Harvey Jones Kitchens, or and other kitchens.

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I want a beautiful modern shaker style or traditional good quality kitchen.
Any recommendations?

noddyholder Tue 12-Feb-13 23:10:54

Plain English?

Good quality.



noddyholder Tue 12-Feb-13 23:29:01


Where. I find. Cheap. Please. Muchos nachos.

noddyholder Tue 12-Feb-13 23:33:09

Plain English is a kitchen co much copied by local carpenters for a fraction of the cost

ShotgunNotDoingThePans Tue 12-Feb-13 23:33:18

Find something you like rip off HJ/Plain English/WoodchesterCabinets -get a local carpenter to make it.

ShotgunNotDoingThePans Tue 12-Feb-13 23:33:53

Cross post smile.

AH Thanks. Thought I was inexplicable there for a moment. grin

NigellasGuest Tue 12-Feb-13 23:36:07

"A Plain English kitchen costs in the region of £45,000 to £50,000 (including fitting and appliances but excluding VAT)."

ha ha. Ticks all the boxes, but the "inexpensive one". grin

noddyholder Tue 12-Feb-13 23:37:53

A good carpenter can do it for half

staverton Tue 12-Feb-13 23:40:05

I lurrrrve my HJ kitchen. (linear)
They have been bloody brilliant.

ShotgunNotDoingThePans Tue 12-Feb-13 23:40:38

Dunno what you consider inexpensive, but Parlour Farm are prob in between the likes of Magnet and Harvey Jones.

But, as I said, cheapest option is finding a carpenter.

I would say, those Shaker style doors are fuckers for gathering dust/grease/dirt in the ridges. I'd go for plain, flat gloss every time now.

NigellasGuest Tue 12-Feb-13 23:41:38

well ours didn't cost that. more like £15K.
we just found a fantastic old victorian kitchen table as well for £220 and it MAKES the whole kitchen!

staverton Tue 12-Feb-13 23:46:14

The linear design doesn't gather dust. And it looks and feels solid.

ShotgunNotDoingThePans Tue 12-Feb-13 23:46:14

B&Q have gone a bit trendy these days.

ApuskiMcClusky Wed 13-Feb-13 08:56:23

I loved my Parlour farm kitchen. And then we moved house...

Pannacotta Wed 13-Feb-13 09:23:44

The B&Q COoke and Lewis range Shotgun linked to looks pretty good IMO, esp in the taupe

I've seen Parlour Farm before too and really like the look of their kitchens and yes Staverton has a lovely kitchen!

DragonMamma Wed 13-Feb-13 09:53:23

We have a Howden's kitchen and they have some lovely shaker style ones in their ranges.

skandi1 Wed 13-Feb-13 10:25:25

Other options are Higham Furniture or DEvol.

Higham are fab. My kitchen is made by them. It looks beautiful.

Devol are cheaper but look great too.

Depends what you want. Higham is fully bespoke but Devol isn't.

TeaandCake Wed 13-Feb-13 10:39:05

We're in the NW and had our kitchen made by this company.

All custom built and fab quality. It cost about the the same a kitchen made from standard cupboard carcasses from our local 'posh' kitchen shop.

V happy with it.

member Wed 13-Feb-13 10:54:31

I like the look of Neptune kitchens (may just be the level of photography, haven't seen in the flesh).

Otherwise, carcases from Ikea with carpenter-made doors etc.

ShotgunNotDoingThePans Wed 13-Feb-13 11:29:52

Don't think Neptune are cheap, are they? Our laundry maid came from Devol and cost £300, so I would guess their kitchens definitely aren't my idea of cheap!

ElsieMc Wed 13-Feb-13 12:54:22

We had the Howdens top of the range kitchen put in. It's a shaker style and has solid oak doors,painted, in frame style. The kitchen is medium sized and the units, work tops and sink cost £4,500 in the sale. Original quote was £6,400 but sale and getting our fitter to buy it reduced costs. It does look really nice and I have had a lot of comments from visitors. I think it's called Haworth.

The fitting cost me £1275 - done in a week. He was NW tradesman of the year.

The appliances were a range master £1499, integrated fridge, freezer and dishwasher. These were around £250-£300 each again rangemaster.

I thought this was a lot of money (to me any way). I have heard some negative reporting about Howdens, but although you will not get the "show room" experience, not a single item was missing from the delivery and as they carry stock, if there is a problem you can just get it from the store.

I do hear however that their appliances are pretty awful, so avoid these.

Lots of great ideas here to investigate. Love all the links, such beautiful kitchens!


pootlebug Wed 13-Feb-13 17:31:11

Another Higham fan here. They did our kitchen and it is fabulous. They were also really great to work with

britishbakeoff Wed 13-Feb-13 23:19:53

I have the Heritage Grey from Wickes (or Borrowdale from Benchmarx - same kitchen but cheaper). The colour is F&B French Grey. I have a large kitchen and it was about £5K. Delighted with it and it get slots of compliments. PM me if you'd like a pic.

HAve just had a kitchen fitted which I ordered from www.diy-kitchens.com - mine is a different style but they make painted, in frame styles.

Very happy with the quality. And price smile

FatherThing Fri 15-Feb-13 19:43:05

I know that www.handmadekitchensyorkshire.co.uk for some great place for advise and design ideas, especially if you're considering a wood finish.

I love an oak (not that I can afford it!) but you can always get cheaper timbers. You might want to think about mixing things up a bit with a combination of exposed and painted timber. I've seen a few examples and it really makes a difference to the design. Make it unique in a way as well.

Hope this helps.

FatherThing Fri 15-Feb-13 19:48:51

It would also help if I read what I write before I push the Post Message button blush

betterwhenthesunshines Fri 15-Feb-13 20:15:57

After a lot of research I went with www.handmadekitchens-direct.co.uk/. It has been delivered and fitted, but still to be painted (by me!) and the fitter commented on how high quality it was. All made to exact measurements .

Honestyisbest Sat 16-Feb-13 15:38:42

We are mid way through buying a Harvey Jones kitchen. We are very impressed by them so far. Fab design, great planning and they guide you through the whole process. It's costing a lot, but it is my first ever kitchen that's been chosen by me, I have waited a long time!
We are going for grey shaker cupboards, a light granite and s steel appliances, ooh and bravely a wooden floor (sick to death of ceramic tiles!)

staverton Sat 16-Feb-13 19:51:47

Honesty sounds quite like mine, and i love it. Wooden floor as well! (although with white oil on)

Pannacotta Sat 16-Feb-13 20:59:07

I found this blog post today and am pretty impressed with the IKEA kitchen which looks very smart, so that might be an option OP?

Honestyisbest Sat 16-Feb-13 21:33:02

Staverton, what is white oil? We are going for oak flooring, thinking of waxing it, should I be oiling it?
Have u got a light granite too? I want something white/grey.

staverton Sun 17-Feb-13 01:30:00

Hi - we've used a white oil by osmo on top of engineered boards so the planks look white

Granite is white and we love it!
Pm me you email and I will send you a pic.

staverton Sun 17-Feb-13 01:30:37

Hmm. Maybe it's wax actually? It's osmo snee.

Honestyisbest Sun 17-Feb-13 08:55:43

pm ing you now....

Tatters102 Tue 07-May-13 18:01:37

We bought a bespoke shaker style painted kitchen from Woodworks of Lewes www.woodworkslewes.com. It is the most beautiful and functional room in the house now. They make everything by hand and every piece is bespoke. Couldn't recommend them enough! Our kitchen cost £35K but they start around 25K and are the best quality you could ever wish for with such attention to detail and such lovely people too. Previously we bought a Plain English in our last house and it wasn't that great, quality was pretty poor and the doors quite flimsy with chipboard carcases. If you're Sussex based then I'd suggest Woodworks.

spotty26 Tue 07-May-13 22:07:50

Try the Old Creamery too, rather like Parlour Farm. Plain English have a cheaper brand now British Standard...

Ramona75 Fri 10-May-13 08:31:15

£50,000 for a kitchen? Where are you buying it from hehe

Kensalmum Mon 27-May-13 11:00:38

Intrigued that you were not happy with Plain English do tell me more - were they really chip board? All this goes to prove what I thought which is that the fitted kitchen business is a rip off which makes the banking crisis look like petty theft. Think about it.....£45,000 for a load of cupboards!? How many cupboards could you buy (do you need?) for £45,000 in even a very expensive shop and then you could have them fitted all together? Plus as I have discovered it is scientifically proven that the more cupboard storage you have the more useless gadgets you will buy and use once.

We are going for a larder i.e. a tiny room the kitchen with lots of shelves = £1000 which leaves plenty of money for the Lacanche cooker (2nd hand ebay) my own "hand build" cupboards made by local chippy plus polished concrete worktop. that ebay ex display "as new" mega fridge

I would happily pay £45,000 if I thought that I would get £45,000 of value for my money but in reality you are paying for their poncy showroom in Marylebone high street plus being patronised by their snotty staff.

Nburn Wed 05-Jun-13 22:24:17

I have heard the same about Plain English...

I know a joinery firm in Shoreditch that is launching its kitchen ranges this summer... handmade, no woodchips etc.

If you're happy for it to be photographed for their marketing, it would come at a lower price.

I have details if interested.

Brugmansia Thu 06-Jun-13 09:36:27

I would actually be interested in this as we'll be putting a new kitchen in within the next couple of months.

Nburn Thu 06-Jun-13 21:14:03


the company is called Falkus Joinery in Shoreditch. 02077494280 and the guy my friend spoke to is called Will.

Good luck!

We had our kitchen done this time last year by Simon Benjamin Furniture.

It's a hand painted shaker style all real wood because we didn't like the idea of chipboard or MDF. I really love it and they were really nice which always helps.

Our kitchens pretty big and it was sooo much less than plain english.. They had a sale on at the time which was handy... plus I thought they were more attentive, maybe because they're a family company whereas p.e didn't seem all that bothered with us at all.

I think their website is www.simonbenjamin.co.uk

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lozz12 Tue 05-Nov-13 07:25:51

We are getting a hj kitchen right now. They are good quality furniture but the service and installation through them has not been so good. This maybe because our kitchen consultant is new to the job and was not strong on design. Our mantle measurements were wrong and they tried to correct on site instead of making a new one. Same with having to correct our sink unit which did not work with the sink that they ordered. When you pay our do much money to a big kitchen company you don't expect things like basic measurements to go wrong.

kitchens cost a lot of money. A slightly cheaper one can do the same job and there are imitations
of inframe out there. But if you have the money to spend and like the butt hinges make sure you find a good kitchen consultant that you are comfortable with. Don't be tempted by discounts and sales. Itd all priced in and they cost relatively the same.

Daisybell1 Tue 05-Nov-13 08:03:13

I'm in the process of ordering an Evo kitchen www.evokitchens.co.uk Paul has been pretty confident about getting exactly what I want (traditional oak, but non-fussy).

123itsjustme Tue 05-Nov-13 08:51:12

We got ours designed first by Karen from OnePlan then we got 7 quotes. We didn't actually go with the cheapest one - we went with a Neptune kitchen in the end .Wouldn't swap it for the world.
Plain english was most expensive, then Deverol, then John Lewis, then neptune and the others small independent studios but they didn't have the look we wanted. The nearest was a 'revival' kitchen but it looked tacky.

MrsDeeee Mon 20-Jan-14 18:10:33

I've just had a Simon Benjamin kitchen fitted to our new extension. It is amazing quality. We went for a very modern style with flat front cupboards, no handles in a gloss finish. I chose the paint colour myself from the Dulux range. The cabinets are made from oak, and this alongside the gloss looks fantastic. I have to stress the craftsmanship of the cabinets - proper joints and really solid.
I looked at Plain English, Harvey Jones and JL of Hungerford. They didnt match the quality and I found the people at Simon Benjamin really pleasant to deal with - I felt like I mattered to them and wasn't just a job number.
I'm having the floor tiled and then Simon is going to photograph our kitchen, so will be on their website soon. Have a look - I highly recommend them.

mrst2 Mon 27-Jan-14 19:54:22

I originally wanted a Harvey Jones Kitchen but after the design meeting it turned out over budget at £28,000 and that was with £7,000 discount. Went away and looked at Fired Earth, Neptune and a local experienced cabinetmaker and most of them came in at around the £20,000 mark, that was in budget. I was disappointed as I absolutely love Harvey Jones Kitchens but philosophical. Neptune isn't cheap either and the cabinets are made in China so quality, longevity??? Looks great in the showroom but serious concerns there. Using a local cabinet maker can also be very expensive. Well surprise surprise had a phone call from the very nice chap at my local Harvey Jones telling me that they would still love to do my kitchen and they were now offering me 40% off. With a bit of tweaking and compromising (not having baskets and losing a run of draws etc), but still keeping the gorgeous larder cupboard, they managed to get the quote down to less than £18,000 fully fitted and painted and including VAT. I couldn't believe it, so thrilled. Will have to pay a deposit of £1,000 to secure the offer but we can have it whenever we want. Shop around and stick to you budget and you may get the kitchen of your dreams. Its a buyers market out there!

brumeye Mon 27-Jan-14 22:28:15

We also eventually got the offer of a 40% discount after repeatedly telling Harvey Jones that no, we didn't want to put down a £1000 deposit just yet. Could it be a coincidence it was the end of the month and presumably someone had sales targets to meet?

Unfortunately for them, we'd become so fed up of the hard sell (five calls in two weeks, increasingly desperate to make the sale, going on and on about how great their product was and how poor their competitors' were) that we'd had enough of them and said no.

mrst2 Tue 28-Jan-14 07:31:21

Yes agree it is the end of the month they must have targets to meet. I never felt we had the "hard sell" but they certainly kept in touch! I'm just pleased because I get the kitchen I wanted in budget. It's a shame that they didn't offer me such good value initially so in that respect I do feel a bit manipulated and actually I think that puts them in a bad light and seem a bit unprofessional, but I got the result I wanted in the end so happy.

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