Howdens Kitchen prices

(56 Posts)
SidandAndyssextoy Wed 26-Feb-14 10:06:15

We're having our kitchen extended so will have lots of room for new kitchen units. We already have Howdens Burford range (there when we moved in) which is OK but I like the idea of their real wood doors (Tewkesbury probably). Does anyone have an idea of the price difference between the ranges? Obviously we'd have to replace all doors with the new range too, rather than just add more. The planner is coming tomorrow to measure up so I'd like some idea whether it's worth her while to price up the more expensive option!

Aren't Howdens trade only? At least they were a few years ago when we redid our kitchen (Tewkesbury too - what good taste you have!), so you may need to get your builder to get a quote from them.

There's certainly no harm in asking for a quote on the ones you really like, plus a second choice.

morethanpotatoprints Wed 26-Feb-14 13:55:27

We have Howdens, was the Tewkesbury the wooden one with like ridges going down. Our fitter told us they were difficult to keep clean, have you experienced this?
I think if you have a fitter/builder they are already in the trade and can order from there anyway. Not sure what is meant by the trade only comment.

TerrysNo2 Wed 26-Feb-14 13:56:48

I think the price difference between the Burford Range and the Solid Wood is around 60% more when we price checked.

ghostinthecanvas Wed 26-Feb-14 13:56:59

Another Tewkesbury here!
I think it depends on what percentage yor joiner takes? I was unaware til after that my joiner kept the discount and charged me full price. My friend's brother is a joiner and she is getting 60% off. envy

Love my kitchen though even though I feel pissed off when I think about it

SidandAndyssextoy Wed 26-Feb-14 15:41:39

My builder has an account with them and sent me off to pick what I wanted. I'm pretty confident he won't be adding a mark-up given that I'm getting the quote directly from them!

Thanks for the answers. 60% more is a bit ouch, and my husband is firmly of the 'costs to a minimum' persuasion so it might be tricky to get this one past him. I'm possibly going to have to offer to stay with mid-range doors in return for a few gadgets inside.

SidandAndyssextoy Wed 26-Feb-14 15:43:33

And yes, Tewkesbury has the wood grain markings.

Pinkje Wed 26-Feb-14 17:31:30

OP, is your husband Sid or Andy? (Or is your username some private joke?).

SidandAndyssextoy Wed 26-Feb-14 17:33:19

I watch too much CBeebies, Pinkje.

Pinkje Wed 26-Feb-14 17:40:52

Ah, I'm too old for that. Hope I haven't de-railed your thread.

Cretaceous Wed 26-Feb-14 17:55:00

Sid, you are very trusting. smile

I was told that Howdens and the builder agree the quote that Howdens sends to the customer. This includes the builder's markup. Don't know whether this is true.

When I was looking a little while ago, I found a price list somewhere, showing prices before discount, so was able to compare.

LadyCelia Wed 26-Feb-14 17:58:30

I went into Howdens with our builder the other day, he set up his trade account with them & they gave us a basic quote almost straight away so it definitely didn't include a mark up for the builder.

Cretaceous Wed 26-Feb-14 18:06:18

But, LadyCelia, your builder perhaps did not get a big discount? If you had gone with a builder with a Howdens a/c already, he might have got, say, a 60% discount, and passed 50% on to you, while you only got a 40% discount?

At least with Ikea (whom I didn't go with!) it's not all smoke and mirrors.

SidandAndyssextoy Wed 26-Feb-14 18:08:03

I do trust my builder, because he's trustworthy. I'm getting the quote directly from them with no involvement. I think it's sad that other tradespeople are intent on ripping people off.

maggiemight Wed 26-Feb-14 18:08:35

How long might you be in the house. It's a mistake to scrimp on things you are going to use for years and years.

SidandAndyssextoy Wed 26-Feb-14 18:12:55

We'll be there at least seven more years.

LadyCelia Wed 26-Feb-14 18:15:20

Cretaceous - no idea, but it seemed like a reasonable price to us, and we did compare it to my mother's kitchen which was also Howden's & same range but fitted by a different firm (other side of the country) about 3 years ago and it wasn't too different.

maggiemight Wed 26-Feb-14 18:33:54

Seven years isn't that long to me, so maybe go for the cheaper option.

I am trying to decide whether to redo my a-bit-dated 13 year old kitchen but I expect to be there til I pop my clogs so think I can justify that. to dh

SidandAndyssextoy Wed 26-Feb-14 19:26:21

Definitely, Maggie!

I'm not sure how much posher the more expensive Howdens doors are than the mid-range! We're certainly not planning a properly expensive kitchen.

Cretaceous Wed 26-Feb-14 19:39:25

Have just had a look at my price list from Feb 2013.

Full price for a 600 hi line base unit is:
Burford £270
Burford gloss £390
Tewkesbury £498

Equivalent prices for a 1000 hiline base unit is
£430, £587, £749

Not sure how much the price differentials changes across the range.

superram Wed 26-Feb-14 20:01:43

We have just been quoted £2100 for their cheapest unit and £2400 for gloss finish. Only 2 base units, 3 wall units and a tall larder cupboard. We went for ikea at £700 for gloss.

ivykaty44 Wed 26-Feb-14 22:39:06

I am using Bowden's for a kitchen at the moment, but I have gone else where for the oak work tops and saved £750 if you want to know where I got them let me know

I have gone elsewhere for appliances and saved £800

ivykaty44 Wed 26-Feb-14 22:39:35

Howdens not bowdens

SidandAndyssextoy Wed 26-Feb-14 22:46:58

That's a hefty price difference. As predicted, him indoors has made faces anyway at changing.

We've got quite a few doors already, and don't need appliances, so I'm hoping to keep my spending focused on sexy pan drawers and carousels.

I'd be interested in the work tops, ivykaty. We've already got some work tops but will need a whole new stretch for the extension. I'm assuming that one oak work top is much like another.

SidandAndyssextoy Wed 26-Feb-14 22:49:50

And obviously we need to stick with Howdens as we have at least half the kitchen already! Otherwise we'll have to buy a whole new kitchen so our savings would be eaten up by buying all the units new.

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