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    Right - serious question here.

    Looking to have a new kitchen built in a reasonably sized space - approx. 5m x 5m. Have been to Magnet and also had one of those "designers" i.e. salesman come round from Kitchen Italia (.com). Estimates range around the £15k mark all in, for a modern kitchen with central island and appliances.

    Having never done a project like this before, I'm not sure what to expect. The price seems reasonable but what concerns me most are the horror stories I read on websites where customers have any number of problems with kitchens or the fitters.

    Has anyone here had a good experience WRT buying a new kitchen and would you recommend any particular vendor/fitter or large chain?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TazMaN View Post
    Right - serious question here.

    Looking to have a new kitchen built in a reasonably sized space - approx. 5m x 5m. Have been to Magnet and also had one of those "designers" i.e. salesman come round from Kitchen Italia (.com). Estimates range around the £15k mark all in, for a modern kitchen with central island and appliances.

    Having never done a project like this before, I'm not sure what to expect. The price seems reasonable but what concerns me most are the horror stories I read on websites where customers have any number of problems with kitchens or the fitters.

    Has anyone here had a good experience WRT buying a new kitchen and would you recommend any particular vendor/fitter or large chain?
    Magnet are OK, I have put one of theirs in, the fitter will just be subcontracted but you'll be able to chase Magnet I suppose if they make a mess. There is quite a lot of haggle room, I'd defo not accept the initial price. Most kitchens are of pretty similar quality, it's a big step up to one of the flash German jobs. Have you looked in Wickes, theirs are cheap but decent quality. My current kitchen came from Howdens, again haggle hard. Magnet and Howden sell ready assembled carcasses, Wickes and B&Q are self assembly, so more labour needed, but not necessarily any lower quality once assembled.

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    You are obviously not married. Homebase would have done me but the wife managed to spend over £25k of our money, stone tiles, solid oak doors, granite worktops, all new matching hidden appliances etc.

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    Seek out a few local Kitchen designers and fitting co's.

    We did and got a very nice kitchen for a space approx 10m by 4m.

    Quotes ranged from 7k to about 24k, We plumped for one costing about 12k all in.

    Its very nice and Im well chuffed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BolshieBastard View Post
    Seek out a few local Kitchen designers and fitting co's.

    We did and got a very nice kitchen for a space approx 10m by 4m.

    Quotes ranged from 7k to about 24k, We plumped for one costing about 12k all in.

    Its very nice and Im well chuffed.
    Where are you based (PM me if you prefer) - just that it's always much better if I can get a pre-approved fitter!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TazMaN View Post
    Right - serious question here.

    Looking to have a new kitchen built in a reasonably sized space - approx. 5m x 5m. Have been to Magnet and also had one of those "designers" i.e. salesman come round from Kitchen Italia (.com). Estimates range around the £15k mark all in, for a modern kitchen with central island and appliances.

    Having never done a project like this before, I'm not sure what to expect. The price seems reasonable but what concerns me most are the horror stories I read on websites where customers have any number of problems with kitchens or the fitters.

    Has anyone here had a good experience WRT buying a new kitchen and would you recommend any particular vendor/fitter or large chain?
    £15k seems a lot for that size area. I had same size done last year for £10k all in including top(ish) range Bosch applicances and granite worktops - bought it from Howdens (the ex-kitchen partner of ex-MFI !). Good quality and value, although easy to spend twice as much if you go with say Moben for not much better quality.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TazMaN View Post
    Right - serious question here.

    Looking to have a new kitchen built in a reasonably sized space - approx. 5m x 5m. Have been to Magnet and also had one of those "designers" i.e. salesman come round from Kitchen Italia (.com). Estimates range around the £15k mark all in, for a modern kitchen with central island and appliances.

    Having never done a project like this before, I'm not sure what to expect. The price seems reasonable but what concerns me most are the horror stories I read on websites where customers have any number of problems with kitchens or the fitters.

    Has anyone here had a good experience WRT buying a new kitchen and would you recommend any particular vendor/fitter or large chain?
    Price sounds about right.

    Just had one installed by Magnet and am over the moon with it. Their fitter was absolutely superb. Read all about the horror stories but it couldn't have turned out better. The one good bit of advice I got was to ask the sales bloke which of his fitters he would personally use if he were having his own kitchen done. The guy replied with a name with no hesitation and I have to say he was spot on.

    I suppose you could source your own fitter but for the sake of an extra grand or two it would be madness in my opinion.

    PM me for store and fitter details if you like.

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    I used Wickes in my last house about 2 years ago - good stuff at good prices if you look at the quality beforehand and pick the right things. Good after sales service too - no issue replacing damaged items or excess items. Designer was OK he got a few small things wrong, but then he did the design from my own layout of the walls rather than visiting the premises.

    I got a really good local guy to fit it, if you are in North Surrey PM me for details.
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    If you want one fitted to your own spec why not use a trading standards approved kitchen fitter

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    Quote Originally Posted by xoggoth View Post
    You are obviously not married. Homebase would have done me but the wife managed to spend over £25k of our money, stone tiles, solid oak doors, granite worktops, all new matching hidden appliances etc.

    How to save money on house maintenance. Get a divorce before getting any quotes.
    and what a crock of sh1t they are. We have about 5k wotrh of granite in ours but it chips, you can't put really hot stuff on it (or it might crack - good job it's not in anywhere near a feckin cooker then!!) and you only need somebody to brush past it and it needs polishing. I wish I'd took the cheaper option of solid wood.
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