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Kitchen Advice, Howdens Quote in, is it reasonable?

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Reese123 Thu 13-Mar-14 22:28:25

Hi Mumsnet,
I have got a quote from Howdens - which includes 5 cupboards (2 pan cupboards), 2 corner units, a food larder cupboard, integrated fridge freezer, integrated oven and hob and sink.
The quote has come in at £5.9k?

The kitchen is fairly small - I just wanted to get some advice whether you think this is a reasonable quote. Or, if you think there is any way I can reduce the price? I don't have an itemised list.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you sincerely for your time.

Mrsladybirdface Thu 13-Mar-14 22:37:11

I think it would depend on the appliances, an oven can cost anywhere from $200 - $1000.

We've just purchased an Ikea kitchen with 14 units, their "top of the range" appliances for 3800.

GillTheGiraffe Thu 13-Mar-14 22:43:18

I think it's way too much but it will be the integrated appliances that are maing the cost so high. I sourced my appliances independently on the internet and did not get them from the kitchen suppliers.

kerala Thu 13-Mar-14 22:44:08

Large kitchen howdens quoted £12k just bought from ikea for £7k

Reese123 Thu 13-Mar-14 23:00:47

The appliances (oven, sink and fridge freezer) are actually only £782 as the builder has told me he can source the electrical items cheaper (though dont think so). Though I think £782 for an integrated fridge freezer, gas hob, electric oven and double sunk is a good price.

Thanks for any advice given.

Reese123 Thu 13-Mar-14 23:01:44

Sink not sunk. Sorry

superlambanana Thu 13-Mar-14 23:14:53

We've just paid £4.5k for more than that from B&Q. They even beat ikea on price which amazed me!!

GillTheGiraffe Thu 13-Mar-14 23:26:14

That makes Howden's seem even more expensive.

I gave up on Howdens. I like to see itemised lists so I can make comparisons and decide whether I'm getting a good deal. That's impossible with Howdens.

superram Fri 14-Mar-14 19:32:20

Howdens quoted £2.4k for similar to ikea units that cost £800-for utility so no appliances but even with £200 extra for labour costs of assembling units a no brainer!

superram Fri 14-Mar-14 19:33:49

Friends have a wren kitchen which was less than howdens. If you go to their showroom please let me know if they stand in the drawers-I found it amusing!

SquidgyMummy Fri 14-Mar-14 19:44:21

Howdens give Trade up to a 75% discount. (I used to buy from them; ask your builder if he can get a trade discount for you.)

All kitchens are hugely marked up; (I used to work in interior design.)
We live in France now, so not up to date with UK stores / prices but we bought a flat pack kitchen (4m run of top and bottom units) for under 1,500 euros plus not more than 600 euros on oven, hob & extractor

SquidgyMummy Fri 14-Mar-14 19:46:32

That was here, last summer, to give you an idea of how inexpensive a kitchen can be. Key is getting a good kitchen fitter / joiner. Also try not to buy all the architraves, plinths, end panels, that bumps up the cost hugely; get them made for you and stained / painted to match

17leftfeet Fri 14-Mar-14 19:52:13

Regardless of price, is there only 60cm between the front of the fridge and the breakfast bar?

Is this the only plan you've had done?

ProfessionalProcrastinator Fri 14-Mar-14 19:56:46

Ikea all the way. Howdens are overpriced.

Reese123 Fri 14-Mar-14 22:11:59

I have managed to get £1k off the price by getting a bigger trade discount and changing some of the items. So it's a bit more reasonable now but if anyone has any ideas about the design/layout that would be great.


Reese123 Fri 14-Mar-14 22:13:42

This is the only plan I have had done, and yes will need to change it as the gap between the fridge/freezer and breakfast bar if it is only 60cm.

GillTheGiraffe Fri 14-Mar-14 22:53:43

I laughed when I saw the design Howden's had done for me. sad I would not have thought it possible to have come up with such an unbalanced ugly design.

Chimchar Sat 15-Mar-14 08:18:49

I managed to get my Howdens kitchen (units only) to within my budget by negotiating with the sales guy. The original quote was for about 7k. I paid just 3k. It took time, but they did it in the end.

Get some more ideas for layout from other places too.

Sunnyshores Sat 15-Mar-14 15:13:05

The integrated appliance price from Howdens does seem reasonable. But the units sound expensive, unless you've gone for something more than standard base/wall units?

Howdens really arent kitchen designers, they just fit any old units on your space and you're done. Go to another company for a different/better design if nothing else.

DottyDot Sat 15-Mar-14 15:25:58

I think that's fairly expensive. Your kitchen looks a similar size and layout to ours - we got stuff from Magnet trade and it was under £2k in total and included a pull out cupboard (well, actually 2 - we could only afford one but they delivered 2 instead of 1 and an ordinary cupboard unit. Ahem.) which is brilliant for storage.

Badvoc Sat 15-Mar-14 15:26:52

Sounds a lot to me tbh.

nbee84 Sat 15-Mar-14 20:14:20

I've just had some units from Howdens - I didn't need any appliances as it's an extension onto the original kitchen and I've also sourced worktops elsewhere.

I got 2 x extra tall larder units, 2 x extra tall glass fronted wall units, 2 x 1000mm drawer line base units, a plinth heater + cornice, pelmets & plinths for just under 1.8k. I have however gone for the Greenwich shaker doors which are a price band down from the Burford ones.

I thought the quote would go to my builder but it came directly to me and was all itemised and showed the trade discount which was 70% on some and 80% on others.

I had a quote from Homebase for the same and it came in at 2.7k.

OnePlanOnHouzz Tue 18-Mar-14 09:53:02

I'm speechless !!! ( at the 'plan' )

Reese123 Tue 18-Mar-14 13:29:03

I know it's not great, but would happily take feedback from anyone.

poorbuthappy Tue 18-Mar-14 13:33:00

I don't think there's anything wrong with the plan as such, but please take the time (and the plan) to go to Ikea, B&Q and possibly Wren, to see how much money you can save.

howdens are damn expensive, and in my experience not worth the money.

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