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Over the years this website has never let me down. So here goes another quest- It appears we need a new kitchen, the current one is around 15 years old and is pretty knackered. I have been in B and Q, and Wickes,and the sort of money they want for a decent new kitchen is making me so angry-like around £8K for a small galley style set up.

So my point is-Can anyone suggest a good, reliable, quality kitchen company, that will not rip me off and provide decent goods and service in the PR6 area. I know it aint gonna come for nowt,But I recently had a local guy do all our downstairs, hall and landing carpets, supplied and fitted for less than a monkey so I know there is a deal to be done in this climate.

Anyone got any pointers? Thanks.

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Ozz I suspect you'll find those prices the going rate unless as you ask you can find a local guy. I do know a damn good joiner if you want someone to just fit. He's expensive but very, very good.

If the actual carcasses are OK have you considered new work tops, doors and handles. We did this a few years back - wasn't prepared to shell out for new - and it worked well.

Of local people I can only say I've been disappointed by ASC. The product was good but none of the four fitters recommended by ASC bothered to return calls!!

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Over the years this website has never let me down. So here goes another quest- It appears we need a new kitchen, the current one is around 15 years old and is pretty knackered. I have been in B and Q, and Wickes,and the sort of money they want for a decent new kitchen is making me so angry-like around £8K for a small galley style set up.

So my point is-Can anyone suggest a good, reliable, quality kitchen company, that will not rip me off and provide decent goods and service in the PR6 area. I know it aint gonna come for nowt,But I recently had a local guy do all our downstairs, hall and landing carpets, supplied and fitted for less than a monkey so I know there is a deal to be done in this climate.

Anyone got any pointers? Thanks.

My advice would be to barter like hell Ozz.I used to work for a kitchen manufacturers and know how much it costs to make them-there is a heavy mark up on profits.I would go for the smaller independent retailers and bounce them off each other,better still if you can take your other half with you and get her to play the game of "well i liked the one in the other shop it was cheaper" line.I did this with a brand new car years ago and saved £1500 off a £7500 car.Also helps if you can pay with cash rather than rely on finance.Good luck! :tu:

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8k sounds a lot but I'm having a new kitchen shortly and that wouldn't even cover the cost of the appliances! However my neices husband may be able to help you out. He is a self employed kitchen fitter who works for a number of outlets and lives locally. Whatever you want to buy he will be able to fit and will be able to advise on most things that you are contemplating. BRFC ST holder too. :brfc: pm me if you want his contact details.

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We got a new kitchen from Homebase a couple of years ago. Far too expensive although managed to get a bit knocked off here and there - for example if you want a company to get cooker, washing machine etc you can get them to match the cheapest price you can find. Had to source an air filter myself though in the end.

Took three sets of taps before we got a half decent one, and that isn't the best - and they only had a choice of three. Recently discovered the sink had not been properly fitted - too late to get them back to fix it. Had to have the tiling completely ripped out and re-done. Ditto a wall of cupboards which were not straight. The fitter had a family crisis in the middle of it and disappeared never to return although in his favour he did sort out some electrics elsewhere in the house. It looks ok now, but because of the steep price we couldn't afford new flooring so I had to source as near a match as I could. Had to have walls re-plastered and it didn't include any of that in spite of the promise that they would attend to everything!! Still reeling from the price.

Best of luck...

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Homebase Wicks B&Q use sub-contractors to install their Kitchens and Bathrooms.(Homebase B&Q etc are material suppliers !) read the small print as to whether they take responsibility for the sub contractors work - theres often faults defects especially plumbing leaks that can occur during kitchen fitting and afterwards. eg weeping joint which over a period of time and not noticed behind units until you see your unit turn black or floor lifting.

As for appliances shop around on tinternet - same item at Homebase B&Q etc as part of a kitchen fitting package can be obtained at a fraction of the cost

Best bet - choose the type style design of kirchen units that you want and shop around for the best value units only eg base wall units worktops.

Howdens was mentioned above - but they only supply to the trade.

Suppliers to look at - Magnet Southern, Travis Perkins, Jewsons

Once youve decided on units / worktops search good multi trade builder - get recommendations from friends / neighbours - you can add a couple of grand for a specialist Kitchen Fitting Company - its not brain surgery, with modern modular units a good joinery can do a good job for a fraction of specialist Kitchen Fitters.

Usefull site http://www.diy-kitchens.com/kitchen-units/base/?gclid=CNubjb7d2bUCFaLHtAodCkQAtg

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Have you tried sites like ratedpeople or mybuilder for tradesmen Ozz, I havent personally, but know people who have.

Personally Id look for someone personally recommended to fit, rather than a contractor who you wont know until they have done.

Agree on the appliances, get them online, you'll save hundreds, including items such as taps, sinks.

Theres a program on ch4 now where through pricematching and negotiating, a couple have just got a £12k kitchen for £5k.

If you go down the replacement doors and worktop option, theres a place called A1 kitchen doors in Leyland.

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I used to be a kitchen designer for a small company here in Portugal and we had a diferent working process.

All the kitchens that I designed were measured before, so we could get the best possible solution.

In the end, since the kitchen included all the machines, it was cheaper than in the bigger shops.

So, what I recommend is that you contact some smaller kitchen companies, that can recommend diferent alternatives and prices for your kitchen.

The supplys are quite easy to get cheaper (here at least). Just contact the companies that sell them online or in their shops.

Beware that some features have to be decided before you buy anything...

Good luck

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Strongley recommend a guy called Steve Walsh who is a big Rovers fan. Better known as "Steve Pencil" as he always has a pencil behind his ear.

He did a great job for my elderly Mum, and is custom building me some library shelves for a new extension. I will PM his number to you.

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My uncle who lives in Preston, runs a kitchen and bedroom fitting business. Got my entire house done by him. He has a showroom in Preston and his website is still undergoing reconstruction. The company is called Primero Limited. He has 2 showrooms, one which has the "up market" stuff and the other, standard stuff.

When we got ours done earlier this year, we chose the kitchen that we wanted and then he came round to take measurements. He then gave us a 3D graphic drawing of what the kitchen would look like and also recommended some more ideas to us. If you are interested, PM me and I will also speak to him and get a little discount applied for you.

Hope that helps.

Edit: This is his website.

http://www.primeroltd.com/

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My uncle who lives in Preston, runs a kitchen and bedroom fitting business. Got my entire house done by him. He has a showroom in Preston and his website is still undergoing reconstruction. The company is called Primero Limited. He has 2 showrooms, one which has the "up market" stuff and the other, standard stuff.

When we got ours done earlier this year, we chose the kitchen that we wanted and then he came round to take measurements. He then gave us a 3D graphic drawing of what the kitchen would look like and also recommended some more ideas to us. If you are interested, PM me and I will also speak to him and get a little discount applied for you.

Hope that helps.

Edit: This is his website.

http://www.primeroltd.com/

nice web site.

I like the German kitchens....and a particular favourite are the bedroom mirrors ^_^

PS. how many uncles do you have?

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nice web site.

I like the German kitchens....and a particular favourite are the bedroom mirrors ^_^

PS. how many uncles do you have?

They're are all my dad's brother (he has 3!). One of them runs Bukhara, the other into Property development and the youngest doing kitchens/bedroom fittings.

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I used to be a kitchen designer for a small company here in Portugal and we had a diferent working process.

All the kitchens that I designed were measured before, so we could get the best possible solution.

In the end, since the kitchen included all the machines, it was cheaper than in the bigger shops.

So, what I recommend is that you contact some smaller kitchen companies, that can recommend diferent alternatives and prices for your kitchen.

The supplys are quite easy to get cheaper (here at least). Just contact the companies that sell them online or in their shops.

Beware that some features have to be decided before you buy anything...

Good luck

It doesn't work like that over here Oklahoma,all the carcasses and doors will be "standard sizes" although for a little extra (£35 extra per unit at the company i worked for!) you can normally get what ever size you want.The smaller companies will have more room to manoeuvre their prices than the bigger companies though so don't be afraid to haggle! :tu:

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