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!

fatfei Sun 03-Aug-14 10:17:57

That's realky bad. Im worried about this too. Can you ask hiwdens for the quote before and not rely on builder quoting it?

fatfei Sun 03-Aug-14 10:17:40

That's realky bad. Im worried about this too. Can you ask hiwdens for the quote before and not rely on builder quoting 7t?

fatfei Sun 03-Aug-14 10:17:22

That's realky bad. Im worried about this too. Can you ask hiwdens for the quote before and not rely on builder quoting 7t?

fatfei Sun 03-Aug-14 10:16:41

That's realky bad. Im worried about this too. Can you ask hiwdens for the quote before and not rely on builder quoting 7t?

SidandAndyssextoy Sun 02-Mar-14 20:17:58

Lots of cheap kitchens are supplied flat pack though. It's not restricted to Ikea. Ikea units don't leave room for plumbing and wiring I think is the main problem - I could have that wrong.

ivykaty44 Sun 02-Mar-14 07:58:30

That will be why the builder hates them then, flat pack slows down the job, whereas ready assembled is far far quicker and smoother

SidandAndyssextoy Fri 28-Feb-14 19:58:14

Flat pack.

ivykaty44 Fri 28-Feb-14 18:57:17

Do IKEA units come flat pack or ready assembled?

SidandAndyssextoy Thu 27-Feb-14 17:08:50

My builder says he hates Ikea! Nightmare to fit apparently. It's not the first time I've heard this either.

I'm waiting for the quote and then, when I'm happy with what is being quoted for, I send him into battle to get the best price.

Pinkje Thu 27-Feb-14 13:21:47

If you're happy to mix and match, why not look at the new ikea range. It has a similar look I think.

Cretaceous Thu 27-Feb-14 13:03:55

I think the thing is, you don't know whether the builder is getting an 80% discount, but Howdens is giving you the 70% discount invoice. wink

(Am just joking here, as if you've got a builder on recommendation, I'm sure you are fine. It's just that Howdens does seem to give dodgy people an opportunity to take advantage. We got quotes for my mum, and couldn't go on recommendations, as she doesn't live near us. We certainly were a magnet for dodgy characters, but luckily got a good one in the end.)

Rollergirl1 Thu 27-Feb-14 12:54:17

Thanks for that Cretaceous. So it sounds like the builder is passing on his discount to me which is good to know and adds to my confidence that he's not trying to stitch me up!

Cretaceous Thu 27-Feb-14 12:42:56

Re price list, it's got a sticker on it indicating that I picked it up from a branch of Howdens. It is labelled trade only, but must have just been lying on the side. Some branches maybe have price lists out and others don't, but you should be able to pick up the latest one, or your builder should.

The "gloss integrated handle ranges" are second only to Tewkesbury in price. 600 hiline base unit is down as £514. Perhaps they change the prices regularly between catalogues, so they can claim discounts.

We got our last kitchen from Wickes in the end, because with all the discounts, the appliances were really good value. But each time we've had a new kitchen (moved a lot!), our choice has been influenced by having an organised, helpful designer and negotiating a good discount. Ex kitchen fitters have been the best for us. Our Howdens quote person this time was very young and I didn't get the impression he cooked!

The pullout larder units etc really increase the cost, sadly. Standard units are so much cheaper, as that is how the companies compare prices to make it look like a good deal <old cynic emoticon>.

Rollergirl1 Thu 27-Feb-14 12:28:45

No i'm not, very odd...

Yes I noticed that. That's why it would be handy to see the price list that Cretaceous has.

SidandAndyssextoy Thu 27-Feb-14 11:58:16

Are you on the app? It does odd things.

That's more than the Tewksbury in the list posted earlier, and I thought they were the most expensive doors, so prices have really taken a hike if so.

Rollergirl1 Thu 27-Feb-14 11:53:39

Don't know why my �'s are coming out like that....hmm

Rollergirl1 Thu 27-Feb-14 11:52:38

I asked them to include appliances in the quote so I had a place to start. But yes they are ridiculous, �205 for the microwave! The cost of appliances in total is �2k so I am sure I could get cheaper sourcing myself.

The quote is for the handleless gloss range. I don't know where that sits for price within the other ranges but the cost for a 600 HL Base is coming in at �169.80 with a 70% discount. So that would put it at around �550 full price?

SidandAndyssextoy Thu 27-Feb-14 11:23:41

I don't blame you, ghost. My builder said people like your joiner give tradespeople a bad name.

Roller, my planner more or less suggested not buying their appliances. Based on the cost of a microwave (over £100!) I can imagine the prices are pretty silly.

ghostinthecanvas Thu 27-Feb-14 11:19:30

Well now I am seriously pissed off at my joiner......we paid him plenty to fit the kitchen. angry Didn't think he made quite so much out of us buying it.

Rollergirl1 Thu 27-Feb-14 11:18:42

Cretaceous: I am in the process of looking at kitchens as we speak and have just had a quote from Howdens. It says on the quote that it's with a 70% discount but it's still coming out at just over �8k with tax (incl appliances). I'd be very interested to see your price list from 2013. Are you able to tell me where you found it? It would be great to be able to compare.

SidandAndyssextoy Thu 27-Feb-14 11:07:36

Oh, and did no haggling but we were only at the planning it out stage. No quote yet.

The builder says they have sales targets which they need to meet even if selling at a loss. So he buys kitchens on the last day of the month. grin

He did say that Howdens don't do themselves any favours with the trade discount hoo hah, and they'd do much better having clearer prices.

SidandAndyssextoy Thu 27-Feb-14 11:05:35

Yes, I reckoned Tewkesbury were twice the price too. The planner (also young here!) did talk about getting stuff off eBay.

BUT I am now feeling much better as my builder appeared and said he gets an 80% discount on their prices. So the Tewkesbury cupboard that costs £500 odd on the list upthread is less than £100 for him. He says the most he has paid for a Howdens kitchen, even a huge one with woods doors, is 4k. I feel much better now.

Reese123 Thu 27-Feb-14 10:30:14

I have just had Howdens round, who told me that Tewksbury was double the price of Burford. Maybe, you could get them to price 2 different ranges so you could see what suits your budget more.

My designer looked like he had just left school, hope yours was a bit more experienced.

ghostinthecanvas Thu 27-Feb-14 10:22:34

Can you mix and match? How much haggling did you do with howdens? Speak to your joiner. He should be able to get them down. Magnet are very similar. Can you do a complementary/contrasting colour?

SidandAndyssextoy Thu 27-Feb-14 10:18:15

Unfortunately I have half the kitchen already. I won't save enough by starting from scratch with a different range.

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