Kitchen or Bathroom Makeover: Which One Won't Break the Bank?

Rita Paião—Homify Rita Paião—Homify
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When considering a home renovation, one of the first questions that comes to mind is, “How much will it cost?” The kitchen and bathroom are often high on the list of rooms that could use a makeover. But which of these two projects will do less damage to your wallet? Let's take a closer look at the costs of a kitchen and bathroom renovation.

Kitchen Renovation:

  • Cabinets and storage: Replacing or refurbishing kitchen cabinets can take up a significant portion of your budget. New cabinets vary widely in price depending on the material and style.
  • Countertops: Materials such as granite, marble or quartz can increase costs significantly, while laminate is a more budget-friendly option.
  • Equipment: High-end appliances, such as a professional stove or integrated refrigerator, can significantly increase costs.
  • Flooring: Tile, hardwood and vinyl floors each have their own price tag, with tile and hardwood generally being more expensive.
  • Installation costs: Depending on the complexity of the renovation, labor costs can increase, especially if electrical or plumbing work is required.

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Good lighting can drastically change the atmosphere and functionality of your kitchen. Consider recessed lights, pendant lights above the island or under-cabinet lighting. LED lighting options are slightly more expensive to purchase, but save energy costs in the long term.

Back walls

The choices for a kitchen backsplash are almost endless: from classic tiles to stainless steel, glass or even wood. A striking back wall can serve as a central design element and can vary in cost depending on the material chosen.

Island and bar seating

Adding or renovating a kitchen island can incur additional costs, especially if plumbing or electrical work is required. Yet they offer an extra work space and a place for socializing and meals.

Technology integrations

Modern kitchens often include technological gadgets such as built-in chargers, smart appliances and sound systems. These additions are optional, but can increase the experience of the kitchen and the costs.

Materials and finishes

In addition to the surfaces and appliances mentioned earlier, the cost of a kitchen renovation can also be affected by the choice of finishes. Consider the handles, taps and the paint or stain for cabinets. Choose materials that match the desired appearance of your kitchen, but also take sustainability and maintenance into account.

Ventilation and heating

Good ventilation is essential in the kitchen, especially when cooking. Invest in a good extractor hood or ventilation system. Underfloor heating can also be a comfortable addition for the colder months, but this comes at an additional cost.

Energy efficiency

Consider energy-efficient appliances and installations that are not only environmentally friendly but can also help you save on energy bills in the long run.

By considering these elements, you can have a holistic view of the costs associated with a kitchen renovation. It's always a good idea to start with a clear plan and budget to avoid unexpected costs.

Bathroom Renovation:

  • Plumbing: Replacing a toilet, bath or shower can vary in price, with luxury shower cubicles or freestanding baths usually being more expensive.
  • Tiling: Bathroom tiles, especially for showers or as floor coverings, can be expensive depending on the material chosen.
  • Faucets and fittings: High-quality faucets, shower heads and other fittings can increase costs.
  • Storage and vanity : Replacing or adding a bathroom vanity, mirror or cabinet also varies in price.
  • Installation costs: As with kitchen renovations, the costs of plumbing and other installations can affect the overall price.

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The right lighting can transform a bathroom from a purely functional space to a relaxing oasis. Consider waterproof recessed spotlights, mood lighting or mirror lighting. LED options, while more expensive initially, can provide long-term savings.

Floor and wall tiles

The choice of floor and wall tiles for a bathroom varies from ceramic and porcelain to natural stone. Costs vary depending on the material, size and pattern chosen.


From baths and walk-in showers to sinks and toilets, the choice of sanitary ware can have a significant effect on renovation costs. Consider water-saving options for an environmentally friendly choice.

Technology integrations

Modern bathrooms can be equipped with technological additions such as underfloor heating, digital shower systems and even integrated sound systems for music while bathing.

Materials and finishes

Faucets, shower heads, towel racks and even door knobs can vary in price and style. High-quality materials and finishes can be more durable, but can increase costs.


Good ventilation is crucial in a bathroom to prevent moisture and mold formation. Invest in an efficient ventilation system to maintain optimal air quality.

Storage and furnishings

Bathroom furniture, from floating sinks to built-in cabinets, offers not only functionality but also aesthetics. Consider space-saving solutions for smaller bathrooms.


Consider water-saving shower heads, faucets and toilets that are not only environmentally friendly but can also help save on water bills in the long run.


Both kitchen and bathroom renovations have their own unique costs. The final price depends greatly on your choices in materials, equipment and installation services. It is important to get quotes for both projects to get a clear idea of what would be most cost effective for you.

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