The kitchen is arguably the most important room in your home. It's a place where you, and your family, can cook, eat and talk about the day you have all had. Depending on how often you entertain guests, your kitchen can also be a great social space.
If you are thinking of having a new kitchen installed in your home, price is one of the most important considerations. You should have a budget to work to before you start, as this provides the basis for what design features you may want to have included.
How much money will you need?
It's not as simple as being able to ask design experts such as SJD a general question like, “How much will I have to pay for a new kitchen”. There are so many variables when it comes to kitchen design that it's easier to talk about what ideas you have for your kitchen and how much your budget is. The experts will help you to bring your ideas and budget together so that you can get a realistic idea of what your new kitchen will look like.
Having an idea of cost
Remember that your budget should be based on what you can comfortably afford to spend, and should include an amount you can put aside to pay for any unexpected costs along the way. Once you have a budget in place, you need to think about what you want to spend it in. Although it's difficult to gauge how much an individual kitchen costs, there are average costs for a kitchen installation which it's useful to know. Looking at these costs can give you an idea about whether your kitchen dreams are realistic or not.
- Budget kitchen - $10,000 to $25,000.
- Standard kitchen - $25,000 to $45,000.
- Luxury kitchen - $45,000 to $100,000.
Remember that these figures are only an average and you may be able to secure a kitchen for a little less than the lower end of the range, or it may cost more, especially if you opt for bespoke furnishings.
Deciding on your priorities
Most new kitchens start with a dream, then they are shaped by practical considerations. These considerations are normally based around the needs of you and your family and the amount of money you have to spend.
- The kid factor – if you have kids, high gloss finishes are not a good idea as they are probably going to be pull of fingerprints and scratches within a short time of being installed.
- Island or no island – kitchen islands are popular but they are not a good idea if you have a small amount of space as ideally you should have 42” of space around an island. You may find that a table that can be stored away is a more practical solution, and it's also me more affordable.
- Need against want – if you have a budget that can accommodate all of your design wishes then go for it. If you need to make the most out of a smaller budget, think carefully about what features you actually need. Is it necessary to have solid wood cabinets or would melamine suffice? Is it worth investing in top of the range appliances if you spend most of the time eating out? It's fine to invest money where it's needed; you just have to be honest with yourself about where your priorities lie.
It's difficult to work out how much your new kitchen will cost before you start to plan, as each kitchen can be slightly different. Speaking to a kitchen designer will help you to work out what your final kitchen should look like based on your requirements and the amount of money you have in your budget.