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If I want a new kitchen what are my options? Do I have to go to somewhere like homebase and let them do it all for me or could I find a decent joiner?

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TrinityRhino Thu 12-Apr-12 10:31:20

would a joiner be up for a whole kitchen build?

and would they be cheaper than homebase etc?

do they even do that sort of thing, as in, get the stuff for us and fit it?

TrinityRhino Thu 12-Apr-12 10:38:13


Lottiesinteriors Thu 12-Apr-12 10:40:50

We used a joiner to make our kitchen. He did the lot...units, floor, built shelves and surround for our range, painted the cupboards etc etc. Depends what you want really. A handmade kitchen might cost you more...but you will get a solidly built kitchen made to your specification.

jeanjeannie Thu 12-Apr-12 10:56:02

Like Lottie said - a joiner would probably charge a small fortune but it would lovely!

When you go to somewhere like IKEA or some other place to find a kitchen it's not usually people who directly work for them that fit it....and it can end up costing you a fortune. Big companies often tender it out to firms willing to take it on and probably pay them for the constant stream of work. Our friends were quoted 12k to fit a small kitchen from the company IKEA use shock My DH who often fits kitchens reckoned it was about 25% over the real market price angry - so he did it instead!

Contact some local builder/joiners/kitchen fitters and ask them how they like to work - speak to them about everything from electrics to plumbing because if you have a dialogue with them from the beginning you can save a fortune in the long run. Some will only buy from say Howdens - because they make a greater profit while others don't like touching IKEA stuff because there is less room for mistakes as the back of the cabinets are more shallow and need nice straight walls. If you can find one that's been recommended then that would be the best way.

annalouiseh Thu 12-Apr-12 11:01:03

jean where abouts are you?
My DH is a kitchen supplier and looking for fitters all over.
Something your Dh does as a trade? Pm me if so

sparkles281 Sat 14-Apr-12 19:50:52

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TrinityRhino Mon 16-Apr-12 10:24:22

hmmmm sparkles, idea good you there have <tries and fails to sound like that short weird thing on star wars> <cant even remeber its name>

FAIL grin

I really want a big company to design it just so that I see all the possibilities

like the different cupboard solutions, swinging corner ones and tall thin shelfy thing etc


chopchopbusybusy Mon 16-Apr-12 10:39:39

We got Wickes to come out to do a plan. I never really intended buying from them. I just wanted their ideas. I then got a carpenter to quote to fit a Howdens kitchen. He assured me he would work out considerably cheaper than Wickes but he didn't and he also didn't show much in the way of imagination. So we've decided on Wickes and it is being fitted in a few weeks. The quoted price bears no resemblance to the brochure price, so don't be put off by that!

Kveta Mon 16-Apr-12 10:40:13

have you looked at the IKEA kitchen design tool? it's quite fun to play around with, and you can try all sorts of permutations to get the kitchen you want. You basically try all the units for size, then add the doors/handles you like afterwards, so you can fit everything in before doing the final 'covers' as it were.

We got our kitchen from IKEA, and despite being, um, not very computer literate, I designed the whole thing <preens> and we got it for just over £3K, then we got an independent cowboy builder to fit it for us - to be fair, the fitting was fine, the finishing touches were quite shambolic though, and he kept disappearing for afternoons then reappearing at 6 with power tools and disappearing again for a day or so. However, think we got him to do fitting, electrics, plumbing, plaster for £1.5K (he had pet electricians and plasterers to do those bits).

Also worth going to places like Homebase and B+Q to get them to design you a kitchen based on your measurements, just to get an idea of what's possible.

We liked the IKEA payment plan (0% credit for 1 year if over £1500, 2 years if over £3000), so went with them (plus loved their kitchens) - others I know have used Homebase and loved them.

have fun though grin

TrinityRhino Mon 16-Apr-12 10:43:05

oooh ikea, never thought of that

or wickes

thanks guys

Mopswerver Mon 16-Apr-12 10:49:03

We got a joiner to build ours as we have sloping ceilings and a funny shaped room. As I wanted a painted finish he suggested a good quality MDF which he routed to make the indents on the cupboard doors. We have 5 wall cupboards, 6 floor cupboards, 4 drawers and a hood above the cooker. It looks fab and cost £2200 including the wooden worktops.

MyNameIsntFUCKINGWarren Mon 16-Apr-12 10:50:30

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Potblack Tue 02-Oct-12 12:51:02

I recently had new doors and worktops fitted instead of a new kitchen as the units where fine. Had a quote from howdens for £11,000, fitted and had the job done by for £5,500. Finished job looked superb and the fitters where brilliant.

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