When I wrote my post a short while ago about our brand new kitchen renovation, I also promised that I would write another post, a totally open and honest one, all about how much our building work cost, after a few people asked me.
Before getting builders in ourselves to give us quotes (which varied wildly by the way), I spent aaaages googling costs for a kitchen renovation, and simply couldn’t find anything out there that would give us realistic pricing. I know all renovations are going to be priced differently depending on size, structural work, whether or not an extension needs to be built or you’re using an existing one etc etc, but we just wanted ballpark figures, and there was diddly squat to go on.
We had 4 builders come out and give us quotes, and we decided to go for the builder who offered us a mid-range quote. He wasn’t the cheapest, nor most expensive, but he came recommended and we really liked his enthusiasm and commitment to the project. After all, these are the people you’ll be making all kinds of decisions with, and parting large sums of money with over the coming months!
Before I go into detail of how much we paid for everything, I’ll let you know the crux of the work that we were having done. It’s worth noting that we are in SE London, so our costs are most likely going to be more expensive than if you are based up north. Prices quoted here are as beginning of 2017. The work took approx 6 weeks, but was delayed by 2 weeks due to an unexpected problem with our floor (more on that later).
Our new house had an existing kitchen and separate dining room extension, but both rooms were oddly separated still by an internal wall that we wanted to come down to open the whole space up. This saved us some money, as we didn’t have to actually build the bones of an extension, and it also meant that to save money we could keep the existing roof and skylights- something we’d wanted to change but we simply couldn’t afford to right now (and actually now the room has been opened up, we didn’t need to!).
So structurally, we look down an internal wall and put in a steel. The old kitchen was ripped out and skipped, we also moved the existing pipework and radiators so we could have vertical ones, installed a Howdens Burford Grey kitchen, sourced a Quartz Worktop separately, had Karndeen flooring laid, bi-fold doors installed, worksurface-to-ceiling tiling in the kitchen, and the whole large room decorated. We also paid to have some extras done for us, like having a TV cable fitted around the house to connect with our existing Virgin box, and an outdoor security light fitted.
To save money we kept our current integrated appliances (washing machine, tumble dryer and dishwasher). We also sourced lots of things ourselves, including the tiles, work surfaces, cooker and hood and shelving (my pride and joy!). Our builder is a regular at our local Howdens, and got us a fantastic deal on our kitchen, and I was able to see the kitchen planned out in front of me which was reassuring. Howdens kitchens also have a 48 hour order turnaround, which is why builders like them!
Like many building projects, we came across an issue with our flooring that was very expensive to rectify. Essentially, once the old floor was ripped up, we discovered what we’d already suspected- extremely gradiented post-war composite flooring (the difference was a whopping 10cm from one side of the space to the other), which meant this needed levelling. Unfortunately, in order for us to be able to have the hard-wearing Karndeen flooring we badly wanted, special leveller had to be used, as Karndeen and the like just won’t stick to composite flooring. This coupled with the fact that the kitchen pipework was under the composite flooring and needed drilling up and moving, left us with a bill closer to £5K more than we anticipated spending.
Always have a back up plan folks, and never assume you’ll be be able to stick to your budget, however careful you are!
So, how much did the kitchen renovation cost?
In the below table is exactly how much our kitchen renovation cost us. Our builder was fantastic, but I’m protecting his privacy as of course he may quote differently on a build-by-build basis.
|Work carried out/ item to buy||Cost||Plus Materials (if applicable)||Total Cost|
|Building controls cost||650||64.5|
|Site set up, boarding etc||200||160||360|
|Stripping kitchen, plumbing, work safely||520||75||595|
|block up kitchen doorway||210||65||275|
|Kitchen knock-through leaving column||520||60||580|
|New beam installation||590||270||860|
|make good new opening||175||130||305|
|Carpentry- skirting boards etc||240||140||380|
|Make opening bigger for bi-fold doors||1290||330||1620|
|Brick up bi-fold opening||350||120||470|
|re-wire sockets and lights||1300||530||1830|
|Painting kitchen (not wood)||560||75||635|
|Fitting new kitchen and shelves||2600||120||2720|
|alter plumbing hot and cold supplies||450||260||710|
|Flooring- leveling, and fixture major issue, plus materials||4800||4800|
|Cost of actual Building Work||18952|
|Flooring- Installation charge||as above||0|
|Skip Hire||250 per skip||750|
|Table||To be bought|
|Chairs||To be bought|
|TOTAL COST OF KITCHEN RENOVATION||£32,364.37 (not inc VAT)|
I hope this is helpful and enables anyone thinking about embarking on a kitchen renovation to tot up their potential costs. If you have any questions about these costs or about my kitchen, please leave a comment in the box after the posts below and I’ll do my best to answer them!