Are you buying a new property to renovate? Or are you giving your home a new lease of life? With kitchens at the heart of the home it’s often the first project on the list. And with a new kitchen costing anywhere upwards of £10,000 it’s usually the most expensive part of the home improvement journey.

With over 50,000 worktop installations we like to think we know a thing or two about kitchen renovation’s and we’re here to share expert tips when it comes to budgeting for worktops.

How much should you spend on worktops?

Kitchen worktops not only need to look the part, often used to create a real focal point in the room, but they also need to be practical and stand the test of time against all domestic chores and activities that take place in a kitchen.

For this reason, we see more renovators choosing to invest in stone worktops such as quartz or solid surface as not only are they naturally beautiful, they’re also high performing and extremely durable, resistant against heat, stains, and scratches. When purchasing a stone worktop, it’s likely that up to 20%-30% of your overall kitchen budget will need to be allocated to surfaces.

How much should you spend on worktops?

Are stone worktops worth the investment?

Natural stones, including marble and granite, have always been the most expensive worktop materials and their unique beauty can justify this. However, engineered stones such as quartz have collections that replicate the beauty of marble, are much more resistant to heat, scratch, staining and impact and now start at a far more affordable price; Gemini Quartz prices start from £169/m2 inc VAT.

We’ve put together a useful guide to compare different kitchen sizes and how much to budget when choosing Gemini Quartz.

Price examples for Gemini Quartz worktops

Small

Kitchen worktops, upstands and splashback around 2.5m2 including design options, laser template, delivery and installation


from £1,321 inc VAT

Medium

Worktops, peninsula, upstands and splashback around 5m2 including design options, laser template, delivery and installation


from £2,589 inc VAT

Large

Worktops, island, upstands and splashback around 6.5m2 including design options, laser template, delivery and installation


from £3,234 inc VAT

As an alternative to stone worktops, renovators often choose laminate worktops. Laminate worktops are typically made from a plastic coating adhered to a chipboard subframe and range between £50- 150/SQM.

With some laminates approaching the same price point as an engineered stone such as quartz (which in comparison will bring far more beauty and last over 5x’s as long) it’s always worth investing as much as you can to obtain the highest quality, most durable material that doesn’t need replacing time and time again.

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Top tips for saving money on your kitchen worktops

When purchasing your worktops from Gemini you’re buying direct from the people who make it. We’re the only company in the UK that sources stone, creates surfaces and sells them direct, meaning we are in a unique position to offer value to our customers. Other ways to save:

Want more information about budgeting for your worktops?

Start your Gemini journey today and book a free design consultation with one of Gemini’s expert worktop designers.

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