Replacing Kitchen

My husband and myself are no spring chickens (70's) but are still wanting to replacing are kitchen to make things easier during our latter years.
Getting rid of our double oven and 5 burner hob and having it replaced with an integrial oven / Microwave Oven (waist high)

We were considering Howdens but they only give prices out to the builder/carpenter who will be fitting the kitchen, but feedback on the internet states that a lot of people are paying a lot more then needed?

Its been 20yrs since I had a new kitchen so anyone who can give me good advice would be greatly appriciated.
MFI
B&Q
Magnet etc

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  • prosaverprosaver Forumite
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    you could get your stuff from Band Q and they design it in the store on a computer. And get a good local joiner to fit it.
    This is what I done...
    Materials cost 2-3k (10 years ago)
    They wanted 2-3 k to fit it, so i said, we will buy it, you deliver it and when we saved enough cash we'll get you to fit it.

    So after they deliver it, I fitted it.:D
    I had the drawings of their computer so it was quite easy for me.
    So if you get a recommended joiner it might save you a bit of cash
    “Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”
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  • Annie1960Annie1960 Forumite
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    Get a couple of different designs from different companies.

    They all price-match with each other nowadays, so when you are getting the designs, ask about this, they will be happy to provide the information.

    Bear in mind that Howdens doors are only guaranteed for 5 years, and most of the others have longer guarantees (often 10 - 20 years) as they are better quality materials.
  • MojisolaMojisola Forumite
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    coowee wrote: »
    My husband and myself are no spring chickens (70's) but are still wanting to replacing are kitchen to make things easier during our latter years.

    We've done the same and have gone for big drawers instead of cupboards. It's so easy to pull drawers out and be able to reach everything rather than having to bend down and reach into the back of cupboards.
  • Annie1960Annie1960 Forumite
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    Mojisola wrote: »
    We've done the same and have gone for big drawers instead of cupboards. It's so easy to pull drawers out and be able to reach everything rather than having to bend down and reach into the back of cupboards.

    Yes, I'm having mainly drawers as well, much easier to find things.
  • ...and don't go near Magnet. They seem to be the kitchen equivalent of Everest/Anglian - with virtually continuous sales and an outrageously high price (even at what is supposed to be the best sale of year period).

    Magnet quoted me a price that was not far off twice as much as I paid to an independent kitchen firm in the event and I reckon the units are better quality to boot.

    ....and do have a "magic corner"/carousel/call it what you will in any corner base unit - to maximise use of space.

    Sink-wise - I'd not really clicked to what size of sink I was going to end up with when I planned mine. I just decided that it had to be a single sink (not 1.5 or 2.0). In the event - it's a particularly large single sink. I can put my standard size washing-up bowl in it and have space to the side to put a couple of trays draining off or a large carton of milk defrosting. Little things like that come in handy.
  • goodwithsavinggoodwithsaving Forumite
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    DIY kitchens
    Pan drawers
    Microwave at shoulder height in between a split larder pull out (some units put them either really high up or too low down)
    Granite worktops if budget allows - if something is heavy and hot, you'll want to put it down asap
    I wouldn't get cupboards that require a big reach over worktops
    Corner units with carousels - less digging around
    Soft close units - takes the clunk out of closing doors
    Get things easy to clean - if you're in a limescale area bear this in mind (e.g. with power hose/pull down spray taps it's a nightmare)
    Integrated dishwasher etc obviously!

    I'm not even 30 yet and I went for all of these options just to make life easier (except the granite worktops). Pan drawers over cupboards every time.

    Maybe a waste disposal to save on trips to the bin / compost
  • theonlywayisuptheonlywayisup Forumite
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    Have you tried your local indie kitchen supplier?

    MFI haven't been around for some years. You might find your local builders merchant and a good local fitter will do better than any of the 'inclusive brands'.
  • CKdesignerCKdesigner Forumite
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    Hi

    Of course you can go to a national kitchen retailer, many have been mentioned above. But in general terms you will find all they have to offer is dramatically over inflated normal prices on poor quality products that they then offer a huge perceived discount. Listening properly to customers, good well thought out design and customer service are all very much down the priority list.

    By all means visit the national retailers near you, talk to the sales people but also visit 2 or 3 local independent kitchen specialists. These are usually businesses owned by local people, who have good fitters and a wealth of industry knowledge. Talk to them, be honest about what you want and what you can afford.

    Purchasing a new kitchen, getting the design right (for you) and good customer service are all so important when purchasing a new kitchen, so you have to be confident that you are getting the best advice, design and service from your chosen kitchen designer / company.

    Good luck with your project.

    CK
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