• Neil W replied to the topic Kitchens in the forum DIY 3 months, 3 weeks ago

    Our kitchen was looking a bit battered and dated but there was nothing wrong with the cabinets so a couple of years ago I just replaced the doors and fitted new worktops at a fraction of the cost of a new kitchen.

    Got the doors from http://www.kitchendoorworkshop.co.uk

    The main hassle was doing lots of careful measuring.

  • Sammyf replied to the topic Kitchens in the forum DIY 3 months, 3 weeks ago

    Fitted my own IKEA kitchen cabinets myself 12 years ago. Not difficult. Got a polished slate worktop made by a place near Carnarvon.

    Osmo hardwax oil is a great product. Very hard wearing.

  • burton replied to the topic Kitchens in the forum DIY 3 months, 3 weeks ago

    I’ve done two kitchens myself – all the thick lads at school are now tradesmen so I figured it couldn’t be that hard ;-).

    Online design tools are useful. Think hard about things like opening space for doors and drawers. Think about the ‘golden triangle’ you work in (stove, sink, fridge). Use odd gaps for storing baking trays / bottles. Some…[Read more]

  • FUZZY replied to the topic Kitchens in the forum DIY 3 months, 3 weeks ago

    Very Good advice on the voids at the back..carcasses are really critical..

  • FUZZY replied to the topic Kitchens in the forum DIY 3 months, 3 weeks ago

    Cheap shit is no longer designed to last 10 years, a few years at the most.

  • FUZZY replied to the topic Kitchens in the forum DIY 3 months, 3 weeks ago

    Going through this at the moment.

    All depends on what you want.low cost modern kitchens are designed to be replaced every couple of years based on the latest trends.the carcasses are poor quality and will not last the abuse in kitchen environments. That is why they are “ cheap””.

    So figure out how much you want to spend and then work from there…[Read more]

  • dave replied to the topic Kitchens in the forum DIY 3 months, 3 weeks ago

    I’m a sparks, I see lots of kitchens.

    I also fitted my own kitchen

    Ikea cabinets don’t have a void behind them for services. This may or may not become an issue for you.

    Lots of units you stand off the wall a little, check your worktop depth.

    I’ve never seen a builder take an old kitchen out with sympathy.

    Up stands cover lots of…[Read more]

  • guy replied to the topic Kitchens in the forum DIY 3 months, 3 weeks ago

    We put in an Ikea kitchen, but fitted non Ikea work tops, different door and draw handles, down lights and suddenly you have a kitchen that looks bespoke from Poshville only for less than half the price. Most of the moving parts, hinges and taps etc. from Ikea have a 10 year guarantee, some more expensive companies might not even be in business then.

  • keith replied to the topic Kitchens in the forum DIY 3 months, 3 weeks ago

    Are you going to pay a kitchen company or DIY it ? just for fun get a price from a local kitchen place, ” poshville ” kitchens ( just swap in your nearest town ) to supply and fit the whole lot. Then price up cabinets from howdens and or Ikea, joiner, electrician, plumber , plasterer, worktop fitter ( delete cost of bits you can/ want to do…[Read more]

  • Phil replied to the topic Kitchens in the forum DIY 3 months, 3 weeks ago

    Thank you all, I feel better already. My buttons got pressed yesterday when we popped in to look round a place and I found I couldn’t get my hands round or in half the handles. Sadly other end of the country to some of you regarding fitters.

    Cheers muchly!

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  • martha replied to the topic Kitchens in the forum DIY 3 months, 3 weeks ago

    We used a local firm who make their own cabinets. Everything made to measure and installed for £4k (excluding granite). Bespoke larder cupboard.

    Found them by looking for local kitchen designer. Shop around.

    You’re right about the crookery. A lot of people selling overpriced MDF.

  • Kez replied to the topic Kitchens in the forum DIY 3 months, 3 weeks ago

    Put in an Ikea kitchen a number of years ago. Was a surprisingly painless experience. No sales pressure, helpful design person, flat pack easy to assemble and sturdy. I bought a worktop elsewhere on advice of a friend in the trade and got a professional to fit it. All the rest completed by Sealhusband and me though, without falling out.

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  • jaz replied to the topic Kitchens in the forum DIY 3 months, 3 weeks ago

    Don’t let your kitchen fitter loose on the electrics.

    Get a proper guy on the job.

  • burton replied to the topic Kitchens in the forum DIY 3 months, 3 weeks ago

    There’s no need for a kitchen if you dine at McDonalds.

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  • jennifer replied to the topic Kitchens in the forum DIY 3 months, 3 weeks ago

    We’re currently in the same boat

    Wouldn’t that be a galley and not a kitchen? 😉

  • pakpak replied to the topic Kitchens in the forum DIY 3 months, 3 weeks ago

    We’re currently in the same boat but have a friend who’s just started his own interior design / fitting company.

    He’s designed and sourced all of the fittings for us at mates rates as he’ll be using us as part of his portfolio.

    If you’re anywhere near Cumbria / Northumberland I’ll send you his details.

  • nab replied to the topic Kitchens in the forum DIY 3 months, 3 weeks ago

    We have a kitchen largely from Ikea, with cheap endgrain worktops from B&Q and an open shelf unit I made from 2x2s, more worktop, a borrowed downling rig and walnut slats for the shelves. It was not expensive.

    The process was something like this: going to Ikea, discussing the configuration options (carcass choice, mounting options, handle…[Read more]

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