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What’s the Typical Cost of a New Kitchen?

The way we live has changed. For many families, the kitchen is increasingly the heart of the home and the space we use for leisure, for spending time together and for entertaining friends and family. As a result, installing a new kitchen is one of today’s most popular home improvement projects, with the great advantage of also adding value to your home.

Visitors to the Creating Spaces showroom in Halifax often ask our advisors a challenging question – “What’s the typical cost of a new kitchen?” or “How much does a new kitchen cost?”.

This is extremely difficult to answer in a single sentence, as the cost will vary dramatically based on designs, choices and personal preferences.

Equally, many people are reluctant or even embarrassed to ask direct questions and are concerned about signing up for something they may not be able to afford.

Here, we aim to use our expertise to outline for you the typical kitchen costs involved and the many factors that can influence the eventual price, making it either more expensive or more affordable!

We hope this information will give you the knowledge to help you make appropriate buying decisions with Creating Spaces or other kitchen companies, as well as help you feel more comfortable and enjoy a positive experience when you visit our showroom.

The cost of a new kitchen

There are several key factors which will influence the cost of your new dream kitchen or kitchen renovation.

  • How big is the space? This is important – obviously, a small galley kitchen will be far more affordable than a large kitchen diner.
  • ·What are your aspirations in terms of the quality of the units? At Creating Spaces, all the kitchen units we offer are fit for purpose and will serve you well, but higher quality finishes attract higher prices. The number of units you require to create your selected design will also impact the cost.
  • Appliances – again, the number, quality and sophistication of the appliances you choose are important considerations in terms of kitchen cost.
  • Do you need a full refurbishment including lighting, flooring, tiling and decoration or a kitchen refresh?
  • Do you have preferences in terms of brand, for your kitchen units as well as your appliances? A premium kitchen cost is higher than a more budget offering.
  • What kind of worktops do you require?
  • Are you looking for a bespoke kitchen?
  • Do you plan to carry out some of the work yourself, if you’re a talented DIYer, or do you require a full project-managed install service from a kitchen supplier? Could you reuse your cabinet doors?
  • Is there building work associated with the kitchen installation?

Budget to premium kitchen guide prices

At Creating Spaces, we act as your kitchen designer; we tailor our services to match your requirements, from simply supplying units to managing the entire installation project.

As a guideline, a budget kitchen will range from £10,000 to £15,000 installed, or from £5,000 for supply only.

A mid-range kitchen will typically cost between £15,000 to £25,000, whilst you can expect to pay from £25,000 to £60,000 for a high-end kitchen with high-end brands.

The above costs include all goods and labour involved in safely removing your existing kitchen and installing your new kitchen.

Price breakdown

So you can understand where these costs go we’ve broken them down further below.

First of all, think about the type of kitchen you require. Is it a budget flat-pack solution, a mid-range finish or more bespoke kitchens?

How many units will you need? A small kitchen may require units on just one wall, typically 10m2 or around eight units – if you’re just buying the units, the cost here will probably be less than £2,000 for a flat pack option.

A medium kitchen will have a 15m2 run on two walls calling for 12 units. Here, as an example, factory-assembled units in different colours and textures will cost upwards of £4,000.

A large kitchen may have units to three walls of units at 20m2 with 15 units, whilst a really large kitchen dining space may have three walls and a kitchen island calling for 20 units or more. If you’re looking for bespoke carpentry, then the costs will rise significantly.

Cost of kitchen worktops

Just like the cabinetry you choose for your kitchen, your kitchen worktop of choice will affect kitchen installation costs. As an example, laminate worktops will probably represent 10% of the total kitchen cost. Step up to a work surface such as quartz, and this could rise to 20% of the total budget.

Supply

So what are your choices? Worktop space materials include:-

  • Laminates and luxury laminates
  • Man-made composites
  • Solid timber
  • Stone
  • Quartz
  • Granite
  • Marble
  • Corian

Each has defined properties, advantages and disadvantages, and the costs will vary accordingly depending on material and size.

New kitchen worktop and sink with spotlights
Modern kitchen with white marble worktop and backsplash.

A three-metre laminate worktop could cost anything from £200 to £600. A similar length of solid wood worktop would range from £500 to £900, whereas a quartz worktop – typically supplied in slabs measuring 3.1 x 1.5 metres – has a material cost from £2,000 upwards.

Fitting

The cost of fitting the worktops varies too.

  • Laminate worktops (dependent upon the number of joints required) cost from £250 to fit.
  • Solid timber worktops requiring sanding and oiling attract a fitting cost from £400.
  • Quartz worktops require templating and fitting by a two-man team, with installation costs from £600.

Cost of kitchen cabinets

The cost of your kitchen cabinets, depending upon your choices and preferences, will make up at least 25-30% of your total budget.

If you’re not planning to fit them yourself, then remember the cost of installation involving kitchen fitters will need to be built into your quote. Prices will be dependent upon the type of cabinet chosen and the size of your kitchen installation.

Supply

If you’re looking at supply only, excluding installation, then the costs will be entirely dependent upon your choice of kitchen cabinetry and the number of units you require.

At Creating Spaces, we can offer a price group 1 kitchen (budget range) consisting of ten units from approximately £2,200. For a top brand, this could rise to as much as £15,000.

All our kitchen designs feature soft close cabinets and drawers as standard, for safety and convenience.

We can also offer any colour Egger board finish (core board for furniture and interior design). Part of the Creating Spaces kitchen design offer is a unique colour match service on doors, which means you can select any RAL colour or Farrow & Ball colour you wish, enabling our customers to specify a completely bespoke kitchen.

Fitting

The total cost of fitting your kitchen will vary significantly, depending on the work involved.

A ‘dry fit’ (where the kitchen fitter just installs the kitchen cabinets) will start at £2000 rising to £5460 or beyond, depending on the size of the kitchen.

Additional costs to consider are plumbing, electrics, plastering and flooring.

Basic plumbing will be between £400-£500. Plastering costs will vary depending on the amount of work needed, with labour and materials starting at around £450 upwards.

Electrics will also vary significantly, depending on the number and types of appliances, the number of sockets and switches required and other variables such as spotlights and pendants. In general, first-fix and second-fix electrics start at around £1500.

Cost of kitchen appliances

At least 20-25% of your new kitchen costs will go on kitchen appliances such as a fridge freezer, so it’s important to choose the right appliances.

Integrated oven
Integrated modern oven built into kitchen cabinet

Supply

This too will vary depending upon your preferred brand, design and the range of appliances you want to fit, either for a budget kitchen or a high-quality kitchen.

Fitting

At Creating Spaces, simple fitting of electrical appliances is usually included in our kitchen fitter dry fit price. However, it is worth noting that if you want a gas hob, then the plumbing required is more detailed and will probably add another £450 to the plumbing costs.

Kitchen flooring costs

Time to think about underfoot! Your new flooring will probably make up at least 10% of your total budget.

Supply

As an example, laminate flooring, luxury vinyl flooring (LVT) and tiles will cost from £45-£100 per square metre, depending upon your choice of product. Engineered wood usually costs from £60-£120 per square metre.

Fitting

Fitting costs too depend upon the flooring style chosen. Laminate and LVT will be around £50-£70 per square metre, and floor tiling on average costs from £45-£110 depending upon tile size. Engineered wood rises to £80-£120 for a herringbone pattern.

Other costs to consider

It’s also important to remember that there will be costs involved in preparing your old kitchen for the new installation and finishing off the project.

These could include the removal of kitchen and waste, necessary electrical and plumbing work and plastering work as well as general joinery such as internal doors and skirtings etc. These additional works can account for up to 20% of the total cost.

Lighting

Illuminating your space is an important consideration too, and dependent upon your choices, can take up between 3-5% of the budget.

Think about the opportunities, from spotlights and pendants through to under cabinet LED lighting, under worktop and plinth LED lighting to create the perfect environment in your new kitchen.

Decoration

So with everything in place, it’s time to consider the final finishes for walls and ceilings. Whether you choose to paint, wallpaper or a combination of the two, there will be a cost – either for materials if you have the DIY expertise, or for a decorating professional.

Upgrade to electrics

Whether you’re refurbishing in part or designing and building a new kitchen space, then electrics will be a consideration, with upgrades likely and additional electrical outlets – consult the professionals, this is not a DIY option and factoring in this work at an early stage will ensure you have no sudden surprises and costs.

How long does installation take?

This depends on the size and scale of the project, as well as the kitchen layout. If it’s an extension and you need planning permission, then the timescales are dependent upon local councils and planning offices.

For a less complex project, installation could take anywhere from two to six weeks, depending on the size of the space. Your installer will be able to advise you with more accuracy. Lead times for specialist components such as appliances and lighting can play an important part here.

How can homeowners save money?

We all want the dream kitchen, but budgets may not stretch that far, so how can you achieve something that’s both functional and looks great but can also cut costs?

  • Consider not replacing the entire kitchen if you’re on a tight budget – how about just swapping doors and keeping the original cabinetry to freshen up the look?
  • Think about reusing old appliances – it saves money and it’s a greener choice!
  • Research less expensive materials at affordable prices for worktops and cabinets that have a great effect but minimise costs
  • It makes sense not to make massive layout changes to reduce electrical and plumbing costs
  • Can you save your original flooring – or maybe upgrade and improve it?
  • Do some of the work yourself, if you’re a keen DIYer, or use your own fitter to reduce labour costs

Creating Spaces quality statement

A new kitchen is a great investment in your home, so it’s worth thinking carefully about the amount of money you want to spend – a cheaper kitchen can be a false economy.

At Creating Spaces, our kitchen designer’s focus is always on quality and performance. 90% of the kitchens we supply come fully assembled with doors fitted. All carcasses are rigid built and glued/dowelled for extra rigidity. We offer 18mm carcasses with either 20 or 22mm doors, depending on door choice, and all cabinets and drawers have a soft close feature as standard.

We do offer a ‘supply only’ flat pack option. but always recommend the fully assembled option to all customers as we feel it is a much better product creating a better finish and adding to overall customer satisfaction. Our design service is focused on the best value for individual customer requirements.

In Summary

If you were wondering how much a new kitchen costs, we hope you’ve found the above information useful and interesting, and that we’ve given you some important knowledge to start your kitchen renovation project!

We look forward to welcoming you to the Creating Spaces showroom – our friendly team will be happy to provide advice and guidance on our full range of products and installation services.

Why not book a kitchen consultation with Creating Spaces Group?