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How much does a new kitchen cost?

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When it comes to bespoke, luxury kitchens, one of the first questions on people’s minds is just how much does a new kitchen cost?

The easy answer is, it depends on the size and the specification. And whilst this is absolutely the case, we thought it would be useful to give three real examples of kitchens showing the costs involved.

The three kitchens shown are all high-quality, high-specification kitchens, featuring fully factory built German cabinetry. This is made to order in Germany and then delivered fully assembled. They also all feature Siemens integrated appliances and Caesarstone Quartz worktops. Read more details after the examples.

Kitchen Example 1

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Cabinetry – £9,655
German Handleless in White Lacquer

Worktops – £3,150
20mm UK Stone Quartz

Appliances – £3,200
CDA Oven, Combi micro, 80cm Induction hob, Fridge Freezer, Extractor, Dishwasher

Sink & Tap – £659
1810 1.5 bowl sink and matt black mixer tap

Installation – £2,500
Cabinetry & Worktops only

Delivery to site – £400

Total £19,564
VAT £3,912.80
Grand Total £23,476.80

Kitchen Example 2

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Cabinetry – £13,655
German Handleless in Grey Lacquer

Worktops – £5,300
20mm Caesarstone Quartz

Appliances – £5,823
2 x Siemens Oven, 80cm venting hob, USA Fridge Freezer, Dishwasher

Sink & Tap – £1,620
1810 1.5 bowl sink and Quooker Boiling tap

Installation – £3,500
Cabinetry & Worktops only

Delivery to site – £600

Total £30,498
VAT £6,099.60
Grand Total £36,597.60

Kitchen Example 3

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Cabinetry – £18,900
German Handleless in White Lacquer

Worktops – £8,200
20mm Caesarstone Quartz

Appliances – £6,350
2 x Siemens Oven, 80cm venting hob, Integrated Fridge, Integrated Freezer, Dishwasher

Sink & Tap – £1,620
1810 1.5 bowl sink and Quooker Boiling tap

Installation – £4,500
Cabinetry & Worktops only

Delivery to site – £700

Total £40,270
VAT £8,054
Grand Total £48,324

Beyond the size of your kitchen there’s a few other key factors that will affect how much your new kitchen will cost.

Kitchen Cabinets

There’s two main types of kitchen cabinet, one is flat packed, and the other is a rigid, factory-built cabinet. The difference is flat packed kitchens are essentially like Ikea furniture, they are a set of components that are assembled on site. This is cheaper to produce and to transport, so it is a good choice if you are looking to save money. The downside is you are very dependent on the skills of the person assembling the cabinets in determining the quality of the finished product.

The other option is rigid, factory-built cabinets. These are, as the name suggests, built in the factory and then transported pre-assembled. Some rigid cabinets are sold as a shell, with the drawer boxes fitted on site. Whilst the very best option is a fully assembled cabinet where all the moving, internal components are fitted. This ensures the very best product as you can guarantee perfect alignment and tensioning of all the drawer runners, hinges etc. It is the most expensive but when it comes to ensuring quality, there is no question it is the best option.

Door Finish

The cheapest door finishes are vinyl wrapped doors. These are made by wrapping vinyl around a base material. These types of doors are prone to peeling and delaminating and are often used when cost is the main driver behind the project. They look fine in the short term but longer term they can be problematic.

A better choice is a lacquered door. This is effectively a machine sprayed door, the lacquer is applied using the same technology as is used to apply car paint. It is very hard wearing and provides a silky-smooth finish. And because it is sprayed on there is no risk of anything peeling off or delaminating.

Moving further up the price scale are solid wood doors. These are usually made with a solid wood outer frame with a MDF veneered center panel. They are then then either hand painted or factory lacquered. Or sometimes, finished with a clear coat lacquer for a natural appearance.

At a similar price point are real wood veneers. These types of doors use a highly stable material for the core of the door which is then covered in a thin sheet of real wood. This veneer outer layer is often a highly luxurious oak or walnut finish and whilst they are expensive, they are also incredibly beautiful.     3. What’s behind the door – A simple cupboard with shelves is the cheapest option. As you add pull-out drawers or pull-out corners the cost goes up. Sometimes a small kitchen with two or three internal corners can be more expensive than a larger kitchen for this reason. As a basic rule, drawers cost more than cupboards, but they give you much more practical storage.

Appliances

You can buy a built-in Indesit oven for £154 (AO.com) and you can also buy a Miele one for £9,649 (Miele.co.uk) They are both the same size and will essentially both do the same thing, that is they both get hot. But beyond this they are very different. The Miele oven is stacked with features and if you are serious about cooking it will undoubtedly be a vastly superior oven to the Indesit one. Most of the time the happy medium lies somewhere in between. With the Miele oven you are paying a lot for the features and build quality, but you are also paying a lot for the brand. This matters to some people and to others, it simply doesn’t. 

When you factor in that most kitchens have at least five integrated appliances you can see how there is a vast amount of money that can either be saved or spent on appliances.

Worktops

The middle ground in high quality kitchen worktops is Quartz. This is crushed stone mixed with a small amount of resin which is then pressed into an extremely dense, hard-wearing slab. It mimics natural stone to the touch and is the go-to for most kitchen designers as it represents good value for money and excellent durability. There is also a vast array of colours and finishes available, so it should be possible to find something you like that will work with your design.

Relatively new to kitchen worktops are ceramic surfaces. These are made in the same way as ceramic floor tiles, just much larger and usually a little thicker. They offer excellent resistance to heat and scratching but are considerably more brittle than quartz so can be more prone to chipping. In terms of cost, they are similar to quartz.

If you want to save money laminate worktops are a good choice, they are now very realistic in either wood or stone effect finishes and are also highly durable. And at the other end of the spectrum, if money is no object, then natural stone or marble could be the way to go, providing a truly unique and mesmerizing surface for the ultimate statement for your worktop or splashback.

Bells and Whistles (lighting, boiling taps, automation, etc.)

Cabinetry, worktops and appliances are the starting point with all modern kitchens but these days they don’t end there. There are all sorts of luxury things you can add to your kitchen like an instant boiling water tap or integrated LED lighting. And like everything else in kitchen design, they are absolute “must haves” to some people while for others, they prefer to stick to the basics and keep things simple.

Expertise

When deciding how to progress with your new kitchen you also have the choice to go the DIY route and do everything yourself or else you can turn to a professional company that will handle everything for you. As with everything, this is totally up to you. If you go the DIY route you can save considerable amounts of money, but you will need to be prepared to get your hands dirty. The other route is call in the experts. When you are employing the services of a professional team, including a designer, project manager and the fitters, you are getting their combined expertise to ensure the success of your project, but this comes at a price. For many people, it is well worth spending that extra money to ensure things are done properly, especially given how expensive luxury kitchens are nowadays and how important they are to a happy home.

There is no right or wrong way to allocate your budget for your kitchen. Just like the design, it should be truly unique to you and should reflect what you think is important.

We hope you find the examples on this page useful and if you are interested in discussing your upcoming project we would love to hear from you, so please get in touch.

Donna LawDonna Law
19:12 14 May 24
Great service. Such beautiful well made kitchen. High quality highly recommend
John WertheimJohn Wertheim
16:50 29 Apr 24
We love our Black Rok kitchen! Jamie showed amazing patience and design expertise over the two years that it took us to create our vision, at the same time as building our house. Jamie was able to incorporate everything that we wanted, providing great advice and suggestions along the way. The installation was amazing - nothing was too much trouble and the coordination with our builders went perfectly. We have both a beautiful and fully functional space and would thoroughly recommend Black Rok.
Dan ElsonDan Elson
07:31 20 Apr 24
Great service. All the team at Black Rock highly professional. The end result is fabulous. Many thanks Dan
D.M.N.M GutteridgeD.M.N.M Gutteridge
22:08 21 Mar 24
Thoroughly recommend the Black Rok team. We put in a new kitchen and got excellent advice through the planning process. We asked to see a number of different layout options on the computer and Jamie was very patient and helpful. The installation team were first rate and took great pride in their work. Overall very satisfied.
Linda WoodhouseLinda Woodhouse
16:39 05 Dec 23
Having downsized, I was somewhat daunted by the prospect of turning my narrow, shadowy, U-shaped, very basic kitchen into one that I actually wanted to spend time in. I now have a light, airy, functional space with practical ‘innards’ and modern, intuitive appliances. Thanks to Jamie and Ed the kitchen layout has been totally transformed and the best use has been made of the space with a sleek handle-less design and contemporary narrow worktops. Both Jamie and Ed have communicated professionally and openly at all stages of the project and Ed was even instrumental in steering me towards my final colour choices! I would thoroughly recommend Black Roc for their design and fitting capabilities.
steven eckhardtsteven eckhardt
15:00 20 Nov 23
WOW! Black Rok did a really fabulous job job with both design and fit. We have a high quality contemporary kitchen and appliances. The fit was done in just a few days with care and precision. We have had no issues but Black Rok have kept in touch and visited to ensure we are satisfied which of course we are. Fabulous colour and all very functional. Great decision to use Black Rok and we have no hesitation in recommending them.
Nigel BraggNigel Bragg
16:08 17 Apr 23
We have nothing but positive things to say about the team at Black Rok Kitchen Design. Having spent 3-4 years dithering over getting a new kitchen, we finally decided to take the plunge last year. We had 2 criteria: a sleek, modern, German style kitchen provided by an independent, local business with impeccable references. After coming across the Black Rok website, we were immediately taken by the striking designs and reassured by the volume of glowing customer testimonials along with photographs of recent projects. From the moment we met with Jamie in the Uckfield showroom, it was clear that he understood what we were looking for. Although we had some pretty fixed ideas on design and layout, Jamie was able to take those ideas and enhance them seamlessly into an overall design scheme that exceeded our expectations in all departments. We had a few design meetings, several phone calls and email conversations, and within fairly short order were signing off on a final specification for delivery in early 2023. In the lead up to installation, communication was great and the technical drawings provided by Jamie for layout of plumbing and electrical services were described by our builder as the most detailed and accurate he had come across. Indeed the Black Rok team came onto site during the preparation works to meet with our builder and electricians to ensure a smooth installation process. Everything was delivered on time and exactly to the agreed budget. The cabinets and interiors are really well made and constructed with an engineered precision you might expect of a German manufacturer. The installation team of Ed, Zac and Jake were really personable, treated our home with great respect and worked extremely efficiently to ensure the kitchen was installed quickly and accurately. They solved every problem posed to them, displaying great attention to detail and tidying up diligently at the end of each day. We are utterly delighted with the new kitchen, which certainly delivers a "wow" moment when friends and family come to visit. The quality of the workmanship is incredible value for the overall price paid. We still pinch ourselves when walking into the room and are so pleased with ourselves for choosing Black Rok.
philip mccabephilip mccabe
07:30 11 Jan 23
Fantastic, intelligent and responsive service from Jamie and Ed from start to end. The kitchen design stood out from the beginning for its attention to detail and a real understanding of what we wanted from the space. They recommended excellent builders and then worked with them to make sure that the end result was picture perfect to the design. Fitting was spot on from a skilled, diligent team and we were never kept waiting. Issues with 3rd party appliances were dealt with in a way which made it crystal clear that our satisfaction was the priority. Brilliant. Easy 5 Stars.
Helen DaviesHelen Davies
19:03 24 Oct 22
We are so pleased we elected to go with Black Rok kitchens, as they have designed and installed the kitchen of our dreams! Throughout the process, from design to installation we were reassured by the professionalism of Jamie and Ed. Jamie created a fantastic design for our kitchen and suggested ideas we had not previously considered and the installation by Jake, Zak and Ed has been completed to an exceptionally high standard! Nothing was too much trouble. If you're considering upgrading your kitchen, don't hesitate to contact Black Rok, you won't regret it.
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