Developing Your Budget

Just how much should you spend on your new kitchen?

The answer will depend on a number of factors, is it a new extension, are you remodelling an existing space

or making structural changes, do you need to keep to the existing footprint, and can you utilize some of the existing appliances.

With the help of an experienced designer to guide you, consider breaking down all the major elements into the following areas.

Cabinetry. A major cost difference can be seen between standard “On carcass” cabinets and the fully framed version.

Appliances. Always choose products with a reputation for quality, they will generally outlast those at the cheaper end of the market.

Work surfaces. This area can offer the greatest choice in terms of budget ranging from Laminates through to Granite and composites.

Sinks. Vary widely in price, based on both quality and features.

Taps. Another area that offers a large choice, particularly with new innovations such as hot taps providing constant boiling water.

Flooring. An area not often budgeted for when planning a new kitchen, but should always be considered.

New Lighting. A really important area that can be overlooked, but should always be seen as an integral part of the design.

Internal wirework systems. Another area that has developed significantly over the last few years allowing better use of dead space in corner cabinets

ease of access with pull out silo systems, and we would always suggest the inclusion of a suitable waste management system.

Labour. In addition to the fitting costs, always allow for updates and changes to the electrical and plumbing installation.

Frequently overlooked items often include removal and disposing of the existing kitchen, and the cost of all those take aways whilst

you are without a kitchen.

It is important to remember that your new kitchen is an investment and will reflect in the future value of your home.

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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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