Investing in a new kitchen is a brilliant way to improve functionality, inject style and even, increase the value of your home. In fact, kitchen’s remain in the top 10 most popular home improvements for 2021, even amid the pandemic. These rooms are the hub of the house and are where we do a considerable amount of entertaining. They have high traffic and are under demand at all times, so it makes sense that we want to transform them into places we love to spend time. The scope of possibility when it comes to refreshing your kitchen is vast – you could choose to simply change the paint colour or embark on an extravagant remodelling job. If it’s the latter you’re leaning towards, identifying your budget early on is the best way to bring the space of your dreams to life without breaking the bank.

Read on to discover our guide to budgeting for a kitchen.

How to split a budget

Identifying your budget at the very early stages of planning is vital. There is no end to the extravagant cabinetry, bespoke appliances and custom paintwork you can choose for a kitchen if you have the money to afford it. And, with platforms such as Pinterest flooding us with exquisite designs on tap, it’s easy to run away with your dreams before considering the practicalities. Working out your budget straight away means you’ll be better able to split the money and still find ways to bring your ideas to life. Perhaps you’re working from your savings, are remortgaging your home or have been given a lump sum as a present. Either way, sit down and work out how much you want to allocate to each area of your renovation. As a ballpark figure, we recommend:

  • 30% of the budget for labour.
  • 30% of the budget for cabinetry.
  • 10% of the budget for your kitchen worktop.
  • 15% of your budget for appliances, including white goods and other essentials.
  • 5% of your budget for the cost of plumbing.
  • 5% of your budget for the cost of electrics.
  • 5% of your budget for the flooring.

This is an estimate for your budget split. If one aspect of your kitchen remodel takes priority, feel free to jig it around. For example, you may be set on that solid marble worktop but happy to opt for less extravagant white goods. Or, perhaps you’re lucky enough to have a handyman in your family who can help reduce the cost of labour. Whichever split you choose, have it in writing in front of you before you start researching.

The planning stages

The beauty of the internet allows you to do much of your initial planning yourself. As we mentioned above, websites such as Pinterest and Houzz are there to help provide a host of inspiration. With these, you’ll be able to:

  • Find ideas for kitchens a similar shape and size to yours.
  • Discover the style of kitchen you’re drawn to.
  • Identify potential DIY projects that could bring the cost of your remodel down.
  • Find unique ways to inject storage into your space.

We recommend pulling all of these ideas together. You can then present them to your architect or builder to give a better idea of what you’re looking for.

Hiring an architect

If your kitchen remodelling plans to be quite significant, you may need to consider working with an architect. These professionals can turn the suggested new space into one you can view virtually, with all of your furniture and design choices laid out. This allows you to appropriately plan for new appliances, make sure the space works practically for your needs and stick to an assigned budget. But, on the same hand, hiring an architect will increase your budget too. It is recommended that, if working with an architect, you allocate 5-10% to their services. So, for example, if your new kitchen is going to cost £7000, you can expect to pay around £700 for their support. Architects can help to:

  • Draw up plans.
  • Decide on an appropriate layout for your chosen appliances.
  • Provide a measure and survey service.
  • Revise existing plans.
  • Submit your drawings for planning permission, if required.
  • Monitor your planning application.
  • Manage the build from start to finish (additional fees apply).

Consider whether the scope of your project requires an architect. Are you planning on pulling down walls and completely changing the layout of your existing kitchen? Are you looking to have new appliances with varying dimensions fitted into a specific space? Is the remodel complicated or straightforward? And finally, do you have the budget to accommodate an architect? If not, a reputable building company will be able to work with you to achieve a well-structured and workable kitchen in the exact same way.

Cabinetry and appliances

The cabinets that you choose along with the worktop and appliances will have a significant impact on how much you spend. Bespoke kitchen cabinets, for example, will cost anywhere between £12,000 and £25,000 whereas off-the-shelf designs are likely to be much cheaper – even a few hundred pounds. The same goes for appliances. Fridge freezers can cost anywhere in the region of £200 through to £2000. Standard taps can be purchased for under £100 whereas hot water taps (that produce boiling water on demand) start from around £750.

When working on a budget, identify what the most important features are to you. Do you do a lot of batch cooking and need ample fridge space to store your meals? Do you drink coffee and hot drinks regularly and like the idea of being able to do this in seconds? Do you want to optimise on worktop space and, therefore, want a solution where your appliances can be hidden until required? All of these questions will help you to decide how much you need to spend on the appliances and cabinets in your kitchen.

A new kitchen is a good investment in your home for many reasons. And, here at Castle Home Improvements, we can help you turn your dreams into a reality. With our in-house Kitchen Image design service, we can create your new kitchen in digital form for approval and adaptation. And, we work with top-end suppliers to make sure you love the final result. If you would like to speak to a member of our team, please get in contact with us here today.