Bought a Kitchen

April 11, 2007 at 11:41 am (DIY, House renovation) (, )

Just checking in! We have found a new builder and a plasterer, and are just waiting for them to start. This is a huge relief!

Now, kitchen talk. Yesterday we bought kitchen units (white painted solid wood frames/drawer fronts) from one of the major UK retailers while everything was 50% + additional 20% off. I am particularly proud of knocking the price down by £750.

You see, the kitchen salesman told us we’d need 3 of these large end panels to fill in here and there. Noticing they were £249 each, I quickly got J to agree that we could have our builder create end panels, possibly from our old kitchen floor boards, or from tongue-and-groove.

We can either match the paint to the units (no, BORING and potentially expensive) or paint the end panels and cornicing (2 @ £110 each – also a rip off but J said we should let it slide but I still disagree!!) to match in a coordinating colour (probably same tone as our chosen tiles which were scored off eBay).

Furthermore, tip to anyone buying a kitchen from a big retailer, pay attention to what the appliances and accessories actually cost. Their markup is huge! I am going to be buying the hob, oven, sink, taps etc from various other retailers.

In fact, we’ve already chosen our sink — a black composite granite 1.5 bowls from Germany.

Furthermore, this particular retailer only sells it’s solid wood worktops in 3 meter lengths. Well, in our kitchen, we’ll need a longer piece or be stuck with an ugly joint. I can already see from other online retailers that 4 meter length of worktop is not only feasible, but cheaper than their worktop.

I may not earn much, so I’ll darn well save as much as I can!


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