9 May 2022

How much does a new kitchen cost?

Emma McLaren
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If you plan to get a kitchen and want to find out how much it'll cost you, you would need to do some searching. You might ask your kitchen designer, but more often than not, they'd ask you for your budget and how much you have to spend. While this can be helpful, a better way to get the best result is to know the wide range of costs required for a new kitchen. Using this, you can focus your funds on a kitchen that fits your space and parts you prefer while cutting costs. Ultimately, you get to buy a new kitchen that is best for you instead of just what is affordable.

Kitchen prices often vary based on several factors, and budget groups are one way to categorise the price;

For low budget kitchens, the price often starts at $10,000 and can go as high as $25,000.

A mid-range kitchen will be perfect if you're not on a low budget and aren't super-rich either. These often range from $20,000 to $45,000

The money is simply not a problem for some people, and the kitchens are meant to be a luxury spaces. In this case, the price can go from $45,000 to as high as $100,000 and even more.

If you were talking to your kitchen designer, this is usually what it all comes down to. However, we will tell you about some other factors to consider to help you understand how much you need for your kitchen.

Price for your kitchen

Location is often as important as materials when getting a new kitchen. In Australia, the amount you'd have to spend on renovations differs. For example, the average kitchen renovation costs between $23,000 and $42,000 to get your kitchen in Sydney. Meanwhile, in other places in the country, you would pay just about $17,000 for the same result.

Tips on materials to choose which would fit your budget

  • Doors and drawers are essential and one of the most-used components. Thankfully Melamine is relatively cheap and affordable and is a suitable material. Meanwhile, using strong timber or gloss polyurethane materials would be more expensive.

  • Using a laminated benchtop is a cheaper alternative to a reconstituted, more luxury-looking benchtop, as the former will cost about $3000 while the latter can cost north of $10,000.

  • Choice of tiles is another essential cost decision. Acrylic splashback tiles are inexpensive and should cost under a thousand dollars, usually a few hundred. However, higher-quality tiles would require you to shell out thousands of dollars.

  • Appliances are where funds are especially expended. Many alluring higher-end appliances cost a lot, but there are also some great value ones. $5000 would be okay for a standard appliance which will surely do everything you need. However, if you want more, you will have to double or triple that amount.

If you're pretty comfortable financially, you might not have any issues, but the prices will surely make a difference if you're not that lucky. You will have to be wise with your purchases even if you can afford some of the higher-end materials. Also, saving in some areas will mean you can afford costlier options in other areas.

Wear and tear in a kitchen

It's also advisable to consider long term use. For example, having glossy finishes and using two-pack polyurethane doors and drawers will look great, but they tend to catch scratches and look much worse over time if you have children, which poses another problem. So except you cordoned off those areas, you will have to prepare for repairs or simply go for a better long term material.

The cost for a kitchen varies a lot, and it might seem that simply asking for a cost is a silly question, but it isn't. That being said, the cost of your kitchen cannot be known until your intended kitchen space is measured and evaluated by your kitchen designer and is jointly analysed with your choice of materials and appliances.

It can seem easy to make concessions simply because of prices going over your intended budget. Still, it is good to remember that getting your kitchen is a long term investment, and if you can, do not make compromises over the best fit for you as regards quality. Hinges, drawer runners, etc., and all-important items needed should be in the best quality you can afford for your drawers and cabinets.

The bottom line

At the end of the day, the quality invested in the construction will stand out and pass the test of time. So whether it's a $100,000 kitchen or one that costs $80,000, what matters more and will give you joy is the quality of materials and the design.

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