A kitchen refurbishment can easily get very expensive, depending on what you want to achieve. Making some compromises can make your kitchen much more affordable. In a nutshell, the more minimalistic you keep the kitchen, the better the overall price.
What affects the price the most:
- Number of corners – The more corners your kitchen has, the more labour intensive the work will be. Corners are expensive from a material point of view, they require a lot of end panels that are very expensive. It also means a lot of cuts on site, for example the worktop takes much longer to fit when needing one or more 90 degree mitre cuts.
- The number of corners in your kitchen would have a much bigger effect on price than the number of units
- Another example where this would apply is a kitchen island. A standard kitchen island has only 3 units and a 900mm worktop on top. The problem would be that the island would need 5 panels (on all sides, so the white units are hidden). Panels are expensive, for this reason the price of the island would be as much as probably 6 units fitted from wall to wall somewhere else.
- Hardware – It’s normal to want a lot of drawers and fancy systems (like pull out units, plinth drawers). They can be very expensive and they take a lot of time to fit, so the price can easily increase.
- Moving things around – moving the electric points/plumbing can take a lot of time, especially if you want to move the extractor hood, oven or hob.
- The most expensive part when moving things around is if you have solid walls. Brick or concrete walls are very hard to work with to incorporate pipes, so if you have a solid wall, it will make a huge difference if you can keep the layout more or less the same. The worst is if you have a granite wall where is close to impossible to drill, for example it can take almost a full day using specialised tools to drill for a new extractor hood vent outside.
- Solid worktops – granite/quartz worktops can get very expensive, especially if you want a lot of cuts/grooves
- Solid wood worktops are more expensive than laminate worktops, but considerably cheaper than the quartz or granite.
- Appliances – the price for changing all the appliances can start at £1-£2k, but they can easily exceed £10k if you choose the top of the range
- Lighting – downlights are common in kitchens, but they can add a significant amount of the total cost. The price is not because of the actual downlights, which are relatively inexpensive and easy to fit, but from the work needed to make the area good. After fitting the downlights, we have to repair/plaster the ceiling + painting (ceiling is the hardest part to plaster/paint), so this costs a lot in the end.
- Number of units – Getting larger units instead of smaller ones will make the price more affordable.
It’s best if you can offer us a budget you want to keep everything within, it saves a lot of time on all sides. When quoting for a kitchen and we don’t have a budget, we quote for what we think is best for the kitchen and we ignore the affordability of the project. When we have a budget we have to work around, we can offer you a quote that maximises what you can get within that budget.