How to budget for your new kitchen
Arguably the most difficult part of any new kitchen project is making the numbers fit. It’s easy to get carried away in showrooms and let your imagination run wild only to find that the kitchen you’ve set your heart on is simply out of reach.
Don’t let that happen! No matter your budget, we’ve got some tips and tricks to help you fight the finances and make sure the kitchen you end up with is practically perfect as well as painless on your pocket.
Include everything in your budget
Don’t forget there is more to a kitchen project than simply units and appliances. Write a list of all the different parts of the project that you need to consider, to make sure you don’t overlook anything. Include building work, flooring, units, worksurfaces, appliances, delivery and fitting costs, flooring, electrical changes such as moving sockets around, plumbing, tiling or splashbacks, lighting and even decorating. And don’t forget the cost of new furniture if you’d like to create a breakfast bar or dining area.
By understanding all the decisions required, you’ll be able to work through them systematically.
Be sensible about appliances
Whether you visit a kitchen showroom or simply an electricals store, you may find you get carried away looking at all the latest appliances, thinking you couldn’t possibly live without them. And if you have the budget, brilliant, go for it. But if you are looking for places to cut back, think practically about your choices. What are your priorities? You may think it’s worth investing in a top name, all singing, all dancing oven that you’ll be using day in day out, but do you need to buy the same top of the range dishwasher that is integrated (read: hidden)?
Write a list of appliances you’re looking for and put them in priority order. How does that must-have boiling water tap stack up against, say, a warming drawer, or could you downgrade your chosen fridge freezer in order to afford the large induction hob you’ve been longing for?
Work your way through your list gradually filling in the blanks with costs and options. You may find you can save money by getting everything delivered and fitted at the same time, or it could be that by shopping around or making a simple change like choosing a different worktop you can cut back slightly. Alternatively, you might decide that the convenience of one supplier doing everything for you is worth paying for.
Discuss your priorities with your family and play with the numbers based on your preferences. If the final numbers fit into the original budget all the better, but from experience it’s rarely that easy, and may require a few difficult decisions.
If the numbers aren’t working, consider other options to delay a portion of the cost. Think about leaving the lighting until a later date or perhaps waiting to upgrade additional items like tables and chairs or toasters and kettles etc. This may mean making do in the meantime, but with a bit of patience could help to ensure that in the end the kitchen of your dreams can come in on budget and surprisingly stress free.