Which Kitchen Dilemma & Fitter - Glasgow

Discussion in 'Kitchen Fitters' Talk' started by Terry Cole, Sep 9, 2019.

  1. Terry Cole

    Terry Cole New Member


    Apologies in advance for the long winded post!

    We are currently in the early stages of having a small kitchen extension built which means we will need a new kitchen.

    An initial drawing has been agreed with our architects and design works are now underway before being in a position to submit to planning by the end of the month by the looks of it.

    The architects will then go out to tender and from previous jobs it would seem they use the same companies to do the complete works so I am guessing that it’s likely to be a Howdens kitchen fitted by a joiner rather than someone who does this for a living.

    From all the reading I’ve done, I realise that a good kitchen fitter can make even a basic kitchen look good so I am determined to find someone who knows what they are doing and insist on them doing this part of the works. Any recommendations for a fitter in the Glasgow area?

    Secondly, I’ve read all the terrible reviews and issues with Wrens kitchens which came after we found a design we thought we liked in the infinity plus range. So since then I’ve been trawling the internet for alternatives and pretty much wherever you go there is a negative to be found.

    DIY Kitchens started well but recently there seems to be some quality issues and delays in replacing parts.

    We then went onto the traditional shaker style and inbuilt units from Harvey Jones but I couldn’t help but feel they were taking the P! With their pricing so I then began looking at shaker kitchens, classic kitchens and handmade kitchens. All of which would mean me measuring up myself and trusting the quality will be ok.

    I kept reading that benchmarx kitchens were quality but from reading on here today even they lead to sagging wall units etc so I’m just about ready to give in!

    I then tried Kitchenfindr for a recommendation but to me he typed in my post code and linked me to the nearest independent whose work looks very basic from what I can see.

    This local firms work looks nice but I have no real way of knowing the quality:


    So, in the end if it were your own kitchen and you have a budget of say £15-25k for granite worktops, 5m island, integrated appliances say 10-12 units (no real idea on what we need but I do have basic drawings) what would you go for?

    Thanks in advance for any advice you can offer.
  2. Mr Rusty

    Mr Rusty Well-Known Member

    I used DIY at the start of this year with no issues at all. Well pleased.
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  3. Terry Cole

    Terry Cole New Member

    Thanks for the reply-anyone else care to offer some advice/thoughts.

    I’m keen to find a good fitter for the Glasgow area
  4. gpierce

    gpierce Active Member

    I've not fitted hundreds of kitchens, but I've fitted maybe 20 or 30 across a fair few brands.

    Quality wise, I think a lot of them are fairly similar in practice, and if fitted properly should work fine.

    Take wren for example. The kitchens seem fine (at least the ones I've fitted have been) but if anything is missing they can be a nightmare. Fortunately the ones I've done had everything turn up as it should.

    Howdens are fine, although their pricing structure is the biggest crock of moo poo I've ever come across.

    When I have come across a kitchen that looks badly made or is somehow broken, it's always been down to either poor installation or damaged by the user.

    I'm sure it's not always the case, but most of the time I find that any half decent retailers kitchens will be fine as long as it's installed correctly.
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  5. KIAB

    KIAB Well-Known Member

    Another who has used DIY Kitchens a few times, never had a problem with them,excellent range of units & finishes,got a new kitchen lined up in the New Year from them.

  6. Terry Cole

    Terry Cole New Member

    Thanks for the replies, we are still drawn to the wren range and no doubt with our luck will be supplied with damaged units etc.

    The upside to using them is that I can take finance which doesn’t start until the job is complete I’m led to believe so this means I get to withhold payment until we are happy. I would then just clear the finance.
  7. Astramax

    Astramax Well-Known Member

    Many years ago I was told that even the best kitchens are only as good as they are fitted, but in truth that could refer to a lot of things.
  8. Terry Cole

    Terry Cole New Member

    Which is why I’m keen to find a good fitter in the Glasgow area rather than leave it to the joiner of the building firm who win the tender
    Last edited: Sep 19, 2019

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