We see a lot of before-and-after kitchen transformations here at Clever. But what we don’t usually see is the thing we're all sort of dying to see: the bill—just how much it cost to gut, redo, and revamp each one. Yes, those marble countertops are gorgeous. But they cost how much?!
Ask anyone who’s lived through a kitchen renovation: The price tag for a seemingly straightforward upgrade can come with some serious sticker shock. Then again, we’re sometimes shocked to learn that our favorite design elements were the cheapest to pull off.
Which is why we’ve decided to bare the truth. This month, we’re revealing five kitchens we love, from London to upstate New York, Paris to Melbourne, Australia. They’ve all been stripped, top to bottom (sometimes by the homeowners themselves, which—spoiler—a few of them deeply regret), then redone in five styles, and on five (very different) budgets. We talked to the homeowners about the inspiration, their favorite parts, and the beautiful design elements. And then we got real. What was the budget—and the final bill? What was the biggest spend, and the sneaky ways they saved a few bucks? And what would they never, ever do again?
There’s a young couple’s brightly colored kitchen in East London, which features one of the most ingenious backsplash hacks we’ve seen (and a sneaky addition for their cat). Then there’s an up-and-coming designer’s own eclectic kitchen that she DIY'd herself, which is now a space for “snacky hangouts.” And there’s a fashionable filmmaker’s teeny-tiny plywood kitchen fit into her top-floor, 17th-century Paris flat; a photographer and a stylist’s romantic Australian space, redone on a dime—just in time for a new baby; and an Italianate mansion in western Massachusetts with a grand, luminous kitchen as its centerpiece.
Take a look. We bet you can’t guess the price tags.
Originally Appeared on Architectural Digest