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Budget Percentages for Kitchen Remodels

November 8, 2018

At Swirl Woodcraft, we’re here to help you with every part of your kitchen remodel. With custom kitchen cabinets including traditional, modern and rustic styles, plus custom woodworking options, we’ll help you achieve the perfect look and function for one of the most important rooms in any home.

Perhaps the single most common question we get from our clients: How much will my kitchen remodel cost me? The answer obviously depends on your overall budget and available funds, so instead of answering with pure dollar amounts, we prefer to answer in percentages of your total budget. Let’s look at what portion of your budget should be taken up by certain important elements of a kitchen remodel, plus how you can save here or there if you’re tight up against your budget.

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According to a 2014 survey from Money Magazine, the cabinets are the single element of a kitchen remodel that takes up the largest portion of your budget. They should account for roughly 30 percent of your total funds spent during the remodel – this includes not only the cost of the actual materials themselves, but also the design fees for custom cabinetry.

This figure may drop if you’re looking to retain or repurpose old cabinets while re-designing certain other areas of the kitchen. Most kitchen remodels, though, include new or upgraded cabinets.


While not as burdensome as cabinets, various appliances in the kitchen will usually cost around 14-15 percent of your budget. We’re talking about things like microwaves, refrigerators, stovetops, toasters, and any other similar items you might desire in the kitchen.

This area naturally comes with some of the most variability and flexibility. If you’re a relatively busy person who doesn’t actually spend much time cooking or eating in the kitchen, for instance, you might be able to save significant funds during your remodel by going fairly light on cooking appliances. If you cook every day, on the other hand, you’ll probably want to spend a bit more on appliances and should perhaps dedicate a larger portion of your budget to them.


Countertops will usually account for about 10 percent of the total budget. This does account for granite and other modern materials that are a bit on the more expensive side – if you opt for slightly less expensive materials, you might be able to shave some costs here.

Other Areas

The other areas that make up the remaining 45 percent of a standard kitchen remodel budget:

  • Lighting: Roughly 5 percent, depending on how many lights you desire and the lighting products you choose.
  • Plumbing: About 4 percent, depending on whether you’re installing a new dishwasher.
  • Paint: Between 2 and 3 percent depending on how much re-painting you’re doing.
  • Tiles: 1 to 2 percent, generally fluctuating based on tile material chosen.

For more on budgeting for a kitchen remodel, or to learn about any of our kitchen cabinets or design options, speak to the pros at Swirl Woodcraft today.