A kitchen renovation is no small task, a fact I can 100% vouch for. When we viewed our house, the kitchen was long, thin and badly laid out, the dining room on the other hand had wonderful high ceilings and a beautiful bay window to the garden.
Needless to say, we decided to do what most of the UK population are doing at the moment – we knocked the two rooms through to create a kitchen/diner and altered the layout of the room slightly so it flowed better. I’m not going to bore everyone with the ins and outs of what we did, but rather briefly explain what we did, how we did it, who we used and the most important aspect – the cost.
What we changed in our kitchen renovation
As previously mentioned, the old kitchen was badly laid out due to lack of space. We decided to block off the old back door and move the garage door about 1 metre along to allow the kitchen to flow in a ‘U’ shape. We then used the old entry to the kitchen to create a cupboard and created one entry to the kitchen by cutting off some of the hallway.
How we renovated our kitchen
When we got quotes for the building work, all of the builders mentioned that the main wall we wanted to knock down was not supporting and why didn’t we do it ourselves? So we did just that.
Knocking down the wall saved us about £1000 and also got rid of a whole load of anger! We also decided against hiring a skip, something that saved us about £700 in the grand scheme of the renovation.
Who we used
After knocking down the wall, there were a few elements of the renovation that we couldn’t do ourselves (and didn’t fancy trying). We got three builders in to quote, and we went with the cheapest. He came with recommendations from a number of people and although we had no issues with the work he did, his finish wasn’t the best – definitely one to note for future.
Once the builders were finished, the plasterers came in and tidied up the mess left by the above. We were very lucky in that my other half’s uncle is a kitchen and bathroom fitter by trade and he had great contacts that we used and he also fitted our kitchen and appliances.
We bought our kitchen from DIY Kitchens after hearing great things on Instagram and visiting the show room in Leeds. After living with out kitchen for a year we can vouch for that, the quality is fantastic and it is so easy to measure everything yourself.
After the kitchen was fitted, we painted the kitchen ourselves and got a local joiner to fit architrave around the doors, skirting and our flooring.
Building work – £1850
Kitchen units and quartz worktops – £5383
Appliances – £1539
Flooring and underlay – £345
Radiator – £110
Kitchen fitting – £850
Plasterer – £600
Joinery – £400
Architrave and skirting – £110
Paint – £100
Light fittings – £80
Total – £11,367
Obviously, this is just my experience with renovation costs and no renovation is the same so costs will fluctuate from house to house and region. If anyone has any questions, please leave me a comment below or get in touch via my contact page and I’ll try to answer them!