Fallen in love with Harvey jones linear kitchen but not the price tag. Anyone seen similar??

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Staverton Thu 24-Nov-11 10:04:22

We need a new kitchen in our (hopefully) new house. Ive had white high gloss before in a previous house but am a bit worried it's going to start to look dated (sorry I have just offended all white gloss kitchen owners). I quite like shaker kitchens but they are a bit too country kitchen looking for my tastes and wouldnt really suit the house.

I love love love the Harvey jones LINEAR range. It's solidwood but clean lines instead of inset bits and looks sort of like a matt version of high gloss IYSWIM so I love it.

The other one I like is the handleless bulthaup as it's more of a Matt finish without looking melamine-y but that is waaaaayy out of price range

Can anyone help/ seen anything similar?

Staverton Thu 24-Nov-11 13:06:10

Anyone??

Pannacotta Thu 24-Nov-11 14:10:50

I know the one you mean and I agree its very stylish (also on my shortlist for when we finally replace our kitchen).
It might be worth showing the range to local joiners to see if they can copy the look for you, this often works out cheaper than buying from a big company.

I think I did see a vaguely similar design in my Benchmarx catalogue but cant put my hands on it at the mo, but worth a gander.

Staverton Thu 24-Nov-11 15:18:02

Thank you that's very helpful
I will look into both of those options

Do you have any other styles that you really like?

Pannacotta Thu 24-Nov-11 15:51:10

I'm thinking of having our kitchen made locally and will probably go for framed doors, but like you I like the flat door of the linear so will probably choose that rather than one with grooves in it (also think its easier to keep a flat door clean, no dust traps).

I quite like the Benchmarx framed doors
www.benchmarxjoinery.co.uk/?pageId=8&hierarchy=Kitchens&category=13&subCategory=3&products=true
and this new unframed style
www.benchmarxjoinery.co.uk/?pageId=8&hierarchy=Kitchens&category=13&subCategory=45&products=true

I also think that most IKEA kitchens look very good given their low prices, but our kitchen is an odd shape so we probably do need to have it made to order.

Pannacotta Thu 24-Nov-11 15:53:14

Byw, this is the range I was thinking of, but its high gloss rather than matt and not solid wood, so not really that close to the Linear after all, sadly.

www.benchmarxjoinery.co.uk/?pageId=8&hierarchy=Kitchens&category=14&subCategory=41&products=true

Pannacotta Thu 24-Nov-11 15:57:21

Also love Roundhouse kitchens but they are even more ££ than Harvey Jones!

www.roundhousedesign.com/

mistlethrush Thu 24-Nov-11 15:57:39

I will be getting my kitchen done by the joiners that the local builders use to supply kitchens etc. They did my last kitchen, fitted, solid wood doors, at the same price that an ikea flat pack would have cost, uninstalled. They have since done two friends kitchens (in same town) and my parents' new kitchen (travelling 200 miles - still cheaper than local). You can also get it custom built for the space that way too, so no difficult spaces left.

Staverton Thu 24-Nov-11 16:13:10

mistlethrush - sounds great. can i ask the name of the joiners?

roundhouse - yummm. oh well one day!

like the 3rd benchmarx one very much indeed, but not the gloss bit sadly. not keen on the ridging bit on the wooden ones above.

is so tough!

mistlethrush Fri 25-Nov-11 12:33:56

Have pmd you the details Staverton

SeasonsGripings Fri 25-Nov-11 13:36:55

Schuller do a matt white handless, good quality at a good price.

Staverton Fri 25-Nov-11 15:45:12

thank you all, this has been incredibly helpful!

Staverton Fri 25-Nov-11 15:51:04

do you know roughly what sort of price seasons - might go and find a showroom - look lovely

artyjools Fri 25-Nov-11 16:59:57

Mistelthrush - could I have details of your joiner too please?

Have looked at the Benchmarx painted kitchens and thought they looked very good. Their shaker ones actually look like they have been painted, unlike the Second Nature ones, whichdon't really look like wood.

Staverton Fri 25-Nov-11 18:01:13

That's interesting I was going to look at second nature. Maybe I won't bother

The aim is to get an expensive looking kitchen dead cheap!

A friend used buildbase wooden units which he painted- looks good.

SeasonsGripings Fri 25-Nov-11 18:28:13

Too hard for me to give you a price - they have a few ranges with matt white handleless, a budget one, still looks good and the bells and whistles Nextline which comes in about a third more.

Mammonite Fri 25-Nov-11 21:36:31

Second Nature and Benchmarx use the same doors confused though.
What did you mean about the "ridged bit" is it that unnecessary groove between the panels?

Mammonite Fri 25-Nov-11 21:39:49

You could also buy cabinets from any online supplier and get someone like www.cjftrading.co.uk/ to fabricate the flat door in a face frame. I phoned them up for a sample and they were really helpful.

pgreen Sat 26-Nov-11 08:31:28

Have you had a look at Alno (http://www.alno.co.uk/) and neptune (http://www.neptune.co.uk/)? High style at a more affordable price

artyjools Sat 26-Nov-11 17:45:06

Mammonite - maybe they do use the same doors, but looking at the painted ones, the Benchmarx ones had a grain effect and had more of an appearance of being hand painted (IMO)than the second natures ones. Perhaps each company has its own paint spraying procedures or maybe it was just those partcular doors. The second natures ones are well worth looking at though and I haven't yet made up my mind. Will probably get quotes from several different companies.

Going to look up alno and neptune now!

Mammonite Sat 26-Nov-11 21:35:17

Good luck in your search, hope you manage to make a decision quicker than I do grin.

There was a thread on another forum I picked up that bit of kitchen trivia so who knows?

mistlethrush Mon 28-Nov-11 10:22:17

Artej I've PMd you.

The thing I like about the company I've used is that the quality is better than the flat packs you can get and the kitchen is purpose built for your needs - so, for instance, all my wall cupboards were an inch wider than standard so that dinner plates would go in flat, and shelves came to the outside edge of the shelf, without the gap that most upper shelves have. They also went full height right to the ceiling so no gap and more shelves. And base cabinets went back to the wall rather than being built out. And it was precisely fitted - so that you could split the gap you had into say 3 to get equal sized cupboards rather than having to use the standard sizes available.

Staverton Mon 28-Nov-11 13:21:22

More helpful info- mumsnet is fab!

Will def look into all suggested

The ridged bit is difficult to explain and can't link as on phone but basically the Harvey jones linear collection have completely flat wooden doors and all the shaker/other wooden doors have an inset bit. I prefer them completely flat.

Do you think you could get ikea carcasses and get that company ctf to make doors?

artyjools Tue 29-Nov-11 09:33:37

Thank you for your PM, Mistlethrush. I like the sound of your joiners very much, but we are south of London, so I think they are too far away from us. What a shame.

Staverton Tue 29-Nov-11 12:48:56

Artyjools will you come back and post on this thread what you eventually go for- looks like we have similar tastes

mistlethrush Tue 29-Nov-11 13:02:33

You'll just have to have a northern break and call in on the way past.... wink

eyestightshut Tue 29-Nov-11 22:04:31

Mistlethrush, would you mind pm'ing me their details too, please?

mistlethrush Thu 01-Dec-11 12:36:30

Will do grin (I hasten to add that I don't have ANY connection with them apart from having had one of their kitchens and recommended to others, including some in the home counties who still found it cheaper to have them build and fit it for them rather than use a local firm - however, I think a visit to their base would be essential)

artyjools Thu 01-Dec-11 16:28:36

Staverton - yes, happy to post what I get eventualy - but have to extend the house first, so won't be until next May time. I'm just thinking ahead!

Staverton Thu 01-Dec-11 18:52:08

Our extension isn't happening until Feb so probably not finished until April so we're not way ahead of you. From our last, much smaller project, though I learnt it was important to plan things far ahead and not rnake snap last minute decisions (as we did)

artyjools Thu 01-Dec-11 20:00:25

In that case, please let me know what kitchen you go for as our tastes are so alike grin

cougan Sat 17-Dec-11 12:59:54

Do a search for a guy called Roy Griffiths who owned Harvey Jones until 2008 hes still owns their old factory and is producing the same handmade units much better than the chinese stuff neptune sell. I was looking for an English butt hinged kitchen for ages but most of them have that cup hinge from a lay on door. He has a company called greenandfay but try to avoid the salesmen and go to the factory directly and they may give you a better price.

gobblygook Sat 17-Dec-11 14:07:21

I really like Harvey Jones linear, flat stuff. That inspired me - we're also renovating and doing a new kitchen. The price was ridiculous - partly because their carcasses are wood, I think. So we've got the carcasses from Howden's - builders like them, they're already made into units - and then working with a local carpenter (but a good one) to make the doors. These will be MDF, matt spray painted, handle-less, possibly with an oak edging (price dependent). We can choose from endless colour range.

It's definitely the cheapest way to get the look you want. Harvey Jones are for the wealthy only..

gillviola Sun 18-Dec-11 13:46:02

Hi Mistlethrush
Please can you send me the name of your joiner.
Thanks

marthamydear Sun 18-Dec-11 20:47:55

Hi Mistlethrush,

If you would be kind enough to pm me the name of your joiner too please?

We are looking for a good finish on a smallish budget, and a recommendation is what I've been looking for.

Thanks in advance x

partyhats Sun 18-Dec-11 21:15:10

Hi Mistlethrush, I too would love the name of your joiner please!!

I have looked at Neptune but they only seem to do a small range of cabinets, looks expensive from the list prices.
Harvey Jones is prob way out of price range.
The ubiquitous Heritage grey only has standard 700mm high wall cabinets and small drawers.
Handmade kitchens direct looks good but will have to see what the price comes out as.

timidviper Sun 18-Dec-11 22:05:13

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Staverton Mon 19-Dec-11 13:14:12

Thanks everyone really good advice!
V v excited about our new kitchen...

sh77 Tue 20-Dec-11 11:20:46

following this thread with great interest.
mistlethrush - pretty please could i have his number also? i reckon you deserve commission from each MN sale!

Artyjools Tue 20-Dec-11 13:07:52

timidviper - where is your kitchen company based, please?

What have you decided to go for, Staverton? I am still faffing about trying to get planning prmission for our extension!

Staverton Tue 20-Dec-11 15:38:19

Artyjools- we haven't yet! Have exchanged so house is ours and planning permission and listed building consent have been submitted

Going to take thousands of copies of livingetc magazines with me over Xmas to decide!

I fancy one wall of wall to ceiling cupboards with integral cooker. I think I want to move away from traditional ceiling and base units and go for something more modern- it may be wood like the linear collection or Matt handlers White as people have suggested here. Exciting!

Might start a new thread on where people think kitchen trends are going...

timidviper Tue 20-Dec-11 22:38:26

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Staverton Sat 07-Jan-12 11:16:21

Just wanted to say thanks so much for everyones posts. Ive looked all the companies up and am a bit nearer a decision.
We've actually move away from the inframe look- I think it works well with the linear range as the drawers/ cupboards are so big compared to standard carcasses.

We're going to try and copy one of the roundhouse kitchen looks- will see if I can post a link in a bit. We want to buy cheaper carcasses and have doors made to measure out of mdf and have them painted White. With maybe a concrete worktop?

Has anyone done this? I had a look at howdens and ikea carcasses but compared to Harvey jones they seem quite flimsy. I might try mistlethrush's company and drive 200 + miles to see them!

Staverton Tue 21-Feb-12 20:30:18

Just to update - we in the end went for the Harvey jones linear as it was hassle free and we didnt like anything else as much.
We got 40 % off if anyone else wants to barter ....

amazonianwoman Tue 21-Feb-12 20:38:26

40% discount sounds reasonable smile

Are you able to give us a very rough price and number of units? Just trying to gauge how much HJ charge before I add that showroom to my list...

Pannacotta Tue 21-Feb-12 20:51:13

Wow 40% is pretty impressive.
Would also be interested to have a rough idea of price as I am quite keen on that kitchen, looks classy.
amazonian - I presume you, like me, are still not there with your kitchen smile

amazonianwoman Tue 21-Feb-12 21:06:32

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Staverton Tue 21-Feb-12 21:09:53

So-
A wall of three full height units (2.14m tall) including space for built in double oven
An island including space for dishwasher sink and 1m pan draws
a wall of base units - basically 6x standard units. But one being corner cupboard (so double width) one normal cupboard and 2 x with door front but internal drawer hidden behind
I don't like wall units so not having them
Whole thing was about £9500 including fitting and painting and handles but not including appliances and worktops ( which we will get elsewhere)
Oh and we don't pay VAT as it's an alteration to a listed building (extension) so that's a massive help
So not super cheap but not top bad
I think with appliances and worktops it'll be about £13000

I went to the unpainted kitchens worktop and was very impressed, they would copy anything and for the same units,but without painting and fitting, it was about £5500 (also without vat)

Green and fay kitchens in islington ( who owned HJ originally) were about the same price as HJ on the sale is extra discount by haggling

HTH!

Staverton Tue 21-Feb-12 21:11:20

And I am superexcited!
I love the linear range. Just need to find a silestone/ quartz worktop cheaper then they are quoting...

amazonianwoman Tue 21-Feb-12 21:11:54

Aargghh phone playing up!

No, still going round in circles hmm

My main problem is that DH (accountant) thinks we should be able to fit a large wooden hand painted kitchen, with granite tops, range cooker, tiles/flooring, along with a 4m x 4m extension with pitched ceiling, Velux x 2, bifold doors, and other house alterations - all for under £30k. I despair!

Looked in Ikea today, the quality is pretty good for the price but just not wowing me...

Staverton Tue 21-Feb-12 21:14:39

Where are you AW? If near London or Northampton try unpainted kitchens- they are mdf not wood but most handpaintes kitchens are.
Or if up north try mistlethrush's joiner- we almost did!

Staverton Tue 21-Feb-12 21:18:20

Oh and a Matt White range by Schuller from westlondonkitchens was about £6000 minus vat and appliances

amazonianwoman Tue 21-Feb-12 21:18:29

Yes I'm only about an hour away from the joiner up north, I don't have a problem with painted MDF. Am waiting for kitchen plan from local (expensive) showroom so I can steal the ideas!

Staverton Tue 21-Feb-12 21:20:07

I totally am with you re:ikea. I so wanted to love them. But no!

Staverton Tue 21-Feb-12 21:21:27

I think painted mdf units actually look better than real wood as somehow the grain makes them look fake.
MArk wilkinson / cottesloe use mdf

amazonianwoman Tue 21-Feb-12 21:42:58

Yes I'm not keen on the grain been visible in eg Second Nature/Howdens doors.

Also, the more I can save on the kitchen, the more I can spend on a range cooker!

I love the "Rogers" kitchen in the projects section on the Roundhouse website

Pannacotta Tue 21-Feb-12 22:11:45

Staverton that is a pretty good price given it includes painted finish, handles and fitting. How did you get them down so much re price?
Did you find them good at the design?

amazonian Isypathise! I am also going round in cicrcles -have yet to have a design done which I like and think looks usuable, though I do admit we have a difficult shaped room.

DH (lawyer but real number cruncher) also not keen to spend too much, esp since we had some recent house valuations which were not great.

I think I may have pointed you in the direction of Roundhouse, so my apologies on that front! I know they are quite £££.

Pannacotta Tue 21-Feb-12 22:13:22

ps which range cooker are you after? We will also get a range and am researching what is out there. I liek Britannia but they dont come cheap.

amazonianwoman Tue 21-Feb-12 23:14:50

Oh I'm definitely going for the Roundhouse Look rather than the Reality grin I have high hopes for the recommended joiner...

In my fantasy world I'd have a large Everhot. Or a Lacanche. Or a Falcon. In reality I might have to settle for a Britannia or Rangemaster. Chances of one of the first batch are greatly increased if we ditch the extension

Pannacotta Tue 21-Feb-12 23:19:20

We were going to extend too until figures like 20-30k just for the building work started being bandied about and we quickly decided to make do with the space we have and just get a good design to make the best use of space (cue hollow laugh)...

I like the look of the Falcon ranges, are they supposed to be good? How do you research this kind of thing? I dont know anyone with a fancy cooker in RL...

amazonianwoman Tue 21-Feb-12 23:24:55

oh I'm sure my fingers are arthritic! The extension is only to make the house flow better (+ give it the wow factor) so if we don't do that (we bought at the top of the market, not sure we'd even sell it for what we paid for it) I might just get a fabulous range. I love cooking!

I really should get round to putting our house layout onto Mumsnet for some sound advice... Right now our current kitchen is isolated, our dining room (rarely used) is a corridor to the living room which is too big and not cosy, but does have nice garden views. We could knock through the kitchen into the playroom to make a nice kitchen diner, but then the current corridor dining room would have to be a playroom and I don't fancy walking through plastic tat and Lego to get to the living room!

One day we'll sort it...

Staverton Tue 21-Feb-12 23:30:45

Pannacotta- we had the design done to get an idea of price and it was (and still is till end of feb) 25% off. We just kept ugh if and ahhig and looking at different places until we they came back with 40%

The design was great but to be honest I knew exactly why I wanted and had very clear ideas. I basically copied the layout of the Forbes project in roundhouse for the design.

Staverton Tue 21-Feb-12 23:31:28

What not why! iPhone...

amazonianwoman Tue 21-Feb-12 23:32:15

A good friend who is a food scientist has a Falcon, it's beautiful. She researches stuff as much as we do. You can't programme it though. Another friend has a Rangemaster, Élan I think it is? She loves that too but it's a bit bulky for my liking and it has 6 burners which is just overkill.

I have a very very old inherited Stoves range with just 4 burners which is more than enough, even on Christmas Day cooking for 17.

amazonianwoman Tue 21-Feb-12 23:34:54

<<scuttles off to look up Forbes>>

Nice! Are you going to have a floating shelf? I love the contrast of the big wooden table too.

Staverton Tue 21-Feb-12 23:45:48

Yep I think so! We need to get an extractor in too though as job will be on that wall. Really like the grey wall as well and light floorboards
Love the rogers too!

I reckon roundhouse will be dead easy to copy as they are lay on door rather than inframe and look like spray painted mdf.
You could get DIY kitchens ( near pontefract) to supply carcasses an then have doors made eg Cjf trading.
Currently trying to decide between concrete or quartz worktop. Oh and whether to have stainless steel or white plug sockets etc
Good luck!

Sushiqueen Wed 22-Feb-12 08:42:39

amazonian if you hadn't said your DH was an accountant, I would have thought we are married to the same guy smile

My DH is after the same thing including the bifold doors. Mind you I want the range cooker !

We are also looking at kitchens for an extension. We have ended up printing out pictures from houses we previously viewed if we loved the kitchen.

Queenmarigold Wed 22-Feb-12 08:49:33

Have you tried Howdens? If you have a carpenter near you they can get a good kitchen at trade prices (£5-6K inc appliances) for solid wood worktops and high gloss units in my case.

amazonianwoman Wed 22-Feb-12 08:56:33

grin I'm not that bothered about bifolds - the weather is rarely warm enough, and if it is we're usually away. French doors are good enough for me! A range cooker, on the other hand, is an everyday essential item grin

Yes tried Howdens thanks but wasn't keen on the wooden ones because you can see the grain, and DH doesn't like the gloss ones.

I'll be happy with a bobby dazzler range and packing boxes for cupboards at this rate.

Pannacotta Wed 22-Feb-12 09:22:50

amazonian we have similar problems with our layout, also have a kitchen which is very cut off from the rest of the house, as is common with victorian homes.
We also bought at the top of the market and have spent lots on essential things like wiring/boiler/roof etc and had it valued at little more than we paid for it.

WHy dont you post a floorplan up (not tha I am nosey or anything)?
I've still got on on my profile so you can see our silly layout (though pics are abit small).

Staverton do you think they could come up with a decent design even if I was a bit vague? I know roughly what I want but its hard to fit it in as the kitchen is an odd shape with a small bay area and a cupboard which juts into the room.

FWIW I prefer quartz to concrete, think it is more of a classic look.

amazonianwoman Wed 22-Feb-12 12:11:06

I only have large architect's drawings which are too big to photocopy at home, so I'll have a go at drawing it myself and post it on my profile.

I'll do it tomorrow after my trip to Harvey Jones grin.

Pannacotta Wed 22-Feb-12 13:48:13

You could take a digital photo of the drawings and load that on here, I did that before (those drawings no longer on my profile) but it worked ok.

Good lick and do report back on Harvey Jones, think I may try and persuade DH to come with me to the Cambridge branch (over an hour away unfortunately)...

amazonianwoman Wed 22-Feb-12 14:46:34

Good plan, will do tomorrow, just going out now and out tonight.

I can never get my DH to any showroom of any kind angry Perhaps if he did, he'd realise things actually cost money these days hmm

Pannacotta Wed 22-Feb-12 15:46:36

Funny you should say that, its the same for me, I have to trawl around doing all the research and is very hard to get DH to come with me...

Thanks Staverton for updating us, feel quite tempted by a Harvey Jones kitchen at a Wickes price!

Staverton Wed 22-Feb-12 17:53:03

Yes I reckon they would do a good design. They def do think about it properly and about what would work, as opposed to howdens who just tried to shove anything anywhere.
They don't give you the design though so try and remember it and jot down straight away afterwards in a coffee shop/ the car. The phone calls will then start about price which is when I haggled and held out for a while. Def do it before end of feb though when 25% off ends.
The linear range is cheaper than the shaker style

Pannacotta Wed 22-Feb-12 18:30:53

Thanks, that is helpful.
I have gone to Benchmarx, Wickes and local place so far but no one has come up with a workable design, which is a bit disappointing.
Presume they do a survey before the design? We are an hour away from local showroom so hope they will be ok with that. Will give them a call I think.

How did you get them down from 25% to 40% discount? That is good going!

Staverton Wed 22-Feb-12 19:13:53

No we knew the rough dimensions from the architect. They will come out to measure up but only once you have committed to them. Better than John Lewis of hungerford who wouldn't come
out to measure before placing final order so it is on your head if it's wrong.

Basically I just kept saying hmm we do LOVE it but it's too expensive at the moment, and they kept coming down...
I would do it at least a week before the bed of the sale so you've got time to hold out

It is LUVVERLY!

libelulle Fri 24-Feb-12 14:10:18

Just wanted to say thanks loads Staverton for pointing me in the direction of unpainted kitchens! I've been going round in circles for months about the kitchen for our new extension, knowing what I wanted (pretty much the same as you!) but thinking that I couldn't afford it. I emailed upk last night with my linear-kitchen-copying plans and they got back to me this morning with an eminently reasonable-sounding estimate! Can't wait to go and see their showroom.

Staverton Fri 24-Feb-12 18:47:53

No worries! I went to the workshop rather than the showroom and the guy working there was lovely. They looked solid units as well.
Good luck

lateSeptember1964 Mon 27-Feb-12 13:00:30

This is a really great thread. We recently viewed a house which needed quite a lot of refurbishment and the kitchen needed immediate attention. I have dragged my heals because the thought of leaving my lovely kitchen is heartbreaking. However, having read this thread I feel inspired and a lot clearer about the possibilities. The irony is that my husband is a joiner with a factory and men who could do this for me. I think I need to not let him off so lightly. Im off to call the estate agent to come and value our house. Staverton I love your final choice, so chic.

libelulle Mon 27-Feb-12 17:48:02

Ahh that's great lateSeptember! Go for itsmile

I went to look at Harvey Jones just to get a better idea of what they produce - and I came away wondering not only at the prices (full-price quote for what I wanted came to not far off 30k!!!!!!) but also at how chip-resistant the painted doors would be, esp with small children around. Would they start looking a bit rubbish after a few years of rough use? Or are there special paints for kitchen doors that make them fairly bullet-proof?

DadRobbie Tue 28-Feb-12 15:12:34

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NewHouse Wed 29-Feb-12 09:31:52

Usefull thread.

Staverton Wed 29-Feb-12 12:43:54

libelulle - we chose painted wood for exactly that reason - that it could be repainted

weve got a keller kitchen in the house we've been renting and its matt cream doors. its chipped terribly and there is no way of repairing them.

have been away for a bit - why were those last 2 messages deleted??

Pannacotta Wed 29-Feb-12 13:29:10

They were advertising their kitchen business Staverton.

What colour doors did you choose for your kitchen?

I couldnt make it to Harvey JOnes in time for the sale end so am looking at other (cheaper) options.

Did you decide on your woktop in the end?

annalouiseh Wed 29-Feb-12 15:59:29

I wasn't actually advertising my DH business.
the title of the thread is 'anyone seen similar'
the fact he does these is no different than me saying John Lewis does them.

Staverton Wed 29-Feb-12 18:39:37

We havent chosen the colour yet as the extension wont be finished until june (extension happening last)

I think we'll prob go for off white units and brown, matt silestone quartz but are also considering wood.

I read somewhere on here that matt quartz was a nightmare to keep looking clean, any thoughts??

libelulle Wed 29-Feb-12 18:47:51

Staverton, yes that was my husband's point, about the repainting possibilities! Right now I'm flipping and flopping between a Schuller matt lacquer and an (un)painted kitchen - but sorry I do realise you've already made your choice! Perhaps I'll start a kitchen angst thread of my ownsmile

Pannacotta Wed 29-Feb-12 19:24:30

I cant decide on worktop and have never had quartz so I cant help you on that one sorry! Though I think solid worktops aren't always as easy to maintain as you are led to believe - have heard tales of streaky granite etc.

Have only had wooden worktops, which looked great but did require a bit of care, ie mopping up water/spills and oiling. Though perhaps worth it for the lovely warm feel they give.

Have you chosen a sink set-up? That is the thing I cant work out with the worktop. I prefer the undermounted ones but they are no go with wood. We generate lots of washing up so need sth practical on that front...

Tarrant Wed 17-Oct-12 18:57:24

Hi Mistlethrush - just noticed your thread which I realise was a few months ago - but would it be possible to let me know the name of the joiner. I live in the south but happy to travel etc to get the wow kitchen of my dreams. Many thanks.

HidingFromDD Thu 18-Oct-12 06:53:16

hi - just noticed this and also asking Mistlethrush for details. I live in the North as well!

Missdriver Tue 01-Jan-13 22:36:09

Hi Mistlethrush - please can you send me the details of your joiner as well...these guys will be inundated! ;-)

OneSimpleShopper Mon 29-Jul-13 11:29:45

Yep, been stung by the John Lewis of Hungerford kitchen rules too. Lovely kitchen, and they did come to do the design before the deposit was taken. I got just about everything I wanted, and it is a very useful, practical and pretty kitchen. But lots of problems with things being ordered incorrectly and a month later I am still sitting around waiting to hear when they will finish it, hanging around waiting for deliveries and fitters' availability. Exceptionally expensive for such disappointing service!

CKLondon Mon 05-Aug-13 15:31:31

Hi Mistlethrush,

Your joiner sounds to good to be true - but I'm hoping they're for real! Any chance of PMing me the details too please? Appreciate it's been ages since the last posts!

Thanks

myplace13 Wed 02-Oct-13 10:30:30

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Mariamum Sat 01-Feb-14 14:10:11

Has anyone had a problem with Green and Fay kitchens.

Please let me know if you have and if it was resolved?

Thanks

MrsDL Mon 10-Mar-14 08:28:49

Another request for the name of your joiner please please mistlethrush, if you are still around? Sounds very interesting….. Many thanks in advance!
And overall, what a useful thread!

Mariamum, I found this because I was googling Roy Griffith/Green and Fay - how have you got on with them?

bls44 Sun 11-May-14 19:57:42

Hi Mistlethrush, could you let me have your joiner's details too ?

Many thanks in advance!

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