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New Kitchens

Discussion in 'Personal' started by impulce, Jan 15, 2011.

  1. We are currently buying a house and one of the first things we're going to save for is a new fitted kitchen.
    Can anyone offer advice on any specific companies etc, or give me a ballpark figure for your average sized kitchen (fitting etc included)? I know it will vary hugely, but I literally have no idea having never bought one before.
  2. oldsomeman

    oldsomeman Star commenter

    this one had the same query....and i said how much mine had cost...if its of any help?
  3. We fitted an IKEA kitchen in my previous house and were very happy with it. You can download a planner and play for HOURS on the computer designing it! The only issue with it was that the cupboards fit flush to the wall so fitting in front of pipework was tricky.
  4. lapinrose

    lapinrose Star commenter

    Wall cupboards, we had a friend fit more cupboards on top of the wall cupboards so things used infrequently are stored up there. Saves stuff getting greasy and dusty if stored on top of cupboards.
  5. You've obviously not been watching the new series of Shameless. Even in his drug crazed psychosis Frank is a bit miffed that Libby has bought a new kitchen.
  6. littlemissraw

    littlemissraw Occasional commenter

    I'd love a house especially for a kitchen. Have a combi oven (grill/oven) in our rented house and I hate it! Ikea ones seem nice, has the sale finished? x
  7. gergil4

    gergil4 New commenter

    Price them up at your local buider's merchant who may also be able to suggest a good fitter.
  8. gergil4

    gergil4 New commenter

    *builders'* ... or *builders* ???
  9. FrauSue

    FrauSue New commenter

    Fitting is always expensive but, unless it's a completely new house with walls at right angles and no problems then it is best to get someone professional in. We were contemplating fitting our own and are SO glad we didn't, having seen the problems the builder had. The advice we had from friends and family was that a cheap kitchen will always look cheap unless it is VERY well fitted, and an expensive kitchen will look cheap too if it is badly fitted.
    We got a local builder in to give us a quote just to fit a kitchen from one of the high street retailers, but in the end he did us a very good deal on a kitchen from a local supplier. He also gave us some great advice on design and use of space (much better than the designer from Magnet!) so we were happy to go with him. Find a local builder who does kitchens and see what they say.
    We bought our own appliances online as this was cheaper than getting them from the kitchen supplier, however.We also ripped the old kitchen out ourselves (so satisfying [​IMG]) and did the painting and decorating ourselves too.
    Other tips we picked up while looking at kitchens (this is all just what we were told by various people so take it with a pinch of salt):
    Ikea are cheap but very hard to fit (as flush to wall).
    Howies are very cheap but are poor quality.
    B&Q are ok quality but the delivery is unreliable so you might not get all the parts.
    Wickes don't have a very wide range.
    Screwfix are very cheap and cheerful so might be good if you're on a tight budget and have a decent fitter to put it all together.
    Good luck!
  10. littlemissraw

    littlemissraw Occasional commenter

    My friend bought her (ex display) kitchen off ebay and then got it professionally fitted. Its stunning and she saved a small fortune. x
  11. BelleDuJour

    BelleDuJour Star commenter

    We've just had a Homebase kitchen and it is awesome! I couldn't be more happy and wouldn't change a thing.
    It is a big kitchen, not huge but bigger than average. Fitter didn't come cheap but he was brilliant, just brilliant and such a perfectionist. Homebase use him in their bank of fitters and suggested we have him as ours was/is the biggest kitchen they'd ever done.
    I just love my ktichen!
    In honesty, I'd go for cheaper units and a good fitter, over expensive units and a cheap fitter. Also pay your fitter a fixed price for the job, not a price per day. The latter seem a cheaper option until they stretch a 10 day job into 2 months on a daily rate!
  12. We have a Magnet one in Shaker Cream. John Lewis kitchens were too weird.
  13. BelleDuJour

    BelleDuJour Star commenter

    Rose, your standards are slipping. I'd have thought handmade by Smallbone was more your line! [​IMG]
  14. Sounds like a firm of undertakers.

  15. phlogiston

    phlogiston Star commenter

    When we had our kitchen done, one very useful thing we've never regretted (came as part of the package from the local firm we used) was to have the wiring, plumbing and vents sorted and rationalised once the old kitchen was gutted. It's so useful having sockets convenient for every appliance, pipes going by a sensible route to appliances, vents linking straight to things etc.
    Even though our house was barely 10 years old, the plumbing looked as if the original installer had been playing "Mousetrap".
  16. oldsomeman

    oldsomeman Star commenter

    Usually because the emphasis is on quick fitting and some of the plumbers are not professionals ..in older kitchens ,usually because they are after fits.Im my one it was the first tim the place had been gutted in over 100 years...I had to take out original wiring and plumbing left behind when it had been previously 'rewired and plumbe over theyears....including the remains of an old ,behind the coal fire, water tank!
    If in doubt ask for refrnece to work they have done and phone/see the work.
  17. We're considering getting a new one fitted in the next year or so. On the other hand - the kitchen we got with this place was hideous, beige melamine monstrosity... amazing how much different the room was when we painted the walls a soft yellow and the cupboards white with the specialist paint you get... just lifted it enough for it to definitely be liveable for a decent while yet.
  18. lurk_much

    lurk_much Occasional commenter

    I suppose I should contribute as I used to do a lot of kitchen fitting. So how long is a piece of string? Set a budget and see what you can get. Labour is often a similar price to the materials.
    You might try working to £1200 for bits and see if you can get what you want.
    That would be £2500 all in.
    You do have to do a lot of faffing around yourselves, having some johnny turn up on your doorstep to pull his forelock, show you all sorts of pretty shiny things on his laptop is quite expensive.
  19. Kelloggs

    Kelloggs New commenter

    I had an extension built which included a large kitchen - it is 15 feet by 11 feet which is larger than average, and that cost us £8k including everything - flooring, built in new appliances (NEFF ones which aren't the cheapest). For a smaller kitchen I would expect to pay circa 5-6k but it really depends on what you want! If I had the money and was doing it now, I would have a built in coffee machine which is quite expensive, and under floor heating. I spent hours online with MFI (HOWDENS are who the builders go to round here, and it is who MFI were part of - the cupboards were already made up so no flat packs etc) rearranging cupboards with ideas so I could get a virtual vision of it.
  20. inky

    inky Lead commenter

    We love the Homebase kitchen we had fitted in London last year, so I feel confident about using them in Brum. There's an awful lot of making good, rewiring and plumbing to be done, so I need someone I can trust, even if it costs a little more. The fitter is going to do the bathroom privately if all goes well. Now there's a damp and rotting horror story but the fitter didn't seem at all phased by it. Toilets and baths are dear at HB but there are lots of local suppliers that do excellent deals. Anything to be rid of the avocado!
    Don't buy a built-in microwave. HB wanted us to pay hundreds for a swish model when we only use our cheap little one for corn on the cob and the occasional defrost. It's hidden in a cupboard so we haven't lost surface space.


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