The question everyone wants to know, is how much is their kitchen going to be? Unfortunately, there is no magic wand. The only way to know is to go through the process of design and specification. When we understand what you are looking for, we can tell you what it will all cost.
There are 4 key areas to your kitchen cost;
The first is preparation/installation. This can vary from none, for supply only, fairly minimal, for just cabinetry installation e.g. after an extension, to substantial if there is building work, electrics, plastering, flooring tiling etc. How high this section is for you, depends on your circumstances.
Appliances can be the next most important factor. Say you’re planning on keeping your existing appliances and perhaps just updating the sink and hob, then this will be low. If you’ve got your eye on a Neff Slide & Hide oven, compact oven with microwave and induction hob as well as dishwasher, fridge freezer and an integrated washing machine then this section is going to be fairly substantial.
Worksurfaces are another of the key price deciders. Laminate worktops typically work out at a few hundred pounds, whereas solid surfaces usually cost over £2000. Solid surfaces comprise, natural granite, quartz (artificial granite) and acrylic products like Corian. Each has its own merits, but the general idea is that they open up the options in terms of design making all sorts of shapes and sizes possible. Undermount sinks, drainer grooves and curves become options with granite options, offering superior heat and wear resistance and Corian offering seamlessness.
Finally, the door choice. Many consider the door to essentially be the kitchen and whilst it will dictate the look of the kitchen and is usually the first step along the path to choosing everything, it is often the least relevant when it comes to pricing.
To us the door is generally just that, the cabinet is the same regardless and it would be unusual for a customer to be interested in two, very different options and therefore the price difference is rarely something that would sway a decision.
A knock on effect of your door choice though, can be accessories! A gloss kitchen is typically dressed with gloss end panels and a painted timber kitchen with matching painted ones. How much these would change the cost varies heavily by the layout, though it can get into the £1,000s.
We would typically say a fully fitted kitchen isn’t likely to be under £5,000.
In the £5-10,000 bracket, a small fitted kitchen including some appliances, as well as wall tiling and flooring would fit. A slightly larger kitchen without these options could also be in this region. It would be quite unlikely that solid surfaces would be achievable at this price level.
The £10-15,000 bracket would start to include the smaller kitchens with solid surfaces, as well as medium kitchens with either solid surfaces or wall tiling and flooring.
By the time we get to the £15-20,000 bracket we are talking about levels of luxury for a typical kitchen. Painted timber doors or contemporary gloss kitchens with islands feature in this range or perhaps the more modest kitchens but with building work and considerable preparation.
£20-25,000 is often a combination of several factors, such as building work, solid surfaces, large floor areas and sometimes with utility room or downstairs cloakroom works included.
Over £25,000 is usually large kitchens, or lots of appliances, in-frame doors, building work etc. and though we’re no stranger to projects of this value (with even the odd £50,000 plus) they’re certainly not the day to day kitchen.
Sometimes these numbers are a little intimidating, but we often remind people to check what we have quoted, in terms of both the work and the specification, to make sure they are comparing like for like. Some companies may not include plastering or electrics in their quote, they may not offer flooring and there can be large differences in the price of worktops or appliances. One thing we don’t do is “massage” areas of our pricing to subsidise others, which is common in the industry. High cabinet pricing is often used to show low priced appliances or installation.
We’re always happy to go back through our quotes with customers, once they have their options, and never be afraid to ask for some discount!