It’s the perennial question that most people ask when they approach us for a design consultation. But, over the years we’ve realised that it’s not as easy to answer as you might think.
You see, not all kitchens are created equal – it’s just as possible to spend £15,000 on a kitchen as it is to spend £150,000.
Clearly, most homeowners have got a rough figure in mind, but without understanding what goes into the overall cost of a kitchen, deciding on a budget
So, I want to provide you with a formula, to decide on (and stick to!) a budget for your next kitchen.
STEP #1: Break it down into sections
When you know what makes up a kitchen, it’s much easier to apportion budget to each of those sections, which is why we advise our clients to divide their plans into - appliances, worktop, accessories, fittings and furniture.
STEP #2: Consider your cooking functionality
What appliance specification do you want in your kitchen? Induction Extraction hob? A steam oven? A built-in Espresso machine? Writing a list of what you actually want your kitchen to offer allows you to get some ‘meat on the bones’ and start to build up a picture of cost.
Once you’ve got that list, go online and do some research to work out the right brand for each of those appliances. Again, this will help you build up a clearer indication of the prices you can expect to pay.
STEP #3: Consider your worktop
Another large portion of expense is your worktop, and your choice of material will be a huge factor in the price you’ll pay. The entry-level material is laminate, which is usually the most affordable, but not the most durable. Then, in the next price bracket there’s quartz, before moving on to Dekton, Stainless steel or Corian worktops, with welded joints or no visible joins.
Each worktop comes with pros and cons. Do your research, but it’s best to talk with an expert before making your decision.
STEP #4: Consider your accessories
These are the extras – the tap (even a boiling water tap), the lighting, the wine fridge -all the stuff around the edges. Write a wish list of all the accessories you’re after and build up a picture of how much it’ll cost you.
STEP #5: Consider your fitting
Yes, that’s right – choose your fitters before you choose your furniture. The reason for this is simple: fitting will likely be the difference between a kitchen that you enjoy spending time in, and one that constantly niggles at you.
Generally, the best people to fit a kitchen are those who provide it. Because you then get both consistency of design and accountability of service.
STEP #6: Consider your furniture
And finally, your furniture. Research the material you want, and you’ll straight away see how the price differs depending on the kind of furniture you’re after. By now, having priced up what everything else is roughly going to cost you, this last step will give you your final budget so that you can cut your cloth accordingly. Equally, if you have your heart set on some furniture, and that furniture pushes the figure over what you were hoping to pay, then it might be time to re-evaluate some of the accessories and consider whether you really need them.
In truth, the furniture is where you’ll likely find the biggest difference in cost to be, from one type of retailer to the next. And that’s a whole topic
on its own, for some time soon.
Establishing your budget for a new kitchen can be compared to checking your credit card statement – the one big number at the bottom of the page is a result of the combination of many decisions above it!
Of course, the biggest piece of advice I can give you is to talk to an expert – we’ve helped scores of people in your shoes through this process. So, if you’d like some help, just hit Reply and we’ll get a time in the diary to talk this through.