Fantastic and Functional: A Look at the World’s Most Expensive Kitchen Renovations
Kitchen renovations can get expensive. But how does the cost of a full kitchen renovation differ around the world? According to recent data collected from Compare the Market, Denmark spend the most on kitchen renovations — an average of $42,993 USD. That number represents around 84 percent of the average annual income in the U.S.!
Meanwhile, here in the States, the average kitchen renovation is around $25,000 (36.38 percent of the average annual income). Of the countries studied, Hong Kong ranked the lowest, with the cost of renovation around $3,747 USD (approx. 13.30 percent of the average US annual income). To get these numbers, Compare the Market collected data from a number of sources, including government agencies, construction associations, and renovation experts. But the one thing they all agreed on? Kitchen remodeling costs differ, no matter where you are.
But what about the world’s most lavish, luxurious kitchens? Where are they, and how much did they cost?
Inspired by Compare the Market’s report, we scoured the internet to find some of the world’s most expensive kitchen renovations:
The Fiore di Cristallo
Touted as the world’s most expensive kitchen, this London kitchen cost over £1 million ($1.6 million USD). Designed by Claudio Celiberti, the renovation took over a year to complete. Using only the highest-quality materials, including the world’s best crystal “Crystal of Murano,” the luxe kitchen includes other super swanky features like solid copper-lined cabinets, a crystal island, and a stone worktop. The crystal island alone cost £36,850 — higher than the average total kitchen renovation cost in the U.S. But the pièce de résistance of this space is undoubtedly the chandelier (also designed by Celiberti). Made of Swarovski crystal and cristallo di Murano, this beauty cost approximately £26,400 to create. Of course, this is still a functioning kitchen, and any kitchen needs appliances. Boasting £24,000 worth of Gaggenau handcrafted products, including a £5,000 fridge and a £1,714 espresso machine, this kitchen is truly one of a kind.
The Colosseo Oro
Once dubbed “the world’s most expensive fitted kitchen,” this $450,000 limited edition kitchen pairs classic elegance with futuristic accents to create an aesthetic fit for modern luxury. A product of Marazzi Design, the reflective, shiny surfaces are accentuated by Swarovski crystal lights. Other opulent touches include crocodile embossed leather, Venetian ink-stained gold glass, and 24-carat gold leafing. The appliances are equally as impressive (all state-of-the-art and worth approximately $85,000 themselves), with the highlight being a Zaha Hadid tap with a price tag of $12,000. With its combination of dynamic shapes and colors, luxe materials, and modern kitchen gadgetry, it’s no wonder this London kitchen is so highly coveted and admired.
South Tower at Time Warner Center
This kitchen makes the list simply by being included in one of the priciest apartments in New York City. The penthouse suite is 8,500 square feet of pure luxury, and the kitchen is no exception. Dubbed “a professional chef’s kitchen,” the space is fit with all the best appliances and is leant an air of elegance with Alba Chiara marble countertops and sycamore cabinetry custom-designed by Poliform. Another amazing feature of this kitchen is its view, replete with a breakfast area abutting a media room that has glorious views of the Hudson River. Imagine sipping your morning latte (made with a top-of-the-line espresso machine, of course!) while you bask in the most breathtaking city views. Now that’s luxury.
The Electrolux Grand Cuisine Professional Kitchen
Everyone knows that Electrolux appliances are some of the best out there, so it only makes sense that they’d form the centerpiece of this kitchen with a hefty price tag of $322,000. Showcasing Electrolux’s Grand Cuisine Range, this kitchen has been described not only as revolutionary but also as the preferred kitchen of Michelin-starred chefs everywhere. But the appliances aren’t the only things that make this kitchen shine. With its reflective glass surfaces, the appliances seem to disappear and themselves become part of the natural surroundings. Though it’s built with only the best materials, the kitchen is still meant to be functional — albeit “virtually effortless.” Imagine having appliances built into your kitchen that are not only mostly automated, but also work better when used simultaneously for ultimate cooking ease and precision. While not the most expensive kitchen on our list, it is certainly the one that best combines luxury and functionality into a space anyone would be happy to cook in.
While most of us will not have the opportunity to cook in a six or seven-figure kitchen any time soon, these spaces still give us a fun way to reimagine the traditional cookspace. Kitchens have long held the distinction of being rooms that can easily be transformed into visions of the future; one only has to visit Disney World’s “Carousel of Progress” to experience how visionaries such as Walt Disney imagined technology would continue to change and shape our everyday lives, starting in the kitchen. And these kitchens are no exception. Through their lavish designs, sophisticated appliances, and evolving modern interpretations of a more traditional space, we continue our quest for the quintessential kitchen.