Obviously, the answer to that question is: it depends. It depends on how big you want it to be, the materials you want to use, whether you will get someone else to install it, whether there will need to be re-wiring. The fact that there are so many variables doesn’t mean we can’t give you a rough guide to the minimum you can expect to spend, and to point out some of the potential costs that might not have occurred to you.
One of the best pieces of advice that we can give you about getting a new kitchen is to know your budget from the very beginning. This guide has been created to help you make an informed decision about how much you are ready to spend.
Knowing what you want
Even finding out exactly what it is you want can cost you money. Getting a new kitchen is a large investment that, all going well, will pay off handsomely in the long run – giving you many years of usage, and adding to the value of your property. It can be worth taking the time and going to the expense of getting your early decisions right.
John Lewis, for example, charges £50 for a consultant to visit your home and make recommendations about the kind of kitchen your budget will allow. Of course, if you already know exactly what you want this is one expense you need not worry about.
Getting rid of your old kitchen
Many installers will factor this into their overall price, but if you are installing your own kitchen it is important to remember that removing your old units and appliances will take at least a day’s work and involve disposal expenses – expect to pay upwards of £150.
Installation and re-wiring expenses
Because of the huge range of factors involved, from size of kitchen to number of appliances, it is very difficult to give even a rough estimate of how much installation will cost, but it is likely to be somewhere between £300 and £900.
Not surprisingly, the more changes that need to be made, the more expensive the whole process is likely to be. One very important consideration in this regard is the re-wiring, which on its own could cost anywhere between £100 and £1000. Since 2008, an electrician who makes any alteration to a kitchen must make sure that the installation is protected by the RCD (residual current device, or trip switch). This means that if you haven’t had any work done to your electrical circuit since 2008, getting the re-wiring done for you new kitchen may prove more expensive than you had anticipated.
New kitchen prices
The very substance of your new kitchen, and the single biggest expense when taken as a whole, good quality units for an average sized kitchen can cost anywhere between £3000 and tens of thousands of pounds. When you’re deciding on the kind of kitchen you want to have, it’s worth remembering that soft close doors and drawers, and handle-less units tend to cost more.
When it comes to worktops, the prices vary considerably according to the material you choose. Solid surface options cost more than laminate worktops, which can be bought for as little as £100.
If you are buying the full complement of new appliances for your kitchen, expect to spend at least £2000. As ever, it pays to do your research beforehand, and to make your purchase decision based on what you actually need, rather than simply on appearance.
Flooring is another expense that needs to be included in the overall budget for your new kitchen. Cheap vinyl tiles can cost as little as a few hundred pounds, but solid concrete or wooden floors can be considerably more.
As with anything, the overall price of a kitchen will depend on what you want, and how much you can afford. As a very rough final estimate: if you are prepared to spend in the region of £8,000, you can get a great new kitchen installed that is likely to prove the focal point of your home for many years to come.