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We are proud partners of English Grain. English Grain makes beautiful, bespoke kitchens, fully tailored to your family and the life you lead. Our handcrafted kitchens are all individually made in Suffolk in our workshop. Using traditional craftsmanship, we offer a wide range of styles of kitchens, constructed with carefully selected materials and a choice of finishes, to suit your needs and budget.
What is kitchen fitting?
Kitchen fitting is a relatively broad term used to describe the installation of a kitchen. This process generally requires fully qualified tradesmen, and a project manager, and often includes the installation of cupboards, cabinetry, worktops, electric circuits, sockets, lighting, appliances, flooring, tiles, ventilation, heating, windows, and water and gas pipework. In addition to this, kitchen fitters may also provide carpentry services including pipe boxing and framework construction and installation. Kitchen fitting often includes plastering, painting, and decorating services.
This fully comprehensive, and complex process can take up to five days depending on the complexity of the fitting and space.
How long does it take to fit a kitchen?
Following the completion of all groundwork, kitchen fitting should be completed within three to five days depending on the kitchen fitter selected, and the complexity of the install. Cabinets and worktops are generally fitted first, followed by the sink and hob, which must be connected to water pipes and gas lines respectively (this service is not offered by all kitchen fitters). It is important to note that solid worktops, such as granite or quartz must be templated and fitted exactly to your newly-constructed cabinets. This often adds additional time to the fitting process but ensures absolute accuracy – an essential when dealing with such a significant aspect of your new space.
How much does fitting a kitchen cost?
Kitchen fitting costs vary wildly in the UK, with averages hugely influenced by package deals offered by retail giants. Kitchen fitting cost may be influenced by install size and complexity, the number of appliances, and plumbing and electrical work required (this service is not offered by all kitchen fitters). According to check-a-trade, the average labour cost for the installation of a medium-sized family kitchen is £1500, though this cost may increase significantly when dealing with bespoke kitchens requiring specialist installation. Using an independent kitchen fitter, such as B.A. Boyle & Son may result in lower costs and greater control over the fit and design of your kitchen.
What door finish is most suitable for kitchens?
Kitchen doors are available in a vast variety of materials and finishes – each with their own individual qualities, and some more suited to use within a kitchen than others.
• Laminates – are durable and hardwearing. Laminates are often offered at a relatively low price and are available in a variety of colours, finishes, and textures, including matte, gloss, and wood grain.
• Lacquers – offered at a higher price point than laminate, lacquers are available in matte and gloss finishes in a variety of colours. These are painted doors available in matt or gloss finishes. This material is attractive, practical, and durable.
• Timber or Wood– wooden doors, particularly painted wooden doors, are a hugely popular option in the UK market, with a wide variety of materials on offer, from oak to walnut. Wooden doors are often panelled.
• Vinyl/Foil Wraps – An extremely cost-effective option, wraps consist of a PVC film wrapped around a frame, typically composed of MDF. Wraps can be finished in matte, gloss, or wood effect. It is important to note that whilst wraps offer a bespoke look at a low price, they are vulnerable to high levels of wear and tear – often warping and delamination due to the heat and humidity present in kitchens.
• Veneers – offer the look of solid wooden doors at a lower price. Veneers consist of thin sheets of the desired wood applied to an MDF frame.
• Acrylic – commonly used to create a high-gloss finish in modern kitchens, acrylic is available in a wide variety of colours, and is easy to maintain.
What is the best kitchen worktop material?
Kitchen worktops are available in a huge variety of finishes to meet all budgets and plans, each with their own benefits and disadvantages.
• Quartz – a highly popular choice for kitchen and island worktops, quartz is generally composed of ground quartz, resin, pigment, and anti-bacterial agents. Its natural properties offer high heat, stain, and scratch resistance.
• Granite – the term granite is generally applied to a variety to natural stone worktops. Available in a stunning variety of naturally occurring colours and textures, this worktop material is a popular choice. Granite worktops require sealing to prevent staining.
• Acrylic worktops – acrylic worktops offer a seamless, hygienic manmade surface, often used to mimic the appearance of pure white quartz. It is important to note that compared to natural worktops, acrylic worktops have poor heat and scratch resistance – but can be repaired if damaged.
• Wood – wooden worktops are a beautiful, renewable addition to any kitchen. They require regular oiling to retain their desired appearance.
• Laminate – laminate worktops are hugely popular due to their inexpensive nature, and the vast variety of finishes they are offered in, including marble, wood, and gloss. They cannot be subjected to heat or chopping.
Are handleless kitchens more expensive?
Handleless kitchens are a sleek, modern option, available in multiple styles, from gloss to painted shaker. Designs often rely on one of two door mechanisms – the J groove, in which the doors include a disguised groove acting as a handle, and push-to-open hinges, allowing for a completely seamless finish. These mechanisms are simple to install and use.
Modern kitchens are not necessarily more expensive than traditional options. The price of a handless kitchen depends entirely on the supplier, design, fixtures, and fittings chosen, alongside the size of the kitchen required. They are often cheaper than kitchens with handles, especially in the case of more simple designs.
Are induction hobs better than gas hobs?
Though individuals have their own preferences for home cooking, induction hobs are often thought to be the better option when compared to gas hobs. Induction hobs heat and cook more quickly, and are more energy-efficient. They also offer further control over temperature setting – which is highly useful for cooking situations in which exact temperature levels are required, such as melting chocolate, for flash frying. However, cooking with an induction hob requires a high-capacity electricity supply.
With this being said, many prefer the traditional look and feel of a gas hob – with many chefs swearing by them. Both types of hob are widely available in the UK market.
What type of kitchen sink is best?
There are three main types of kitchen sink available in the UK – inset sinks, under-mount sinks, and Belfast sinks. Inset sinks – as their name suggests, are set into the worktop, and are most generally installed in kitchens using laminate or wooden worktops. Undermount sinks are installed on the underside of a worktop, and so, are more commonly installed in natural stone and solid surfaces. Belfast sinks sit on top of a worktop and are traditionally made from ceramic.
Each of these sinks is available in a variety of materials, including stainless steel, composite, ceramic, and quartz, each of which have suitable materials with their own pros and cons.
Can kitchen cabinets be painted?
Contrary to popular opinion, both wood and laminate cabinets can be painted. Wooden cabinets are often offered as paint to order – but can also be painted as part of a refresh. It is highly recommended that any surfaces to be painted are sanded down and cleaned prior to painting.
Laminate cabinets can be painted, but require a specific bonding primer, and type of paint. In addition to this, the laminate to be painted must be in good condition in order to achieve optimal results. If you’re looking to refresh your kitchen, the best route to take is to discuss your intentions and requirements with a professional painter or decorator, or kitchen fitter offering painting services. They will be happy to advise based on knowledge and experience.
Will a new kitchen increase house value?
Installing a new kitchen, on average, according to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, adds four percent to the value of your home. This, of course, depends on the style of kitchen installed, and the existing ceiling price of your home. Investing £20,000 in a kitchen in a property worth £200,000 is not worthwhile, and will not necessarily add £20,000 of value.
Equally, installing a budget kitchen in a highly-priced home may significantly decrease its value. Along these lines, DIY kitchen installations may further reduce the value of a property. The skills and knowledge of professional kitchen fitters are often needed to safely complete installations and ensure the lifespan of your kitchen.