A guide to the various costs – hidden and otherwise – that come with having a new kitchen installed into your home.
Setting a budget
When it comes to having an entire kitchen fitted in your home, setting a budget should be the first task on your list. A good quality kitchen – the kind that you can find in a showroom – can cost upwards of £5000, depending on how large your space is and what you want installed.
It is, of course, possible to have a less expensive kitchen. This requires a certain amount of research, and a willingness to let go of some big-ticket items in exchange for ones of a more reasonable price. For example, changing the finish on your cupboards and units to something more plain-looking.
The fancier you want your kitchen to be, the more you can expect to pay. Laminate worktops in an average sized kitchen could be around £2000, but marble worktops are usually double that (at least!).
It is, however, possible to fit an entire kitchen for under these amounts.
How to stick to your budget
The best advice we can give you about your budget is to underestimate it. When shopping for new kitchen appliances, furnishings and décor for the room, and those little finishing touches, it’s all too easy to go overboard and over-budget.
Keep a list of the exact items that you need to buy and how much of the budget you have put aside for those items. That list should go everywhere with you when you’re planning on going near a store that would sell kitchen items.
Having the list on your phone is the best thing you could do for yourself if you’re planning on buying and fitting your kitchen without much (or any) professional assistance.
Speaking of hiring professionals, if you will be needing someone for part of the fitting, be sure to allocate part of the budget towards hiring contractors, too.
Creating your dream kitchen
With your budget set and a few hundred pounds put to the side as a kind of emergency fund in case you go over the budget, it’s time to start looking at the changes you want to make to your current kitchen.
If your budget allows it, this could mean completely gutting your current kitchen and hiring a company to come and create a bespoke design for you, which they would then be responsible for fitting.
Why go bespoke
A bespoke kitchen gives you more options within the design of your kitchen. Bespoke kitchens are completely tailored to the needs of the household and the people who will be using the kitchen the most.
For modern kitchens, that typically means hidden storage, a few extra appliances and plug sockets, and maybe a smart gadget or two. Smart life technology is certainly on the up and up, and homeowners enjoy having these amazing devices in their homes.
As an example, there’s a type of refrigerator that has a message board on it, which can be controlled from your smartphone. This is a great bit of kitchen tech for couples and families, where there is often one partner inside the house (such as someone who works from home).
Everything about a kitchen can be customised when you go bespoke. It’s harder to customise a showroom’s standard fitted kitchen designs because they’re made to be quick to install. And though they contain all the necessities, a showroom kitchen might not be what you need for your home.
If you do end up requiring the assistance of a professional to help you install your new kitchen, consider hiring a local kitchen fitter. Someone local, with their own small business, is more likely to be attentive to your needs, and will typically be less expensive than a big company’s employees.
Wherever possible, supporting small businesses is the way to go. A small business owner will be able to work with you to ensure your kitchen is completed within your budget, without you feeling like you need to jazz up your kitchen because you don’t feel like you can say no to a big company.
Obviously, not all big home improvement companies are like that, but there’s definitely something friendlier about finding a reputable local kitchen fitter with in-depth knowledge and experience who can help you with your kitchen needs.