A customer from Hertfordshire "
We wanted to update DIY kitchens on our remodelled kitchen and utility room.
We spent many months researching kitchens. All we knew when we started was that we wanted a bespoke, painted kitchen in a Shaker style; we were leaning towards grey. We looked around copious showrooms, had a variety of quotes and looked at friends? kitchens'. A couple of companies designed and provided plans for us; the kitchen really is fairly simple to plan as it consists of one straight run. We used the plans as the basis for our kitchen but adapted them and made them our own as the plans provided did not quite fit our requirements. A family friend had fitted a DIY kitchen, as had members of their family. We visited the DIY showroom which I would recommend (personally very interesting, as although I?m from London, my Dad was a coal miner after the Second World War, at Frickley Colliery just up the road from DIY!!! So while in the area a visit there was a necessity. The colliery is now a country park - well worth a walk around if you go up to DIY).
We also ordered a variety of doors and handles online so that we could view them in our kitchen, also worthwhile. We used the Kitchen Planner graph paper provided by DIY and spent time cutting out the paper units to place on our plan to ensure the units would fit! We also drew our own plan on graph paper (many times!!!). We eventually got a plan that would work for us and, after checks and re-checks, would fit. We consulted with a different friend regarding the colour: grey units, grey floor tiles, grey walls - would it work? Yes: she said, very modern, fifty shades of grey!! After many months of discussion our colour choice quickly became white units!!!!!!
Ordering on the DIY website was fairly straightforward, although at the time it seemed very brave especially as we had taken our own measurements; any queries we had were resolved with a phone call to DIY and our queries were always met with polite explanations and replies.
We employed a builder to fit the kitchen, appliances, tile the floor and walls and complete the electrical work.
The kitchen looks fantastic - modern, sleek, bright and spacious. The long run and the black worktop have made the kitchen look half the size again. The doors are a great quality (white Milton) and the housing units in oak are a very good contrast. The appliances were purchased elsewhere and we went for a black granite worktop - also purchased elsewhere- should have gone with DIY. Having been through the process we know what to expect and it would be easier and quicker a second time; from planning stage to completed kitchen it took us about 9 months.
We would sincerely recommend buying from DIY not only for the quality of units but also for the price. Our very first kitchen quote was £27,000. We completed the kitchen/utility room and managed a great deal more work around the house for far less than this. Our only negative comment is that our units measure 900mm wide and because of this some of the shelves have already bowed - so if choosing this width, think carefully about what will be stored where!
Thank you DIY."