If you are looking to design your own kitchen and are planning to work with an interior designer or kitchen planner to this end, you might be wondering what the cost of a new kitchen might be. The experts at Triple Heart Design say that there are many things to consider when planning a kitchen remodel, and some will hike the price up more than others. Below we will consider the main elements of a kitchen refit and how these can affect the overall price.
The main component of any kitchen remodel is the cabinets. There are so many styles to choose from and the material they are made from will determine the price you pay. How many cabinets you want, as well as the features inside, will also affect the price. Obviously then, the bigger the kitchen, the more cabinets you will need so the higher the price you can expect to pay. Furthermore, some cabinets can be fitted with pull-out shelving and other convenient features, which all cost more than standard shelving.
The countertops can also have a massive impact on the final cost of a kitchen. Some prefer natural stone countertops made from granite, quartz, or marble, but these heavy-duty counters are awfully expensive. However, because they are easy to maintain and will last a lifetime, they are a fabulous addition to any kitchen. More affordable options include laminate or butcher block.
When designing a new kitchen, most people will buy a complete new set of appliances. These can be integrated or free-standing. The cost of appliances varies depending on the brand. Some appliances are classed as chef-grade and as such are high-end luxury items that will add a considerable amount to the overall cost of the refit. The type of appliances you choose must also be factored in. For example, if you have a small kitchen, you will probably only have space for the most essential appliances. If you have a large space that can accommodate more though, you can really go wild when it comes to buying top-of-the range electricals for added convenience.
Labor includes the cost of fitting the cabinetry, plumbing, electrics, and any plastering or painting that may be needed. You may also want to hire someone to lay new floors, tile the walls and, of course, if you are using an interior designer, the cost of this must also be incorporated. How much you pay for labor depends on the contractor you hire and the size of the kitchen. If your kitchen requires new plumbing and electrical work, you are likely to pay a higher price than a kitchen remodel that is just replacing like for like in terms of cabinets and appliances. If you have experience with DIY or know any tradespeople personally, you may be able to get a discounted price for labor.
Can You Do a Kitchen Remodel on a Budget?
It would be great to have a limitless pot from which to fund a kitchen remodel, but the reality is that very few of us are in that position. The good news is that if you hire a good interior designer, they can work within your budget to help you create the kitchen of your dreams. Interior designers have contacts within the industry and can often access trade prices for things like cabinets, appliances, tiles, and lighting fixtures. A good designer will work with you to find out what is most important to you and will help to deliver a kitchen you can be proud of for a price you can afford.