How Much Should a 10×10 Kitchen Remodel Cost

  • 10×10 feet, i.e., 100 square feet, is a fairly standard kitchen size in the US—enough to arrange kitchen appliances, a food preparation space, a storage area, and a place for kitchen items. 
  • A 10×10 kitchen is relatively small, but it’s common to most homes under 1500 square feet. Moreover, even the largest homes rarely have a kitchen bigger than 20×20, or 400 sq ft. It shows that a kitchen occupies on average 10-15% of the home’s overall square footage. 
  • What’s an average kitchen remodel cost considering all the elements, such as new countertops, new flooring, new appliances, light fixtures, etc.? What if extra wiring, electrical work, or additional gas lines are necessary? In this article, we’ll discover what’s the cost of a complete kitchen remodel of 10×10.

Kitchen remodel costs

A 10×10 kitchen is small but usually perfect for a moderately sized house. Also, designing it isn’t that costly. 

One reason to remodel a kitchen is to make a small space seem bigger. 

Here are a few simple tips to turn your dark and cramped kitchen into a seemingly larger space 

  • lighten things up with white or a similarly-light-tone paint, 
  • install lots of lighting, for example, under the cabinet and stovetop hood—especially if your kitchen doesn’t have a window,
  • declutter—always store all your kitchen items inside the cabinet and shelf space; don’t let more than a couple of items stay on kitchen countertops loosely;

The average kitchen remodeling costs will be lower for a small kitchen than for a bigger one. 

To remodel a kitchen, you’ll need an average of $150 per sq ft for materials and labor. 

So, the total cost of a kitchen remodel on average is between $9,500 and $14,250, for square footage somewhere between 60 and 120 sq ft. 

With a 10×10 (100 sq ft) kitchen remodel for $150 per square foot, the total cost will be around $15,000. (read more on Forbes Advisor)

Let’s take a look at the average cost of a 10×10 kitchen remodel based on project size 

  • a minor kitchen remodel is a cost of $10,00-$15,000
  • a mid-range remodel: $15,000-$30,000
  • a major remodel (also called upscale kitchen remodel): $30,000+ 

Important: In the case of high-end appliances and sophisticated designer furnishings employing loud or trendy styles, kitchen remodels can run $25,000 to $35,000 or more. So, watch what you’re purchasing and how much the remodeling contractors you hired cost. 

Breakdown of typical kitchen remodeling costs 

1. Kitchen cabinets

A 100-square-foot kitchen will have six cabinets on the wall and five below the countertop; you will use one for the sink or dishwasher.

The price of wood cabinets ranges from $5,000 to $30,000, and for those made of wood veneer, it’s between $2,000 and $15,000. 

Wood veneers are strips of wood applied to plywood or particleboard—they have the same look and feel of wood and a significantly lower price tag. 

Some veneers are even more resistant to humidity and moisture than traditional wood. 

There’s a variety of sought-after wood types, such as maple, cherry, oak, pine, and bamboo;

Cabinet door handles are usually included, but you may need to pay extra if you order custom cabinets. 

Moreover, laminate kitchen cabinets will cost $4,000 – $15,000, acrylic $5,000 – $20,000, and high-end material such as stainless steel will cost anywhere from $25,000 to $38,000.

The average small kitchen remodel total cost of custom cabinets only is around $3,300.

Tip: It’s a good practice to set aside about 15-20% of the extra budget for unexpected issues, such as electrical, plumbing, structural, or pest problems. 

2. Kitchen countertops

How do granite countertops compare to concrete countertops in terms of cost? 

If you’re working on a kitchen remodel, consider that upgraded countertops not only provide an improved look of your kitchen but also increase the value of your home by 30%, according to experts.

The material costs of 30 sq ft of new countertop are on average $29 per sq ft.

  • ceramic tile costs around $20 per square foot,
  • concrete and limestone could cost even $40 per sq ft;

3. Kitchen flooring

An average cost to install flooring is $3-22 per square foot of floor space, depending on the kitchen flooring material used.

So, let’s say that a 10 x 10 kitchen remodel cost for flooring will range between $300 and $2,200.

4. Lighting fixtures

If you don’t feel like hiring professionals for the lighting update, it’s pretty easy to do it all by yourself. 

However, expect to spend about $150 per fixture for more advanced lighting options like recessed lights. (on average $50 to $500)

5. Kitchen appliances

When it comes to kitchen furniture and appliances, costs vary significantly. Yet, we can assume that $100 and $300 per appliance is an average price to expect. 

In total, new appliances will cost roughly $320-4,000.

6. Labor costs

You can expect to pay anywhere between $2,000 and $6,000 for an overall project labor cost.

You may need to include an extra project labor cost, such as plumbing, painting, wiring and electrical work. 

Older homes might require some plumbing work. Expect to spend less than 5% of the total kitchen remodel cost on this part of the enterprise.

Installing a kitchen faucet makes an extra cost of $120 to $300, with labor costs of a new sink installation for $230-650.

Rearranging appliances requires new plumbing piping at $450 to $1,800.

What about an electrical panel upgrade? Electrical work costs between $50 and $100 per hour. Installing new outlets comes at an average price of $150.

If you have to call for a professional to deal with gas lines, it’s between $250 and $800.

Typically, you can expect to spend 5% of your total budget on electrical work.

Painting costs will be around $800 to $1,500, depending on the width of visible wall space. Walls first need to be primed and then painted with a semi-gloss for high-traffic areas. 

Important: Interior painting costs more for a kitchen than painting a standard room. It’s because cabinets need to be covered and appliances and outlet cover removed. 

Installation and labor can make up nearly 40% of the total kitchen remodel cost. 

Finally, building permits. These somehow hidden costs are spread between $500 to $1,500 on average. 

You’ll need them if you move walls or install 

  • new electrical wiring, 
  • plumbing, or 
  • mechanical systems; 

Ensure that all necessary permits are filed and approved with your contractor before any work begins in your kitchen. 

Small kitchen remodel ideas

Kitchen remodeling costs may differ depending on the layout. 

For a 100 square foot kitchen, a Galley layout and L-shaped layout are the most common.

1. Galley layout—takes one or two kitchen walls. It’s perfect for a 10 feet kitchen. Expect to pay between $5,000 to $25,000 for remodeling.

2. L-shaped kitchen layout—you’ll need at least 100 square feet of space to put this layout into practice. This design gives you a lot of open areas. The average cost to remodel an L-shaped kitchen spreads from $10,000 to $50,000. 

3. U-shaped kitchen layout (horseshoe layout)—not so typical in 10×10 kitchens, but possible. To remodel a U-shape cabinet, you’ll need from $15,000 to $50,000.  

Here are several options for a 10×10 kitchen upgrade that will help you free up space and add functionality at once!

  • pot hanger—add space by hanging your pots and pans from the ceiling! Isn’t it both an adorable and functional option?
  • smaller appliances—some of the examples are SMEG refrigerator 9.2 cubic feet (typical fridges are 10-13 cubic feet) with their ultrachic looks and smaller-than-standard stoves and ovens to fit into your kitchen comfortably.
  • shelves—squeeze an extra shelf or more to add storage to your cute little kitchen. A simple shelf can hold anything, from dinnerware to knives to spices.
  • moveable island—need more space for food preparation? Consider getting an island that can be moved around. Simply push it against a nearby wall to gain more space when not in use.

How to save money?

Let’s get creative to avoid costly moves in the kitchen remodeling process. 

For starters, the final cost of kitchen remodeling will be lower without excessive changes applied to the overall design of the kitchen layout. 

So avoid any radical changes in the existing space, such as changing furniture, appliances, and wall units. Instead, continue using the existing gas lines, electrical sockets, and plumbing. 

Consider that moving a window or a sink can add $1,500–$4,500 per item with costs such as permits, dust removal, drywall, new plumbing, and electrical work included.

All in all, letting essential furnishings stay where they are will save you between $2,500 to $5,000. And there is still a lot you can do for the kitchen remodel!

Secondly, renounce premium materials.

We know how hard it is. All these luxurious, shimmering stones and juicy, exotic woods straight from the forest, right?

Yet, how about being smart and going for average quality items with similar aesthetics?

For example, you can achieve a stone appearance for the floor through vinyl flooring, and laminate flooring has the same warm glow as wood.

Renouncing premium materials can save you around $1,000 to $3,000.

Another money-saving solution is to put some effort into careful planning.

Prepare a list of priorities, i.e., necessary changes and those that can wait. 

Maybe granite countertops aren’t really such a dream of yours? Have a look at kitchen countertops photo catalogs, and consider using other countertop materials. 

Pick the one you like most! Who knows, maybe they’ll be half as cheap as your first choice.

Setting priorities is an easy way to keep costs under control.

Tip: Consider applying this hack to all the other house expenses. 

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