Kitchen Demolition Cost Breakdown

kitchen demolition cost breakdown

Understanding your kitchen renovation budget is key to a successful project, and a main part of that budget is the cost of kitchen demolition. 

There are a few different ways to estimate how much your kitchen demolition will cost, and we'll go over them one-by-one.

Contractors tend to price work differently, and there are many aspects to the kitchen demolition process that will affect pricing overall.

It's beneficial to have an idea of the demolition work you want done and how much it typically costs to have it done by a professional contractor. Knowing this information will help to ensure you get a fair price for the work you need.

Demolition costs involved with kitchen renovation

You can estimate how much your kitchen demolition will cost by 1) determining the work you need done, and 2) tallying up the average cost to do each job.

This allows a relatively accurate estimation for how much your kitchen demolition will cost, regardless of the amount of remodeling you plan to do.

Average Kitchen Demolition Costs

Demolition Job Low-End Cost Average Cost High-End Cost
Kitchen Cabinet Removal $100 - $200 $200 - $300 $300 - $400
Countertop Removal $50 - $100 $100 - $150 $150 - $200
Appliance Removal $50 - $100 $100 - $200 $200 - $300
Sink & Drain Removal $30 - $50 $50 - $70 $70 - $90
Flooring Removal $50 - $100 $100 - $200 $200 - $300
Drywall Removal $40 - $60 $60 - $80 $80 - $100
Total Cost: $320 - $610 $610 - $1,000 $1,000 - $1,390

These average costs are for a 10 ft. x 10 ft. kitchen demolition, including labor and disposal.

The overall cost of your demolition will depend on the size of your kitchen, the kind of materials being removed, and the extent of the demolition work you want done.

For example, if you just want to replace the cabinets and countertop, expect to pay between $150 and $600 to have them removed.

If you plan on doing a complete kitchen gut and remodel, expect to pay between $320 and $1,390 for just the demolition.

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Hourly rates for kitchen demolition

Some contractors may choose to price the work based on the amount of time it takes them to get it done, rather than by the specific work they're doing.

On average, it takes between 10-20 man hours to completely gut a kitchen.

How long your kitchen demolition takes depends largely on the size of the kitchen and the types of materials involved.

If asbestos or lead is present, it needs to be carefully handled and disposed of properly, which takes time.

If any unforeseen complications arise, like hazardous materials, your timeline will be extended.

Average kitchen demolition timeline

kitchen demolition timeline

Note: These are estimates of how long it takes to remove each item. It may take more or less time for your kitchen demolition depending on your exact needs and how many workers are on-site.

If a contractor tells you they price out work on an hourly scale, you can use their rate to estimate roughly how much your overall tab will be if everything goes according to plan.


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Let's look more closely at an example of how a company might charge by the hour for the work they do and how to determine if it's a good price.

Say you have a 10 ft. x 10 ft. kitchen you want completely gutted out...

The contractor informs you that they can have 2 workers on-site to perform the demolition—himself and one other worker—and that he predicts they can have the job completed within one day.

The contractor also tells you he charges $30/hour for interior demolition.

Knowing how long a complete kitchen gut-out typically takes (between 10 - 20 hours), and that there will be 2 workers handling the demolition, you can estimate that the work will be done within 8 hours or so.

From there, you can deduct that your kitchen demolition would cost around $480 if you hire this contractor. This is within the lower-end range for the average cost of kitchen demolition and would be a fair price.


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Choose the right kitchen demolition contractor

Once you’ve gathered all the necessary information for your kitchen demolition, go to to find highly qualified local demolition contractors.

We generally recommend getting quotes from a minimum of 2 - 3 contractors, but the more contractors you get quotes from, the better.

Insider Tip: If possible, take advantage of contractors’ slow time of year—after the holidays but before the spring. Contractors may be willing to do the work for a more reasonable rate.

Ask contractors for line item bids so that you can closely compare how contractors price their work.

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