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Your kitchen is an important part of your home. It doubles as a cooking and social area, so helping it look its best is worthwhile. Whether you want to completely renovate it or simply give it a fresh look, such a project can cause the new kitchen cost to stack up. Fortunately, there’s plenty of choice and advice available to direct your plans.

That’s exactly what we’re here to help with. Explore our handy guide for information on a range of new kitchen questions, from a breakdown of materials and prices to tips on creating a stylish but inexpensive design.

Simple white and wood kitchen - New kitchen cost
Simple white and wood kitchen – New kitchen cost

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Do your research

It’s really important to know what you want from your project before you get started. Are you just looking for new cabinets or worktops? Or do you want a whole new kitchen, appliances and all? Have you settled on how the space should look? Your answers to each of these questions determines the kinds of services your project needs.

From there, buying and installing all the necessary features is not straightforward either. You have to choose between entrusting everything to a single major retailer or bringing in independent and tradespeople for different parts of the process. Don’t underestimate how complex a new kitchen project can be, especially if you start it unprepared.

So, grab your measuring tape and decide on these details early on. This way you won’t waste time and money on things you don’t want.

What does a new kitchen involve?

The significance of this question lies more in what a new kitchen doesn’t include. But let’s start with the basic features you can expect to find in your chosen package. Make a note of them so you know what to look for while researching the UK market.

First off, kitchen units make up the foundation of the space’s design. The carcasses and doors or drawer fronts will accommodate all your appliances, fixtures and other kitchen elements. They have to be able to support them and your household needs for as long as possible.

What’s not included in a unit or its installation are the actual electrics, worktops, necessary alterations and so on. Fitting these will cost you extra. You can find a detailed list of exclusions and their average prices below.

Here are the three ways to get a new kitchen:

  • One-piece fitted unit: already constructed and ready to put into place, but typically quite expensive
  • Unit from independent parts: a more cost-effective strategy, but bringing everything together can take unnecessary time and hassle
  • Flat-packed unit: all the kitchen’s parts in one pack – some more expensive than others and all requiring installation

Popular kitchen styles

If you explore the web and local retailers for inspiration, you’ll come across tons of kitchen design ideas, from seating options to DIY home decor. It can be overwhelming, so browse with care. Before you start, it’s a good idea to take measurements of your space and think about what you want the kitchen to look like. Take pictures or draw an outline if you need to.

Then you’ll have a specific goal as you study popular styles. You can adapt them to your kitchen’s plan. Or they can give you better ideas, taking the space’s new look and practicality to the next level.

Here are seven trending kitchen styles in 2020:

  • Modern: contemporary looks typically consisting of slab fronts, sleek or matt finishes and smart features
  • Shaker: an elegant merging of contemporary and classic features to create a timeless design
  • Country: a fun style of rustic lines, patterns and colours to help you unwind in a fast-paced modern world
  • Industrial: brick, wood and stainless steel are its key features, giving the kitchen bold character
  • U-shaped: a classic and spacious design, aligning your kitchen against three walls
  • Island: another favourite shape, it adds extra worktops and style to your kitchen
  • Handleless: as the name suggests, this style invests in units that lack handles – typically more expensive but a very sleek look

New kitchen materials

Carcass

Each part of a unit has its own range of materials and styles. Of course, the choices you make affect the new kitchen cost, as well as its appearance and effectiveness. The density and consistency of the carcass, for example, defines how resilient it is to dampness and damage.

Popular materials:

  • Melamine faced chipboard (MFC): typical low-cost and efficient choice – easy to clean, available in a range of styles, resistant to moisture and mould
  • Medium density fibreboard (MDF): better than chipboard in terms of smoothness and durability, so slightly more expensive too
  • Timber-faced MDF or chipboard: a layer of timber on the fibre or chipboard carcass to create the illusion of real wood
  • Plywood: pricey bespoke option involving hardwood-layered sheets – very durable, solid and moisture resistant but also heavy
  • Real wood: most expensive but least practical material requiring multiple joined boards to make it strong and effective enough as a carcass

Doors or drawer fronts

The same thought process should go into this part of the unit. What appearance and effects are you looking for? More importantly, what can your budget afford? The options on offer are more or less the same as those for carcasses but with a few extra materials.

Popular materials:

  • MDF
  • MFC
  • Laminate-faced chipboard: an alternative to melamine, just as low-cost, effective and versatile
  • Solid wood: more expensive choice but very resilient and visually striking

Worktops

Even though they up the styling cost considerably, worktops are another important part of your kitchen. They should be attractive and practical. Manufacturers have come up with several materials to meet the demands of such an environment. Some are better and more expensive than others, but each is designed to resist heat, water, scratches and stains.

Popular materials:

  • Laminate: cheapest option and available in higher quality, but not as resilient to damage as other materials
  • Wood: natural aesthetics, but needs constant maintenance
  • Granite: very durable and versatile with proper installation
  • Minerva: gives a faux stone or marble look, while being highly resistant to heat and damage
  • Dekton: requires specialised installation – if done right, it’s super durable and versatile without needing too much maintenance
  • Stainless steel: not to everyone’s tastes, but remains one of the most resilient and easy-to-clean materials for worktops
  • Corian: sleek and hygienic, but quite expensive despite being less durable than other high-end materials
  • Cement: great for industrial kitchen looks and resistant to most damage, but heavy, porous and prone to stains
  • Marble: very striking and durable, but also expensive and easy to scratch or stain
  • Quartz: typically comes at high-end prices and needs care when working with heat – otherwise a quartz worktop is very stylish, durable and low maintenance

When browsing units and additional kitchen parts from different providers, pay attention to what they’re made of and what alterations you could do. The average cost of the new kitchen largely depends on the core and cover materials of its components. It also varies from provider to provider.

Replace or refresh your kitchen?

Warm kitchen design - New kitchen cost
Warm kitchen design – New kitchen cost

Something else to consider is if you really need to change the whole kitchen. You could just upgrade parts of it, allocating your budget to specific needs. Can’t decide? Here are a few pros and cons to help you pinpoint the extent of necessary improvements.

New kitchen

Take a look at your kitchen – cupboards, corners, fixtures and beyond. Assess how much they affect your safety as much as your convenience and bank account. For example, moisture is a problem to both wood and people. Repairing damage caused can be quite expensive, depending on its extent. Add that to any other issues around the kitchen. Is the price of restoring them greater than a new kitchen cost? That’s when you know which route is best.

Advantages

  • A brand new look that can be tailored to your tastes and habits
  • Better materials that improve the space’s usefulness and safety
  • A chance to make better use of the kitchen’s structure and layout
  • Potentially paying less than repairing extensive damage

Disadvantages

  • High price often made up of several different fees, including installation and necessary alterations to kitchen plumbing, water pipes and so on
  • Complicated installation depending on the kind of kitchen package
  • Needs loads of research to avoid spending too much money and peace of mind

Refreshed kitchen

If your kitchen only has a few problems or features you don’t like, it may not be worth an overhaul. This is a better course of action for a limited budget too. Don’t be disappointed, though! A cleverly upgraded kitchen can look even better than a new one, especially when it features your personal touch.

Advantages

  • Strategic spending on specific parts of the kitchen
  • Far more personalised look and feel
  • Less need for professional and complicated installations
  • More DIY opportunities, which also reduces the overall cost

Disadvantages

  • Assembling the style you want can take more time and effort than a one-piece or flat-packed kitchen unit
  • Less easy to create a uniform look
  • Less need for a professional service means there’s a greater chance of making costly mistakes

Requirements

Apart from the fun – or frustration – of designing your new kitchen, there are several technical issues to consider. These include both official and loose requirements you should follow to ensure the safety and effectiveness of the space.

Basically, the social nature of a kitchen shouldn’t interfere too much with its actual purpose – food preparation and storage. At the same time, you should arrange the essential appliances in a way that makes kitchen work easier and more efficient.

Let’s be more specific with a few examples:

  • There should be a minimum clear space of 1000-1200mm between units and appliance
  • The centre line of the oven space should be 800-900mm above floor level
  • Switches and sockets over worktops should have a distance of at least 700mm from a corner
  • Isolators for appliances must be 700-1000mm above floor level
  • Your home must have a residual current device (RCD) to monitor electricity and switch off the system in an emergency – like you touching a live wire
  • Windows should have a safe distance of at least 400mm from an electric hob
  • A dishwasher in a corner needs at least 500mm of space
  • Doors of any kind shouldn’t interfere with kitchen work
  • Apply a kitchen work triangle to your plans – it ensures you install all necessary appliances and units within useful distance
  • Make sure the sink is in the middle of the triangle and that there’s a worktop on either side

Brands

Modern white kitchen - New kitchen cost
Modern white kitchen – New kitchen cost

You should now have a sound idea of what a kitchen involves, whether new or revamped. Let’s take a look at some trusty retailers and the range of prices available for whole units and their individual components. You can use this knowledge to set a budget. If you already have one, you can choose the brands that match it and your style goals.

John Lewis

A brand with a long history. Since the partnership’s establishment in 1929, John Lewis is now among the UK’s top high-end retailers. Unlike other departments it can help with, anything related to designing a kitchen, from shelves to full-scale units, goes through the brand’s fitted kitchens service.

Unfortunately, there’s no breakdown of unit and door costs, but a full kitchen can cost around £4,000 – £12,000. The service starts with an in-store consultation. An experienced representative helps you develop those kitchen ideas into a realistic strategy that benefits your space and finances. They can even support your budget with payment plans and home insurance covers.

Extra kitchen parts:

Type of product Average price range
Sinks £178 – £1,905
Taps £49 – £1,646
Fridges £149 – £2,399
Cookers £269 – £5,719

Magnet

This brand is as old as John Lewis and its prices match that long experience. When it comes to individual kitchen parts, this retailer is just as secretive. But take a look at the new fitted kitchen cost difference between the Meteor and Integra Soho designs. Basically, eight high-end units can cost you anywhere between £1,631 and £5,237.

Not the cheapest kitchen retailer, but a manageable option if you’re aiming for a chic classic or modern look. The services available are similar to those of John Lewis, requiring you to book a consultation for a detailed guide, quote and payment options.

Extra kitchen parts:

Type of product Average price range
Sinks £80 – £604
Taps £40 – £804
Fridges £263 – £2,598
Cookers £1,043 – £3,005

Wren Kitchens

In this case, the product and price ranges show just how versatile and flexible retailers can be. You can find kitchen deals of different kinds and styles, from basic to luxurious. And the prices are just as varied. When browsing through a brand like this, it’s important to keep your excitement under control. The diversity and quality of Wren Kitchens could easily make you choose a product without checking if there’s a better alternative out there. Even if you end up returning, you’ll feel that much happier about the purchase knowing that it really is the best deal.

Type of product Average price range
Flat-pack kitchen £560 – £5,372
Standard fitted kitchen £1,524 – £3,600
Bespoke fitted kitchen £2,428 – £9,866

B&Q

Another great brand in the home design business, gathering loyal customers since 1969. B&Q should be your first stop when browsing products and prices. They provide a bit more information in terms of price guides alongside different payment options. While still not the cheapest on the market, the options on offer show the value of different styles, materials and services.

Type of product Average price range
Fitted kitchen (8 units) £848 – £1,998
Cabinet door and drawer front packs £21 – £87
Cabinets £15 – £68
Shelf packs of 2 £7 – £16
Sinks £32 – £235
Taps £34 – £159
Fridges £269 – £925
Cookers £569 – £1,410

IKEA

The Swedish brand has been around just as long as the high-end names above. But it remains one of the most cost-effective furniture retailers in the business. Because they stand on the lower end of price scale, it’s valuable to explore their services, which don’t overlook handy financial options.

Type of product Average price range
Kitchen £198 – £458
Base cabinet packs £31.60 – £307
Wall cabinet packs £23.20 – £226.90
Drawer fronts £2.10 – £33.60
Worktops £40 – £450
Sinks £35 – £406
Taps £28 – £229
Fridges £90 – £799
Hobs £90 – £550
Ovens £120 – £799

Wickes

Already known as a great alternative for affordable home solutions, you should include Wickes in your new kitchen cost research. You could use this brand as one more example of simple but reliable products that don’t have to break the bank.

Type of product Average price range
Fitted kitchen £471 – £732
Base cabinet packs £36 – £176
Wall cabinet packs £34 – £121
Worktops £45 – £597
Sinks £44 – £999
Taps £18 – £1,499
Fridges £325 – £929
Cookers £639 – £2,769

Kitchen professionals

Many new kitchen providers also offer installation services, either within the quote or for an extra fee. These professionals are usually reliable to carry out the job without a hitch. The downside is the expense. Such luxuries often come at a higher price than that quoted by independent tradespeople.

This is why you should always check what local qualified pros are available. Combining their equally dependable expertise with the retailer’s services can make up a much better deal. The question then is: what kind of extra tradespeople to you need?

Unless you’re confident in your DIY skills, a kitchen fitter is essential. You should find and consult one while browsing for new kitchen ideas. They may be able to advise you on retailers and strategies, as well as help out with measuring and decision-making. Their quote will generally depend on the extent of responsibilities they take on.

Another kind of assistance to think about is transportation. If, for example, you buy an end-of-line fitted kitchen, there’s no guarantee that the store will provide delivery services. You’ll need a way to bring it home and that’s where a van would come in handy. The cost should be lower than installation services, so explore all local options.

Set a budget

There’s clearly a lot to consider when choosing the best new kitchen strategy. Ensure you calculate as precise a budget as possible and stick to it. This’ll help you work out what you can and can’t afford. It also means you waste less time looking into products and services that aren’t suitable.

How much does a new kitchen cost?

Red kitchen - New kitchen cost
Red kitchen – New kitchen cost

Unless you’re aiming for a super high-end kitchen with every luxury imaginable, expect to spend an average of £8,000. Project prices can be quite different depending on what you want. To reach an accurate total estimate, get in touch with all the tradespeople your circumstances need. And make a detailed note of the kitchen parts you’ll be buying or upgrading. To give you a general idea, here’s a kitchen project price guide.

Type of kitchen work Approx. cost
Consultancy services £50+ per visit
Full kitchen design £3,000+
New unpainted kitchen £315+
Fit carcasses and cabinets £40+ per unit
Fit worktops (excluding adjustments for appliances, edges, joins and supports) £30+ per length
Fit new appliances £50 – £85 per appliance
Full installation £1,200 – £14,000
Rewiring £300 – £900

Extra expenses

Installation is likely to be the first addition to your new kitchen cost. To pinpoint the exact impact to your budget, work out who’ll be doing the work and what it actually covers. A dry fit installation, for example, goes no further than replacing the old kitchen with the new one. Any necessary changes to the building’s aesthetics and systems are excluded. A full professional fitting is a lot more convenient, but also very expensive. Especially, if the kitchen retailer provides the service.

Apart from worktops, plumbing, rewiring and so one, think about other fees the altered space might pile on. From removing wallpaper and plastering walls to upgrading your lighting, every detail that affects the room’s look and feel should be counted into the project’s overall cost.

How long does it take to fit a new kitchen?

The average installation of a new or revamped kitchen can take around five to ten days. But the timeframe – just like the budget and necessary help – entirely depends on your kitchen’s needs. How much support you get from retailers and tradespeople also speeds up the process.

Be aware, however, that it can hinder it too. Hiring different people for various jobs can cause communication problems and, so, drag out the project. To ensure a smooth collaboration, choose licensed and experienced professionals that inspire confidence.

How to cut new kitchen costs?

Despite the daunting financial load of a new kitchen, there’s plenty you can do to reduce it. We’ve already highlighted how important it is to set a sensible budget, not to mention knowing what you want and what your existing kitchen space can do for you. The fewer alterations it needs, the less money you’ll need to spend on the project. Do extensive research of the market, including products, services and tradespeople.

Here are a few more suggestions:

  • Do easy and safe DIY jobs to have less need of costly professionals
  • Sell old cabinets to add funds to your budget
  • Reuse materials and avoid spending on brand new stuff
  • Avoid expensive materials and accessories – instead be selective about what features should stand out
  • Go for vintage freestanding furniture instead of state-of-the-art kitchen units
  • Another option is getting an unpainted kitchen – it can look just as stylish as a painted style
  • Browse end-of-line kitchens as they can come with 50% – 70% discounts
  • Choose appliances with plugs and no need for complicated installations
  • Avoid moving meters and other essential systems

To get a good price for your kitchen project, ask several pros for a quote. You can then compare them and work out the best price. Don’t forget that the size and style of your kitchen can make quite a big difference to how much it costs, so make sure you know much of the total cost each factor takes up. Whether for a whole new monochrome kitchen or simple revamped worktop, careful planning can save you a lot of money.

This kitchen project price guide should give you a rough idea of how much your project will probably cost. To find professional kitchen installers near you, complete our online form. We’ll connect you with up to four professionals in your area.

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