HGTV has filled our head will lovely, beautiful lies. Like the idea, it HAS to cost $15k-$60k to remodel a kitchen. Oh sure, it can cost that much. And the home will be TV worthy. But if our goal isn’t to live in a home worthy of the cover of Better Homes and Gardens, but create a comfortable space that helps grow our financial freedom….how much cash are we really talking about?
Before we started renovating homes, I had no clue what things would cost. It was a huge disadvantage when we started shopping for a house and rentals. Money Magazine says the average kitchen remodel is something like $15,000-$60,000. That’s a big range and quite frankly a LOT of money.
So these are our unglamorous, real life, frugal renovation budgets.
Real Life Affordable Kitchens Remodels
These are often quoted as the most expensive room in the house. And things can get out of hand quickly! But my kitchen never made my “Show Up and Lean In” list. It should look reasonable, and be functional. The end.
We have removed and replaced three kitchens over 5 years. Here are those rough numbers.
Kitchen 1 Renovation Cost: $4500 (not including labor help)