“It’s unwise to pay too much, but it’s worse to pay too little…”
The classic quote from John Ruskin: Common Law of Business Balance.
This is the golden rule to follow when you start planning your home improvements. There is no doubt that kitchens and bathrooms are the most expensive rooms in your house to renovate and so you really want to get it right first time!
Being aware of what a good quality kitchen includes and can cost makes you more realistic in planning and budgeting. An apples-to-apples comparison will then help you to make the right decisions when choosing the right company to build your new kitchen.
Complete Kitchens has been making quality custom kitchens for the past 40 years, including building high-end kitchens for luxury homes and renovating budget & mid-range kitchens to suit the individual needs of our customers. No matter how big or small the job, we deliver quality cabinets and excellent service for your budget.
CABINETRY & STONE BENCHTOPS
As a guide, allow $10-20k for your cabinetry for a standard medium-size kitchen. This includes professional design and advisory service by our specialised cabinet makers in Melbourne, local manufacturing and installation.
Many of the new kitchens we install fall into the $20,000 bracket. This includes cabinetry, stone bench tops and full installation. However, size of the kitchen, different use of materials and accessories can affect the price in both directions. Laminate products are more cost effective than vinyl wrap or 2 pack paint. Larger kitchens will have more cabinets and doors so you need to allow more depending on the size of the space. The type and thickness of the stone top will also affect the budget.
If you already have a plan from your builder or architect, we can supply an accurate quote based on the kitchen design. Alternatively, our qualified team of kitchen designers in Melbourne can work closely with you on your wish-list to then produce a workable concept, provide design drawings and a detailed quotation. It’s our job to show you how we can make a good looking budget kitchen for around $10k or a large detailed French provincial kitchen over $80k.
Just wanting a rough quote on your kitchen space? No problem. A quick chat to establish which door finishes and bench top you would like, and we can give you a quick estimate on the spot based on your kitchen dimensions.
To give some idea, for a 3m x 3m L shape kitchen without an individual Island, in a standard laminate finish, then allow around $10,600 + GST. You will have custom cabinetry made from Polytec boards, Hettich (German-made) soft-closing doors and drawers, with a Caesarstone bench top, 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 quotes for you from our reliable suppliers based on the stone you have chosen. Alternatively, you can source your own 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 below:
Removal of existing kitchen
Careful removal of your old kitchen for you to resell it (if needed), and cart any rubbish away.
Repair the walls and re-cornice as necessary after your new kitchen is installed.
Plumber & Electrician & (Rough in and fit off)
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 one of the obvious additional costs. In any case, these trades need 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 lately 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 to the tiler 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 to the tiler.
If you need to make some structural changes to improve your kitchen space, eg remove a wall, or move a door, change a window, then you will also need a builder to help. You can source your own builder or use the builder we recommend to quote your job.
At Complete Kitchens we use our long standing team of reliable and professional trades, they know just how we work so your job will run smoothly. Your designer can work out an estimation of trades costs for you. You will pay the trades direct, and Complete Kitchens will charge a small trade management fee to take the burden of co ordinating trades for you.
Of course you can organise your trades yourself. Just be aware that in Victoria you do need to use a registered and licensed plumber and electrician (including 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.
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.
As premium partner of Miele Appliances (Manufacturer) and E &S Trading (Retailer), we have Miele kitchen appliances and a good range of most selected brands from E & S Trading displayed in our showroom. You can get a feel 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 cabinetry to incorporate them into the kitchen.