Cost to Remodel a Kitchen
Kitchen refurbishment prices and tips
If you’re thinking of having a new kitchen installed, you will probably be shocked at the expense. The actual cost of a new kitchen depends on the brands and appliances, the size and number of cabinets, and the shape of your kitchen. Fitted kitchen prices are high, even a budget kitchen remodel project will cost a few thousand pounds. But you probably don't want a budget job, you will want designer brands and shiny appliances, which are likely to cost at least double!
But the good news is a professionally new kitchen can be a great investment and you may get most of your money back at a later date when you sell the property. A typical kitchen remodel job will include new units and worktop, new sink, new oven and hob, new dishwasher and fridge/freezer, new floor and wall tiles, and the removal and disposal of the old kitchen. Of course, depending on the state of the kitchen, you don't have to do everything at once. Plus you can save on renovation costs by choosing standard kitchen cabinets rather than custom sized cabinets.
Kitchen cost examples
Things to consider with a kitchen remodel
Having a clear budget is one of the most important things to do if you’re considering remodelling your kitchen. Set up a firm budget before you even start looking at kitchens and appliances to avoid falling in love with expensive appliances or costly custom cabinets. Knowing how much you can really afford will help you make rational instead of emotional choices. But even though it’s important not to start kitchen shopping before you’ve set a budget, it’s a good idea to know what sort of kitchen you’d like.
Research is essential when it comes to keeping kitchen costs down, as worktops, cabinets and appliances can vary considerably in price. A marble worktop may look gorgeous, but it can easily cost £1000, whereas a laminate faux marble finish worktop can cost as little as £100! Try and avoid fancy accessories if you are on a tight budget, extras like some fancy taps and top of the range soft-close drawers can easily bust your budget without even trying!
One area that many overlook, is the flooring. Kitchen remodelling is not complete without flooring to match your new cabinets and worktops! But if you’re trying to save money, go for laminate wooden flooring or vinyl tiles. Though this might sound cheap and tacky, modern plastic products have come a long way and look very realistic, and it may be hard to tell the difference once the flooring is installed.
Doing it Yourself
DIY is often a good way to save money, and when it comes to kitchen remodelling, taking out the old kitchen cabinets and worktops yourself could help to make you considerable savings. In fact, if you are careful removing the old cabinets you can even sell them to people who are on a really tight budget! Though when it comes to gas appliances don’t be tempted to remove those, as you shouldn’t be removing gas appliances without a professional, but you can get rid of electrical appliances by selling them or by taking them to the local recycling facility.
However, installing a new kitchen is much trickier than removing the old one! Unless you are very experienced and confident with your carpentry skills, then get a professional to install your new kitchen cabinets and worktops to ensure a good finish. But if you do decide to tackle this project on your own, then remember to plan and measure carefully to avoid expensive mistakes.
Also, a kitchen can be a dangerous place with all those wires, so if moving sockets or appliances, make sure you get a qualified electrician in to do any re-wiring that is required, along with a gas safe registered fitter to install the gas oven and hob. If the kitchen is really old you may not have a residual current device (RCD), but having a RCD was made compulsory in 2008, so your electrician will insist on one which will increase costs.
Kitchen remodel checklist
- Making changes to a kitchen requires meticulous planning
- Lack of thought and preparation in new kitchen design can produce disastrous results
- Using a local fitter instead of the one offered by your kitchen supplier is often cheaper
- Disposing of the waste yourself at the local council tip can save money
Hiring a Tradesman Checklist
- Always get at least 2 quotes before hiring.
- Never pay the full amount upfront.
- Get the quote in writing.
- For any payment you make, always get a receipt.
- On more expensive jobs, ask for references.
- Check if the tradesman is a member of any trades associations.
- Make sure the tradesman has public liability insurance.
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Hv kitchen cabinet s hung on the wall not level another has panel missing also a bit of tiling will need doing to finish the job.
Submitted by Eileen
We would like two doors ,3 drawers, side and back panels and plinth replaced. They are currently a gloss dark grey and we would like them a matt anthracite color.
Submitted by Oke
I just want my kitchen cupboards and drawers replaced .Its quite a small kitchen.
Submitted by Cynthia
Worktop got roundish burn mark. I would like to get this fixed.
Submitted by Geeta
Hi, I need to refurbish the whole kitchen, that’s include, design, flooring, and worktops.