Considering The Kitchen Budget

When looking at any major new project, there can’t by many of us who can approach the situation without first considering the budget. Just how do you balance your ever growing wish list for that new kitchen against the constraints imposed by the bank manager and still incorporate all the latest innovations and technology.

Someone once said “don’t let the budget drive the job as you may end up being disappointed”. Our view is to find a more imaginative starting point. The ultimate goal must be to design a layout that will satisfy your needs and be a joy to work in for many years to come.

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So how can we achieve the balance between good design and a sensible kitchen budget?


Two major areas that effect the cost will be the choice of cabinetry, and secondly, the choice of work surface. On average, a kitchen designed around a Fully Framed (or in frame) product will be 30% more expensive than a kitchen using “On carcase” cabinets. These figures apply to our product, the same may not apply to other manufacturers. The core mechanics of both products such as the soft close drawer runners, dovetailed drawer boxes and the 18mm carcase will be the same, but the look of a Framed Kitchen will always stand out as a classic example of a bespoke kitchen.

The second major option for controlling the budget is the choice of work surface. Taking as an example an average “L” shaped kitchen, the cost of the work surface could vary between £500 for a laminate worktop through to £1500 for solid Oak, then up to £2500 for a mid price Granite surface.

Further options to address the costs can be explored by looking at choices for sinks and taps, and of course, the vast range of appliances available today offer an amazing choice.

Our aim is always to offer value for money with compromising on the design, and we are happy to advise on any aspects of a new kitchen.


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