How much should I spend on my new kitchen?
How much does a new kitchen cost? Well, it’s a bit like the old question, how long is a piece of string! It entirely depends on what you want. In our experience, the best way to approach this is from the other side of the issue. Ask yourself: how much do you want to spend?
Setting your budget
Unless you’ve recently robbed a bank or won the lottery, you’ll have a limit on what you can invest in a new kitchen. And you should think of it as an investment rather than simply a purchase – after all, you’re going to be spending a lot of time in your kitchen.
If this is your first time buying a new kitchen and you’ve no idea where to start when setting a budget, don’t panic. Talk to us, we’re a friendly team and we’ll be happy to provide some guidance. As a ballpark figure, if you’re purchasing a high-quality kitchen in Newcastle or the North-East, you should budget at least £20,000. Bear in mind that you’re buying something that’s both stylish and built to last, from a specialist company, as covered in our recent blog here. However, if you’re still unsure about value for money, ask for some testimonials from previous customers.
Once you’ve decided on a budget, make sure that you share it with your kitchen designer as this will play a huge role in how they conceptualise your kitchen. For example, you wouldn’t go into a car dealership and not tell them your budget, as there’s no point them trying to sell you a Lamborghini if your price point is a Mercedes.
A Merc is still a quality car that is built to last and that’s how you should think of your kitchen. Our advice is always to invest in quality throughout, whether that’s your appliances, work surfaces or furniture. Consider price versus value – most often, spending a little bit more on quality is going to pay for itself in the long run.
Remember when thinking about budgets that your kitchen design needs to be functional as well as a feast for the eyes. Start with appliances – which machines do you need in your kitchen? What additional appliances could make your life easier?
There are also thousands of worktops to choose from, and this is where the expertise of your kitchen designer really comes into play. They will advise you on which material is best for your home, right down to using different materials in different areas of your kitchen. Our team has bags of experience in creating kitchens using multiple materials, weaving an additional layer of practicality into your kitchen design.
When it comes to kitchen furniture, again make sure that you don’t skimp on features that will make your life easy and ensure that your kitchen is your happy place! We recommend quality components for a start, as well as time or space-saving features like internal pull-outs or extra drawers. They might add to the cost but can make a huge difference to how much you enjoy being in your kitchen.
If you’re looking for some inspiration, read our thoughts on the key kitchen trends for 2023.
Ask the right questions
Most of our customers also get quotes from other Newcastle kitchen providers – and we’d expect no less. However, make sure that you ask the right questions so that you’re comparing apples with apples.
The key question to ask is, what is included in the quote? Work through this in detail to be sure of a direct comparison. For example, does it include design, project management, delivery, installation and all the features you’ve asked for?
At Callerton Kitchens, we’ve been delivering dream kitchens in the North-East for more than 40 years. We’re always on hand for an informal chat, so call into our premises or talk to us for further information. Who knows – that conversation could lead you to an incredible new kitchen.