The humble kitchen is now the hub of the home. It become a space where the kids do their homework, girlfriends catch up over coffee, and is definitely ‘the’ place to be at parties!
It’s also one of the most expensive rooms to renovate in the home due to the many appliances, finishes and different trades required. Choosing an established quality kitchen company is crucial to helping you confidently navigate through this process.
As a guide, allow $15-20k for your cabinetry in a standard medium-size kitchen. This includes our professional design service, local manufacturing and installation.
Many of the new kitchens we install are around $20,000. This includes cabinetry and man-made stone benchtops. However, the size of the kitchen, different materials and accessories can affect the price – in both directions. Generally, laminate products are more cost effective than vinyl wrap or 2 pack paint. The type and thickness of the stone top will also affect the budget.
To give some idea, for a 3m x 3m L shape kitchen without an individual island, in a standard laminate finish, allow $11,000 + GST. You will have custom cabinetry made from Polytec boards, Geman-made Hettich soft-closing doors and drawers as standard, with a Caesartone benchtop, delivered and installed.
For an idea of stone costs, the average for a medium-size kitchen in Standard Caesarstone colour range is around $3k, however some of the marble look stones can be double that. Other premium products such as Dekton or porcelain and natural stones vary from slab to slab.
At Complete Kitchens, our designers will include stone (of your choice) in the quote for you from our reliable suppliers. Alternatively, you can source your own stone and stonemason if you prefer.
Don’t forget to allow $3-6k in your budget for your trades depending on what work needs to be done. The most common trades you need are as follows:
Careful removal of your old kitchen, if you wish to resell it, may cost a little more than a straight demolition and cart away of rubbish.
Repair the walls and re-cornice as necessary after your new kitchen is installed.
Generally, renovating a kitchen in its current location will be more cost-effective than relocating, as running the new plumbing and new cables will be a significant additional costs. But you will need these trades to ensure the kitchen space is ready to receive the new kitchen (rough-in) and then return to install your new appliances and sink etc. (fit off)
Thanks to the new range of materials, patterns and colours now available on the market, tiled splashbacks are seeing a big comeback in kitchen renovations.
If you are looking at this option, expect to pay between $50 and $300 per square metre for the tiles only, and $600 to $900 for the tilers labour in an average size kitchen. Some contemporary patterned tiles will cost you more but they can add a fancy feature to a simple kitchen space. If your walls are out of square, or you are using more intricate tiles, expect to pay a little more for the tiler.
CK Trade Coordination Service
At Complete Kitchens, we have a stable of reliable and professional trades that we use. They know us and work to our exacting standards, so your job will run smoothly. Your designer can work out an estimation of trade costs for you, then you will pay the trades direct!
Complete Kitchens will only charge a small trade co-ordination fee to take the burden of coordinating trades from you. Instead of paying top dollar for having a project manager, it’s a cost effective option for our clients.
Of course you can organize the trades yourself. Just be aware that in Victoria you do need to use a registered and licensed plumber and electrician ( to disconnect and reconnect the appliances) who will be able to supply you with a Compliance Certificate upon completion, which you will need for insurance purposes.
Although Complete Kitchen is a registered domestic builder, if you are planning any structural work to improve your kitchen space, eg: knocking out a wall, moving a door or changing a window, then you may also need a builder to help you oversee the construction. You can source your own builder or we can recommend a quality builder to quote your job.
Your builder’s job is to coordinate and manage of all the trades that will be working in your home and to make sure everything is done to code and to a time frame.
There are so many brands from which to choose, each within different price ranges. For entry level brands you would allow up to $5k for a standard kitchen, but expect to pay more for market leaders.
Complete Kitchens are premium partners of Miele Appliances (Manufacturer) and E &S Trading (Retailer). We have a great selection of appliances displayed in our showroom, so you can get a feel for how they could work with the cabinetry before you start shopping.
Integrated appliances can give a very sleek look to your new kitchen, however expect to pay a little more for them, plus the co-ordinated cabinetry to incorporate them into the kitchen.