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Responding to Ed Sheeran’s “kitchens are so expensive” comment, Hafele gets real about kitchen costs

Thanks to Ed Sheeran’s recent “Kitchens are so expensive… Why are kitchens so expensive?” comment during his BBC 4 Desert Island Discs interview, kitchen industry experts are responding with honest, out-right discussions on the real cost of your new kitchen.

We spoke to Chloe Thacker, from Häfele about the truth of kitchen costs, the contributing factors, and her best advice to get the most from your money. Here’s what she had to say…

According to the 2017 Kitchen Trends Report from home renovation and design experts, Houzz , the average budget and spend for kitchen renovations in UK homes is between £10,001 – £25,000, with 22% of homeowners spending between £25,000 – £50,000 and 10% spending over £50,000. It’s safe to say that as far as home renovation is concerned, kitchens require a big budget. However, research conducted by the National Association of Estate Agents lists opening up space and kitchen makeovers within the top 4 home improvements to add value to a property.

Adding value to property with kitchen re-structure

The open plan living trend continues to grow, with homeowners choosing to lose the defined boundaries of rooms within the home, opting for a more flexible floorplan. Opening up your kitchen to other living areas is a great way to create more space and develop a more communal atmosphere, but does of course mean a rethink to the layout and shape of the kitchen. The re-structure of a kitchen is often more expensive than making improvements to the existing layout.

Quality over quantity

Of course, factors such as the size, shape and layout of a kitchen have a significant impact on the price tag attached. The cost of a kitchen renovation is undoubtedly significant, but it is required less frequently due to the durability of high quality storage and appliances. This level of quality saves homeowners’ money in the long term by reducing or eliminating the cost of replacements and repairs, as well as the need for further renovation. In addition to increased quality in storage and appliances, the demand for energy efficiency in the kitchen can also save homeowners money in the long term, reducing the cost of utility bills.

Reflecting your style

So, if homeowners are choosing to invest more, but renovate less, how do you put your stamp on kitchen design so that it reflects changes in trends and preferred styles? Industry innovation is providing us with appliances and fittings that serve an increasing number of functions, and that can adapt to the environments that we want to create. Clever lighting now provides complete versatility when creating ambiance within a room setting, allowing us to dim the lights for dinner parties and create spotlights on features we want to draw attention to, whether it’s a treasured photograph or favourite ornament.

In addition to lighting, smaller kitchen appliances remain popular in chic kitchens. When it comes to adding stylish finishing touches that also provide us with little kitchen luxuries, small appliances (such as coffee machines and kettles) are a great way to mix-and-match items, offering complete versatility without blowing the budget.

So, in response to Ed’s question, kitchens can require big budgets due to a range of factors such as re-structure and quality of fittings, but homeowners should give careful consideration to the value of quality over quantity and the long-term cost efficiency.

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