Whether you just want to replace tired cabinets or design an entirely new space, a kitchen refit can refresh the heart of your home. While it can be a complex job, installing a new kitchen won’t be as intimidating if you have an expert on hand. A kitchen-fitting specialist will be able to take care of any installation – big or small – and they’ll provide guidance on design, materials and the best use of space.
The total cost of your new kitchen will depend on a number of factors and prices can quickly escalate if you start to pick premium materials or appliances. High-end kitchens can cost many times that of a lower-end, budget option, while completely bespoke kitchens with custom-built cabinets will raise the price even higher. Pricier or more complex appliances can also result in more labour time being required.
Aside from the work involved to fit units, worktops, and flooring, there are a number of other services that may also be needed. These include electrical and plumbing work, as well as the removal of an old kitchen. This guide will walk you through some of the main considerations and outline costs for each phase of a kitchen refit.
The average cost of supplying and fitting units in a medium-sized kitchen (12 units) is £3000.
Units or cabinets are often the focal point of the kitchen. That means it’s well worth taking time to explore all the options – such as colours, materials, dimensions and door designs. These factors will be what affects the total cost of your units.
When deciding on materials, you’ll want to think about form as well as function. Units will of course need to be hard-wearing, resistant to water spills, and provide suitable storage space. But on top of this, they should suit the style you want to create in your new kitchen and throughout your home. The main options are high-end solid wood (such as oak or pine), or a cheaper MDF veneer.
Whichever material you go for, there are plenty of colours and finishes available. Here, you can get creative and choose something that adds character. It’s also important to think about the practicality of your chosen design. Will it be easy to clean and use on a daily basis?
You can make clever use of unusual spaces with your kitchen units, thanks to swing-out corner cupboards and other nifty features. This might bump up the installation costs, but if it delivers the additional storage you’re looking for, it’ll be a wise investment.
The average cost of supplying and fitting laminate kitchen worktops is £400.
While your cabinets may take centre stage in the kitchen, don’t underestimate the value of worktops in creating that wow factor.
There’s a large range of materials and finishes on offer in kitchen showrooms and DIY stores, and almost certainly something to suit both the style and the budget you have in mind. Many high-quality made-to-measure worktop options, such as marble or natural stone, can be expensive – both for the materials and the installation. If this is unrealistic for your budget, pre-cut laminate worktops which mimic that high-end look, give you a similarly stylish surface without the expense.
Laminate can cost as little as £30 per sqm, while marble can cost upwards of £300 per sqm. The cost of wooden worktops will vary based on the type of wood you choose, but will likely be around the £75–£100 per sqm mark.
The average cost of supplying and tiling a kitchen splashback is £400.
Tiling your splashback – the wall above your worktop – turns that empty space into a feature for your kitchen and ensures you can keep the area clean. Costs vary depending on the type of tiling used and the area that you want to cover.
Kitchen tiles come in a huge range of shapes, sizes and colours. Your kitchen fitter can help you choose a style to suit your room – and often the tiles you select will be smaller than those you might use in a bathroom. Tiles are easy to wipe clean and they’re water-resistant, making them the perfect option for your splashback. Installation involves cutting the tiles to size and fitting them with a tile adhesive, followed by grouting. Your fitter will be able to suggest the style that’s most appropriate for your kitchen.
Another option is mosaics. They look impressive and are easy to fit as they’re sold in sheets and don’t need to be cut. It’s just worth remembering that while mosaics are stylish, you’ll also have many more grouted joints, meaning they’ll be harder to keep clean. Mosaic sheets are also usually more expensive than standard tiles over a square metre.
It’s likely that you’ll need old tiles to be removed from your kitchen before the newly tiled splashback can be created. This may need to be factored into the overall cost too.
The average cost of supplying and tiling kitchen flooring (8 metres squared) is £500.
Finding a flooring option that’s both stylish and sensible is key for your kitchen. There are many different types of flooring, something to suit every budget, and each material carries its own unique benefits.
The most basic flooring is vinyl, which can be hard-wearing but surprisingly chic too. Vinyl is waterproof, making it easy to clean and a great choice for a kitchen environment. It’s also easy to fit, which will reduce labour costs.
Laminate is a slightly more expensive option. It’s a relatively durable flooring material that stands up well to scratches and, provided you pick a product that’s moisture-resistant, can repel water too. Laminate flooring is fairly easy to install, and fitting shouldn’t be too time consuming for a professional. Usually slotted together in a click and groove system, this mid-range option is available in a wide variety of styles, so you’ll be able to find something to suit your home.
A more expensive (and more traditional) option is tiling. A tiled floor provides an elegant, sleek and stylish appearance. Tiles are perfect for rooms that can become damp or wet, and they’re hard-wearing – particularly in the case of tough porcelain tiles. Tiled floors are the most time consuming to install, and while they’re easy to keep clean, tile grout can become dirty and trap grime. So, it’s worth carefully considering the colour of your tiles and grout before they’re fitted.
The average cost of a set of kitchen appliances is £1,900.
When choosing appliances for your new kitchen, pick those that fit your style as well as your budget. You’ll also want to carefully consider quality and performance ratings.
If you’re looking to buy a standard set of appliances, you can expect to pay between £1,500–£2,000 on average. This should include an oven, a dishwasher, a fridge, and a freezer. Additional items – like a wine cooler – are premiums you’ll have to pay extra for.
It’s worth creating a list of all the appliances you’d like during the planning stage. This will allow you to make sure you have enough room for everything, or help you to prioritise what’s most important if there isn’t enough space.
The installation of your appliances will be the final job in a new kitchen installation. Most appliances will be straightforward to fit, though gas hobs and some electric appliances will need to be fitted by certified professionals. A qualified electrician will be able to safely install new lighting, appliances and any electrical sockets. If you’re planning on having a dishwasher then this will need additional pipework to accommodate the water supply into and out of the appliance.
|Kitchen installation costs|
|Install laminate kitchen worktops||£250||£400||£750|
|Install kitchen units||£1,500||£3,000||£10,000|
|Electrics and plumbing||£600–£1,500||£2,540||£3,740|
|Install tiled flooring (2m x 4m)||£350||£500||£600|
|Install laminate flooring (2m x 4m)||£285||£350||£420|
|Install lino flooring (2m x 4m)||£190||£210||£220|
|Purchase and install kitchen appliances||£1,425||£1,900||£3,325+|
|Painting and decorating||£375||£450||£550|