Whether you are planning to buy a new house or reconstruct parts of an existing one, fitting a new kitchen can be a great idea considering that we spend quite a bit of our time during the day in the kitchen. The cost of a new kitchen is justified because a well equipped kitchen not just simplifies cooking but also makes it very easy to store everything in a manner that keeps it looking neat and tidy all the time.
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Improve Your living Space with a new fitted kitchen
A new fitted kitchen is a great way to improve your current living space without all the hassle of moving properties. Not only are many fitted kitchens these days tailored made to suit you, but some cheaper alternatives even have parts that come pre-packed and pre-assembled – so installation takes hardy any time at all!
Plus there are a range of styles and features for you to choose from – metallic fittings and dark tiles look great if you like sleek, modern designs, while wooden sideboards and worktops and old curtains and light-fittings offer a rustic look redolent of an old-English country house – but still retaining all the modern electric appliances you need to cook easily for you and your family!
How much does a new kitchen cost?
On average, the cost of a new fitted kitchen for a standard size room is between £5,000 - £8,000. For a bespoke fitted kitchen expect to pay from £10,000 (including labour).
Along with understanding the advantages a new kitchen offers, it is also good to know the cost of a new kitchen. Kitchen installation cost depends on multiple factors, the first and foremost being the specifications of the kitchen. Whether you are looking for a top, mid or lower-spec of kitchen determines the cost of new kitchen. Some other factors are:
- Number of kitchen units to be fitted
- Type of Kitchen worktops
- Kind of kitchen doors and drawers
- Cost of other appliances
- Installation charges
Number of units to be fitted:
On an average a small kitchen requires 6 units to be fitted out of which four are ground units and two are wall mounted. A medium kitchen fitting requires about 8 units and a large kitchen fitting includes 12 units that are fitted. The cost of each unit depends on the material used for making the unit.
Typical costs for units in a medium sized kitchen is around £3,000. There are some very expensive units as well that can run till £10,000 for the units alone while there are also cheaper options than can be bought for £250 per unit. In general, units with soft close and handle-free doors and drawers cost more.
Type of kitchen worktop
Kitchen worktops are available in different materials and sizes. Owing to their wide range of building materials and shapes and sizes, their prices vary across a wide range. Laminated worktops look neat and are generally at the lower end of pricing while solid surface worktops cost much higher. The cost of laminated surface worktops begins from as low as £100 which can considerable drive down the overall cost of new kitchen.
High quality wood worktops can add an extravagant look to your kitchen but they can cost as much as £500. With good care, they can be made to last long. There are also granite worktops that look modern and are very durable that can be purchased for £400 upwards. Worktops are also available in quartz but they can prove to be very expensive due to their higher strength and durability.
Type of kitchen doors and drawersThe cost of a new kitchen also depends highly on the quality of doors and drawers that are to be fitted. While some base units come withdrawers, some others do not. By wisely selecting base units with drawers, you can entirely eliminate the need for additional drawers to be purchased.
There are cheap wood finish doors available for kitchens that can be purchased for £100. The quality of such doors might not be very good and the outer finish of veneer can chip off easily. With a little extra money, better quality doors can be purchased that have a thick surface that remains looking new for long.
Cost of other appliances:
Every additional appliance adds to the cost of new kitchen. Hence it is essential to choose appliances that are necessary and will be used. While all basic kitchens require sink tap set, sink, refrigerator, oven, microwave, dishwasher etc., not all of them need to be purchased in one go.
Some of these appliances can also be purchased at a later date when there ae offers and discounts available on electronic items. All appliances together can roughly cost around £3,000 upwards.
New kitchen installation charges
If you are looking for electrical and plumbing work to be done along with fitting the new kitchen, it can cost an average labour charge of £3,000. Several kitchen set sellers offer free installation. But most likely, a labour charge that can range from £500 to £1,000 will be applied for the installation of the new kitchen.
By planning your kitchen requirements well, new kitchen cost can be covered within £8,000 to £9,000. And this investment will provide returns for years to come.
Benefits of professional kitchen installation
On arrival a professional, experienced and fully trained kitchen installer should be able to…
- Remove your old kitchen units and worktops and provide the necessary waste clearance and/or removal.
- Install, fit and assemble all worktops, units, cupboards and drawers according to the blueprints and specification.
- Screw and bolt down any new drawers, cupboards or fixtures and fittings that are independent of the main units, making sure they are securely and safely fitted for future use.
- Work with a plumber or water technician to ensure your new sink basin and taps are fully connected to the combi-boiler and/or main water supply and check that none of the taps or u-bends are leaking, or showing other signs of wear and damage.
- Work with a fully-qualified electrician to help safely fit all new lights, appliances (including a fan-assisted oven, washing machine, dishwasher and/or fridge-freezer) and electrical outlets exactly where you want them, and make sure you are hooked up to the homes usual electricity supply.
- Lay any new wall tiles and/or flooring that forms part of your kitchen refurbishment.
- Offer further advice about the interior design and/or decoration of your kitchen on completing the installation, perhaps even getting you in touch with some professionals in your local area.
- Offer a fully-insured guarantee of anything between five to twenty-five years, which includes any follow-up maintenance and/or repairs if thing should start to suddenly fall apart!