Renovating your kitchen is no easy feat. As one of the most expensive rooms in your home to remodel, it can be a bit daunting. You need to consider the fact that it is not simply about replacing cabinets and hardware, but involves plumbing, electrical work, and ventilation as well.
This can be a long process and can take a fair amount of time, but if you set (and stick) to your budget and have the right team working on this project, you will end up with the dream kitchen you have always wanted.
Here’s what you need to consider:
Before you get started you need to consider what exactly it is you want your new kitchen to look like and decide on the maximum renovation costs you are willing to spend. Depending on how intensive the renovation is and the budget you are on, you may need to compromise on certain aspects.
If the condition of your current kitchen is poor, then a complete renovation is likely required. Your dream kitchen may be a completely different layout to your current kitchen, which will impact on the total cost. Moving your plumbing, electrical, and cabinets becomes pricey, but if it is within your budget it can be considered.
The rough estimate to remodel a kitchen in the current layout can cost anywhere between £4,000 – £8,000, depending on what extras you are looking at installing. If you are going with a complete change in layout, then your costs could go up to £9,000 – £15,000. Location also has an impact on price, and if you live in London then the kitchen renovation costs will differ to those living outside of London.
If you know the route you want to take – an upgrade to existing layout or a complete remodel – then you can start looking at more in-depth costs. Remember, time is money, so the more intensive your remodel, the higher the kitchen renovation costs will become. Before looking at cosmetic costs, labour costs need to be considered:
With your budget in mind and labour costs, you can decide where you would like to spend most of your budget and where you are willing to cut costs.
If you are sticking with your current layout, then keeping the existing structural shell of your cabinets may save you some money. Instead of replacing everything, simply replacing the doors could be an option. If you need to fix a number of structural or cosmetic flaws on your current cabinets, then replacing them may end up costing far less.
Laminates and vinyl are generally cheaper, but there are many different options to choose from. If you go with laminate or vinyl they off an array of colours and looks that can mimic other materials for far less, costing around £100 per square metre.
If you want original materials, such as granite, marble or wood, then you can spend approximately £255 per square metre.
Many people like to cover their entire kitchen with a backsplash. Ceramic tiles are budget-friendly, and if you have more cash to spend then mosaics or glass also looks great. If you would prefer spending your kitchen renovation costs on another aspect, then you can simply cover the area behind your stove plates with a backsplash and use kitchen paint for the rest of the walls.
Again, laminate or vinyl are the cheaper options. While it may not sound appealing at first, these options are easy to clean and made to look exactly like the real thing. Hardwood floors and tiles will be more expensive, so again you will need to decide where you are willing to compromise or not on your kitchen renovation costs.
There is nothing worse than a poorly lit kitchen while you are trying to cook. Modern, less bulky options look neat and cost far less than feature lights. You can decide how much you want to spend on lighting, as this comes down to personal preference. As the world becomes more energy conscious, LED lights are your best bet at a cheaper, long lasting light solution.
Any finishes like taps and cabinet handles are up to you and your preference. Of course, the higher ends products will cost more, so if you are willing to compromise, then finding cheaper alternatives are an option. As long as you stick to your budget then you have the freedom to choose where you would like to spend your money.
It can be overwhelming taking in all these costs, but there are alternative ways you can save money. So where can you cut costs?
The moment you start using fittings that are higher end, like taps, lights or appliances, you will see an increase in overall cost. Rather focus on one area that you would like to stand out and be a feature, and then minimalise on the rest of the room.
If you use the existing layout of your kitchen you will save money as opposed to a complete remodel. You can use existing structures, electrical, and plumbing, as long as they are not outdated and still safe. By reusing the existing space, you can save a chunk of money and spend it on other aspects instead.
Lastly, if you are removing materials and replacing them, consider selling those parts off. Just because you no longer like the look, it doesn’t mean it should be waste – one man’s trash is another’s treasure.
Updating your kitchen may seem costly, but in the greater scheme of things, it adds value to your house and ups the resale value. That is why you want to make sure your kitchen is remodelled by experts who have experience in kitchen renovations.
At Renov8experts we offer reliable, in-house tradesmen that you can trust. As experts in our field, we will offer you the best deals without compromising on quality.
Contact us today for building companies in London. Let us make your dream kitchen a reality!