Kitchen Buying Advice
However large or small your space amd budget, a new kitchen represents and huge investment so proper research and planning is a must to get the best from the choice on offer. Our Kitchen Buying Advice will help you be prepared.
Call in the Pros:
Your kitchen designer is just one of a team of professionals you will need for your project.
- Even the most basic refit will require a kitchen fitter, plumber and electrician. Find an electrician at www.niceic.com, and remember that a Gas Safe Engineer (www.gassaferegister.co.uk) must fit all the gas appliances
- If your project involves structural work you may also need an architect, engineer and builder. Find a RIBA architect at www.architecture.com. Check what building regulations apply at www.planningportal.co.uk
- Word of Mouth recommendations are invaluable, but you can also find reliable professionals the The Federation of Master Builders (www.fmb.org.uk) as well as via sites such as Home Pro (www.homepro.com), Rated People (www.ratedpeople.com) and government licensed Trust Mark (www.trustmark.org.uk)
- Contact at least three professionals in each trade for quotes and, where possible, ask to see examples of completed work or speak to satisfied customers
- When comparing prices be clear on whether the figure is an estimate or a quotation. An estimate is an educated guess based on previous jobs, while a quotation is specific to your project and is therefore more accurate, detailed and binding. A quotation will have a detailed breakdown of costs and labour, materials and services, but variations outside this may still incur extra costs and remember, cheapest doesn’t always equate to best value.
- Good Kitchen companies have their own fitting teams or monitor their subcontractors carefully as their reputations rely on good service. “Always allocate enough budget to allow for a quality installation” says Graeme Smith. “You cajn have the best quality furniture in the world, but if it’s fitted poorly it will be disappointing to live with. Note that as much as half of your budget could go on installation.
Kitchen Buying Advice
Prioritise your choice of flooring and tiles – it’s much easier to match a unit colour to these than the other way around.
A busy family home needs lots of storage seperated into zones and tasks such as unpacking shopping and serving the children breakfast
A bespoke company offers greater access to unusual finishes and formats, including the tailor made bar cabinet here; it’s part of the striking kitchen furniture finished in Liquid Metal Bronze finish from Chamber Furniture (www.chamberfurniture.co.uk) with prices from £40,000
Bespoke Kitchens from £40,000
You can see some of our recent installations on the Kitchen Bedroom or Study Galleries or to discuss your own bespoke project with a Designer please contact us or request a copy of our latest brochure here