Kitchens have become the heart of any home. They have evolved from being a space purely for food preparation to now being more of a living space where the whole family will congregate. The rise of popularity for kitchen/diners is proof of that.
Maybe you have been considering a new kitchen but just have no idea where to start? Or more importantly, how much you need to save. Obviously, there is going to be a big difference between just giving you kitchen a facelift and knocking rooms together to create one of these sought-after kitchen/diners.
Today we’re focusing on refurbishing the kitchen you already have.
How much does a new kitchen cost on average?
As with any building or refurbishment project, there are many factors that affect the amount of money you can expect to spend on a new kitchen. The cost entirely depends on the area you live, what you want to achieve and, in this case, the size of the room you are refurbishing.
To give you a general starting off point, for a medium sized kitchen, you can expect to pay between £5,000 and £10,000 on average. This includes the units, worktops, flooring, appliances and someone competent for fitting.
Planning your new kitchen
Planning is key for any project. There is no point rushing in and then coming unstuck half way down the line.
Make sure you set a realistic budget
First and foremost, you should set a budget that you are comfortable spending on your new kitchen. You can then make sure that any decisions you make when it comes to choosing cabinets, worktops, fixtures and fittings are sensible ones.
Things to consider in your budget:
- Labour costs – including plumbing and electrics of you are changing the layout of the space.
- Extra materials such as plaster for patching up walls after the old kitchen is removed.
- Units – carcass, draws and doors.
- Appliances, if buying new ones
- Fixtures and fittings – taps, handles, splashback.
Know what you want your kitchen to look like
Once you have your budget set you need to know what you want to achieve with the allocated money.
The style you are after will affect how far your budget will go. A sleek, modern kitchen with no handles is going to cost more than a traditional country style kitchen.
Top end fixtures may look fab but are they really worth spending the extra money on? How much will that tap affect the overall look of you new kitchen in comparison to a cheaper alternative?
Compare prices of cupboards and worktops
So, you have your budget, and know what style of kitchen you would like. Now is the time to shop around to find the best prices.
The material you choose is going to greatly affect how much you have to spend. You want to choose something that is going to be hard wearing and long lasting.
Refurbing your kitchen should be seen as an investment, there is no point spending less money now to only have to spend again a few years down the line because it looks tired and is falling to pieces.
That being said, there are always options for anyone with a tight budget, consider quality second hand units.
Cupboards and drawers
The cupboards and drawers are going to take up the majority of your budget. On average £3,000 for a medium sized kitchen. Depending on your tastes and whether you are having an off the shelf option or a bespoke kitchen fitted. This cost could easily escalate to £10,000.
Soft close doors and drawers are a popular option for any modern kitchen, they do add cost but also increase longevity for your new kitchen.
Again, the material you choose will change the price you pay. You will have a look in mind and the worktop probably plays a large part in the end result. The most popular options are as follows:
- Granite costs from around £200 per m2
- Laminate worktops offer the best value, these start from around per £30 per m2
- Solid wood varies depending on which wood you opt for but on average prices start from £150 per m2
- Composite worktop are made from 90% natural quartz crystals and are very tough. These start from around £300 per m2
- Stainless Steel start at £250 per m2.
Don’t forget to take into consideration the upkeep. Solid wood worktops will require sanding and oiling to avoid stains and scrapes. Laminate on the other hand is very hard wearing and easy to clean.
Removing your old kitchen
Removing your old kitchen yourself can be a great way to save money and make your budget go further. If you are careful you may even be able to sell on your unwanted units and appliances. Which could mean you can have that fancy tap after all!
Work with professionals
It’s sensible to hire a professional to carry out your kitchen fitting, especially when it comes to plumbing and electrics. It may seem like a job you can do yourself, and perhaps you can. But for most people, saving the time and frustration of trying to get it right yourself is well worth the investment of getting professionals in!
If budget allows getting a reputable building firm in (hello!) can result in your kitchen transformation taking place with minimal fuss and the very best finish.