I have got a quote for a mereway kitchen (lincoln painted, colour: willow or fennel green tbc), with white engineered stone worktop and only a couple of appliances.
The quote is for �10k which is too much (by about �4k). So I'm now looking at sourcing each bit separately from the cheapest supplier. So far it's looking good, �700 off the units from another showroom, �1,000 off the stone by going directly to the supplier.
Then ask my builder to fit.
My first question is- am I running a big risk that if it doesn't all fit together properly no-one will take responsibility (as it will be my fault)? I'm hoping that if i get them to come and template the stone then that removes some of the risk there...
My second question is: any good ideas where to source the sink and taps?
Also, am I crazy getting a stone worktop in pure, icy white? (I already understand that I can never use tumeric again and red wine will be banished from the premises)
Hi - you are brave to do it all yourself as multiple suppliers will each blame the other if there's a problem !!
The best advice I can offer is to get as all the cabinets and appliances on site - checked for damages etc -before the installer arrives !
pure white corian is a good option for an easy to keep clean worktop - as it's a bit more stain fixable ( a light sanding with abrasive cleaner like Ajax gets rid of pretty much any stains ) ?! Might be over budget though ?! You can usually get a worksurface fabricator in to template and install after the cabinets are fitted -( there will be a time delay though - have you got some temporary worksurface in mind ?)
Shopping around is always a good idea ! Some worktop suppliers can quote for sinks too ! If you go on Mereway's website you can find all the local dealers close enough to supply and see who will do the best deal ! I assume you already have the design done ?
Excellent tip re: checking for damage before fitting commences. It hadn't even occoured to me to think of a temporary worktop. Although we are using a bit of an improvised kitchen at the moment so we are now used to roughing it!
Also like the thought of getting the worktop supplier to do the sink too- that way at least those two elements join up!