When thinking of renovating a kitchen, sometimes it can be easier not to think about your budget and just try to get an approximation of what you want to spend. However, if you have a budget in mind and you know what it is you will be getting for that amount of money, this gives you more freedom to choose what you want, instead of trying to get the best value for money every step of the way.
Choosing the best kitchen for your needs isn’t and shouldn’t be about saving money. A kitchen is one of the most essential rooms in the house and so it is important that you choose a kitchen that is designed to last. Read on to find out more about the types of budgets normally reserved for kitchens, and whether or not you have enough put aside for the kitchen you want or need for your home.
£1,000 - £5,000 – IKEA Fitted Kitchen
Your basic budget kitchen. You can get a high-quality kitchen on this budget, however, you will not have much in terms of customisation options. Flat pack furniture and fitted kitchens are a good way of starting off if you haven’t got much of a budget, but if you want a more bespoke kitchen range, you’ll need to bump up your budget a little bit.
That being said, there are a number of decent kitchens available but it is important that you measure your space properly before making your decision, as any alterations you want to make may need to be done yourself. On a £5,000 budget, you can start looking at a few nice appliances, but you’ll want to go for substance over style if you want your kitchen to last a few years.
£5,000 - £15,000 – Good Quality Brands, Installation Provided
This is more of a reasonable budget for a good quality kitchen designed to last you. You will have a higher level of customisation when it comes to choosing your kitchen. You may even be able to mix and match different cabinetry styles and if you have any budget left over, consider going for a stone worktop as they are durable and built to last. On a budget of £15,000, you’re looking more at better quality branded appliances and installation and fitting provided for the kitchen. If you’re not too fussed about creating a beautiful kitchen, but need a functional kitchen that is built to last, this is your ideal budget.
£20,000 - £50,000 – More Renowned Brands, Custom cabinets and High-End Appliances
The £20 - the £50k range is more for people looking at a return investment on a property, or for people who are perhaps looking for a kitchen designed to last them for the rest of their lives. A good solid budget, this will net you high-quality cabinetry and high-end appliances that come with all the latest thingamabobs and do-dads. For both style and longevity, £50,000 looks to be a reasonable asking price, particularly if you want a good level of customisation.
£50,000 - £100,000 – Unique Cabinetry, High-End Appliances, Bespoke flooring options
We are moving more into the realm of the bespoke here. If you want to customise your kitchen at a cost, this is more likely going to be your ideal budget. Consider investing in a professional design company who will be able to work with you through your vision to make sure that everything is perfect. You can customise the cabinetry and will be able to afford a number of high-end appliances designed to make cooking in the kitchen a lot easier. Edging towards the budget of £100,000, you’re looking at getting a kitchen similar to that of a professional restaurant. If that sounds like your bag, this is obviously the budget you want.
£300,000+ - Gold Lined Cabinets and furnishings, Your Own Robot Chef, Completely Bespoke from tip to toe
Okay so perhaps having your own robot chef might be pushing it a little, although if your budget is limitless and you really would like a robot chef, chances are there are professionals who can arrange it for you. If you have £300,000 to spend on a kitchen alone, nothing is off the cards for you. There are utterly bespoke, family run businesses who will work with you throughout the entire design and installation process, making sure that you are completely satisfied with the service at every level of the installation.
From hand-made cabinetry to state-of-the-art modern appliances to make your day to day life easier, £300,000 and up is often more than enough to net you the kitchen of your dreams. Some kitchens have been known to even cost £2 - £3 million, but those were gold lined rooms of pure wonder. If you want complete reign to do whatever you desire within the realms of reason, this is the kitchen budget for you.
Of course, at the end of the day, it is down to being real and being aware of what you have to spend. Yes, it is entirely possible for you to spend half a million pounds creating a magical kitchen that fulfils your every whim, but if that is your entire budget and you have a few more rooms to renovate, you might want to slow down a little. It all comes down to what resources you have available and what you want to use the kitchen for. Be smart and when in doubt, ask a professional designer for advice!
Article provided by Mike James, an independent content writer working together with bespoke luxury kitchen supplier Artichoke Ltd.