Your kitchen is probably the most used room in your house. Poor layout, inadequate lighting, cramped spaces, outdated fixtures and old cabinetry are common complaints of homeowners. Before you decide to go ahead with a kitchen renovation, it is important to clearly identify the features you want in your new kitchen. Just as important is a thorough pre-renovation inspection to identify any existing problems. The cost of the renovation work will depend on the condition of the existing structure, the extent of the work to be done and local labour and material prices. Costs of finishes and fixtures vary widely. Even with your basic small kitchen, a full kitchen renovation can run to up to $20,000 in expenses - this is usually the cost estimated if you're hiring a contractor to do the work for you, which may seem like a lot but in the end it does save you a lot of time and frustration.A good budget checklist will help you to develop a realistic cost for the project before you start.