What is the price of a kitchen from a kitchen designer?
In a new house, and often when it is a renovation, the question of installing a kitchen arises. The kitchen is a special place in a house. Even if you are not a gourmet cook, you will not be insensitive to a beautiful, aesthetic, modern, functional kitchen, in perfect harmony with the rest of your home.
In this day and age, kitchen designers are constantly innovating and offer a multitude of colours, materials, optimised layouts, practical storage solutions, high-tech options and clever ideas. All this inevitably comes at a cost, which will vary according to the size of the kitchen, the style of furniture, its quality and the options chosen.
Who should I contact to install my kitchen?
Kitchen designers are best placed to meet your needs. It is best to contact a professional who comes to your home. They will advise you on the type of kitchen best suited to the size and shape of your room and inform you of any technical constraints. He will then take measurements and provide you with an estimate.
Of course, there are big differences in price between the generalist brands and the specialist Italian kitchen designers. These are justified by the quality of service and materials, as well as by a wider choice of models and colours.
In addition to the price of the base and wall units, appliances, sink and taps, worktop, credenza and various interior fittings, there is also the price of installation. This will depend on many factors: the number of units and appliances, the number and complexity of options, the type of materials, and any plumbing, electrical, tiling and painting work.
As a general rule, kitchen designers give a global estimate, including furniture and labour. Installation is estimated at around 20% of the total value of the kitchen.
What is the price of a fitted kitchen?
By equipped, we mean a kitchen that is complete, ready to use, with all the furniture and appliances, not forgetting the various options: shelves, integrated lighting, a waste bin, cutlery trays, spice racks, sockets that can be built into the worktop, etc.
The first prices for kitchens, excluding installation and without appliances, start at 500 euros for a basic kit in DIY or furniture shops. Then come the real mid-range fitted kitchens from kitchen designers, ranging from 5,000 to 10,000 euros, then the top-of-the-range kitchens which can cost up to 25,000 euros and much more. A custom-made kitchen with good features will cost around 15,000 euros.
It is obvious that many elements come into play in these prices. Depending on your wishes and requirements in terms of materials, finishes, size and number of units, prices can vary enormously.
For example, the choice of pots and pans, swivel corner units, a sophisticated mixer tap with hand shower or a central island will significantly increase the price. A laminate worktop is preferable to save money. If you opt for wood, it will cost you between €45 and €90/m² or, for a modern look, for waxed concrete, expect to pay between €60 and €160/m².
The amount of electrical appliances you buy will also have a major impact on the total cost of your kitchen. Built-in appliances are more expensive than those to be placed under the worktop. The average price of a hob or oven is €250, a fridge-freezer or dishwasher €350, and a hood €200, depending on the brand.
In general, installing a kitchen in a new house is cheaper than renovating an old one. In the latter case, the cost of labour is much higher. The demolition work and then the adaptation to the old kitchen takes time. The plumbing and electrical alterations, which are sometimes essential, must be done beforehand.
In the case of a total renovation, you should plan on between 500 and 1000 euros per m², and for a partial renovation, the estimate is 150 to 600 euros per m². If the house is old, it will be necessary to bring it up to standard, which will entail a considerable additional cost.
Updating the kitchen or investing in a new kitchen can therefore quickly become a major investment.