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New kitchen costs - is this reasonable?

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VermicularCanister Sat 23-Apr-16 22:43:02

We have a quote for a new kitchen, and I just wondered if any wise people would be able to take a look at the figures and say if it seems about right or if anything is obviously too much.

It's from a local independent company who make their own units and will manage the whole installation, sort out trades etc. I would like to use them as so far they have been a lot easier to deal with than Magnet, Wickes etc., and they would be able to build a couple of units to non-standard sizes to fit our awkwardly shaped kitchen.

I have seen many threads on here where people have had fabulous kitchens installed on a tiny budget by shopping around for bargains, doing a lot of the work themselves, etc., but as DH and I both work and have minimal DIY skills between us, realistically we are going to have to pay someone else to do most of the work. So I don't expect our kitchen to be the cheapest, but we don't want to pay wildly over the odds if we can avoid it.

Anyway, here are the numbers. The kitchen is about 3m x 4m.

3m base units, 3.5m wall units, end panels, plinths, etc. - £3300
Electrics - £1700 (there is a lot to do, the existing electrics are pretty rubbish)
Duropal worktops, about 4m plus breakfast bar - £1300
Plumbing and installation - £3600
Replacing a window with a differently sized one - £1200

For appliances/sink/tap, the plan is to either use our existing ones or source new ones ourselves, and we'll also deal with the floor and decorating separately.

I would be really grateful for any advice!

Zampa Sat 23-Apr-16 22:47:24

That sounds about right to me. Ours was £13K, including appliances (a new double oven, fridge freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer). The building work was £6K (stripping out, underfloor heating, electrics, new Velux, one window repositioned and relocation of door). Wall and floor tiles, including their laying was another £800.

Zampa Sat 23-Apr-16 22:47:59

Sorry, meant to say, similar sized kitchen!

Zampa Sat 23-Apr-16 22:49:34

And we used a local company for the supply and installation. Solid wood, painted, Shaker style with oak worktops.

namechangedtoday15 Sat 23-Apr-16 22:53:56

Are you only having 3m worth of base units (plus wall units)? If that's the case then I think the cost for plumbing and installation is quite expensive. Installation (assuming it's basic installation of units because you're paying separately for electrics) wouldn't be more than £1500 for that size of kitchen, so plumbing is more than £2k? What are you doing?

VermicularCanister Sat 23-Apr-16 23:08:40

Good question namechangedtoday! The walls and ceiling will need to be plastered, the washing machine will move (but it will end up next to the existing dishwasher so I don't think that should be a big deal to plumb in?), there currently isn't an extractor of any sort so that will need a hole in the wall. Trying to think what else...

I guess this figure will also include the removal of the old stuff, as that's not explicitly mentioned anywhere else.

Does any of this make a significant difference?!

namechangedtoday15 Sat 23-Apr-16 23:14:25

Sounds high - maybe ask for a breakdown?

Voteforpedr0 Sat 23-Apr-16 23:16:40

Is the fitter someone you found yourselves locally ? The fitter needn't cost as much as that

VermicularCanister Sat 23-Apr-16 23:25:56

The quote is from the company that makes the kitchen units, so not an independent fitter.

Just thought also that the figure might include installation of worktops, although the quote isn't the clearest on this. The £1300 is for worktops plus upstands, glass splashback and window sills (I think). But doesn't mention installation.

And also not mentioned anywhere is the fact that we are replacing a gas cooker with an electric one, so presumably a gas engineer will be needed to remove the old one and cap off the gas supply? So that could be another addition to the installation cost.

Yes, a breakdown would definitely help!

VermicularCanister Fri 29-Apr-16 11:23:27

OK, I finally have a breakdown of what's included in the fitting costs:

Install all units (3.2m base units, 3.5m wall units)
Plaster ceiling
Plaster walls where old tiles are being removed
Install duct for extractor
Disconnect and remove old gas cooker
Fit oven, hob, extractor, sink, tap, dishwasher, washing machine
Plumbing as required
Remove existing units and worktops and clear site

If £3600 is too high for this, is anyone able to say how much too high, and what you would expect to pay? As I said upthread, we don't have the time/skills to take on much ourselves, so if we are paying a little bit for the convenience of someone else managing the whole thing then that is OK, but if it's wildly over then we might need to think again.

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