Kitchen Remodeling Costs in Chicago

29.01.21 08:22 AM By Rj

How Much Does a Kitchen Remodel Cost?

Thinking about having your kitchen remodeled in Chicago and don’t have any idea of how much it will cost? We understand the frustrations you have getting answers to “How Much A Kitchen Remodel Costs”. So, to help you understand the cost of a kitchen remodel, we will breakdown the components and give you a better idea of what your kitchen renovation will cost. Let’s dive in.


For this article we will use a standard 10 foot by 10 foot, kitchen space for our pricing. 

 The 10 Components That Effect the Cost of a Kitchen Remodel

We will go from floor to ceiling and wall to wall, to breakdown the costs of your kitchen remodel. We will also give you ranges from low to high, plus, break out materials and labor. If you are a do it yourselfer, this will help you with pricing your kitchen remodel.


Let’s start at the bottom and work our way up.

1.  Flooring

2.  Appliances

3.  Cabinets

4.  Countertop

5.  Utilities (Plumbing & Electric)

6.  Walls & Ceilings

7.  Paint and Finishes

8.  Sink & Faucet

9.  Lighting

10.  Accessories

Kitchen Flooring Costs

With any full kitchen remodel a new floor is a must.  You have choice of materials ranging from hardwood, vinyl sheets or tile, various stone tiles and engineered wood floors. The choice is yours.

But, one factor that is often over looked when replacing the floor in your kitchen is the condition of the underlayment or sub-floor in your kitchen. A kitchen is a high traffic area and may have had water leaks from plumbing or the ice maker on the refrigerator.  Although it may not affect the entire floor, it still needs to be addressed. Also, getting a floor level is important as you wouldn’t want things rolling around on the countertop and cabinets lining up properly.


Ok so how much should you factor in for flooring?

Figure anywhere from $3-8 per square foot for materials. With vinyl products being cheaper than wood and stone tile.

Labor can run anywhere from $2 to $7 per square foot for tile. So, for our 10’ x 10’ kitchen you could get away with vinyl for around $500 or get the best of tile installed for $1,500.  

If your floor has any rot or is unlevel, expect to have these problems repaired first, which adds to the cost.

For our kitchen remodel example $1,000 for the flooring.

Kitchen Appliance Costs

The cost of kitchen appliance has gone up in the last few years. We here at Pegasus Builds, like to budget around $3,000 for the average kitchen for new stainless kitchen appliances.

We won’t get to much into the various types, brands and model, but will give you a good idea for budgeting. Let’s look at the appliances for your kitchen and their costs.


You can get low-end or scratch and dent kitchen stoves for as little as $300, but expect to pay for a mid-range range around $700.

 The type of heat source can play a factor. If you have electric and stay with electric it will be cheaper than switching over to gas and vice versa. If you decide you love cooking on gas and have electric, expect to add around $300 to install a gas line and hose to supply your new gas stove.


There are many makes and models, along with sizes to choose. A good side by side refrigerator/freezer will cost around $1,300 with models going up to $1,800 or more. If your old refrigerator doesn’t have a water supply line, one would need to be ran to the new one to supply your icemaker and chilled water function of the new refrigerator.

Other refrigerator options and styles are French Door, Top Freezer and Bottom Freezer styles. The price range can range from $700 up to $3,000 or more. Size and style will dictate the cost.


In most kitchen remodels today, the microwave also serves as the exhaust vent, so paying a little more for an above the range, microwave saves on installing a kitchen exhaust fan.

Models range from black to white and stainless and sizes from 1.6 cubic feet to over 2 cubic feet. You can expect to pay as low as $160 for a small black over the range microwave to $400 for a 2 cubic foot stainless.

A good figure for budgeting is $250 for an above the range microwave, that is 30” wide.


With busy families, that are short on time, a dishwasher is a must. The common type of dishwasher is called a built-in dishwasher and is below the countertop and normally next to the sink, to access the water supply and drain.

For a good model dishwasher replacement when remodeling your kitchen expect a price range of $500 on the low end and up to $1,000 for a model with all the bells and whistles.

Some other types of dishwashers there are countertop model which are small and hook up to the kitchen faucet and the portable models.

For most kitchen remodels we install built-in models, which are the best value in the long run.


For our kitchen remodel example, we budgeted $2,700 for good grade stainless steel appliances.


Kitchen Cabinet Costs

The heart of any kitchen is the cabinets. They not only give you a place to hide your pots and pans but also add the overall look of your kitchen. Today, white kitchen cabinets are all the rage, but cabinets come in many colors or even traditional farm style cabinets with wood grain finishes.

In our example of a 10’ x 10’ kitchen you will have a range of 10’ to 14 feet of base cabinets and 8’ to 12 feet of wall cabinets.

You can expect to pay about $100 per foot for base cabinets of medium quality and $75 per foot for assembled wall cabinets. The installation cost per cabinet can range from $50 to $100 based on the type.

If you opt to save with your kitchen cabinets with RTA or Ready to Assemble models, it will lower your costs, but the labor and time it takes will increase as more labor is involved.

Sink base kitchen cabinets will run a little more as well.  

Your kitchen cabinets will most likely be the most expensive part of your kitchen remodel. But, with a life span of 20 years or more, it is best to spend a little more to get the best quality you can afford. Years down the road, you can always paint or refinish your old cabinets to bring them back to new for less costs than replacement.  Something to keep in mind when choosing your cabinets for your remodel.

For our 10’ x 10’ kitchen around $3,300 in cabinets including installation.

Kitchen Countertop Costs

The most used and abused component in any kitchen, the countertop. From banging, to spills to putting grocery bags on while you fill the pantry, your counter top takes a beating.

There are many materials for your new countertop, from laminates to tile or real or manmade stone.  The cost goes hand and hand with the long-term value.

You maybe able to save money with a laminate counter top, but nothing beats the lifetime value of stone. Tile may be mid-range option, but grout lines and food prep may not be the best choice.

Your new laminate counters can range from $10 per linear foot to $20. Stone, either man-made or real will run from $35-55 per square foot. You can expect to pay another $300-600 for installation, based on the type. A laminate or tile counter top is doable for the DIYers. But for any type of stone counter, it is best to have a pro install it.  For one it is heavy and extra supports maybe needed. One wrong move and that $1,600 piece of heavy stone, is ruined.

For our example kitchen $2,500 for stone counters

Kitchen Utilities Costs

In a kitchen remodel there are two utilities, plumbing and electric. In an existing kitchen remodel, you most likely already have these installed.  But, with a new design or layout may need to move one or both of these.  Also, if you are adding an appliance or lighting you may need to install new outlets or supply and drain lines.

It is a good idea to replace all outlets and switches. Plus, now is a good time to check those all the supply valves and drain lines. Even if you do not need to, now is the time to update to the new codes, it may save you money down the road.

For the average kitchen with few changes expect to have a plumbing bill of around $400-600 for minor changes and installation of your faucets and drains.

For your basic electric renovations and upgrades a good number to budget for is $500-700. If you need new power lines run or are adding a lot of new ceiling light fixtures, you can go above $1,000 or more.

Kitchen Walls and Ceiling Costs

When doing the normal kitchen remodel the walls and ceiling may be in good shape and only need minor repairs and patching of the walls and ceilings.  A good budget number for basic patch work is $300. But if you start removing more drywall or plaster your cost will go up. The more invasive your kitchen renovation becomes the costs will follow.

When figuring out a starting budget for your kitchen, plug in $500 for walls and ceilings patching, repairs and replacements.  If you get lucky and the walls are fine, you have a surplus in your budget. If during your remodel you run into any issues, allowing for this amount will lessen the blow to the budget and keep you from going over or choosing a lower quality component later on.

Kitchen Painting Costs

Most kitchens do not take much paint in quantity so a few gallons are normal. Don’t forget the primer as any patches will need to be primed before applying paint. The paint and primer paints do not work for painting over a bare drywall or plaster patch, so no matter what the can says, you should still prime all walls and ceilings for a more uniform finish. 

The materials to prime, paint and finish your kitchen remodel should run around $200 for everything. If you have a good painting contractor, you can expect the labor rate to be around $500-600.  Other cost factors are trim and moldings that you may have.  This will add to the cost as well as another paint to add to the list.

Kitchen Sink and Faucets Costs

We can’t forget the kitchen sink. Kitchen sink models range from single bowl to double bowls, plus other options like depth and finishes. With stainless steel sinks making up the lion share of the sink models sold, we will use this material type for our article.

The models of sinks are many. There are farm-house sinks, undermount sinks, drop-in sinks, bar sinks, workstation sinks and all in one sinks.

Prices Ranges for different models of kitchen sinks:

·  Farmhouse Sink Costs $300-600+

·  Undermount Sink Costs $250-500+

·  Drop-in Sink Costs $200-400+

·  Bar Sink Cost $150-300+

·  All in One Sink Costs $300-500+ (This is a sink and faucet set)

Kitchen faucets range from simple standard models that range from as low as $50 up to voice or touchless controlled sink faucets that cost $600. You have pull down models as well as pot filler and bridge model faucets.

A good budget number for the average kitchen remodel is around $300 for the faucet and you can add another $150 for a licensed plumber to install it.


Kitchen Lighting Costs

Kitchen lighting is often an after though for many homeowners as cabinets, countertops and appliances take the front stage. But kitchen lighting can make your kitchen not only more appealing but useful as well. From under the cabinet lighting to above the sink or recessed lighting that flows with the cabinets. Kitchen lighting has its place in your kitchen remodeling costs budget.

Flush mounted or recessed lights are the normal we think of with a kitchen. But chandeliers and pendant lights are becoming more common these days with kitchen renovations.

Kitchen Light Cost by Type for Budgeting:

·  Flush Mount Kitchen Lighting Costs $40-150 per fixture

·  Chandelier Kitchen Lighting Costs $150- 300+ per fixture

·  Pendant Kitchen Lighting Costs $50-350+ per fixture

·  Track Lighting Cost $100-300+ per fixture

To give you an idea of your lighting needs, figure one main fixture for general light, one of over the sink/work area is the standard minimum light needs. Your range or microwave may have a small light as well.

Under the cabinet lighting can range from $100-400+ based on the lights you want.

Figure $75-100 per fixture to have a licensed electrical contractor install your light fixtures.

Kitchen Accessories Costs

There are many accessories you can add to your kitchen remodel.  From organizers to cutting boards and more.  It is wise to budget $300-500 for any additional items you want to add to make your kitchen remodel complete. 

Other Kitchen Remodel Price Factors

Hidden factors to think about when remodeling your kitchen that often are not planned for or figured in.

·  Mold behind walls, cabinets, etc.

·  Rotten sub-floors

·  Faulty utilities

·  Moving or opening up walls


These are the common unseen or known things that can arise in your kitchen remodel. If you feel a spongy floor, you should budget for a floor repair. If your outlets are not GFCI or have issues now, plan on replacing them. If you have had a major or even a slow leak, plan on some type of mold remediation. 

Price Ranges for a Complete Kitchen Renovation

Drum roll please….

So, what did our 10’ x 10’ kitchen remodel cost us using mid-range products, materials and having professionals install them?

About $12,400.

Now you may want to save more in certain areas and components or go all in on the best quality and features. That choice is yours. It is best to consult with your contractor to discuss design options and talk about the things that are important to you.

That way everyone is on the same page, with your wants, needs and other factors in getting the kitchen remodel you will love. While providing value and a long-lasting project. Your kitchen remodel should last you 20 years or more and will add value if you decide to sell your home down the road.

Need help with your kitchen remodel plans, budgets and designing?

Give us a call, we would be glad to help you on your kitchen renovation journey. 

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