Should I spend more on a dream kitchen?
If you've spent years planning your dream kitchen, now may finally be time to take the plunge. Working out what to spend, and where, can be tricky, but if you build your perfect kitchen you’ll never want to leave…
You’ve decided that 2018 is the year your long-planned kitchen renovation project gets under way, and spring seems like a good time to start.
Style-wise you know exactly what you’re after, with piles of scribbled-on interiors mags, Pinterest boards and Instagram #KitchenGoals informing your plans.
But how much should you spend on your layout and appliances? See our guide for help...
Follow the 5-15% rule
Okay, setting a budget isn’t the most glamorous part of redesigning a kitchen, but it is important. It’s widely accepted among design experts that you should spend no less than 5% and no more than 15% of the current value of your home on renovating a kitchen.
That means that if your house is worth £200,000 you shouldn’t be spending any more than £30,000 on a new kitchen as you won’t recoup your investment if you decide to sell.
Always budget for the unexpected. There are all sorts of little nasties lurking behind walls and floorboards. Or you might decide you want a better cooker later on in the process. So keep a little extra aside for all eventualities.
Savvy design ideas it’s worth spending on
As you’ll be spending so much time in your lovely new kitchen, it’s vital you get the layout just right, and know exactly how much of your budget you want to spend on things like units and flooring. If you want a really sleek, sophisticated finish, try:
- Deep-base cabinet drawers and a pull-out pantry so you’re not tearing your hair out trying to get hold of difficult-to-reach pots and pans
- Taller wall cabinets that make use of high ceilings and create more storage space
- Statement surface for your kitchen island – a granite top with eye-catching pattern perhaps?
- Smart lighting from Philips Hue for setting an elegant scene in your kitchen. What is Philips Hue?
Should I pay more for kitchen tech?
If you enjoy eating out a lot and don’t do much entertaining, you don’t have to spend loads on appliances. But if you love to cook and regularly have guests round, you’ll want your dream kitchen to be kitted out with professional-grade appliances built to last.
Invest in the kit you think you’ll use most. An oven that cleans itself perhaps, or a smart fridge-freezer that reminds you to get more milk? Get it right and you’ll wonder how you ever managed without them.
Remember that premium appliances often have longer guarantees so you have peace of mind further down the line. And no matter how you use your kitchen, you’ll save energy (and money) if you search out energy-efficient models.
One of the big decisions is whether you opt for freestanding or built-in appliances.
They’re slickly concealed behind your kitchen units and drawers to bring a fluid, continuous look and feel to your kitchen. They may cost up to 50% more than freestanding appliances, but for that you get a neat, sophisticated appearance and a more practical, spacious kitchen. No more squeezing past your family to reach the fridge! Read more about built-in appliances
They're designed for all budgets, and they’re more flexible in terms of features and choice. They’ve also come a long way looks-wise, with premium freestanding fridge-freezers and washing machines often finished in black or grey stainless steel with lots of clean lines and elegant touches. And they come with the hottest new tech too.
Take the LG American-Style Fridge Freezer, which blends premium design with innovative door-in-door technology. Simply knock twice to check what’s inside your fridge without having to open the door. How cool is that?
Appliances and accessories to add a touch of class
If your budget can stretch to those kitchen luxuries that aren’t essential but are nice to have, why not consider these premium extras?
- Built-in warming drawer which tucks in neatly underneath your oven to store and warm up plates. Get a Neff warming drawer
- Wine cooler with temperature zones for red and white/rosé for the perfect glass at any time. We love this Montpellier wine cooler. Unlike most coolers, it can chill bottles down to 2°C and has a UV resistant door so wines won’t get spoiled by the sun.
- Induction hobs heat your pans directly, helping you cook faster and more efficiently. They’re super-easy to clean too. See this electric one from Neff
- Range cookers are perfect for budding chefs with bigger kitchens who want to show off their culinary flair to friends and family. We love this iconic Rangemaster
- Samsung QuickDrive washing machines let you add missed items during the cycle. Very handy if you find a stray sock or T-shirt on the floor just after you’ve put on a load. Buy the Samsung QuickDrive