The kitchen is the beating heart of any home. It is the place where we cook up delicious meals, where we enjoy food with friends and family and where we socialise and catch up after those long days at work. So, why is it that so many people are unhappy with the design of their kitchen or dream of completely transforming the one that they have? As we spend so much of our time in this room, it deserves to be an enjoyable place that meets both our needs and desires.
If you want to install a brand new kitchen in your home, you may find yourself wondering who to turn to. After all, the internet is cluttered with websites claiming that they are the best kitchen fitters around, and all you have to do is turn on your television to see the numerous adverts telling you that you need to use a certain company to update your tired kitchen.
Fortunately, we have put together a guide on how to find the best company to project manage your new kitchen installation, helping you to sift through the good and the bad. Whether you’re looking to update the space you have or want to completely transform your home with a brand new kitchen that looks like it belongs in a celebrity chef’s home, there are a few things to consider before you choose a company to work with.
No matter what design you have in mind, whether it’s a rustic and traditional countryside kitchen or a sleek, glossy design straight out of a modern magazine, you need to ensure that your chosen company can meet your needs and provide you with a high-quality service. Read on for our tips on choosing the best company to design and kit your dream kitchen.
First and foremost, we recommend choosing a company that specialises in kitchen installations. This way, you can rest assured that they have the appropriate skills and experience to carry out your installation to the highest standard. While you could choose a company that offers several different services, such as conservatory extensions right through to plumbing and roof repairs, it is always best to go with a company that specialises in fitting kitchens. You may have heard of the saying, ‘Jack of all trades and master of none’ – apply this to your selection process when trying to find the best kitchen installation company.
Ask friends, family members and neighbours for recommendations. Perhaps someone you know has recently had a new kitchen installed or knows someone who had a particularly good experience with a kitchen fitting company. Word of mouth is always a great place to start; the best kitchen fitters often come from good recommendations.
If you are unable to find any recommendations, however, the internet can also be an extremely useful tool in your selection process. A simple search can pull up a number of kitchen installation companies, however, you should always read customer reviews and testimonials before settling for one. Every credible kitchen company will be able to show you examples of their previous work along with customer reviews, testimonials and references. Always select a company that has positive customer reviews. If a company is reluctant to show you examples of their previous work or is unable to provide you with customer references and testimonials, this is an indication that you should take your business elsewhere.
There is a huge difference between installing some new cabinets and plumbing a sink and fitting a brand new kitchen. It truly is all about the small details when it comes to installing your dream kitchen, which is why it is absolutely essential that you choose a company that has the appropriate experience in the industry. You should choose an established company that has been in the business for a while. While it is good to support startup companies, when it comes to installing a kitchen, you need to ensure that the company knows exactly what they are doing in order to avoid any mistakes being made. Always ask the company how long they have been in the business – the 10 year mark is a good place to start.
There are many firms that can work alongside you in every element of the build. We recommend choosing a company that can handle every aspect of the installation, from designing a kitchen that fits your requirements and visions right through to supplying and installing it in your home.
Fitting a kitchen is not just simply installing new kitchen cupboard doors, flooring and appliances; water, gas and electrics also need to be dealt with. Sure, the company may have experience in replacing kitchen doors, but can they install an entire kitchen?
It is essential that the contractor you choose has the appropriate certifications and the work they carry out is safe and meets the correct standards. Your chosen company should have multiple qualifications in a few different trades. Any gas-related work should be carried out by a Gas Safe registered engineer, whereas all electrical work should be carried out by a Part P qualified electrician.
Look out for companies that are accredited by the Guild of Master Craftsmen and the Federation of Master Builders. Do not be afraid to ask the contractor to see copies of their qualifications or certificates for your peace of mind.
It is important that you trust your kitchen fitter; after all, they are going to be spending a lot of time in your home and working on your property. Kitchen fittings are not completed in a few hours and, depending on the size of the renovation, a kitchen installation can take several weeks to complete. The kitchen installer will be with you throughout the entire project and therefore your relationship with them is very important. You should always feel comfortable with the company you are working with and trust them.
We always recommend going with your gut feeling. You should choose a company that has been both friendly and professional from the start, and one that is interested in bringing your visions to life. Feeling comfortable enough to raise any concerns that you have is key – the last thing you want is to end up with a kitchen that does not meet your needs or vision. Your kitchen fitter should be on the exact same wavelength as you.
Do not be afraid to ask the company about their products, previous works and accreditations to test their knowledge. You are going to be paying the company a lot of money and they are going to be in and out of your home for a considerable amount of time, so it is essential that you are confident in their services and that you have a trusting relationship with them.
At Woodhouse Kitchens & Bedrooms, we go above and beyond to ensure 100% satisfaction with every new kitchen installation that we complete. We truly do believe that the kitchen is the heart and soul of the home – not just a place to cook. Our skilled and professional team can work with you every step of the way to create and install a bespoke fitted kitchen that is unique to your property and mirrors your ideas. We tailor all of our designs to your exact specifications, creating beautifully crafted fitted kitchens that will make you proud for years to come.
The team at Woodhouse Kitchens & Bedrooms have a keen eye for detail and settle for nothing less than perfection. Our three stage process ensures that the kitchen created for you meets your exact requirements. We will work closely with you from the initial consultation right through to the end result, working efficiently to your schedule and causing minimal disruption to your routine.
For more information about how we can bring your kitchen dreams to life or to see examples of our previous work, simply visit our website today, contact us or visit our showroom at 2 Freemans Way, Harrogate.