Project Management - From beginning to end we manage the entire process to ensure faster installation, continuity and quality of installation so that your kitchen is just as you imagined and we promised to deliverSurvey - No other retailer undertakes a more rigorous initial survey - and not just of the room but of the client's wishes for how they use their kitchen.Design - Good design that understands a client's wishes and marries the beautiful and the practical to create their perfect dream kitchen Fitting - We use only experienced kitchen fitters who only fit kitchens for a living and who use specialist tools which are set up just for installing kitchensA well planned kitchen means you shouldn't notice the plumbing, so we use only experienced plumbers that do the job right Gas Safety - Nothing's more important than a gas safe kitchen so we use only fully qualified 'Gas Safe Register' engineers and provide all the legally required certificates Nothing's more important than a safe kitchen which is why we use only fully qualified electricians and provide all the legally required electrical certificates Lighting - Properly integrated lighting can create a subtle, visually stunning  look and feel that's designed to improve your kitchen's look and feel  Plastering - The invisible foundation on which every beautiful new kitchen is built.   It is essential to have clean smooth walls for painting, upstands or splashbacks Tiling - Floor or wall, tiling done well goes unnoticed except for the beauty it presents Flooring - Whether you want tiles, wood, Amtico, vinyl or any other type, we'll ensure your floor perfectly complements the rest of your kitchen Decorating - Decorating is the finishing touch that really shows off a new kitchen in its best light and can arranged if required Waste Removal - Removing and replacing your kitchen creates a lot of waste! We remove and recycle what we can

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Cheap kitchens don’t have to be poor kitchens

Unsurprisingly in today’s tough economic climate, every customer we’re lucky enough to talk to is after the best-priced new kitchen they can find for their hard-earned money.   I choose the phrase ‘best-priced kitchen’ rather than ‘cheap kitchen’ because, having seen three clients this week each one has had a view in terms of what the term means but all are still looking for the best quality that their budget will stretch to.

We’ve always prided ourselves on – and never been prepared to compromise – the quality of our cabinets which, unlike most of our competitors’, are 18mm thick all the way around including the backs and drawer bases and not just the sides.  Similarly, with whatever type of worktop a customer selects we look to offer the best quality we can because we know that, otherwise, they’ll invariably have to replace cheaper ones in a few years’ time.

And doors – being a big part of the budget of every kitchen – are always a debating point for customers.  Real wood, painted or not, and even good PVC doors aren’t cheap whatever style you want.  And so, because we don’t live and trade in the world that we did before the current economic situation took hold, we’ve decided to provide a quote for a simple, versatile PVC-edged MFC door in order to meet a customer’s budget.

The doors are good quality and make a great lower cost slab door option for customers who are on a tight budget.  The 2mm edging is great and can be mixed and matched with the door fronts for a truly different look.  Okay, they lack the ability to be glazed or curved as the higher spec ones can be but that doesn’t matter at the budget priced end of the market.

Which means we have a chance to win a new customer – and hopefully many more like them – that we might otherwise have lost.

New kitchens are a big investment and not something you want to be replacing every few years.  But our advice to anybody looking for a ‘cheap’ kitchen would be to ensure the design is what you want, your ‘foundations’, the cabinets, are good, strong and of a standard size and buy the doors your budget will allow.

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