbing changes will most likely not be within budget.

Expect to spend a big portion of your budget on cabinetry, especially if you’re going to opt for custom joinery. This could be anywhere from $4,000 – $10,000. If you’re looking to save, we suggest going for melamine as it is the most economical material for both cabinets and countertops. 

Mid-range Renovations

Majority of our kitchen makeover projects fall within the mid-range category. With this price range, you can definitely get that coveted “dream kitchen.” Mid-range renovations are also commonly custom designed, so you can get one that’s tailored to your needs and specifications.

Because it is custom designed, you’ll have more flexibility and freedom when it comes to the layout of your kitchen. You’ll be able to change the floor plan of your kitchen to suit your needs, which may entail reworking the electrical wiring and plumbing as well.

How much it will cost and the division of the budget will depend on what you intend to use it for. For homeowners who love to cook, majority of the budget could be spent on high-quality countertops such as natural stone or on a 6-hob cook-top. For homeowners who love to entertain guests, the money could be put towards getting quality lighting fixtures, seating and home ware.

High-end Renovations

For a lucky few, sometimes, the sky really is the limit when it comes to their kitchen renovations.

These custom designed kitchens come with top-of-the-line materials and finishes such as marble countertops, industrial cooktops and premium appliances such as Sub-Zero appliances or Wolf ovens.

Apart from the pricy elements your kitchen may feature, high-end renovations are also expensive because of any structural, electrical or plumbing changes necessary to make your dream layout come to life. This may include tearing down existing walls to make way for an open layout kitchen or changing the layout to create a more efficient workflow in the kitchen.

Some homeowners also opt to have their appliances seamlessly hidden behind custom joinery so it blends it with the rest of the cabinets. This can easily ramp up the price tag as each part has to be carefully designed, measured and constructed.


It’s difficult to pinpoint just exactly how much a kitchen renovation will cost. But keep in mind that the key factors in pricing are size of the kitchen, scale of work, materials and finishes.

At the end of the day, how much you shell out is entirely up to you. With the amount of options available in the market today, there will always be places wherein you can compromise in case you go over budget.

Whether you opt for a budget kitchen renovation or go the whole nine yards with a luxury renovation, what’s important is to work with a knowledgeable kitchen renovation company with the proper licenses and insurance so you get the most from your money. Badel Kitchens and Joinery has had over 20 years of experience creating the best kitchen designs in Sydney.

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