Sep 2, 2020

Why is it important to have a budget

When you have decided that you are in the market for a new kitchen, one of the most important factors is budget. But why?

There are so many companies that you can purchase your kitchen from, from large multinationals to small independent companies. Selling products like off the shelf to totally handmade bespoke. Ranging from £1,000 through to over £100,000. I’m sure that we all have a view on these figures, but that’s for another blog.

With so many products to choose from and all companies do a white gloss or a painted shaker option surely they are all the same, aren’t they? In fact, they will all have several options and no they are not all are created equal. Most companies will have several furniture suppliers (normally 2-3) through some only have 1 furniture supplier. Even the companies with 1 supplier of furniture will probably have an option of at least 2-3 gloss white options and 3-4 shakers. Your designer will need to understand which supplier/door range use in your design. 

Other factors are also key, such as what appliances you require, do you have an idea on your worktop choice? Then there is also installation as well as flooring and decoration to take into considerations.

The most common response I get to my question, “Have you a budget in mind for your project”  is “As little as possible” or “I don’t know/I don’t have one” This is the reason I do not focus on budget but explain if you have not thought of a budget or have no idea what you want to spend, then I will design you’re your dream. So, I ask lots of questions about what your dream kitchen would look and feel like, what you would like to achieve at the end of the project. I would also explain that, by using this method, we would probably have to have several meetings as the first design and quote would most likely not be what you would like it to be.

Another question would be how long do you see this kitchen being part of your life, how long do you intend to live in your current home? This question will help you understand the difference between how much money you have available to spend verse how much like to or is wise to spend? For example, if this is your forever home, you would most likely want to invest in the kitchen of your dreams. On the other hand, if it is 5-10 years, you would want a good quality, but would prefer to spend less.

In all cases, I would recommend good quality cabinetry as the most important as this is the most expensive to replace. Notice I said cabinetry, not doors. This is because not all companies use the same components and specification, also there are companies that specialise in replacement doors. I could go off on a tangent here, so will save this for a different blog.

So how do you decide on what you would like to spend on your dream kitchen? Firstly, ask yourself the following questions. 

  • Why do I want to change my kitchen?
  • How long do I intend to live in this home?
  • How do I see my family life-changing in this time?
  • Are there other projects in the home I also need to consider?
  • What appliances will I need?
  • What type of worktop would I like/need?
  • If money was no object what would my dream kitchen look/feel like?
  • What does my kitchen have to have as a minimum?
  • How am I funding the project?

Most companies will be able to give you a rough idea of how much a kitchen will cost (NOTE, NOT YOUR KITCHEN), most likely their average kitchen costs 

When you have decided that you are in the market for a new kitchen, one of the most important factors is budget. But why?

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Many of us dream of a kitchen with a kitchen island in. It can be the statement and focal point of the room. It’s a space where we can prepare food while chatting to the children about their day. An area where families can gather in the morning and enjoy breakfast together. It’s a place where you can relax with friends and put the world to right over a glass of wine or two. 

We speak to many homeowners who find space an issue. They want more space in their kitchen, but also more storage space for their items. Perhaps you want more worktop space to whip up delicious meals? Maybe you would prefer more storage space or an area where you can dine in the kitchen?

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