How Much Does a Kitchen Remodel Cost to Do Yourself?
$2,500 - $50,000
$2,500 - $50,000
Cost data is based on research by HomeAdvisor.
Updated November 16, 2021Written by HomeAdvisor.
The average cost to DIY a kitchen remodel is $20,000. Most homeowners spend between $9,000 and $30,000, or around $50 to $200 per square foot. What you spend depends on how much of the project you DIY (you may need help with plumbing and electrics), the extent of the remodel and the quality of the materials you select. On average, you can save 15% to 30% by taking on the project yourself instead of hiring professionals.
When doing a DIY kitchen remodel, materials are your main expenditure and carefully pricing them out helps you stick to your budget. As a useful guide, below are some of the primary materials you may need. Plus, finishings like lighting, backsplash, paint, sinks and faucets all add to your overall costs.
Depending on your budget and the state of the existing cabinets, you can choose to replace, reface or repaint them.
New cabinets: The cost to install new cabinets depends on whether you opt for stock materials ($50 to $200 per linear foot), semi-custom materials ($75 to $400 per linear foot), or custom cabinets ($300 to $750 per linear foot).
Reface cabinets: Refacing cabinets costs around three times as much as repainting them. Expect to pay $1,000 to $10,000, depending on the number of cabinets and whether you opt for a budget laminate finish or a luxury wood veneer.
Refinish cabinets: Refinishing cabinet costs are the least expensive of the three options. You could spend $200 or less to purchase paint to freshen up your existing cabinet doors.
Whether you opt for custom built-in options, high-end store-bought or budget outlet products depends on how much you spend on your appliances. EnergyStar-certified products are more expensive upfront, but they can save you on utility bills in the future. The prices below are a helpful guide.
|Appliance||Average Cost Range|
|Refrigerator||$400 – $10,000|
|Dishwasher||$300 – $2000|
|Stove & Range||$400 – $7,000|
|Microwave||$50 – $2,000|
|Range Hood||$50 – $2,500|
There’s a wide range of countertop materials costs. Natural stone is long-lasting and attractive to many, but it comes at a higher price and needs a lot of maintenance. Laminate is one of the most affordable, but it isn’t as durable as stone or another solid surface style. Below are some of the most common types.
|Countertop Material||Cost Per Square Foot|
|Granite||$15 – $140|
|Marble||$15 – $200|
|Engineered Stone Quartz||$15 – $70|
|Acrylic||$13 – $30|
|Laminate||$8 – $25|
The total cost to install flooring is typically between $3 and $22 per square foot, depending on the material.
Vinyl and linoleum are affordable and easy to keep clean, but they add little value. Although solid floorings, like granite or hardwood, add a luxurious look to your kitchen, they’re challenging to clean and maintain. Damage from grease, heat, and moisture is common.
The cost to remodel a kitchen yourself varies widely, depending on several key factors.
It typically costs between $50 and $200 per square foot to remodel a kitchen yourself. The average U.S. kitchen is around 160 square feet. However, a one-bedroom apartment kitchen may be as small as 100 square feet, and a large, four-bedroom home could have a 250-square-foot kitchen.
Removing the existing kitchen and changing the layout is a major project—you’ll have to factor in plumbing, electrical work, new cabinetry installation, floors, lighting, and more. Expect considerably lower costs if you just want to refresh your existing kitchen by painting cabinets and opting for new countertops.
If you opt for a luxury finish, using things like marble countertops, custom-made cabinets, and slate flooring, your costs increase. Selecting durable, tasteful materials doesn’t have to cost a fortune: take the time to research the different materials available and shop around before settling on a supplier.
To tackle tasks—like fitting new cabinets or flooring—you’ll need equipment such as a miter saw, nail gun, drill, circular saw and more. If you don’t have these and can’t borrow them, you’ll have to budget for the tools you need to purchase, too.
If you don’t have the time, patience, or experience, you might decide to splash the extra cash and hire a local kitchen remodeling contractor near you to do the work instead. This typically adds 15% to 30% to the total cost to remodel your kitchen. Even if you plan to do most of the work yourself, when the remodel involves any plumbing, electrical, gas or HVAC work, calling in the pros ensures safe completion and that the work is in line with local regulations.
When your kitchen renovation includes major modifications, you’ll likely need to apply for one or more permits. The cost of building permits typically ranges from $400 to $2,000, and don’t forget to factor in the timescales for application and approval. Electrical and plumbing permits are sometimes issued immediately, while structural applications can take 4 to 6 weeks to process.
Always consult with relevant local parties, as permit requirements vary by state and city; you may need separate plumbing, electrical, HVAC and structural work permits. You rarely need a permit to complete the work for basic remodels involving refacing cabinets, re-flooring or re-tiling.
If you’ve gone down the DIY route because you’re on a tight budget, there are other ways you can keep costs in check while still freshening up your kitchen. Plan out your budget carefully and, where possible, stick to it.
Refacing or repainting rather than replacing kitchen cabinets makes a big difference, and sticking with the original layout bypasses any need for major plumbing or wiring work.
Many suppliers offer discounts on display kitchen cabinets or appliances, and refurbished hardware, lighting and accessories can add unique charm and help your budget.
It depends on your project’s complexity, your experience level and the size of your kitchen. If you can only dedicate nights and weekends to the work, this also extends the timescale. A full kitchen remodel typically takes anywhere from a few weeks to a few months.