The kitchen fitting costs in this article are correct as of 2019
For many homeowners, revitalising their kitchen is top of their home improvement wishlist. Transforming your kitchen from an exhausted and run-down space into a modern, useful room perfect for cooking and dining, is a dream that many of us have, but lots of people are unsure of the kind of costs involved in kitchen renovations, or even how to work out how much a new kitchen costs. From cheap fitted kitchens to a high-end bespoke situation, we’ve put together a guide that can help you to budget for a new kitchen.
When looking at the price of fitting a new kitchen, it is important to understand what this price actually covers. Generally, when looking at the cost of a new kitchen, the prices you will see will cover the price of the units themselves (ie, the cupboards and cabinets), and the cost of installing them in your home. This is known as a dry fit. Basic rewiring and plumbing if needed to accommodate the new structure can cost extra. Prices will also generally exclude the cost of appliances - such as ovens, fridges, extractor fans and dishwashers - and worktops, as well as cosmetic work in the kitchen, such as painting, tiling and flooring, if this is also being changed.
After speaking to experienced Mybuilder tradesman around the UK, we estimate that the average price of a new kitchen installation in the UK costs around £5,000 to £6,000. At the lower end of the spectrum, it can be possible to purchase and install a new kitchen from around £1,200. At the high end, the price can be limitless depending on your specifications, but a top of the range kitchen may cost around £14,000. Prices will generally be higher in London and the south east where tradesmen can charge a premium for their time.
The pricing of kitchen units will depend on the quality of materials used and the kind of finish you want them to have. A small set of units for a galley kitchen, for example eight units providing around 10m2 of storage space, may cost around £1,000. If you have a very large kitchen requiring 20 units and giving you 30m2 of storage, this price could be more than £7,000. This will simply give you a simple shell of a kitchen, but you will still require worktops and appliances, and installation. Another thing to remember with assessing the price of kitchens is whether it is cheapest to purchase your kitchen through a supplier, and pay for their recommended installers to fit it for you, or to find your own installer. Equally, you may prefer to find a kitchen fitter yourself, and have them purchase the kitchen, where they may be able to pass on their trade discount to you.
Another cost to consider is the price of having your old kitchen removed, and it’s important you factor it in when you consider a new kitchen installation. Tradesmen with a waste carrier license may be able to do this for you for a fee of a few hundred pounds, or you can hire a skip, or take the old units to a tip yourself.
Kitchen worktops can come in a variety of materials that will have a huge impact on the overall pricing. Simple laminate work surfaces, which may scratch, stain or blister over time, can be priced at less than £500. Solid timber surfaces will be more expensive, while more expensive again are granite and quartz worktop options, which are incredibly hard-wearing and can last for years - prices for these can run to the thousands of pounds, depending on the amount needed.
The cost of appliances is directly related to what specifications you require. For example, a small, under-counter fridge can be found for under £150, while a large, two-door fridge with a chilled water and ice dispenser will set you back over £1,000. The same market applies to ovens and all other appliances - it is worth doing your research to find out what best suits your needs and compare prices from different brands and retailers. Make sure you take into account the sizes of any appliances to make sure they will be appropriate for your kitchen.
Depending on the size of the team doing the kitchen installation, the installation of a new units will typically take around five days. For the entire process, such as stripping out the old kitchen, replumbing, plastering, installation and tiling, it may be closer to ten days. This will affect the cost of the overall cost of the installation. To find our more about pricing for individual elements such as tiling or floor fitting, read our individual guides to pricing for those trades. If hiring a dedicated kitchen fitting firm, or larger building company, the kitchen fitter may be able to provide these services as part of a total cost, or recommend other tradesmen to carry out the work.
There are a number of ways to ensure you’re getting value for money when installing a new kitchen. If you’re buying the kitchen yourself from a store or online, make sure you shop around and compare prices, and look out for deals in sales, which will be held throughout the year. Ensure you hire tradespeople who are reliable and will work to schedule - it’s easy to find quality tradespeople on MyBuilder, with reviews from their previous customers. You may want to get kitchen installation quotes from a few different tradespeople to see how much they will charge for the job. Also be wary when having your new kitchen delivered, if you will be taking delivery of it - ensure it is exactly what you wanted, and make sure it’s stored in a secure place, where nothing get damaged - everything that needs to be replaced will add more time to the project and ramp up costs.