Ok we probably are asking too much but want a new kitchen at a good price. We have a quote and the fitting alone was £2.7k (minimum) subject to a site visit it might be nearer (£3.6k).
Does that seem reasonable? Its for a Kitchen Collection kitchen with the units made up already. The total price (excluding appliances) is £10.5k minimum. Its quite a big kitchen but we are having laminate worksurfaces. Price excludes floor, which we are having tiled.
Am looking at Ikea kitchens and trying to understand what the total price will be.
Sorry for all the questions. Am a kitchen newby. We were originally looking at just having it revamped and may still go down this route.
I would recommend Howdens, especially if you know someone who has a trade account and could pass the discount on - we paid £6.5k for an amazing kitchen
We've used DIY several times and they've been really good; one door arrived with a scratch and it was replaced with no hassle at all.
I think you misunderstood me. I made the mistakes when adding stuff on the website. I clicked the wrong colour for the doors and they spotted it. If they hadn't been so thorough in checking my order, I would
Have ended up with mismatching doors.
Wow ! £250 including a site visit is very good value !! ( but three mistakes on the listing ?! )
So I guess you do get what you pay for !
We just had a new kitchen as part of an extension and refurb project. We went with DIY kitchens after a recommendation from an independent kitchen designer. I paid him £250 to come over, measure, talk to me for an hour about what I like/dislike/want. He then drew a rough sketch there and then giving me really excellent ideas and completely making me rethink the space. Once agreed, he went home, did the whole plan on special software, sent me mock ups, plans and a full list with codes of every single item I needed to order from DIY kitchens numbered and referred back to the plan. Included in my price was one redraw after seeing all that. I then ordered online at DIY using his list and my builders fit it. We have only been in for a week now but I love it. I think the quality is very good. Through the whole process with DIY, their customer service was amazing. They double check what you order before the manufacture and contact you with any issues they see (they found three mistakes on my order!). Their delivery men were excellent too.
I would avoid Kitchen Collection like the plague. The kitvhens are nice enough but one of my units developed a split and another special that I ordered arrive with the corner bashed in.
They have ignored my emails send directly and through their portal as well as registered mail. No attempt to resolve the problem. I'm left with an incomplete kitchen having spent thousands and am having to turn to Trading Standards and VISA to try and get some kind of resolution.
I am North Herts - can give you my builder's name if you like - he does "everything" - ie sorts all the trades. Not the cheapest but v good quality. Covers Letchworth/Baldock/Hitchin/Royston/ and Beds/Cambs border villages. PM me if you are interested.
The back of my Ikea units are all full height with the exception of the sink cabinet and fridge/freezer cabinet so that pipes and plug can feed through.
We've fitted the units ourselves but got a fantastic guy in to do our bespoke solid wood worksurfaces. There's a bit of hard work involved in doing them yourself but ultimately it was not too bad. Our kitchen had been replastered and pipes and wiring had been set in behind the plaster so our units could sit flush to the wall with no problems.
if you pay a company to fit a kitchen then 3k is actually pretty cheap
the reason they charge so much (or part of the reason) is that they use qualified tradesmen for the individual jobs -so a chippy will do cabinets, a tiler will do the tiling etc
they also project manage it so the trades are on site at the right time to get the job done quickly
if you get your own seperate tradesmen then you will have to organise them, if they are good they are going to be busy so the actual time of the job will be dragged out
plus if you have a problem with the plumbing which then affects the worktops (as an example) who is going to sort it out for you?
lots of people swear by ikea but the lack of the service gap means that the inside of the units can be messy, plus the backs of the units don't have full height panels (so you get spiders in your cupboards)
All of you getting cheap fitting none of you live in the Herts area by any chance [clutches at straws]?
800 quid for our kitchen fitting too (done beautifully), and 7 grand for an extremely posh (and enormous - 16 units) schuller kitchen from these guys www.pricemykitchen.co.uk/ who were truly excellent.
Our plumber is an electrician etc etc and doesn't seem shoddy so if he gives us a reasonable quote I think we might go with him.
I too say, get individual tradesmen in if you can. Kitchen fitters are notorious for shoddy and non-compliant electrical and plumbing work, especially out of sight behind the units. A pro plasterer/tiler/joiner/electrician/plumber will do a better job and may cost less too. Few jobs in a kitchen will take them more than a day each.
I had a good look round suppliers, but had to go to Magnet because the only door I liked was Caldo Walnut.
I might try this lady to do a design or find someone local.
Ikea kitchen, 36 units in total
£800 to a chippy to assemble and fit.
We've just had a quote to fit a Howdens kitchen - £4k. And the kitchen itself is priced at £9K including over £3k for appliances.
All this seems very expensive to me, but am I being realistic?
I think if you can source individual tradesmen and project manage it yourself you can save a huge amount of money. We used a joiner to fit our kitchen who charged £130 a day. We put the units together and he just fitted them to the walls and did the worktops. It took him less than 2 days. The builder we were using got people in to do the electrical work and plumbing, but this wasn't more than a day's labour for each (approx £200 a day each). So a total of about £650 and it's quite a big kitchen too.
kitchen collection buy there doors off 2nd nature (pws)
Pws is a distributor and 2nd nature is what they call there door collection side of things
There wood doors are nice but a few of there modern doors are not so great on the quality so always get some samples
Our kitchen is diy-kitchens. They are an excellent product and very solid - the same as supplied to many expensive showrooms.
You do have to work out exactly what you want, design it yourself and specify all the components as you really have to get it all in one delivery, they have a minimum order and delivery charge is for a lorry. that's the diy bit . But if you can cope with that, there's lots of choice.
No way would I get a B&Q kitchen as that is what I have at the moment. My friend had an awful time with their fitters too.
Why don't you try b and q, we managed to bring in a fairly big kitchen inc fitting, tiling and bespoke fridge cabinet for £5000, this included a built in microwave, range cooker and dishwasher.
It's true they do charge more for fitting but the guy we had was amazing and totally trustworthy, been a kitchen fitter for 20 yrs plus!
We have a solid oak door on our cabinets too.
We did pay our own electrician and builder to do the prep ie plastering and switches/ring main for cooker but was fairly quick process, plus it had a two yr garuntee which was really good as we did have to get a couple of bits adjusted after.
He also spotted we had room for a bigger wall cabinet so swapped that over for us, found a lovely side panel for our fridge cabinet rather than a plain one.
Defo shop around though
Thanks Anna so are Kitchen Collection park of Second Nature too?
Am going to get my plumber to give me a quote as he fits kitchens in posh houses round the corner so can go and see how good a job he does quite easily.
It's definitely worth getting some quotes. Wickes quoted £3000 just for fitting our new kitchen. I had it done by a local chap for £2000 - including plastering walls and ceiling, painting, plumbing, floor tiles and new back door. I dread to think what wickes would have added on for all that.
There part of second nature (pws)
gloss doors are vinyl though except the handleless, that are lacquered
8mm back panel on units
will be less than KCollection but make sure you add on all there extras
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