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Kitchen refurb - typical costs

Discussion in 'General DIY' started by paulc2, 16 Dec 2013.

  1. paulc2

    paulc2

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    Our kitchen needs a total refurb, including repairing a damaged ceiling (due to water damage from bathroom above - now fixed), adding a sink into a downstairs toilet (the kitchen has an attached utility room (no door), then a downstairs loo behind a door), and complete re-decorating including tiling and flooring. We would like a tiled floor, the floor area of the kitchen and utility and loo is approx. 14m2 as a size guide.

    I've searched and searched and can't get the price any lower than about £3400 - does this seem about right?

    Here is a split of the items needed:

    2x worktops 198
    kitchen units 958

    tiled floor 400
    wall tiling 200
    replace radiator with a smaller, including extending pipes 50

    gas cooker disconnect/reconnect 100
    gas hob 50
    built under double oven 120
    cooker hood 100
    moving plumbing connections for washing machine 20
    2nd sink for downstairs loo 80
    taps for basin 30
    plumbing in basin (parts) 25

    lighting 100
    repair ceiling 80
    paint 50
    plastering walls 60
    additional electrics: sockets for fridge and freezer 60

    Loo roll holder 5
    Towel holder (for loo) 10
    New light for loo 15
    New light for utility area 20
    Kitchen roll holder 10

    Sealant 10
    Tile adhesive 15
    Tile grout 15
    Screws to join units, and to secure wall units to wall 4
    Bolts to join worktop corner join 10

    extra power tools 465
    inc SDS drill, worktop joining jig, router

    extra hand tools 135

    TOTAL 3395

    (The kitchen units price includes a sink + tap for £150; and a corner carousel).

    We have an old gas cooker and its past its best so I'd like to go for a replacement built-under double oven (can be gas or electric) and hob (gas). Since these items are quite pricey, and it seems that some people 're-do' their kitchens and replace appliances even when there's nothing wrong with them, I was going to scour ebay/etc to see if I can get a reasonable secondhand one for less. Obviously the gas items would need connecting properly, and there's always the risk of them not working right.

    Do the prices seem about right? Or can you see any obvious areas I can save further money on the budget?

    The kitchen units are for 600 cupboard, 1000 corner unit, 600 drawers, space for oven, 1000 cupboards; and 1900mm of wall units.[/b]
     
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  3. ChristianoRonaldo

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    best advise get the professionals in to do it. phone up at least 3 to get quotes and do not select based on price alone ensure you look at their feedback and previous work before deciding. Cannot stress this more ensure you write up a contract. I made the mistake years ago and would not trust a tradesmen to hammer a nail without drawing up a contract. best place to get cheap quotes is my hammer where the tradesmen mostly eastern european are willing to work for peanuts and unlike the English no offense do a blimey good job or use scriptjam.co.uk there phone number never works but email them. used them a few times and have no complaints. Alternatively mate, do it yourself using youtube videos. Sounds silly but I tiled my bathroom and fixed a leak in my pipes using tips from videos in this case a selotape like sealant lol cheaper then getting the pipes replaced. got too much xmas expenditure to be forking out on home improvements this month :cool:
     
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    I've done a fair amount of home DIY previously (but not fitted a kitchen) but also done a lot of DIY work on cars and boats. I know its not the same, but there's obvious transferable skills there and I've done a lot of research already on "how things are done". I'm fairly confident I can do it all myself, and money is tight so I don't want to get professionals in to do it. There's a lot of work (because the room needs to be done from top to bottom) but a lot of it is simple stuff.
     
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    Hi Paul, I redid my kitchen this year myself, and there isnt really anything that challenging about it (although the electrics and gas work were done by pros for mates rates)

    I am a novice DIYer, but by breaking down each task into keys steps, and making sure everything was done in the right order I went from empty shell to full kitchen in 1 week.

    You have a lot of budget for buying tools, I would spend some of that on hiring or getting a pro (worktop cutting, i borrowed my father in law) as it will probably cost the same, and routers are not that common a diy tool.

    £60 for plastering walls seems cheap, unless DIY, then seems expensive.

    I would check ebay or similar for kitchen units, as despite what the sheds try and tell you, its just chipboard screwed together.

    My 2nd hand electric cooker/gas hob is still going strong, although it was wired with a flex and plug rather than 4mm T&E so that proved to be a bit of an issue!
     
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    Try to get all the plumbing done at once - the gas safe guy will probably do your pipework to the new rad and to the sink etc. It's awkward but I managed to get all my plumbing done in 2 visits and I had to move the hob, boiler and sink!

    Also same applies to the electrics. If you can get an electrician to spend the day there and do everything, he'll just charge you a day rate, maybe £150-250, but most electricians prefer this to lots of little jobs.
     
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    I agree with everything this man has said.

    Some of your prices are too high for DIY or very low if getting a pro in.

    If you are stripping the room bare, get all of the electrics, gas and water stuff done then. Running pipes/wires behind units is a P-I-T-A.

    Have a go at the pipework for all but the radiator, easy enough to tell if its leaking, and if you cant stop it, get a pro in. Basic plumbing is not that difficult, and tends to be alot safer than basic electrics and gas.

    Spend your money on trades where a neat job is important (joining worktops, plastering etc). No one tends to care how neat a pipe run is behind cabinets.
     
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