How Much Does a Kitchen Renovation Cost in Los Angeles?

Kitchens are often considered the hub of the home, so it’s not surprising many homeowners see the kitchen as the space they most want to renovate and modernize. And the good news? Kitchens are generally a reasonably straightforward project to renovate as long as you’re prepared with some research, have a scope and budget, and find and hire a quality contractor who shares your vision.

That being said, kitchen remodels are not inexpensive, so it’s worth researching kitchen renovation cost and understanding what you can expect to spend on each component.

Here at GreatBuildz, a free service that connects homeowners in Los Angeles, Orange County, Ventura & San Diego with reliable general contractors, we speak to homeowners every day about average kitchen remodel renovation costs – here is some info & tips to get you started. 

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Key Takeaways

  • The average cost of kitchen renovation in Los Angeles is between $50,000 and $70,000, but can vary based on factors such as size, materials, and scope. Budget-friendly remodels can start at $35,000, while luxury kitchens may exceed $100,000.
  • The major cost contributors are cabinets, countertops, appliances, and labor. The total expense is influenced by kitchen size, structural changes, material choices, and project scope.
  • Simply replacing cabinets and appliances in the existing kitchen location is more cost-effective than reconfiguring the layout. Reconfigurations, such as creating an open concept, involve additional costs related to relocating utilities and possible structural changes.
  • Cabinets, countertops, appliances, and flooring contribute significantly to the overall cost. Pre-fabricated cabinets can cost around $150-$200 per linear foot, while custom cabinets start at $300 per linear foot. Countertop costs range from $40-$150 per square foot.
  • Appliances, electrical/lighting upgrades, sink/faucet/knobs, flooring, and miscellaneous items contribute to the overall cost. It’s essential to plan for these elements and consider potential delays and unforeseen expenses with a 10-20% contingency in the budget.

How much does it cost to remodel a kitchen in Los Angeles and Southern California?

In Los Angeles, the average kitchen renovation cost is between $50,000 and $70,000, depending on the size, choice of materials, scope, etc. However, this renovation can be done on a budget of as low as $35k, and a large luxury kitchen can easily cost over $100k.

Average Kitchen costs

Grey Themed Kitchen Renovation CostThe majority of your kitchen renovation cost will primarily come from only a few categories:

  • Cabinets
  • Countertops
  • Appliances
  • Labor.

There are only a few variables that impact the total price:

  • Kitchen size
  • The need to reconfigure the kitchen or make structural changes
  • Materials (including appliances)
  • The total scope of your project

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Kitchen Renovation Layout: Optimize Your Kitchen’s Functionality

Kitchen Renovation Cost Layout

If you’re planning to renovate your kitchen by simply replacing the cabinets, counters, appliances, etc. in the same location as the old kitchen, this will be the most straightforward and cost-effective option. It’s very clear to the contractor the quantity of materials necessary and where things will be installed.

On the other hand, reconfiguring a kitchen (to create an open concept kitchen, etc.) will add to the kitchen remodel cost because ‘utilities’ like water, electrical, gas, and venting may have to be relocated in order to accommodate the new design. Also, removing and/or adding walls as part of the kitchen renovation will add costs for similar reasons.

The costs of reconfiguring a kitchen vary depending on things like the need to remove load-bearing walls and the difficulty of running utilities to a new location, but you can expect this to add $10-20k to the total kitchen renovation cost.

Kitchen Cabinetry

Kitchen Renovation Cost Cabinets

Homeowners generally have two cabinet options. The lower-cost option is pre-fabricated cabinets that come in standard dimensions, colors, and styles. These are often manufactured overseas and assembled by the contractor on site (IKEA or Home Depot, etc). These are likely to cost around $150-$200 per linear foot installed.

You can calculate the total cost by adding the length of the lower cabinets and the length of the upper cabinets. Average kitchen renovators spend about $10k-$15k on pre-fab cabinets.

Homeowners seeking a quality wood product with a higher-end look and design will likely choose to utilize custom cabinets. These are manufactured locally in any style, color, and size desired for your specific kitchen and generally start at $300 per linear foot installed. Custom cabinets might cost a total of $15k-$25k for the average kitchen remodel.

Keep in mind that there could also be a significant time difference between installing pre-fab and custom cabinets. In most cases, pre-fab cabinets are readily available in a local warehouse in their standard sizes, so you should be able to get delivery of these rather quickly. With custom cabinets, on the other hand, they will need to be made to order based on your exact measurements and requirements, and the factory has to schedule your order among their others. So, it’s not unusual to wait one to two months for custom cabinets to be available.

Countertop Options: Quartz, Granite, Marble, and More

Kitchen Renovation Cost Countertops

Homeowners also have two countertop options. Prefab countertops are less expensive but come only in standard sizes and a limited variety of styles. Alternatively, custom slabs come in a much greater variety of styles & design options and can be cut to any size needed. Cutting and forming these slabs into custom sizes is called ‘fabrication’ and is part of the reason these are significantly more expensive than the pre-fab variety.

Prices for countertops can start as low as $40-$50 per square foot and go up to $100-$150 per square foot for unique, luxury products. So, the cost of countertops for the whole kitchen remodel will usually range between $5,000-$20,000. For the average kitchen renovation in Los Angeles, countertops will cost around $8,000-$10,000 to install, including a tiled backsplash.

You’ll want to visit a countertop retailer or slab yard to select your material. The salesperson should be well-versed in countertop material options, and they can tell you the pros and cons of materials such as granite, quartz, marble, and others that interest you.

Appliances and Decor

Kitchen Renovation Cost Appliances

It’s important to select any new appliances early and well in advance of construction so you can provide this information to your contractor. They will need to plan for the cabinet/countertop sizes based on the style & dimensions of the chosen appliances.

You’ll need to shop for the typical appliances: refrigerator, microwave, oven, cooktop, dishwasher, and exhaust hood, as well as any other specific items you choose to include (espresso maker, warming drawer, multi-ingredient slow juicer, wine fridge, etc).

Appliances can be a small or very large portion of your total remodel budget, depending on your preferences. Appliance prices run the gamut from the cost-effective $5,000 total to wildly expensive high-end brands, which can easily be over $50,000. The average kitchen renovation in Los Angeles spends $10k-$15k on appliances. Don’t forget to budget for the cost of your contractor installing these appliances, which can range from $1,000-$2,000 depending on the number of appliances.

In essence, appliances are cooking and food storage tools. The style and usability of the whole kitchen should be the focus of your kitchen makeover rather than the appliances. Therefore, unless you’re a fantastic cook who cooks regularly, focus your money on big-picture elements that increase value, such as cabinetry and flooring.

Electrical/Lighting

Kitchen Renovation Cost Electrical Lighting

Most kitchen renovations require some upgrades or additions to the electrical outlets/switches and outdated lighting. The budget will depend on the light fixtures you decide to use.

Simple recessed lights are rather inexpensive, while some pendant, island, or ceiling lights come with a hefty price tag. On average, you may want to budget $1,000-$2,000 for this category of kitchen remodel costs.

Sink/Faucet/Knobs

Kitchen Renovation Cost Sink

Although these seem like minor items in your kitchen renovation costs, it’s important to include them in your budget. Of course, you can find very cost-effective options for a stainless-steel sink, basic kitchen faucet, and simple round cabinet knobs. Alternatively, these items can also come in unique & expensive colors, materials, and styles.

It’s a good idea to budget $1,000-$2,000 on average for these items, which would include both materials and labor.

Flooring

Kitchen Renovation Cost Flooring

There are at least four flooring materials options most people consider for their kitchen renovation. These include:

  • Hardwood
  • Tile
  • Vinyl plank
  • Laminate

Tile is the most waterproof but can crack if heavy items are dropped into it. The other wood and wood-style products are water-resistant but will likely get ruined if there is a flood or standing water in your kitchen.

The cheapest product is laminate which can cost $3-5/sf to install and is not nailed or glued down (called a floating floor). Luxury vinyl plank flooring is also a ‘fake wood’ but is made from a heavier-duty material and can cost $5-8/sf to install. Engineered wood and tile are the most expensive and usually start at around $10/sf to install but will vary based on the specific material you choose.

Flooring is a relatively easy item to budget by measuring the total square footage of your space and multiplying it by the average cost per square foot you want to spend.

Painting/Misc

Once your kitchen renovation is just about complete, the contractor will perform the final items like painting the walls, doing final touch-ups, and making any final changes. You’ll want to make sure to include in your budget the various minor expenses like painting as well as other items such as city permits, demolition, any open shelves, pantry items if applicable (door, pantry shelves), etc. Although these items aren’t large expenses, they will likely add up and cost you $1,000-$2,000.

Material Costs

As you can tell from the above information, the cost of you kitchen can vary significantly based solely on the cost of materials. In most cases, the labor cost doesn’t change much whether your contractor is installing a cheap material or an expensive material. So, if cost is not a concern and you want an upscale kitchen, feel free to select the right materials that suit your needs. If you’re on a budget, it makes sense to shop around early to find the best deals that work for you.

Keep in mind, the large expenses are the cabinets & countertops, so if you’re willing to live with a pre-fab product, let your contractor know up-front so they can budget for this appropriately. Appliances are another large cost category, so do your research early. A standard 30″ range comes in many cost effective brands, but if you decide on a 48″ range, you should plan to pay a significant premium for high-end brands.

With regard to materials, don’t assume that your contractor will be much help picking them for you. Contractors are not usually designers, so they will rely on you to select the materials that you desire. The best they can usually do is take you to their cabinet builder and countertop slab yard for you to select your options. If you need help selecting the materials to create the look you want, you may have to hire a designer for this. A kitchen designer could cost you between $3,000 – $15,000 depending on your needs. If you’re redesigning the layout of your kitchen, this person can help you create a plan of your new layout to approve before the contractor begins.

Expanding a Kitchen

Cost to remodel kitchen luxury

If you want to achieve a larger kitchen by adding more space to your home, that can sometimes be a viable scenario. However, keep in mind this drastically changes the scope, cost and time of the project. In order to create an addition to your home, even a small one to expand a kitchen, you will need to have an architect/designer create a set of plans and submit them to your city building department for approval. This will obviously increase the time to accomplish your project.

With regard to cost, an addition to your home might cost $250-400/sf, which would then be added to your kitchen remodel cost of $50-70k. This shouldn’t be surprising as the addition requires quite a bit of construction including a foundation, framing, roof, stucco, drywall and much more. And, the construction of this new space to hold your kitchen will also take some time to build. Of course, adding more space in your home for a larger kitchen and eating/dining are can add quite a bit of value to your home. Homebuyers put a lot of value on a large, fancy kitchen because families generally spend so much time in this room.

Kitchen remodel tips

Tips for Kitchen remodel

  • Contingency: Like any major remodel, a kitchen renovation is likely to come with some surprises that you and/or the contractor were not anticipating. Additionally, there will be some changes along the way…either by necessity or because you change your mind. Either way, you should expect that there will invariably be additional costs that you didn’t anticipate. For that reason, its always a good idea to mentally prepare yourself for a 10-20% contingency in your budget for issues that arise. So, if you’re signing a $50k kitchen contract, you should budget for at least another $5000 in costs that arise.
  • Delays: Delays can often be caused by materials that aren’t readily available. So, if you select materials that are special-order or currently unavailable, its always a good idea to select a backup material option that is generally available. Also, if you order materials online or to be delivered to your home, make sure to open all the boxes right away to check that the material looks correct and didn’t arrive damaged. Don’t wait until its time to use that material or you’ll end up with project delays.
  • Permits: Kitchen renovations will almost always require a city permit. These are generally required on any job that deals with plumbing & electrical. So, ideally, your contractor will secure the city building permit on your behalf and share a copy with you. Some homeowners & contractors choose to work without a permit, but this entails added risk for the homeowner. With a permit, a city building inspector will inspect the contractor’s work several times during the construction to ensure everything is built to code. Without a permit, you’ll never know if your contractor did the job correctly.
  • Managing Expectations: Even with a permit, an inspector and a really good contractor, don’t expect the finished result to be totally perfect. Don’t get me wrong, it should be solid, quality work, but its almost impossible to reach perfection in construction. Remember that the contractor started with an imperfect slate….your existing home. Plus, the materials they are working with are often imperfect. If you aren’t sure whether your final result meets the basic standards of quality, pay for a home inspector to come and view the project.

Hidden kitchen remodeling costs and how to avoid them

Hidden Kitchen Remodel costs

As we said above, hidden costs in a kitchen remodel can significantly impact the overall budget, making it crucial for homeowners to anticipate and mitigate them. To help you out, here are some hidden costs you might face, and ways to avoid them.

  • Structural issues uncovered during the renovation, such as plumbing or electrical problems: To avoid these surprises, invest in a thorough pre-inspection to identify potential issues before starting the remodel.
  • Changes in project scope or design preferences mid-way through the renovation: Clear communication with the contractor, detailed planning, and a well-defined project scope can help prevent these alterations.
  • Unexpected delays in material delivery or permit approvals: Homeowners should work closely with contractors to create a realistic timeline and choose readily available materials.
  • Failure to account for permit costs and compliance: Understanding local regulations and obtaining permits early in the process can prevent fines and additional fees.
  • Post-renovation costs, such as professional cleaning or minor touch-ups: By carefully considering these hidden costs and planning accordingly, homeowners can ensure a more accurate and manageable budget for their kitchen remodel.

Reach out to contractors to get a thorough kitchen remodel estimate

Once you’re ready to get a real kitchen remodel estimate from a contractor, there are a few things you should do. First, review and complete a kitchen remodel checklist so you can have total clarity on the scope of your remodel. Then you can reach out directly to contractors and ask them to come to provide you with a kitchen remodel estimate. Alternatively, you can contact GreatBuildz and get matched to three fully-vetted contractors in your area that are available to provide you with a kitchen remodel estimate. Make sure you review each contractor’s estimate carefully and don’t just select the lowest price.

Click this link to download an editable kitchen remodeling checklist: Kitchen Remodeling Checklist (excel)

Don’t be shocked if the kitchen renovation contractor estimates you receive differ significantly. Different contractors will make diverse assumptions regarding the scope, materials, etc. of your project. Additionally, each contractor has their own cost structure and profit objectives. Does this mean you should select the lowest bid? Absolutely not. Therefore, the first step is to thoroughly review the contents of each estimate to ensure that you are comparing like-to-like scopes. In addition, you must indicate which materials (and costs) are included in each bid. Once you see that all estimates are thorough, exhaustive, and comparable in terms of scope, you will be in a better position to choose the best contractor for you.

Selecting a kitchen remodel contractor

Contractors for Kitchen Remodel

A kitchen renovation contractor should, in most cases, be a licensed general contractor (with a B-license from the CSLB). Only a general contractor is qualified to perform a kitchen remodel with the various different trades required…plumbing, electrical, framing, cabinetry, etc. You should confirm that your general contractor is fully insured with both General Liability insurance and Workers Compensation insurance. And, you should ask them to add you to the policy as additional insured.

Make sure you don’t choose a contractor based solely on price and your ‘feeling’ about their personality. Remember, everybody seems nice at first, especially if they are trying to sell you on a kitchen remodel. Do your homework on each contractor you’re considering. At GreatBuildz, we put every contractor through a ten-step vetting process. If you’re choosing contractors without our help, please make sure you use this screening process to find a truly good contractor. Living through a renovation nightmare is exceedingly stressful, especially when you can’t use your own kitchen during the process.

Its always a good idea to see the previous work of the contractor, check their reviews online and call their references. Of course, they will only give you contact info for their clients that were happy and satisfied, but its worth asking those people of any challenges they had during their remodel, so you can prepare yourself and guard against similar issues.

Also keep in mind that the person who comes to your home to give you a bid may be the owner of the company but could just as likely be a salesperson. If that’s the case, you may never see them again. So, if you liked them, it doesn’t tell you much about the company itself or its management. You should always ask to speak with the owner of the company or at least the person who will be management your day-to-day project. Remember, the salesperson’s job is purely to sell you and move on…they have no stake in whether you have a successful renovation experience.

For detailed remodel costs on other major home renovation projects, you can read our Home Remodel Cost Guide. This guide will take you through the costs of whole house remodeling, building an addition, and ADU, or a garage conversion.

You can also get information on the costs of other projects around your home on these other article on our site:

When it comes to planning and budgeting for average kitchen remodel costs, you shouldn’t have to go it alone – GreatBuildz can help simplify your kitchen remodeling experience.

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