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Picking the Perfect Budget for Your Dream Kitchen: A Comprehensive Guide

Published: 9 months ago

How much is a sensible amount to invest in your dream kitchen?

This is a question we frequently hear at Dovecote Kitchens Direct. The answer, as you might expect, varies greatly from person to person. It can be as modest as £10,000 or reach an opulent six-figure sum.

So, how do you decide what’s right for you?

The answer hinges on various factors, such as the size of your kitchen, the length of your stay in the property, the types of appliances and worktops you prefer, and, of course, your affinity for those irresistible high-end gadgets and lighting systems. However, a commonly accepted guideline is that most homeowners allocate between 7% and 10 of their home’s value to a kitchen revamp.

  1. Budget: Start by setting an affordable budget that comfortably covers materials, labour, and potential unforeseen expenses.
  2. Kitchen Size and Detail: A larger kitchen doesn’t necessarily mean a larger budget. It’s more about the level of detail and quality you wish to incorporate.
  3. Appliance Quality: Think about the functionality you genuinely need. Do you need a wifi-controlled dishwasher or a built-in coffee machine? We recommend NEFF appliances for their blend of quality and sensible pricing.
  4. Internals: Consider investing in functional elements like pull-out drawers for ease of use. These small additions might add a bit to your budget but will save you time and effort in the long run.
  5. Door Finishes: Don’t be swayed by cheaper ranges that look great in the showroom. At Dovecote, we only use top-quality door materials to ensure lasting beauty and durability.
  6. Hinges and Drawer Systems: Opt for quality over cost savings. Poor quality can lead to problems down the line.
  7. Worktop Quality: The type of worktops you choose, such as quartz, granite, or Corian, can significantly impact the cost. High-end materials will increase your budget but offer enhanced aesthetics and longevity.
  8. Labour Costs: These will depend on the complexity of your project. Independent companies often charge less than national firms as they don’t build in a margin for errors.
  9. Design and Customisation: Contrary to popular belief, custom designs aren’t always more expensive than standard options. At Dovecote, we specialise in bespoke kitchens at surprisingly reasonable prices.
  10. Resale Value: Consider how much value your new kitchen will add to your home. Be cautious of over-improving for your neighbourhood.
  11. Personal Preferences: Your taste and preferences will greatly influence your budget. If you crave luxury features or unique designs, be prepared to spend more. But remember, these are the elements that will bring you joy.
  12. Contingency Fund: Always set aside an additional 10% of your budget for unexpected costs or changes during the renovation process.

In conclusion, while a kitchen renovation typically costs 7-10% of your home’s current value, it’s crucial to assess your specific needs and situation. For the most accurate estimate, consult with a professional kitchen designer or contractor who can provide a detailed quote based on your requirements.

At Dovecote Kitchens Direct, our designers prioritise your interests, offering sensible advice to help you save in certain areas so you can splurge on your wishlist items – all while staying within budget.


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