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Hi everyone, just wanted a frank opinion really. Am thinking of getting a new Fitted Kitchen done at our new house. WAnted to ask people generally what they had opinions of Kitchen cabinets and appl… Read More
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7y, 9m agoPosted 7 years, 9 months ago
Hi everyone, just wanted a frank opinion really. Am thinking of getting a new Fitted Kitchen done at our new house.
WAnted to ask people generally what they had opinions of Kitchen cabinets and appliances done by people from B&Q/Home base. Or just to avoid them and go for shops like Moben/Magnet.

I am in the process getting quotations from everyone.

Any suggestions would be helpful.

Thanks
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7y, 9m agoPosted 7 years, 9 months ago
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#1
picking a kitchen is like picking double glazing there is that many bandits out there get as many prices as you can
remeber cheapest is not all ways best ask any freinds if they have had it done and would they recommend
and there is no such thing as free fitting you pay some how
but moben /magnet is quality stuff in my opinion but very pricey
#2
Ask around for recommendations to see if there are any good small local companies around. All the ones you've mentioned will be very expensive. I had a magnet kitchen fitted in my last house (my next door neighbour worked for them so got trade rates) and the quality was very good.
#3
Also have a look at builders merchants like Jewsens, they can be quite competitive for quality units.
#4
We ended up buying a panorama kitchen fitting all the base units ourselves and hanging all the doors, handles on etc etc and then we borrowed a family friend/builder who helped us hang the wall cupboards and fit the worktops. But it looks like we have spent a fortune and we saved the 2,500 thousand they wanted to fit it.
#5
xboxmachine
We ended up buying a panorama kitchen fitting all the base units ourselves and hanging all the doors, handles on etc etc and then we borrowed a family friend/builder who helped us hang the wall cupboards and fit the worktops. But it looks like we have spent a fortune and we saved the 2,500 thousand they wanted to fit it.


If you go through the bigger companies fitting is a complete rip off. We used the magnet fitters for a private job for £800. If we went through magnet we would have paid £2k but the fitters would have still got £800, magnet pockets the difference.
[mod]#6
I have recently bought a kitchen from Focus in their kitchen sale. It is about 8 units and with all the pieces needed to get going. Drawers dont come soft close as standard (as this is built in to the runners) but the cupboards are all soft close. All the units, facias, screws etc came to about £897 including a 10% discount that we get.

Recently bought an oven and hob from B&Q. Nice Indesit oven incredibly cheap due to the company not being very sensible when advertising a product. Long story.

As far as fitting goes, B&Q/Homebase will charge you probably 200% what the kitchen is worth to fit it. Always give the work to a local carpenter/kitchen fitter. Get numerous quotes and get them to beat eachothers.

Good luck.
#7
If you can get somebody to get trade prices from Howdens might be worth a look as I think that they supply some of the Superstores :thumbsup:

http://www.howdens.com/
#8
Thanks a ton guys, that was very very helpful.

I will try and get my neighbour in for an opinion as he is a builder. Never thought about it from that point!

Cheers guys!
banned#9
Max Cady
If you can get somebody to get trade prices from Howdens might be worth a look as I think that they supply some of the Superstores :thumbsup:

http://www.howdens.com/


And apparently (according to my builder) October is the time to buy from them as they are having a clearance.

Have to say when I went into a showroom, the public prices were rediculously expensive. Got no idea what discount I can get through my builder, but unless its substantial, I'll be buying elsewhere.
#10
Boils down to what you are looking for and your budget - if you want an showroom looking kitchen and don't want any hassle try Magnet etc

But if you are looking for a practical smart kitchen on a budget then look at B&Q etc The carcase of the cupboards tend to be the same, just pick expensive looking doors and worktops. Get them to do a free design etc then get the units from your preferred supplier. I'd also check out Wickes some of their kitchen units are nice and Screwfix (who do ready assembled units)....

You can get B & Q to fit etc but if you can assemble the units, I'm pretty sure you could fit them - just get a carpenter in to do the worktop if goes round a corner and want it jigged in.........

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