All you need to know about installing a new kitchen suite including costs of materials, labour and time frames.
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 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.
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 £15,000 or more.
There are three main types of kitchen renovation, including a basic kitchen, which is ideal for anyone with a low budget as this usually involves purchasing new flat-pack furniture and low-cost tiles or paint from your local DIY store. This could also include replacing some basic appliances such as the cooker or the fridge if need be.
A mid-range kitchen suite is slightly more expensive than a basic kitchen, as there is more choice. Many kitchen manufacturing companies will create a design that can be customised in various colours, which will include new wall decoration, flooring, cabinets, and even upgraded appliances.
If you’re looking for unique kitchen design, then you should consider choosing a premium range kitchen. This offers you free range on the design of your kitchen on everything from your ceiling to your floors, your cupboards and handles. It also includes appliances such as smart cookers and other hi-tech appliances that will bump up the cost.
Below are some estimated costs of hiring a specialist to install a new kitchen.
|Kitchen Type||Avg. Cost|
|Mid-range budget kitchen||£8,000-£12,000|
|Premium range kitchen||£15,000-£20,000|
Your kitchen remodel cost will also vary depending on the size. A small kitchen of around 10m2 will typically fit 8 units and 4 appliances, while a medium kitchen measuring 15m2 can accommodate 12 units and 5 appliances. If you have a large kitchen of 20m2 or more, then you can fit 16 or more units and around 6 appliances.
Here is a breakdown of the costs of different sized kitchens which includes everything from unit installation, worktops, tiles and appliances which are all based on mid-range prices.
|Kitchen size||Avg. Cost|
|Small kitchen (10m2)||£4,000 - £5,000|
|Medium kitchen (15m2)||£6,000 - £8,000|
|Large kitchen (20m2)||£8,000 - £10,000+|
There are several costs you need to consider when planning a kitchen remodel. Here is a breakdown of the different elements required for a mid-range kitchen extension along with the estimated costs.
To ensure you are happy with your kitchen, you will need to plan and design all the elements before buying or hiring anyone. If you have no experience planning a room redesign, then you could consider hiring an interior designer who usually charges around £30 to £50. They will help you design the layout and come up with a budget while also assisting you with everything, including units, lighting, flooring, appliances and more.
However, if you’re planning a kitchen extension, then you may want to bring a structural engineer for around £50 to £90 per hour. They will help you construct a kitchen extension that is practical, aesthetically-pleasing and also meets building regulations.
Before your kitchen units and worktops can be fitted, you need to make sure your existing plumbing is adequate for your sink installation. To ensure it is fitted properly, you should hire a qualified plumber who will charge around £80 to £180. This covers the cost of the sink installation along with any new pipes that need to be fitted.
For washing machine installation, you should expect to pay around £20 to £70 for a tradesman or company to come out and attach your appliance to the mains water supply.
You will have a number of electrical appliances in your kitchen that will need to be wired up. This includes your lighting which can be installed by an electrician who will charge around £80 to £100 per light, although the cost of the light fittings alone can range from £5 to £20 each for spotlights, £14 to £40 each for LED strip lights and £30 to £1,000 each for pendant lights.
You should also hire an electrician to wire up your electric oven for £50 to £150 which will involve fitting a new electric cooker socket. However, for a gas oven, you will need the assistance of a gas safe engineer who tends to charge around £70 to £90 for installation.
The cost of your kitchen appliances will depend on the type and quality you choose. For example, a basic fridge will cost just £130 while a smart fridge freezer can be purchased for up to £7,000.
If you decide to opt for an integrated dishwasher, then you can expect to pay around £170 to £1,500. While a washing machine can range from £180 to £1,700 and tumble dryers cost around £160 to £2,000.
Cooking appliances can cost anywhere from £120 to £1,400 for electric cookers, while gas cookers are normally priced at £350 to £1,000. You can also purchase a basic microwave for around £50, although a more advanced appliance can cost up to £1,600.
There are several decorating costs you need to take into account when renovating your kitchen. This includes kitchen units which can range from £20 to £70 each for base cabinets and around £20 to £50 each for wall units. The costs will vary depending on the type of material used with high-gloss units costing up to £130 per cabinet, while handless units tend to cost slightly more at £200 per cabinet. The cost to fit these cabinets will vary; however, it usually costs around £10 to £25 per hour for a kitchen fitter to install kitchen units.
You will also need to think about your wall coverings, which may need to be prepared first by a plasterer. This can cost anywhere from £200 to £700, although this will depend on the size of your kitchen as well as the condition of the walls. Once this is complete, you can then start to look at different wall coverings which include budget options such as 200mm ceramic tiles which cost around £5 to £20 per square metre. For a more luxurious look, you may want to opt for glass splashbacks which can cost up to £220 or more per panel.
The final thing to consider is your floor, with a variety of options to choose from including laminate which costs £9 per square metre and vinyl with prices starting from £8 per square metre. Premium options such as granite which can cost up to £80 per square metre, while porcelain - another upscale option can range from £30 to £50 per square metre.
To finish off the look of your kitchen, you could bring in a decorator to tidy up any areas, which could include painting around socket rewiring or just adding a final coat of paint. This will cost around £15 to £30 per hour for an expert painter to complete the job. However, you will also need to consider the cost of paint, which can range from £5 to £10 or more per litre.
Individual Costs Of Supplying And Installing a New Basic Kitchen Suite - Total Cost: £5,000
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 3 days to remove an old kitchen and install a budget kitchen and around 3 to 4 days for a mid-range kitchen renovation. This can vary dramatically depending on the size of your kitchen, especially if you’re planning a premium range kitchen which can take around 5 days or more.
The duration of the job will also depend on the design you choose and whether everything will be ready in time, especially if you order bespoke materials that may take longer to manufacture.
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.
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. The cost of an entire kitchen will depend on whether you choose a budget option such as a flat-pack kitchen which costs around £4,000-£6,000, while a custom-made premium kitchen could cost up to £20,000. These prices, of course, will vary depending on the size of your kitchen and the materials you choose.
Tiling is one of the most popular decorating costs which is usually priced at around £20 to £50 per square metre, although this will vary depending on the material. You may also have to pay out for a decorator to strip and paint your walls who usually charge around £300 to £500 per room.
There are many things which can bump up the cost considerably with kitchen fitting, such as moving radiators, which usually costs around £150 to £325. You will also have to consider the cost of your electric fixtures, which could include fitting lights for £80 to £100 per light, while the cost of moving electrical sockets will cost around £100 to £150 for an electrician to complete the job. An electrician can also be brought in to wire up your cooker for £50 to £90, while a gas cooker will cost around £70 to £90.
The appliances you choose will also be a determining factor, with fridges ranging from £130 for a basic fridge up to £7,000 for a smart fridge. While cookers tend to cost around £120 to £1,400 for an electric oven and £350 to £1,000 for a gas cooker. These costs may increase if you require installation, although the majority of stores will charge around £50 to £90 for installation of fridges, cookers and dishwashers. Prices are slightly less for washing machines and dryers, which usually cost around £160 to £2,000 to buy and just £20 to £70 to install.
Waste removal will also be an additional cost of installing a new kitchen suite. A skip will be required for the removal of existing kitchen units, flooring, tiling, radiators. A 12-yard skip will typically cost around £200-£250 for 7 days.
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 rewiring 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!.
The actual process of a mid-range kitchen installation will involve the following steps:
The first thing that needs to be done is the design and planning of your kitchen, which will help you picture what the finished product will look like. You might want to plan everything yourself or bring in an interior designer to help you or at least someone who has been involved in a kitchen installation before.
When planning your kitchen, you need to consider whether you are going to keep anything, such as your floor or an appliance. If so, that will need to be configured into the design, while also considering other aspects such as the position of your boiler if it’s located in your kitchen, as you will need to work around it.
Once you’ve decided on your layout, you can then start to look at designs that are within your budget, as this will help you determine how much you plan to spend.
Before your new kitchen can be installed, the old one will need to be ripped out, especially if you want everything to be brand new. You can hire a professional to remove your kitchen or do it yourself.
This will involve ripping everything out, including the cabinets, tiles, flooring, and appliances. The latter will be the most difficult job as it will involve electric, gas and water installation which may need to be removed by a professional electrician or plumber.
The next stage involves prepping the walls, as normally, they will look a mess after the units have been removed. This will involve removing any sticky residue for the walls and stripping any wall covering off. If your walls feel damp at all, a damp-proof course may need to be installed, which can be a complicated job.
Once the walls are stripped, they will then need to be plastered. This will involve mixing the right plastering materials together and applying one or two coats at a time. Each coat will be left for about twenty minutes before it’s skimmed, smoothed and scraped before another coat is applied.
Once the walls are prepared, painting can begin. At this point, an undercoat will be applied to cover up any stains on your wall, as the paint will need to be re-applied and touched up once the kitchen is complete.
The paint should be applied directly onto the plaster, especially in areas with new wiring installations or sockets. It is important to point out that the paint used at this point should be neutral, as you may not know which colour is right until your units are installed.
The next stage involves choosing your light fixtures and having them installed by a qualified electrician. This includes ceiling lights such as LED flush lights, spotlights or the more traditional tube lamps. To avoid unsightly wiring, an electrician will have to install the lighting from the floor above, making sure that everything is tucked away and fitted securely. After this is complete, you may also want to update the ceiling by re-painting it or fixing any staining issues.
This step will not only involve light installation, but you may also need to have a switch installed or moved, which again will require the help of an electrician.
Before any of your appliances can be fitted, you need to make sure that they will be connected properly. For example, if you have ordered an electric cooker, then you will need to make sure that an electrical point ready before it is installed. This is especially important in older homes, as outlets tend to be insufficient in comparison to modern properties.
To ensure you have sufficient outlets, you should install around six to eight double sockets onto the walls of your kitchen in an area where they can be hidden by cupboards or units. These will be used for everything, including your cooker, fridge, freezer, washing machine and more.
If using a hob, then you will also need to ensure that you have the proper gas supply in place. To ensure you purchase the right gas pipes and connect them properly, you should hire a gas safe engineer to ensure everything is fitted correctly. This will involve supplying the gas pipe, turning off the gas to your home and attaching a flexible pipeline to your new gas supply in preparation for your appliance installation.
If you are changing the floor, then you need to make that the sub-floor is adequate, so any asbestos tiles or old floor covering will need to be removed immediately. For asbestos removal, you should definitely hire a professional to rip this up as this can be a dangerous job.
Once all tiling has been ripped up, and the floor is prepared, your new flooring can be fitted. Flooring is usually not fitted throughout the entire kitchen, as units will cover up the area, so it is only necessary to install flooring in open spaces and under appliances. The installation will vary depending on the type of floor you choose; for example, laminate tiles are usually easy to install as they normally snap together and line up easily. While a granite floor will need to be laid out before the mortar and grout can be applied, as it is vital that the layout is right before the tiles are secured.
At this point, you should also consider having skirting boards fitted if you do not have any, or your existing ones are damaged. These will be installed right after the floor dries. The flooring specialist you choose will make sure that the skirting boards are cut to size and are even before glueing them down with adhesive and painting over them if need be.
Once the flooring is dry and secure, your kitchen units can be fitted, which is technically classed as the main kitchen installation. The fitting process will vary depending on the type of cupboard you choose. For example, flat-pack cupboards or a mid-range design may not exactly fit within the parameters of your kitchen, so it might need to be cut down to ensure it fits properly. While premium kitchen units will be made with your measurements in mind, so should, therefore, fit with no problem.
To ensure your cupboards are fitted in the right position, you or the installer should measure mark out the space before screwing the cupboard onto the wall. If you’ve chosen LED lighting for your under-wall mounted cupboards, then these will also be fitted by a kitchen specialist.
Once your cupboards are in place, you should bring in a plumber to fix your existing pipes and water supply so that they are ready to be attached to the sink and washing machine. Worktops. If you’ve decided to reposition your sink and appliances, then you will need to have new pipes installed and connected.
Once the plumbing is in place, your washing machine and sink can be fitted and connected to the water supply. For the sink to be fitted, a hole will need to be cut into the worktop before it is installed, making sure that measurements are exact. Once it has been cut to size, your worktops can be installed with the sink attached. The installation of worktop will depend on the type of material you have chosen, although the typical process involves cutting and connecting the worktop panels with a joiner strip. They will then be screwed into place using a clamping tool; then end strips will be glued to each side of the worktop as a finishing touch.
Once the main kitchen is fitted, your cooker will have to be set up by a qualified professional. For an electric cooker, you will need to hire an electrician who will wire up the appliance into the newly appointed socket.
For a gas cooker, you will need to bring in a gas engineer to step up your appliance and make sure it is working and is safe to use. This will involve attaching the cooker to the mains supply in a safe and compliant manner.
To ensure your new kitchen is how you want it you, some finishing touches will need to be made. For example, if you want kitchen splashbacks, then you will need the help of a qualified tiler who will install, grout and clean your splashbacks.
Once the tiling is complete, a final coat of paint can be added to enhance the aesthetic of your kitchen. When doing this, you should ensure that your new kitchen fixtures are covered up to avoiding staining or damage.
Your kitchen units are one of the most important fixtures in your kitchen and are typically classed as the main part of any kitchen installation, so it is important that you choose the right units.
To help you choose the right units, here is a breakdown of the different unit types and their costs.
If you have a low-budget in mind, then you should consider purchasing flat-pack units which are usually available at local DIY stores. The table below sets out the costs for different types of units in various sizes.
|Type of Unit||Width Size||Avg. Cost per Cabinet|
|Small base cabinet||500mm||£20 to £50|
|Large base cabinet||1000mm||£30 to £70|
|Small wall cabinet||500mm||£20 to £40|
|Large wall cabinet||1000mm||£30 to £50|
If you would prefer a luxury kitchen with a bespoke design, then there are a variety of options to choose from. The below table displays the costs of popular premium kitchen units.
|Type of Unit||Width Size||Avg. Cost per Cabinet|
|Small high gloss units||500mm||£70 to £90|
|Large high gloss units||10000mm||£100 to £130|
|Small handleless units||500mm||£100 to £130|
|Large handleless units||1000mm||£150 to £200|
|Small shaker units||500mm||£100 to £140|
|Large shaker units||1000mm||£150 to £200|
Once you’ve chosen your kitchen cupboards, you will need to decide on the right worktops. Here is a breakdown of the costs of both budget and premium worktops in different sizes and materials.
If you’re looking for cheap worktops, then you’re best choosing materials like laminate which are affordable but also durable and low-maintenance. Another great option is earthstone worktops which are stain-resistant and very easy to repair.
Wood is also a great choice if you’re on a budget, as you pay low prices for a natural-looking design that looks even better with age but benefit from its hard-wearing and non-porous attributes. Finally, slate is another option worth considering due to its high level of heat and stain resistance.
To help you decide which worktops are right for you, take a look at the following cost breakdown.
|Worktop Material||Avg. Cost per m2|
|Laminate||£20 to £50|
|Earthstone||£80 to £100|
|Wood||£50 to £150|
|Slate||£90 to £300|
For a more luxurious kitchen facelift, you may want to opt for granite countertops which is one of the toughest and aesthetically-pleasing materials. If you cook often, then you may be best with a hard-wearing material such as quartz due to its stain-resistance abilities as well as its eye-catching design. Marble is another beautiful design that not only looks good but is also less prone to cracking compared to other materials. Finally, one of the most expensive but attractive worktops materials is glass which is also one of the most durable options available.
To help you decide which materials to choose, take a look at the cost table below:
|Type Of Worktop||Avg. Cost per m2|
|Granite||£250 to £400|
|Quartz||£200 to £500|
|Marble||£300 to £500|
|Glass||£300 to £500|
Before your countertops can be fitted, you must consider the type of kitchen sink and taps you want, as this will add to the aesthetic of your kitchen. The table below lists the costs of different types of kitchen sinks.
|Type of Sink||Avg. Cost|
|Stainless steel sink||£30 to £250|
|Ceramic sink||£180 to £340|
|Glass and steel sink||£140 to £190|
|Composite sink||£90 to £200|
The below table includes the costs of various kitchen taps.
|Type of Tap||Avg. Cost|
|Monobloc taps||£30 to £160|
|Single lever taps||£20 to £110|
|Deck mixer taps||£30 to £80|
|Pull out taps||£40 to £90|
One of the main elements you need to consider for your new kitchen renovation is your appliances. The cost for appliances will vary depending on the product itself and the brand you choose.
To help you decide on the right appliances, here is a breakdown of the different supply and installation costs.
|Type of Appliance||Avg. Cost||Installation Cost|
|Electric oven||£120 to £1400||£50 to £90|
|Gas cooker||£350 to £1000||£70 to £90|
|Cooker hood||£50 to £150||£50 to £80|
|Fridge||£130 to £2500||£30 to £50|
|Fridge-freezer||£160 to £1900||£60 to £90|
|Smart fridge freezer||£2000 to £7000||£60 to £90|
|Dishwasher||£170 to £1500||£50 to £100|
|Washing machine||£180 to £1700||£20 to £70|
|Tumble dryer||£160 to £2000||£20 to £70|
|Microwave||£50 to £1600||£50 to £90|
The splashback wall tiles in your kitchen can completely transform the aesthetic, so it is important that you choose the right design. To help you choose, here is a breakdown of the various costs for different tile designs and sizes.
|Type of Tile||Size (lxw)||Avg. Cost|
|Ceramic wall tiles||200mm x 200mm||£5 to £20 per m2|
|Ceramic wall tiles||600mm x 600mm||£20 to £60 per m2|
|Porcelain wall tiles||200mm x 200mm||£15 to £40 per m2|
|Porcelain wall tiles||600mm x 600mm||£20 to £50 per m2|
|Granite wall tiles||300mm x 300mm||£12 to £30 per m2|
|Granite wall tiles||600mm x 300mm||£20 to £40 per m2|
|Slate wall tiles||300mm x 300mm||£12 to £20 per m2|
|Slate wall tiles||600mm x 300mm||£20 to £40 per m2|
|Acrylic splashback||800mm x 800mm||£100 to £125 per splashback|
|Acrylic splashback||1000mm x 1000mm||£130 to £180 per splashback|
|Glass splashback||800mm x 800mm||£90 to £120 per splashback|
|Glass splashback||1000mm x 1000mm||£160 to £220 per splashback|
To finish off your kitchen, you will need a durable floor that will last as long as your kitchen units and appliances. To help you decide which kitchen floor is right for you, here is a breakdown of the different options available along with their costs.
|Floor Type||Thickness Size||Avg. Cost per m2|
|Laminate floor||8mm||£9 to £30|
|Laminate floor||14mm||£25 to £40|
|Porcelain tiles||8mm||£25 to £40|
|Porcelain tiles||10mm||£30 to £50|
|Granite tiles||10mm||£30 to £40|
|Granite tiles||12mm||£50 to £80|
|Luxury vinyl tiles||2mm||£8 to £11|
|Luxury vinyl tiles||4mm||£20 to £60|
|Wood floor||14mm||£20 to £80|
|Wood floor||20mm||£40 to £100|
|Natural stone tiles||10mm||£20 to £70|
|Natural stone tiles||12mm||£40 to £80|
When planning the design of your new kitchen suite, there are a number of things you need to consider.
The first thing you should think about is how to utilise the space, especially if you have a small kitchen. To enhance the space, you could consider removing your door to create an open plan kitchen which could lead to a dining room or living room. You can also make the most of a small space by maximising storage, which could involve choosing units that are compact but offer sufficient space to store your kitchen items. When buying appliances, you should look at built-in fixtures which can be hidden by your cupboards.
If you have a large kitchen area, then you could improve the aesthetic of the room by adding an island in the centre. You could also integrate cupboards into the island along with a cooker to create a modern look.
To help you with the planning process, you should map out your design using an online planner tool which is available from several kitchen suppliers. You could also consider hiring an interior designer to help you with your kitchen renovation, which could cost around £30 to £50 per hour.
When planning a kitchen renovation, you will need to consider whether you want to hire one company to cover the entire installation from planning to finishing or whether you want to hire individual professionals for each job. If you are unsure on the exact design you want, then you could hire tradesmen to install a blank canvas kitchen, then you can bring in a kitchen installer once you’ve decided on a final design.
To help you make a decision, here is a breakdown of the labour costs for individual professionals:
|Type of Tap||Avg. Cost|
|Interior designer||£30 to £50|
|Structural engineer||£50 to £90|
|Builder||£10 to £20|
|Decorator||£15 to £30|
|Kitchen fitter||£10 to £25|
|Electrician||£40 to £80|
|Gas engineer||£40 to £60|
|Plumber||£40 to £60|
The lighting in your kitchen can make a massive difference to the aesthetic, as typically the brighter the room, the larger and more appealing it will look.
To enhance the natural light in your kitchen, you could consider installing a skylight, which typically costs around £70 to £130 per window. You should also try and use lighter colours for your walls, floor and cabinets to make your kitchen appear brighter.
Artificial lighting is also important with some of the most popular options, including spotlights which usually cost around £5 to £20 per light. These can be fitted on the ceiling or under kitchen units to highlight the worktop. You can also purchase worktop LED strip lights which you can buy for around £14 to £40 per light. Pendant lights are also a common choice for kitchen installations and are usually placed on the ceiling. These tend to cost around £30 to £1,000, however, for a glass pendant light, you could actually pay up to £10,000 for a luxury pendant light.
When installing a new kitchen, you may need to hire an electrician to install fixtures such as lighting or appliances. For lighting, you may need to bring in a professional to wire up your lighting, which will cost around £80 to £100 for a single light fitting. You may also have to pay to have a light switch moved or to add a new switch which will be priced at £100 to £150.
More complicated electrical work will be involved when fitting an electric cooker, especially if you need a brand-new fixture installed. While a basic installation will cost £50 to £90, you may have to pay more if you need new cooker switches installed or replaced which can range from £50 to £150.
To ensure your kitchen sink is installed properly, you may want to hire a qualified plumber which can cost from £80 to £180 along with the material costs which can range from £20 to £250. This price includes the sink installation, which involves attaching a new sink and pipes to the existing water supply.
If you’re having a dishwasher installed in your kitchen and you have no experience with installation, then again you will need the help of a plumber. This normally costs around £50 to £100 to install an integrated dishwater into your kitchen cabinets. For an additional £20 to £70 they can also install a washing machine into your kitchen by fitting into an open cabinet and attaching the water supply.
A new kitchen can really transform a home, so it’s 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 a return on investment up to 50% or more. You will also have a higher chance of selling in the first place with a modern and attractive kitchen.
A new kitchen cost can be high, so it may be worth considering some cheaper alternatives by waiting for sales on full kitchen suites or purchasing second-hand units. Replacing cupboard/drawer fronts is also 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.
Some cost-cutting measures are not recommended; for example, fitting a kitchen yourself requires a great deal of skill to get it looking good and also to make sure it lasts. If you have never fitted a kitchen before then, you could consider completing jobs such as ripping out your old kitchen cupboards, flooring and wall coverings. This could dramatically reduce costs, as you will only have to pay for waste removal, which ranges from £70 to £300 depending on how much waste you have.
Having your new kitchen supplied and fitted by a professional could also help you reduce costs as tradesmen tend to benefit from trade discounts. You can also save a significant amount of money in the long in, as you will avoid any potential damage or complications which can occur when fitting a DIY kitchen installation.
Before installing a new kitchen, you will need to rip out your old one or have a professional do it for you. This will involve turning off all your appliances such as your oven which should be disconnected from the electric or gas supply. If you do not know how to do this, you can hire an electrician or gas engineer who will both charge around £40 to £60 per hour. The cost will be the same for a plumber who you can hire to detach the sink and dishwasher from the water supply. Once this is complete, you should then set up a temporary kitchen in another room with the things you need, such as a microwave and kettle.
You can then to start to remove the worktops which will normally be bolted together from underneath the kitchen unit. While you can do this yourself, the majority of kitchen fitters will remove your old worktops and kitchen cabinets which usually costs around £150 to £200. To ensure the full removal of your cabinets and worktops, your walls tiles might need to be removed first which can cost from £12 to £18 per square metre to rip out, so you may want to complete this task yourself. This will involve the use of a hammer (£3 to £30), chisel (£3 to £25) and safety goggles (£1 to £15).
To remove your kitchen units, the hinges will need to be unscrewed or in some cases, you may able to press a release clip which will easily be removed the hinges. If you have any drawer units, you should remove the drawers first before lifting the units up, while base units can be slid out easily. Wall units, however, are slightly trickier as the shelves will need to be removed first before the brackets can be unscrewed.
Once all units have been ripped up, you can then remove the flooring if you are having this replaced also. Again, tiles can be removed with a hammer and chisel, although if it is a more durable floor, then it may best to leave this to a professional to avoid ruining the sub-floor.
For a complete DIY removal, you will need to hire a skip which will cost around £100 to £500 depending on the size you need. If you do not wish to take the DIY route, then for a full complete kitchen removal it would cost around £250 to £1,000 to have everything ripped out.
To achieve a high-end kitchen renovation, you will need to hire a kitchen installer who will charge around £10 to £25 per hour.
When hiring tradesmen, it is important that you check their credentials. For example, if using a kitchen fitting company, then you can check reviews along with their worker’s qualifications, which should include certificates or a diploma in carpentry, joinery, plumbing and fitted interiors.
If hiring individual tradesmen, then you will need to check the labour cost for each professional along with their qualifications. For instance, if you want to hire someone for the planning and design of your kitchen, you could employ an interior designer for £30 to £50 or a structural engineer who tend to charge around £50 to £90, and would both require a degree and at least 5 years’ experience to work on a kitchen remodel.
For the actual construction of the kitchen, you will need to hire a builder for £10 to £20 an hour and a decorator for £15 to £30. For appliance installation, you will need a qualified plumber and gas engineer who should have qualification in their specific area and will both charge around £40 to £60 an hour.
Remember before hiring anyone; you should check if they have public liability insurance, as this will protect the tradesmen and you in the event of any incidents or damage.