Things to consider before making your decision:
So, we’ve run through the pros and cons of each type. Now, let’s look at the questions you should be asking yourself before you make your final decision:
What’s my budget?
Probably Like so many things, your budget plays an important role in this decision process. The most important question when planning a new kitchen. Once you’ve come up with a figure, this should be the number one principle guiding all of your decision making. Appliances are available at a number of different price points, and often they are one area that a homeowner will choose to invest in. Style, quality and size are the biggest factors impacting the cost, so deciding if this is where you want to put your money is key. Typically, appliances can equate for 15-20% of your total project spend.
Keep in mind that built-in options are usually more expensive than freestanding ones so they’re likely to eat up a higher proportion of your budget.
What kind of look do I want my kitchen to have? Is an unbroken aesthetic essential?
If the unbroken aesthetic is essential to your kitchen vision, then going down the built-in route is the best option for you. It does mean you will likely have to allocate more of your budget to spend on appliances so it’s important to be sure that aesthetic value is enough of a priority for you to justify the extra spend. This is a popular choice for handle-less and European kitchens, whereas traditional and shaker style kitchens look great with both retro and American style refrigeration and range cookers.
If I move, do I want to be able to take my appliances with me?
Are you buying appliances you expect to last? Do you intend to stay put in your current home or could you see yourself moving in the next few years? If it’s a priority for you to have the flexibility to take your appliances with you when/if you move, freestanding options are a better bet.
How much choice of models, colours, features and sizes do you want to have?
Freestanding appliances will give you far more choice in all these areas.