The Cost of a Kitchen Renovation in 2018

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Kitchens are one of the most commonly renovated rooms in a house. Not just here in Perth, but around the world.

Given that Ross’s Discount Home Centre specialises in renovation products for kitchens in Perth, I meet a lot of DIY home renovators.  And if there is one thing I’ve noticed in my dealings with these DIY enthusiasts, it’s that most of them have not properly budgeted for their kitchen renovations.

If you’re planning to undergo a kitchen renovation this year, I suspect you’re in the same boat. Do you know how much kitchen products cost? What about labour costs and typical kitchen renovation costs in Perth? And don’t waste your time looking at last year’s renovation costs, either. Just like your own wage, renovation costs increase year after year.  So, relying on last year’s data won’t help.

Don’t worry though – I’m here to help you out. Today, I will give you an idea of how much kitchen renovations in Perth might cost you in 2018. After reading this post, you’ll have a good idea of how much to budget for your kitchen renovation, so read through to the end.

Labour costs

Kitchen installer labour costsIn my experience as the head of purchasing at Ross’s Discount Home Centre, most people don’t factor in labour costs when budgeting for kitchen renovations. While you might be taking on a DIY renovation, there are certain things that you must get tradies in to do, which I’ll touch on in a minute.

Underestimating labour costs can be a big mistake as labour costs make up a significant portion of the total renovation cost.

According to the experts at, a kitchen renovation in 2018 can cost you anything between $18000-$28000. This includes labour costs between $6000-$10000, while the rest is material cost. Just as a comparison, Houzz reported the average cost of a kitchen renovation in 2017 to be $22,600, while in 2016 it was $14,600. So you can see the costs are continually climbing.

Labour costs also depend on the complexity of the renovation job and the size of your kitchen. While some people consider taking up a DIY renovation, 92% of Australians hire professionals when renovating the kitchen especially. This is because kitchen renovations can be significantly complex and they need to be carried out by licensed tradespeople. I don’t recommend you to try a DIY kitchen renovation, without having an electrician, plumber and gas fitter to attend to these areas.

Another thing you should know is that labour costs vary from one state to another. While reports that the average labour costs for kitchen renovations in Australia to be $56/hr, reports it to be $62/hr.

On the other hand, if we look at the average labour cost for kitchens in Perth alone, it is $70/hr. So, you must understand that your costs will be higher than that of the average across Australia.

A good little tool that I often recommend to customers comes from If you want an instant figure on your renovation costs, their renovation calculator will offer a good estimation, which is enough to get you in the ball-park of what you can spend.

Typical material costs for kitchen renovations

kitchen material costsThe cost of your renovation also depends on the materials, fixtures and appliances you purchase for your kitchen. If you choose materials, fixtures and appliances of the best grade of quality, you can expect to pay more upfront. On the other hand, lower grade quality will mean fewer costs, but you’ll pay more in maintenance, energy bills, repairs and replacements.

But, you can avoid this problem altogether by shopping for kitchens in Perth from us at Ross’s Discount Home Centre. We offer a full range of kitchen products including kitchen cabinets (wall and base), pantry cabinets, benchtops, tapware, sinks, packing and finishing panels and other kitchen accessories. You’ll find everything that you need for your renovation at our store.

Every product listed in our store is a top-quality product made available at the best prices. When you shop from us, you can count on keeping renovation costs at a minimum, while also ensuring that you’re buying the best products for your kitchen.

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Kitchen renovations are fairly common in Perth. If you’re undertaking a kitchen renovation this year, you should have an idea of how much to budget for. Now, the cost of kitchens in Perth depends on labour charges as well as material costs. Labour charges vary from one state to another while material costs are roughly the same across Australia. The cost of a bathroom renovation also depends on the quality of materials you choose, the size of your space and the complexity of the renovation.

To keep your kitchen renovation costs low, look no further than us at Ross’s Discount Home Centre. We’re the number one choice for kitchens in Perth since 1973!

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