How to keep new kitchen costs down

 

How much will my kitchen cost?

One of the most popular questions we’re asked by our customers is ‘How much will my kitchen cost?’ The simple answer is, we don’t know! That’s because every kitchen is as unique and individual as you, the customer. What we do know however is that our kitchens offer the best value and quality on the market but if you’re working to a strict budget then we’ve got a few tips to help you keep the costs down.

Everyone has a ‘look’ in mind when choosing their new kitchen but did you know that we offer kitchen ranges manufactured from a number of different materials to help you achieve that look at a budget you can afford?

Different kitchen styles

As an example, if it’s a cool, contemporary high gloss slab door finish you’re after then we can provide you with a number of options to help you create that look.

At a mid price point we have Altino, which is an acrylic faced mdf construction, and for a further small premium, we have the Livorna range with a lacquered mdf door.

It’s not only gloss doors that we can offer alternatives in so there really is a kitchen to suit your budget. If this all sounds a little too technical and you’re unsure what the difference between the door ranges are, remember, you can always order sample doors, which we’ll reimburse you for once you’ve made up your mind and returned them back to us.

It’s also important to note that all of our ranges are manufactured to the same high quality and are backed by our 25 year guarantee.

Planning with double width cabinets

One of the simplest ways to keep your kitchen cost down and to keep to your budget is to consider planning double width cabinets where possible, rather than a series of single base cabinets. The overall look of your kitchen will still be the same but the cost savings achievable can be around 25%, so it’s certainly worthwhile considering when designing your kitchen.

Take a look at the basic examples below. Both examples use white kitchen units and Avant white doors.

Kitchen unit type cost savings

Example (A) uses 6 x 300mm wide kitchen base units and 1 x 600mm wide base unit. At the time of publishing this article, the cost of run (A) would cost you £63.07 x 6 + £92.15 = £470.57. This run is perfectly acceptable but not the most cost effective. (8 doors would be used in this example)

Example (B) uses 4 x 600mm wide kitchen units instead and the external look of the kitchen would be the same, apart from the price. At the time of publishing this article, the cost of run (B) would cost you £92.15 x 4 = £368.60. (8 doors would also be used in this example)

The kitchen cost saving of using kitchen run (B) over kitchen run (A) is £101.97 (27% cheaper).

Kitchen unit measurements

Here is how the units above would look from the front, without the doors on. Measurements have also been added. (Door measurements for both these units are 715mm x 297mm)

Highline base unit sizes

We also have base units which are 900mm wide, which can be used to increase kitchen cost savings further, if you have a long kitchen run to fill. (Door measurements for 900mm wide units are 715mm x 447mm)

How many drawers do you really need?

Another consideration when designing your kitchen layout is to think carefully about how many drawers you will actually need.

A common mistake many people make when planning their kitchen is to include far more drawers than they will actually use. Think about your current kitchen and it’s more than likely that you will have a drawer full of junk that you don’t really need!

Typically, a base cabinet with a drawer installed costs approximately 30% more than a base cabinet with a full height door. If you are working to a budget our recommendation is to plan full height base cabinets throughout the kitchen but to also include a pull out pan drawer cabinet. This will provide you with a useful top drawer to store your cutlery and a further two deeper drawers to store your pots and pans etc.

We always recommend that you purchase end panels and plinths in the same finish as your door, however, we do appreciate that often our customers are working to a budget and as such we also offer co-ordinating plinths and panels in carcase material that can help you achieve a great look at a significantly reduced cost.

Kitchen features

Everybody aspires to having good design features in their kitchen, such as curved cabinets, pilasters, dresser cabinets or even a chimney mantle and we would certainly recommend this. However, whilst such design elements can make for a fantastic focal point for your kitchen they can also add significant cost to too.

If you are working to a budget, carefully consider how many features you really need to include and remember that over use of a particular feature can give a kitchen a cluttered or dis-jointed look. A little thought in this area will not only save you money but will also give you a more aesthetically pleasing and workable kitchen.

Tall appliance housings can also add un-necessary cost to a kitchen, so if you’re looking to keep cost to a minimum, consider planning a built-under oven housing instead.

Work surfaces

The type of work surface you select can have a significant bearing on the overall final cost of your kitchen.  Solid surface worktops or granite surfaces look fantastic but are the most costly options on the market and not only carry a premium to purchase but will also require a specialist tradesman to install them.

Timber work surfaces tend to be less expensive and do provide a beautiful natural appearance to a kitchen but if you’re looking to work within a budget then the most cost effective solution is our range of laminate worktops. We have lots of different finishes to choose from and a laminate work surface is durable and relatively easy and inexpensive to install.

Handles & knobs

In order for you to create an individual look for your kitchen we offer a vast range of handles and knobs and as such, have options available for all budgets. Given that the average kitchen might have as many as 20 handles or knobs then the type of handle selected can impact significantly on the cost of your kitchen. More expensive handle options could add hundreds of pounds to your quote so it’s always worth giving careful consideration to your final choice.

Appliances

We offer a wide and varied range of kitchen appliances from AEG, Electrolux and Zanussi so we always have appliances to suit all budgets, however it is always worth giving thought to how the appliance will be used. Modern appliances are now equipped with a multitude of timesaving and clever features but they are only worth investing in if you will actually use these features.

 

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Up to 50% off competitor kitchen prices

At DIY Kitchens, not only do you get a quality rigid built kitchen but you also get it at a fabulous price too! Price your kitchen up on our site and you could see savings  of up to 50% off other kitchen quotes that you’ve had.

Take a look at our kitchen price comparison page here.

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