One of the jobs on our never end list of home improvements is a new kitchen. The existing kitchen has been in situ since before we moved in (10 years ago) and although at the time it was lovely it is now looking very dated, very well used and some of the cupboard doors are falling off and the cabinets are falling apart slowly.
A quick and cheaper solution would be to replace the existing layout that is there but for many years now we have had plans to eventually knock through the wall between the kitchen and dining room and make one big kitchen diner.
With the sales currently on in stores like Wickes, Magnet and B & Q there are some reasonably priced kitchens to be found in the style we are looking at but there's always all the extras to be added in too.
Its not just all of the cupboards that need replacing but the sink ,taps, worktops, oven, hob, extractor fan wall tiles, floor tiles, electrics, painting etc... plus the man power to do it all.
The OH would really like an island unit once we've opened the space up so a completely new kitchen layout would be needed. The only thing that wouldn't need renewing is our recently purchased fridge/freezer!
Every store I've looked at offers a team of designers who can design the kitchen you want and show you all the different kitchens they have to offer at different pricing brackets. Even the cost of worktops and tiles can vary so dramatically depending on what you want or what budget you have.
I'm the kind of person that will see something I like, for example, some tiles. I will say to the OH 'Oh £5 per tile that's quite good' then you realise you need 1000 of them. That's my tiling budget gone through the roof! So I need help with working out all of those little things that you don't think of when you think of a new kitchen.
It's all very well walking into a shop and looking at their kitchen displays stroking the worktops and standing at the hob and exclaiming 'Yes this would be lovely' whilst you stand there like you own the place but if you piece everything together that you need it may not be the price that you can afford. (And Yes I do frequent stores and do just this!).
So do I take the plunge and book a design team appointment so I know what kind of price I am looking for or leave it until we think we have enough funds available and then book the appointment?