Think outside the box when it comes to planning and purchasing your dream kitchen.
If you're finding yourself frustrated by the kitchen-buyng process, chances are you're not alone. Whether it's finding the right style, finding what you want within your budget or just discovering a supplier that offers everything you want, it can be tricky to nail down the right avenue to take.
However, there are many more ways to buy a kitchen than choosing a specific design from one showroom or supplier says interior designer and project manager Sarah Wallis of One London Property. Take a look at her top tips for making the most of the kitchen buying experience.
Hiring a carpenter or cabinetmaker ensures a unique design that can often rival the price of bespoke kitchen companies. Ask to see examples of previous work, and ideally seek personal recommendations. Alternatively, your designer or architect should have good contacts. The Guild of Master Craftsmen lists recommended artisans.
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Buying an approved second-hand or ex-display kitchen from specialist companies such as The Used Kitchen Company or Used Kitchen Exchange can cut the price of a designer kitchen by 50-70 per cent. Viewings, dismantling, collection and delivery can all be arranged, but you will be responsible for fitting, so ask about any affiliated fitters.
It’s also worth approaching local builders’ merchants and kitchen showrooms and leaving your details, as many will be happy to sell on discounted ex-display kitchens at the end of the season. Style, size and layout choices will inevitably be limited, and there’s unlikely to be any of the usual after-sales service.
You don’t have to buy your entire kitchen from a single supplier. Take advantage of free online planning tools to create a design yourself, then mix and match the furniture and fittings from different brands to create your own bespoke kitchen look.