A kitchen is the heart of any home. It’s a warm, inviting place where sweet and savoury aromas fill the air; families meet after a long day at work and a gathering spot for get-togethers with friends and extended family. Plus, it’s where all that delicious food comes from!
As such an important room in your home, your kitchen deserves to look as stunning and function as well as it can. Both sides of this coin are just as crucial as each other— a good-looking kitchen will make you happy to cook, eat, and socialise in while having all the basics plus all the mod-cons makes your life simpler. So, if your kitchen doesn’t meet one (or both) of these categories, it may just be time for a kitchen renovation. ‘But wouldn’t that be expensive?’ I hear you say. Not always!
This article explores how much it costs to renovate a kitchen in London and all the aspects that go into it. For personalised advice, contact our team at HQ Renovations today.
How to Renovate a Kitchen
Renovating a kitchen is a complex task that involves many different steps. As such, there are many areas that come with their own costs, and all of those costs add up. To break it down, costs can be categorised into:
The cabinets are one of the first things people notice about kitchens, which makes them one of the most important features to focus on when considering a renovation. Whether you go high-end or budget-friendly, there are kitchen cabinet options aplenty! The material, style, and colour you choose can all influence the price, as well as the size of the cabinets and/or how many you will need. As a rough estimate, you can expect to pay £3,000 to £15,000 or more for kitchen cabinets, depending on your choices.
Along with cabinets, the countertops sitting on them can transform the entire look and feel of a kitchen. Investing in a beautiful countertop is about more than just aesthetics, though, as this is where you’ll prep and cook all of your meals, so it needs to be up to the task! There are many different materials available for countertops, all of which come with their own price points. For example, butcher block and tile will generally be much cheaper than granite, marble, or quartz. Depending on the material and the countertop size, you may pay £800 to £1,000 or even upwards of £7,000 for new countertops.
Sometimes, older appliances like ovens and stoves reach the end of their life and need to be replaced, whether you like it or not. On the other hand, maybe you bought a new house, and the kitchen isn’t your style, and replacing the appliances will help you feel happy as you create culinary masterpieces. Whatever your reason for replacing appliances, this is another area where the cost will vary widely depending on what you’re looking for.
Smaller appliances that you simply plug in and turn on, like microwaves, toasters, and kettles are one thing, while white goods (that aren’t necessarily white!) like fridges and dishwashers tend to be rather costly. However, like with other aspects of your kitchen, you can choose to go with budget or luxury (or somewhere in between). This means that your appliances may cost £1,5000, £7,000, or much more depending on the number and quality of appliances you choose.
A visually stunning backsplash will draw attention for all the right reasons. Meanwhile, an outdated backsplash will also attract eyes, but not quite in the same way! As such, updating your backsplash is a key component in kitchen renovation. Backsplashes work to catch spills and sprays that often come along with cooking, so you want to make sure it’s as functional as it is stylish. Tile, glass, and metal are all popular options that come with their own price points— you may find a new backsplash sets you back £300 or upwards of £1,500 depending on the material and how much you need.
There are many other areas you may want to consider renovating in your kitchen, and these are just the main ones that will have the biggest impact on your budget. If you have a larger kitchen, you may also think about installing an island, which can cost as little as £800 or as much as £4,000 or more. There are also typically less expensive renovation options like the lighting, colour scheme, and tapware you may want to factor into your kitchen renovation budget.
Kitchen Renovation Cost
Kitchen renovation costs will vary widely among homes due to their size, style, budget, and so on. As a rough guide:
Small Kitchen Renovation Cost
If your kitchen is on the smaller side, it will typically use less materials and take less time to renovate than a large kitchen. This will help to keep its costs down. However, if you choose high-end, luxury materials and appliances over less expensive options, a small kitchen renovation can easily equal a large kitchen renovation in terms of cost. Generally, a small kitchen renovation in London can cost £3,700 to £9,3000.
Budget Kitchen Renovation Cost
Renovating a kitchen on a budget is entirely possible. In many cases, if done well, nobody will be able to spot that it costs you a fraction of the price of a luxury chef’s kitchen! By choosing more budget-friendly materials and only renovating what’s necessary, you can find a budget kitchen renovation can cost £6,200 on the lower end of the scale.
Kitchen Cabinet Renovation Cost
Depending on the type and size of cabinets you’re looking for, kitchen cabinets generally cost between £3,000 and £15,000. However, you’ll also need to consider the cost of installing the new cabinets. This is typically not a DIY job, so you will need to consult a professional to do this for you.
Does Renovating a Kitchen Add Value to My Home?
In most cases, yes. Renovating your kitchen is often a great way to get a return on your investment, as it’s such a crucial area and is used every day. Due to its importance and necessity, potential buyers pay close attention to kitchens when looking at homes.
A stylish and functional kitchen will typically make your home even more attractive, but the execution is just as important, if not even more so. A poorly-executed renovation will tell potential buyers that it will need to be fixed or replaced sooner than they would probably like, which could be the difference between selling and sitting on the market.
Other factors that influence whether your kitchen adds value include the design and layout, its energy efficiency, and how it compares to kitchens in other homes in your area.
Upgrade Your Kitchen with HQ Renovations
A brand-new kitchen, or even one that simply appears brand new, can make a significant difference to the way you experience your home as a whole. And at HQ Renovations, that’s exactly what we’re here to help with! With years of experience and all the tools of the trade, we excel in designing and constructing the kitchen of your dreams and ensuring you’re thrilled with the final product.
If a renovated kitchen sounds too good to be true, let us assure you it isn’t— contact us today to get started.