How much does it cost to remodel a commercial kitchen?

[BLOG] Published: 2022-09-11 - Updated: 2023-05-31

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How much does it cost to remodel a commercial kitchen? Things to keep in mind when remodeling your commercial kitchen Most commercial kitchens need five items to function. What are the pros of remodeling a kitchen?

How much does it cost to remodel a commercial kitchen?

Hotels and restaurants aren't the only businesses that need a commercial kitchen. Home-based bakeries, caterers, daycares, and senior homes all need one. Remodeling a commercial kitchen can cost anywhere around $10,000 to $150,000 or more. Your actual cost depends on your space, local rules, and equipment needs. Your costs could go up to six figures, or you might not need a commercial kitchen at all. 

With a commercial remodel, businesses often hope to achieve the following goals:

Staff, visitors, and other people will have a better place to work.


  1. Extra commercial space, making the kitchen easier to operate in. 
  2. Adding more lighting and rearranging cabinetry could help. To develop a good work environment, commercial kitchen owners should monitor employee performance.
  3. Fix up your tools and appliances. Old tools and appliances make a business's kitchen less efficient and use more power. By replacing old appliances, a company saves money and reduces its carbon footprint.

Use things as much as possible and be creative. Some businesses modify their commercial kitchens to maximize space. A kitchen remodel can help a business serve more clients, create better food, and make more money.

Most commercial kitchens need five items to function.


Your commercial kitchen must be big enough for employees. Businesses must consider worker size when sizing a commercial kitchen. Leave room for development in your commercial makeover.


Multipurpose cabinets, counters, and appliances let businesses maximize kitchen space. Small kitchens must be resourceful.


Energy-efficient appliances in a business kitchen save money and reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Using energy-efficient equipment can attract clients who support green businesses.

Safety standards are met.

Your staff and customers need health and safety. Changing health and safety requirements require many older kitchens to be updated.

Many commercial kitchen owners remodel even if their kitchens meet municipal criteria.

Maintainable Employees can save money and time by simplifying maintenance. This allows your company more time to improve products and flourish.

Things to keep in mind when remodeling your commercial kitchen

Law requirements

Emergency fund

Your needs

Low budget alternatives



Be very, very clear about what the law requires.

First, visit the city or county agency that inspects and approves commercial kitchens. This is usually the department of health. In an existing building, it can be expensive to add something like a drain to the floor. Depending on the building, it can also be hard to find a way to vent your kitchen hood.

If your scenario is unusual, consider hiring a professional consultant. Even if you pay a lot for a consultant, pulling out and replacing work or equipment can cost more. (Sam Tell 2021)

Find out what you need.

Usually, the kind of cooking you want to do will tell you what tools you need to buy. For example, you'll need a small commercial oven if you want to bake cookies and cakes at your coffee shop. They cost over $1,000 for small countertop ovens and $10,000 for large programmable combi ovens.

A large institutional kitchen.

If you wish to cook and bake several things, buy a commercial range. Depending on the features, one online store says the price range for these is from $1,100 to $10,000. Venting for your stove or oven can cost up to $1,500 per linear foot, and you'll probably need at least 10 feet of it. You will probably also need a commercial dishwasher. Depending on local laws, you may need counters, handwashing stations, and other equipment.

Pro tip takeaway: Find people who have done this before in church halls, daycares, or similar businesses if you can. Ask them why they chose what they did and what they would do differently if they could do it again.

Get Quotes. 

A business must determine how much it will cost to remodel its commercial kitchen. The first step in making a budget is to meet with contractors and ask for bids on the job. Some may offer "turnkey" options, where they design, build, and equip your kitchen. If you can afford it, that can be a good choice sometimes. Once the business owner has an idea of how much it will cost, he or she can get financing.

If you decide to buy from an online store, keep in mind that shipping costs can add a lot to the price. 

Pro tip takeaway: Before buying, ask about warranties and service. This is especially important if you are buying used equipment to save money.

Keep in mind that the cost of remodeling your space and installing the equipment will be a big one. (Sam Tell 2021)

Have some money set aside for emergencies.

When planning your kitchen, you'll have a budget in mind, either in cash or credit. If you haven't done this before or aren't a master researcher, it's likely going to cost more than you think. If you need a full kitchen, the price can be anywhere from $25,000 to $100,000. You may pay more for features, local rules, or installation by local contractors.

Set up a corporate or personal line of credit to offset shortages.

Low-Budget Alternatives

If you don't think you'll have that kind of money, you'll need to find other ways to do things. For example, you can save the cost of a commercial range if you can get by with one or more home ranges. In some places, using electric appliances instead of gas ones Also, portable induction cooktops may reduce the need for ventilation. This will be a big savings.

Construction in stages

By doing the remodeling in stages, the business may be able to keep running while the work is being done. There are pros and cons to this type of remodel. One pro is that the business can keep running while the remodel is going on. When a kitchen is being remodeled, it may be hard for staff to do their jobs. Also, if construction is done in stages, the kitchen may be less useful during that time. Phased construction requires planning and coordination in the kitchen. This ensures everyone knows their jobs and how to do them. Lastly, construction that is done in stages is often slower than a full shutdown.

Start over Often, the fastest way to remodel a commercial kitchen is to start from scratch. Upgrades to large and complex commercial kitchens often require this kind of remodel. Businesses that close and remodel may lose customers, which can be costly. Restaurants in tourist areas that are only open in the summer may need this type of remodeling.

Commercial kitchen

What are the pros of remodeling a kitchen?

Remodeling your commercial kitchen can help you in more ways than you can think of. The kitchen gets the most use, so it's best to redesign it.

Extra space

Most kitchens have open floor plans, so you can change the layout to suit your needs. You can improve the look of your kitchen and make it safer and more secure by remodeling it.

Better appliance

Every day, more people buy kitchen equipment with improved technology. If your current kitchen equipment doesn't help you and takes up most of your time, you need a new one. Fashionable appliances are made with high-quality materials that are safer and work better.

Cost-effective energy

Most of the time, old equipment uses a lot of electricity or fuel. Kitchen tools today have improved parts, energy-saving technologies, and are portable.

Most people today build eco-friendly kitchens. Using electric appliances saves energy and improves the environment.

Relaxation and safety

Previously, few kitchen gadgets and appliances offered comfort and safety. You can save a lot of time cooking if you choose lighter appliances and machines that do a lot of the work for you. When everything is where it should be, you can do your work more quickly and easily.

By doing things like making space for clutter and having a place to keep your sharp tools, you can make the kitchen safer.

Kitchen remodelers can explain the different types and how they work.

Improve Employee Performance

People are the most important thing you have as a business owner. Giving them a nicer location to work and something to be proud of will boost their motivation. Restaurant renovations can enhance employee morale by providing a fresh work experience. It can also help you find new employees and keep the ones you have.

Add value

When you update your old kitchen, the whole restaurant can look different. Updating the kitchen appliances and moving them around will give it a nice, classy look.

Are You Ready To Remodel Your Commercial Kitchen

A good remodel of a commercial kitchen can help the business grow. By improving the kitchen, the business can serve more customers and feed employees. The following steps will help you start your renovation:

  • Plan goals
  • Contact commercial contractors
  • Make a budget.
  • Find a contractor with experience upgrading local businesses.

Smart Remodeling LLC can speed up and simplify the process. We plan and design your commercial kitchen remodeling. Our breakdown hotline is open 24/7. Quickly schedule a meeting. Contact Smart Remodeling at 832-808-8889 or 

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