Hi all, have been reading the threads about Wickes vs Benchmarkz kitchens with great interest - we're gutting our first flat and basically have no money to do it with, so are scraping cash together for a kitchen. OH has a consultancy booked with Wickes and will check out Benchmarkz afterwards to see if he can get it cheaper than the Wickes sale.
However, we would really rather not have a laminate countertop/worktop. I've noticed it's recommended to buy this separately online, but this is a bit dependent on knowing what you want, and we're not sure, except we definitely don't want wood or laminate. Like coloured glass style we've seen in a few places, stone effect and solid surface type stuff, the granite/quartz overlay stuff, but it all seems so pricy!
What material would you all recommend for cheap, durable, interesting worktops, and what sites would you look at? It's all a bit overwhelming at the min!
You will find it very hard getting what you want with no £'s to spend. Glass is one of the most expensive worktops. The overlay stuff, you still need a laminate for it to be overlayed on and will cost as much as getting the real stuff from the start. None of what you are wanting will equal the cheap, durable you want.
How much work surface do you need? We have a compromise - laminate on the L shaped working part of the kitchen and quartz on the island. We bought the quartz online and it was a good price, and the laminate is from Duropal. Have a look at their website. 100 times better than you think laminate is going to look.
Ikea do a really good wood look work top which is actually a laminate but it took me ages to work out that it wasn't real wood. It's £80 a length. I was looking at it today and think it's really good value.