The kitchen is among the most often remodelled rooms in the typical UK home. It stands to reason, given that the kitchen tends to be a gathering space for family and guests. If you are planning to remodel your own kitchen, expect to have to make quite a few decisions that will ultimately affect the price.
This guide will deal primarily with installing an entirely new kitchen. We are talking gutting the existing kitchen down to the floorboards and studs. This sort of project means replacing flooring, worktops, appliances, etc. A job like this will cost thousands.
On average, completely new kitchens start somewhere between £5,000 and £8,000. The price can go up from there depending on what you choose to include in your kitchen. Also note that these opening prices account for the materials and labour of the actual construction. If you choose to also utilise architectural and design services, they will cost extra. There will also be fees and charges associated with planning permission and other local council requirements, if required.
Establish a Budget
The cost for a new kitchen can quickly spiral out of control if you do not pay attention. That’s why experts recommend establishing a budget before you do anything else. Let’s say you can afford to spend £8,000 on new kitchen. That’s great. Now you can start looking at your options to figure out the best way to spend that money.
Note that your budget is just a general guideline. All the items contained within the budget are somewhat flexible. Perhaps you want to spend more on stone flooring rather than settling for vinyl. Whatever extra you put into the floor can be subtracted from your appliance budget.
What to Include in Your Budget
Deciding what to include in your budget is where the fun starts. You can have an idea of your dream kitchen firmly in your mind only to discover it will not fit within your budget. So you have to adjust. Let us talk about those essential items that have to be considered.
Before any work can begin in a new kitchen you have to demolish what’s already there. Fortunately, this is something you can do yourself. Demolition doesn’t have to cost you anything in terms of labour. However, you will have to pay to have the debris removed.
If you want to make a little money, don’t destroy the worktops and cabinets. Instead, carefully remove them and then sell them privately. Even if you can only get £50-£100 for your old worktops and cabinets, it is better than destroying them and then dumping them.
Wiring and Plumbing
Do not forget to include wiring and plumbing work if a new kitchen involves a drastically different floor plan. Tradesmen charge by the hour, and you can expect anywhere between £300 and £1,000 for a complete rewiring and/or re-plumbing job. If the configuration for your new kitchen isn’t drastically different, you may not need any wiring or plumbing work.
By the way, this is a good area to trim your budget. If you have your heart set on more expensive flooring and appliances for example, keep the current floor plan intact so as to avoid new wiring and plumbing.
Cabinets and Worktops
The biggest expense of new kitchens tends to be the cabinets and worktops. This is one area where simplicity equals savings. The fancier and more intricate your worktop and cabinet choices are, the higher the eventual price tag. That said, a good quality set of cabinets without any extra bells and whistles will run you from £3000-£5,000 for an average sized kitchen.
Worktops can vary quite a bit in their prices. Your average laminate worktop runs about £2,000-£3,000 while granite, marble, and other choices start at about £4,000 and go up from there. Pricing worktops should start with function as the top priority. Ultimately, you are going to care more about function than aesthetics after the lustre of your new kitchen eventually wears off.
Appliances are another area where it is possible to trim the budget in order to leave more money for other things. The one thing about appliances is that you really get what you pay for. Appliance prices are heavily influenced by size, capacity, and efficiency.
You could spend upwards of £1,500 for a large double fridge and freezer. If you do not need that much cold storage space, you can certainly find less expensive units. As for your cooker and dishwasher, they can generally be had for less than £750 each.
Where appliances are one area where it is easy to cut costs, flooring is just the opposite. Flooring tends to be rather expensive right from the start, but it can easily get out of control if you don’t really pay attention to the choices you’re making.
On average, ceramic tile floors run about £30 per square meter. Laminate products and concrete are about the same. Vinyl flooring is a bit cheaper at an average price of between £15 and £25 per square meter. Solid wood floors start from £40-£70 per square meter.
None of these prices seem all that bad for flooring. They really aren’t. But if you start looking at stone materials, that’s where you’ll see prices jump. You could spend £100 or more per square meter for the most expensive stone floors.
When you are ready to start working on your new kitchen in earnest, you’ll be looking for estimates from multiple contractors. There are two ways to do this. First, you can buy all the materials yourself and then just hire a local kitchen fitter to install everything. Your second option is to let the contractor handle everything from start to finish.
As with all home improvements, insist that the estimates you receive are extremely detailed. Insist on knowing the price of each material along with labour costs and the estimated amount of labour to complete the job. The more you have in writing, the better protected you will be against unnecessary cost overruns.