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In my new house, the kitchen needs to be redone. The floor tiles are ok. The tiles that cover part of the walls are ok. The paint above the tiles that goes up to the ceiling needs to be redone.

The cabinets in the kitchen need to be replaced. This means that the countertop will also need to be replaced. A stove is basically connected into the countertop needs to be replaced with a gas stove. The sink needs to be replaced.

I am not exactly sure how cost of replacement will be calculated.

What information is required to determine cost of replacing the things I mentioned above? I am confused about doing full DIY, buying flatpack furniture or outsourcing the whole thing. I just want a reasonably priced replacement, probably on the low-cost end but the necessarily the cheapest.

I live in England.

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  • Why not have some professionals come and give you an estimate? – Nuclear Wang Jul 1 at 13:36
  • So the cheapest is the reasonably priced replacement... do you know what you want? – Solar Mike Jul 1 at 13:47
  • Never bought a house before. All I know is I want to replace the current kitchen. – quantum231 Jul 1 at 14:04
  • Make a list of the items you want to replace and then go to the home center or look on line for prices, add them all up. For labor you will need to have someone give you a quote, You should know exacltly what work you want done if you want a good quote – Alaska Man Jul 1 at 21:55
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There are a lot of variations between houses and kitchens. For example, gas and water plumbing can be trivial (if open space underneath or behind the kitchen) or very hard (some houses in my neighborhood have the original electric kitchen on a concrete slab so getting gas into the kitchen - even though they have gas heat & hot water - is very expensive). You may have a lot of electrical work to be done that was grandfathered in but now that you are renovating would have to be replaced (this is very common in the USA), etc.

Unless you are in a "no way I could possibly hire a professional to do the work" mode (in which case I think it would be dishonest to bring in a professional to do a free estimate), I would consider finding a construction company that does this type of work and see if they can either:

  • Give you a free rough estimate (i.e., not draw up plans, but take a look and give you a rough idea of 'x' for the plumbing, 'y' - 'z' for cabinets (will vary depending on style and quality), etc.
  • Do a formal assessment, including drawing up some plans, for an agreed price for a few hours of work.

One other possibility (I did this myself) is to go to a big-box store (Home Depot or Lowes in my area) and have the kitchen department draw up some plans. They will generally do that with no obligation, with the understanding that you will likely buy at least some of the project materials from that store. If you go this route, measure everything first: Dimensions of existing cabinets, location (old & new) of sinks, stove, etc., location of walls, etc.

As far as "flat-pack". That depends on what is available. When I renovated my kitchen (~ 19 years ago), the local Home Depot stocked a full flat-pack brand (Mills Pride) and I was able to get almost everything ready-to-assemble at a very good price. I only had to build two cabinets from scratch (and I was able to get materials to match the flat-pack cabinets). But now they don't stock it any more, so the same project would be a lot harder. So the specifics will really vary a lot depending on what is locally available in your area, your budget and other factors.

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Electrical department here.

In the last 30 years, thanks to more efficient (read: foreign) manufacturing, countertop electrical appliances have become very popular. That means the traditional setup of 1-2 circuits powering all countertop appliances is really insufficient anymore.

Also, Codes are now requiring short appliance cords and closely spaced countertop receptacles to prevent people using extension cords. As such, you often have many receptacles.

Given modern appliance usage, it is not excessive to have a dedicated circuit for each receptacle. It should be logical to the chef; i.e. you can say "don't plug more than 1 heat appliance into any one (duplex) receptacle".

Lastly, in the US we require countertop receptacles near the sink to have life-safety RCD rated at 8ma or below. The UK worries a great deal less about this, because they typically have a 30ma RCD protecting the whole house. However 30ma is inadequate for life safety. You do not want the refrigerator to be protected in an 8ma scheme, however, as they commonly fault that much current during their start/stop cycle.

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