All you need to know about installing a new kitchen suite including costs of materials, labour and time frames.
A new kitchen can really transform a home, so is popular with those looking to update their homes as well as with those looking to sell. For many, the kitchen is the hub of their home, so it makes sense to make this room attractive and user-friendly. For those looking to sell their homes, on average you can expect to cover 50% or more of the kitchen cost, plus have a much higher chance of selling in the first place with a modern and attractive kitchen. This article will look at exactly what a new kitchen installation will entail, along with the various types of kitchen design available and the typical costs associated with them.
The cost of getting a new kitchen can easily escalate depending on what materials you go for and which units and appliances you choose. But if you choose carefully you can reduce costs considerably but still get a lovely and functional new kitchen. The prices quoted in this article are based on the kitchens found in a typical-sized terraced, semi-detached or detached house. Prices include the removal of all existing kitchen furniture and appliances, then the installation of new units, fittings, flooring, wall tiles, as well as all plumbing and decorating required to finish off the job. Unless otherwise stated, new kitchen prices will also include any built-in appliances, such as a built-in hob, along with a cooker, extractor fan, kitchen sink and taps.
A new kitchen is expensive, so it may be worth considering some cheaper alternatives. Replacing cupboard/drawer fronts is a cheaper way to update your kitchen and costs a fraction of the price of a whole new kitchen! Most kitchens have frames that are standard sizes, so you can get new doors, drawer fronts and even kickboards to make your kitchen look completely new. If you then fit a new worktop and modern appliances then your kitchen will, in fact, look brand new and nobody will be any the wiser! However, some cost cutting measures are not recommended. Fitting a kitchen yourself requires a great deal of skill to get it looking good and also to make sure it lasts.
Fitting the kitchen should really be left to the professionals to get a decent finish - unless you are an advanced DIY enthusiast with lots of carpentry experience and plenty of spare time. In addition, a kitchen can be a dangerous place with all those wires and perhaps mains gas supply, so it’s essential to get a qualified electrician in to do any re-wiring and a gas safe engineer in to deal with the gas supply for the cooker if applicable. This will be expensive but if you try and DIY this it will be illegal and extremely dangerous – don't try and cut costs when it comes to safety!
Once you have decided on a new kitchen, there are some related jobs you should consider getting done at the same time to minimise mess, costs and disruption. Decorating and tiling are the most popular, but you may also need to move electrical sockets and update the kitchen lighting to show off your new kitchen!
In terms of total costs involved, kitchen prices vary considerably depending on the type/size of the kitchen and the quality of materials required. Quality kitchen units can easily cost ten times as much as budget items. A new kitchen floor using vinyl tiles can cost a few hundred pounds, whereas a new solid wood/stone floor could cost a few thousand pounds! But generally speaking, a basic new fitted kitchen using standard units and materials will cost around £5,000, but this figure can easily rise to £8,000 just by choosing more expensive materials and worktops. A truly bespoke kitchen with all the bells and whistles can easily cost £20,000 or more.
There are many things which can bump up the cost considerably with kitchen fitting, such as moving radiators, replacing flooring and/or tiling, moving electrical sockets, gas supply pipes or hot and cold water fittings. If you have a small kitchen and are happy to buy a budget flat-pack kitchen from your local DIY store and remove the old kitchen yourself then hire a local fitter - then you can bring the cost down significantly. However, you had better make sure of all your DIY measurements and plans, or it could end up costing you much more than getting a professional kitchen company in the first place! But, assuming your kitchen is a typical size, then with some careful planning and choice of materials, you can have an absolutely beautiful new kitchen which will be the focal point of your home and which will last for many years, for around £8,000.
Waste removal will also be an additional cost if installing a new kitchen suite. A skip will be required for the removal of existing kicthen units, flooring, tiling, radiators. A 12 yard skip will typically cost around £200-£250 for 7 days.
The average kitchen specialist will usually charge around £150 to £200 per day in labour and will usually work in pairs to get things done quickly. As such, expect to pay around £250 to £300 for labour costs. In terms of time frames, you're looking at around 5 days to remove an old kitchen and install a new one. This of course can vary dramatically depending on the size of your kitchen.
Below are some estimated costs of hiring a specialist to install a new kitchen:
|Kitchen Type||Avg. Cost||Duration|
|Basic kitchen||£4,000-£6,000||3-5 days|
|Mid-range budget kitchen||£8,000-£12,000||3-5 days|
|Premium range kitchen||£15,000-£20,000||3-5 days|
Individual costs of supplying and installing a new basic kitchen suite - Total Cost: £5000