Kitchen Budget Planning Guide

Just as a basic car comes with certain features, a basic kitchen has its essentials: cabinets, countertops, appliances, sink/faucet, and installation. However, just as you can upgrade your car with various features, you can also enhance your kitchen with additional elements.

Basic Kitchen Setup:

Just like a new car’s starting price, a basic kitchen’s cost can be estimated at 5-10% of your home’s value. For instance, if your house is valued at $300,000, a basic kitchen setup could range from $15,000 to $30,000.

Kitchen Budget Breakdown:

Breaking down the budget further, we can allocate percentages to different components of the kitchen (in this example we will use $30,000 as the budget):

Cabinets (30-35%): $9,000 – $11,000

Countertops (15-20%): $4,500 – $6,000

Appliances (15-20%): $4,500 – $6,000

Installation (15-20%): $4,500 – $6,000

Sink and Faucet (3-5%): $300 – $1,500


Upgrades and Extras:

Similar to car upgrades, there are numerous enhancements you can consider for your kitchen, depending on your preferences and budget:

Tile Backsplash: Enhances the visual appeal and protects the walls from splatters.
Flooring: Upgrading flooring can transform the look and feel of your kitchen.
Tear out soffits/Remove walls: Structural changes can open up space and improve functionality.
Drywall: Ensures a smooth finish and provides a base for paint or wallpaper.
Electrical upgrade: Essential for accommodating modern appliances and lighting fixtures.
Plumbing upgrade: Ensures optimal performance and prevents leaks.
Crown molding: Adds a touch of elegance and finishes the look of cabinets.
Undercabinet lighting: Improves visibility and ambiance while working in the kitchen.

Considering Long-Term Plans:

It’s important to consider your long-term plans when budgeting for a kitchen remodel. Ask yourself: How many years do you plan to stay in your home? Is this your forever home, or do you intend to sell within the next five years? Your answers will influence the extent of your investment in the kitchen remodel. If you plan to stay long-term, it might be worth splurging on high-quality materials and features that align with your preferences. However, if you’re planning to sell in the near future, you might want to focus on upgrades that offer the best return on investment and appeal to potential buyers.

By understanding the parallels between car upgrades and kitchen enhancements, along with considering your long-term plans, you can effectively plan and budget for your kitchen remodel, ensuring that it meets your needs and adds value to your home.

Schedule a Free Consultation with a Kopke Designer:

Either at your home or in our Showroom, meet with us and we can have an open and honest conversation about your budget, your goals, and the best way to design a fabulous and functional kitchen, custom to your specific needs and the layout of your home. Call us at 586-777-6633 or fill out the form on our Contact Us page to get started!