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Fitted kitchens, where to buy?

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Notnowcato Sun 24-Feb-13 11:25:44

Finally, we have a house which comes complete with an original 1970s kitchen. Even the surveyor says it needs to go, pronto. Yipee, I get my first new kitchen. But, having never done this before, I need advice as I am quickly getting confused. I have had recommendations for IKEA and Howdens, but am also thinking about Magnet, John Lewis (plc, not of Hungerford)? We have about 5k to spend (including appliances) so I can't go for the top end, much as I'd love to. I'd like some thing modern and minimal with the idea that we can then add three children's worth of clutter and still come up smiling? grin. Does anyone have experience of any of the above? Or any other recommendations? Or just any hard-earned advice as I start on this process. Thank you for any words of wisdom thanks

Manchesterhistorygirl Wed 04-Sep-13 13:19:17

We had an ikea kitchen in our old house and I would have one again in a shot. I've even picked which one for if our move ever happens.

Magnet wouldn't even speak to us because our budget was unrealistic. Between 5-7k. Ikea were brilliant.

floppyflapjack Wed 04-Sep-13 13:05:04

Try Simon Benjamin...

That's where we got our from and I love it! Its all real wood, handmade, handpainted... they do bespoke and semi bespoke too which helps bring the price down but you can still make sure it fits neatly in any awkward spaces (we live in a wonky cottage so it was a must!) They were really freindly too... I'd highly recommend.

Chihuahuas Wed 10-Apr-13 16:42:29

Ha ha it's hiding a huge ugly boiler. Couldn't afford to have it moved so Paul made a nice cupboard with door to hide it. As the colour is pale and has panelled sides and door it blends well.

PastaBeeandCheese Wed 10-Apr-13 13:41:06

Thanks for posting your pics and full price Chichuhaus. They look really good and are in our area. I'm moving at the moment and if I move to a house that needs a new kitchen I will defining give them a call.

I'd have been a bit put off calling if I hadn't seen what you paid as they look a lot more expensive!

ILikeBirds Wed 10-Apr-13 10:39:02

Kitchen looks good, can i just ask what's going on with the cupboard above the washing machine? Looks like it's floating in mid air and i'm puzzled smile

Chihuahuas Tue 09-Apr-13 21:56:55

That's what put me off wicks really. I wanted just one person to deal with who had a vested interest In getting it right. I got the Impression from wicks the bloke just wanted a sale and I would just get passed on to another person after that. When I got the kitchen measured up by Paul and visuals done he found that I couldn't have had the cupboards wicks wanted to put in as there simply wasn't the room plus they wanted to put the pull out metal shelves in which would've lasted about 6 months with the le creuset pans I have. I had some of the cupboards custom made and they have hidden hidey holes! No longer are saucepans crammed in. I even have a dedicated cupboard for spices. Luxury smile

armagh Tue 09-Apr-13 21:39:21

Magnet wasn't cheap then. About 12000 pounds, 12,years ago.

armagh Tue 09-Apr-13 21:37:07

Even now, 12 years on the thought of Magnet makes me hyperventilate. The service was so awful. It is no longer available here( not in U.K.) i am not surprised. But the kitchen was lovely and is still going strong. Months and months I waited, calls to head office in U. K. ( overseas rate) to get two cupboards fixed. Eventually 2 men came and they were fixed in 5 minutes. Grrr. A woman ran the branch badly.

Chihuahuas Tue 09-Apr-13 21:36:22

Thanks doglover!

Chihuahuas Tue 09-Apr-13 21:33:44

You won't be disappointed the ridgley Is lovely!

racmun Tue 09-Apr-13 21:23:39

We went to Magnet and it came to £5k including appliances during the sale which seems to always be on.

The service was amazing - much better than anywhere else we found and really competitively priced. You get the same service even though you're only buying a cheap kitchen. also the main carcass of the units come Pre assembled which saves loads of time and they were really sturdy.

doglover Tue 09-Apr-13 21:15:52

Gorgeous photos! smile If our move (ever) happens, I'll be looking for something very similar.

Yorky Tue 09-Apr-13 20:58:06

Diddled - we have ordered an evo kitchen too, the Ridgley again, but in cream smile They are building the extension to put it in and I am loving watching it all coming together

Chihuahuas Tue 09-Apr-13 16:18:39

New kitchen. Going to decorate this weekend so ignore the white scruffy walls and sticker on the oven!

Chihuahuas Tue 09-Apr-13 15:53:00

Sorry have been busy enjoying new kitchen and pottering. Just figuring out how to put pictures on and I will be back!

JustJes Mon 08-Apr-13 12:58:41

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DIddled Sun 07-Apr-13 22:33:57

Oooooh pictures pictures please CIhuahuas!!!!!

Chihuahuas Sat 06-Apr-13 15:03:11

My Evo kitchen is nearly finished and oh my god it's looking beautiful!!! I'm dreading using it and have decided to only make sandwiches in it for ever as I'm scared of ruining it ha ha!

Chihuahuas Thu 21-Mar-13 22:32:34

No Paul doesn't charge for consults and provides full visuals. Mine is starting in ten days!! Hes been more than helpful in helping me choose my tiles too smile

dimsum123 Thu 21-Mar-13 14:43:59

I've ordered a schueller kitchen. I have a big kitchen, around 5.5m x 4m. It was quite expensive 29k.

That includes units quartz workshops 2 sinks 2 ovens huge fridge huge freezer large induction hob fancy extractor fan dishwasher and fitting. I'll have a 3m island and another 5.5m run of units.

Bluegirl77 Thu 21-Mar-13 14:18:41

Just wanted to share my experience of Magnet. I went for the big name as 2 friends left out of pocket when their builders disappeared or went bust. I have small kitchen, about 12 units and spent £12k inc fitting. Lots of problems from design, delivery thru to fitting and product quality. 4 day fit took 7 weeks and only completed when i wrote to MD in head office. Now completed but less than year old and have had 3 sets of fridge freezer doors and lots of issues .... i am going back into battle next week when i have the energy. All my doors are bowing and i know other customers must be having same issue but i have been told that i am too precise!!! My fitter, who was supposedly the best, has left them and gone to wren!!!. Say no more!!!

annalouiseh Sat 09-Mar-13 15:38:41

Just email them and let them know what your wanting.
its my dh

nondomesticgoddess Fri 08-Mar-13 19:05:24

The evo kitchens look lovely! Do they charge for their consultations?

fussychica Fri 08-Mar-13 15:03:29

Just want to say I was also very impressed by Paul of Evo Kitchens (mentioned above)- he asked loads of questions and produced lovely plans and mock ups for us to see in various colours, nothing was too much trouble.

Unfortunately, for a number of reasons we aren't going ahead with the kitchen refit at the moment but when we do I'll be going back to Paul.

HalleLouja Fri 01-Mar-13 08:34:14

Have a look at Schueller kitchens. This is what I am coveting at the moment. There is a website called pricemykitchen which sells them for good value. I haven't bought one but we will probably go ahead with a Schueller one. They are good quality and not too expensive.

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