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How to commission
a bespoke kitchen
What does bespoke mean?
Buying bespoke means commissioning a one-off
original, designed and made from scratch, but the word
is also used to indicate made-to-order versions of a
manufacturer’s standard range
Can I afford a bespoke kitchen?
At the top end of the market, you can splurge six figures
with ease, but you can also spend less than £20,000 at a
small independent kitchen shop, and achieve the room
of your dreams (see supplier guide)
What are the pros and cons?
The shaker kitchen:
You get what you need in a style you love, and a fabulous
this look remains popular
kitchen is a strong selling point when you move house
with its simple frame and
flat panel. Light woods such
Where do I begin?
as maple or beech are
Think about function and layout – jot down the features
best sellers (designed by
that you like and dislike about your present kitchen
Hammertons – see advert
Anything technical to bear in mind?
some appliances, such as tumble dryers and extractors,
may need to be on an outside wall to avoid ugly ducting.
plumbing and electrics can be run almost anywhere
around the room. You might consider underfloor heating
local supplier
from the outset, as radiators play havoc with sleek, fitted
support your local
Who shall I commission?
kitchen companies
There are several highly regarded bespoke kitchen
companies covering the sevenoaks area, including
hammertons, rencraft, robin Design and hamiltons the modern
– see supplier guide. Good designers are worth their
kitchen diner
t: 01732 762682
weight in gold. They will ask you questions, such as how
many saucepans you own and where you do most food KNOCKING DOWN
preparation, to make sure you plan enough cupboard walls to create more space
space and proper task lighting brings light to this super-
Owen Pine & Oak
modern kitchen diner
Any advice on appliances? (
above). A black island unit
t: 01959 534645
machines date more quickly than any other part of your with bar stools is the hub of
Robin Design
kitchen, so, unless they are worth showing off (a fabulous the kitchen and is perfect
view the kitchen photo
retro fridge, for example), they are best concealed behind for breakfasts. Glossy black
gallery, plus a complete
t: 0800 0858576
cabinetry. energy ratings indicate which are most energy granite worktops contrast
local supplier guide and
efficient (A is best and G is worst). Go for the best you dramatically with the white
more great ideas
Mounts Hill
can afford: A-rated appliances might cost more, but are walls, while block shelving Woodcraft & Design
cheaper to run provides extra storage kitchens Cranbrook
t: 01580 715911
Hamiltons sutton
t: 01622 844897
Apex Masonry
t: 01322 860254

David Haugh
t: 01892 520598
Cross in hand
t: 01435 868611
0 vine October 2008
Elegant design
by Rencraft
Stainless steel tops
and splashback by Hammertons
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