Victorian house, but don't want victorian kitchen any suggestions ??

(31 Posts)
Haylo Mon 20-Oct-08 14:20:28

Moving in later next month. Need to start shopping for new kitchen this week. Love all the period features in the house, but not into victorian style kitchens.

Have open plan kitchen/ dining room with kitchen end being 9'6 x 11'6 and a seperate utility room of 10'0 x 11'0, both have very high ceilings. Want both rooms to have matching units and look. l am a real foodie and would love a walk in pantry like Nigella's, probably in the utility room. Retaining original aga surround and pantry wall cupboard doors in stripped wood in kitchen, utility is a blank canvas.

We plan to be there for the next 15-20 years (not that l expect a kitchen to last that long), so although we cannot afford a real bespoke kitchen would like it to live up to the house and be the best on our budget (DP says he wants a WOW kitchen for £15k).

l like the coloured kitchen units in either charcoal, mocha or cream with chunky and straight chrome handles. Like black granite, but not sure if budget would stretch and would it look too cold with cream units ? Have looked at MFI, Kuchen Lab & Howdens so far.

Any advice on style or suppliers appreciated.

BackforGood Mon 29-Jul-13 15:32:39

Well quite! I think it I ever am in the position of replacing a kitchen again, I will go for a cheaper one and then be happy to replace it after 10 years or so, I couldn't justify replacing it if I spent £15K on it though!

I agree back - I was surprised that someone would pay that much and expect to replace it so soon. may as well get a real cheap one if you don't think the quality is good enough.

I'm getting a cheap one and hoping not to replace it however wink

BackforGood Mon 29-Jul-13 14:51:45

Would people really not expect a kitchen to last 15 - 20 years ? shock What kind of inferior quality stuff are you installing ?

ShoeWhore Mon 29-Jul-13 14:42:48

We put an Alno kitchen in our Victorian flat. I loved it, quite sleek and modern (we went for a matt finish, which felt less stark than the shiny ones) They do a really good quality laminate worktop with square edges which I would really recommend as an alternative to wooden worktops.

Ramona75 Mon 29-Jul-13 14:37:58

25k for a kitchen! wow, that is way ott. If you buy online you'll get that for half the price if not cheaper. Have you tried pricing up what you need on the site below? www.diy-kitchens.com/kitchen-units/

Ramona75 Mon 29-Jul-13 14:37:35

25k for a kitchen! wow, that is way ott. If you buy online you'll get that for half the price if not cheaper. Have you tried pricing up what you need on the site below? http://www.diy-kitchens.com/kitchen-units/

OneSimpleShopper Mon 29-Jul-13 11:37:38

John Lewis of Hungerford kitchen? Basic cabinetry was around £15K, but with additions such as the sink, taps, splashbacks and worktops, it eventually came to around £25k. And that is not counting the plumbing, electrics, flooring, appliances and painting. Not cheap, but it does add value to the house. Not impressed with their service in resolving snags - too busy selling more kitchens to sort out problems for the people who have already paid!

SheherazadetheGoat Wed 22-Oct-08 11:59:40

we took dd (unavoidable) and there was alot of lolling on the floor and general annoyance. but on the positive side it did make us make up our minds very quickly.

newgirl Wed 22-Oct-08 11:57:02

for the ikea trip go in the evening and book a babysitter

it will be hell on earth to take the kids and talk kitchens NO NO NO!!!

SheherazadetheGoat Wed 22-Oct-08 08:27:38

definitely download their planning tool , you can then save your plan up to ikea's server and the kitchen people can look at it in store

If possible don't take your kids - don't know if you can book an appointment. When I went to order mine there was a couple with several kids who were lying on the floor getting in everyone's way because they were so tired/bored. Plus Ikea don't do a planning service - you need to draw up a rough plan yourself and work out what you need (though they are helpful when you are ordering to make sure it will fit, etc) I think the website has a planning tool...

SheherazadetheGoat Tue 21-Oct-08 18:17:24

definitely try and book an appointment.

Anna8888 Tue 21-Oct-08 17:21:09

Agree that Ikea has a fabulous range of kitchen stuff at amazing prices.

ilovemydog Tue 21-Oct-08 17:17:23

just installed a shaker kitchen [smug]

did dorset red pilkington tiles.. good for dogs/kids/dp's band...

Haylo Tue 21-Oct-08 17:13:13

l think a trip to ikea this weekend is in order armed with all of the measurements - are we mad to go over the weekend with two little ones ? and do you need to book an appointment with the kitchen department to have a plan made.
Why didn't l think of ikea, l buy just about everything else from there and have been happy with the build quality. Thankyou

I think Shaker style is timeless - you can make it look modern or more period style just by changing the handles and you can buy it in all budget ranges. We have a cheap one form Ikea, cream colour (similar to F&B New White which I have used to paint a larder cupboard I already had so that it matches). I have a mixture of an oak worktop (also from Ikea) and a stainless steel one.

Pannacotta Tue 21-Oct-08 11:38:00

I think skewput and JackieNo's suggestions sound really nice, I prefer wood worktops tpp and found them fairly wasy to look after, just oil them regularly. Also agree that simple but well made is the way to go.
skewput where did you source the tumbled marble tiles? They sound lovely...

JackieNoHeadJustABloodyStump Mon 20-Oct-08 19:58:20

Well the cost will depend how big your kitchen is. I found a bit on their FAQ that says:

12. How much will a John Lewis of Hungerford kitchen cost?
Our prices generally speaking are much lower than you might expect. Originally we produced very expensive kitchens but with the birth of ARTISAN we had three unique selling points - Great Looks, High Quality and Affordability. On average our clients spend between £8000 and £25,000 including installation.

Not sure that's terribly helpful. We had ours put in about 9 or 10 years ago - it's still going strong, and we still love it. Cost about £8,000, then, I think.

Haylo Mon 20-Oct-08 17:07:29

jackie - just looked at john lewis of hungerford site - lovely - want one of those pantry dressers !!grin but no costs .. would l get anything for 15k, l need to get appliances out of this too [hmmm]

zippitippitoes Mon 20-Oct-08 17:04:46

lots of oil on the worktop

my other tip is if you can have a 700mm deep worktop for more generous space and more room behind the units for utilities

SheherazadetheGoat Mon 20-Oct-08 16:59:38

get an ikea kitchen and pay for a really good joiner to fit it.

in terms of choice and budget you can't beat idea.

Haylo Mon 20-Oct-08 16:57:30

Thankyou for all of your suggestions. l really want to get this right. It feels like a grown up house IYKWIM and l want it to all sort of flow, with everything working together.

l like the idea of painted units in farrow and ball type colours and wooden worktop perhaps - but are they difficult to look after ? - l have two small DC 1 and 3 so finger prints is a factor to consider too.

scaryteacher Mon 20-Oct-08 16:47:02

Make sure you keep oiling it and it will be fine.

newgirl Mon 20-Oct-08 16:45:34

that is lovely zippi!

how do you get on with the wood near the sink? or do you have something different there?

in an old house i found it hard to keep the wood looking great near the sink/draining area

zippitippitoes Mon 20-Oct-08 16:38:08

walnut worktops wopuld be lovely with cream units

i have fitted a kitchen from this company avent cappuchino with walnut worktops

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