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This list is in the process of being built up - very slowly (apologies for that) - most of the completed entries are in the Midlands region because that's where we're based. Many of the kitchen suppliers will work further afield, though ... and we're adding more suppliers as we go along.
This is my list of retail suppliers. When I recommend a supplier to my design customers, they are usually (although not always) from this list. Of course, some customers prefer to take their plan and unit list round to a number of different retailers and get quotes themselves.
This list includes many different types of business ... from one man bands, supplying and fitting very inexpensive kitchens, to very skilled cabinetmakers ... from small showrooms in the suburbs, to well established town centre showrooms, supplying well known kitchen brands. Not all of them will have showrooms but all of them are happy for you to visit them (or one of their fitted kitchens) and will provide you with a kitchen.
Obviously the prices are going to vary enormously between these different suppliers. What they all have in common - I hope - is that they provide good value for money and really care about customer service. You won't find any big names here, where you're paying for very prestigious showrooms and a lot of advertising. Not that there's anything wrong with using those suppliers ... they just don't need any mention from me!
Suppliers who maintain even small showrooms will obviously have larger overheads than those who don't ... but you have the advantage of being able to see their work, can make a judgment on the quality of their displays and on how organised they are ... and will often benefit from deposit guarantee schemes and the like (more overheads). Likewise there can be advantages to using a business that has it's own employed fitters - but that's a larger expense, for the company concerned, than using sub-contractors, and you will pay accordingly. When choosing a supplier you need to weigh all the pros and cons carefully.
I think there's something to commend all of these retailers ... although I can't guarantee that every purchase, from every supplier, will go brilliantly. There are no guarantees in life!
This little cabinet was made for one of my clients (Kate) by Steve DeVille of DeVille Interiors. It's made from cherry veneered board with solid cherry trim. The rest of the kitchen is going to have lime green and creamy white Parapan doors ... can't wait to see pictures of the finished kitchen!
Funnily enough, Kate has decided to buy her kitchen from Steve. She hadn't decided, before she went to see him - but he made the cabinet just so that she could see what it would look like. The solid cherry is paler than the cherry veneer and he was worried about whether or not she'd like the contrast ... I guess she probably did.
The reason for choosing cherry is because Kate already has a dining table in cherry wood which will be in the kitchen. It's becoming a popular finish for dining furniture ... so perhaps we'll see more cherry wood kitchens in the future?