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How Much Renovating Your Kitchen Really Costs – Part 1

As the saying goes: “You can judge the quality of how well a home is renovated just by inspecting the kitchen.” Actually we kid, we made that statement up, but there is a grain of truth in it. Aside from the bathrooms, home-owners need to pay closer attention to the kitchen during renovation. This is especially true if you are planning to live in the same property for a long time, due to the kitchen being frequently used as well as the accumulation of smoke and grime from heavy cooking over the years.

Design: U-Home Interior Design

Of course, regardless of whether you are renovating your kitchen for the first time in a BTO flat or giving it a much-needed facelift, in the case of resale flat owners, how much it will eventually cost hinges on several factors, namely:

(1) The overall size of the kitchen
(2) The choice of materials used
(3) The amount of workmanship required (usually in the form of carpentry and masonry)
(4) The degree of customization required
(5) The quality of fittings and appliances

Bear in mind that this is not exhaustive list, but fret not, we have compiled a comprehensive guide to chart the estimated costs for the various kitchen renovation works.



Herein lies the dilemma: while homeowners are spoilt for choice when it comes to the variety of materials for countertops in the market, selecting one for your kitchen can either set you back a few hundred or break the bank entirely. Before you do decide to save or splurge, check out our nifty comparison table of the most commonly used ones to assist you in choosing the right one for your kitchen.

Solid Surface Wood Stainless Steel Engineered Quartz Tile (Ceramic) Laminate Granite
Why choose it? A popular choice among home-owners which can be custom-made to specifications Provides a warm, homely atmosphere and is available in a wide range of colours and finishes Ideal if you are going for industrial, contemporary look Easily customizable to suit any personality because it comes in a variety of hues and shades Allows for mix and matching with different design styles Most inexpensive out of all the countertop options Add a touch of elegance and sophistication
Average cost $55 – $175 / ft run $20 – $150 / sq ft $80 – $125 / sq ft $90 – $105 / sq ft $30 – $80 / sq ft $8 – $20 / sq ft $55 – $175 / ft run
Pros Resistant to stains Easy to clean and can be sanded down and resealed. Heat resistant and durable Resistant to stains Easy to maintain and inexpensive Easy to clean and available in many colours Heat resistant and durable
Cons Acrylic surface means it cannot withstand heat damage from pots/pans and stains Can be damaged by water and stains over time May dent and scratches will be very visible One of the more expensive options Tiles can chip or crack, gets dirty and unhygienic over time due to grouting Scratches and chips cannot be repaired; seams may peel over time The most expensive option to choose from

Design: The 80’s Studio

Design: Uno Interior


Cooking hobs

Some homeowners are firm believers the traditional gas hob is the way to go, whereas others swear induction and ceramic hobs are much better options. Given the debate between these three choices, it is worth taking time to research which choice fits your lifestyle the best – it will depend on what you’re planning to cook and the cookware you own (or should be getting).

Induction Ceramic Gas Cooker
What is it? Utilises a magnetic field to heat up a metallic pan placed above the hob. The key difference between an induction and ceramic hob is that the former does not cause the glass surface to be heated up alongside the cookware Heating elements underneath a glass surface heats it up and transfers the heat upward to the cookware Standard gas hobs are a de rigueur for professional chefs, featuring four burners operated by switching / turning an ignition knobs that lights the gas burner
Fuel Mode Electricity Electricy Gas (LPG / City / Natural)
Energy Loss (Average % of energy loss to boiling 2 litres of water) 10% 60% 40%
Energy Consumption in Watts (For boiling 2 litres of water) Est. 230W Est. 275W Est. 395W
Operation Mode Touchpad Touchpad Manual knobs
Pots to use Stainless steel / cast-iron flat base pots Stainless steel flat base pots Any kind of flat or round base pots (eg. woks or claypots)
Price S$800 – S$1,400 S$500 – S$800 S$400 – $600
Safety level The safest option of the lot – glass surface does not heat up without cookware placed on top – even when switched on Glass surface does stay hot after cooking, requires at least 15 minutes to cool down completely Knobs must be firmly turned off and concerns of gas leaks with age

Design: The Local Inn.terior

Design: Team Interior Design


Kitchen cabinets

Carpentry is admittedly the most costly service home-owners pay for when it comes to renovating the kitchen. While there will always be a need to install a kitchen cabinet, no matter how small they may be- it is essential to formulate a benchmark estimate to work around in order to have a clue how much to spend.

Design: Habit

Generally, kitchen cabinets are a one-time investment that should be able to stand the test of time. As mentioned earlier, you should not be scrimping on the quality of kitchen cabinets you plan to install, hence the overall cost of the cabinets should represent between 40 – 50% of the whole kitchen’s renovation cost.

Homeowners typically select veneer cabinets, ranging between $80 and $180 per cabinet. There are even more expensive choices such as wood, which can drive up the overall cost to about $150 to $180 for each cabinet. However, should you be in search for cheaper alternatives given a tight budget, there are laminated cabinets that fall in the from $75 to $90 price range.

Design: I-Chapter

Regardless of which material you do eventually go with, there will also be other charges, such as installation, to take note of. While this may differ based on the interior designer or contractor you hire, be sure to factor in at least 20 – 25% more to account for these extras.


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