Ingenious ways to cut the cost of buying a high-end design
Is it possible to buy a low cost luxury kitchen? Yes, with a little research and patience. It is possible to buy a designer kitchen at a lower price point than the showroom ticket price. Interior designer and project manager Sarah Wallis of One London Property offers her tips for getting a luxury look for less.
Get it hand built
Hiring a joiner or cabinetmaker to make your kitchen ensures a unique design that can undercut the price of high-end kitchen companies. If possible, seek personal recommendations and always go and see see examples of previous work. Also, your architect may have good contacts. The Guild of Master Craftsmen has a searchable database of members.
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. They can arrange viewings, dismantling, collection and delivery. But you will be responsible for fitting.
End of season models
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