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The kitchen is, in best cases, the best big-ticket allowance in the house: the accepted aphorism of deride is that a kitchen acclimate costs amid 5 per cent and 15 per cent of the amount of your home. It’s a cogent investment, about you do it – decidedly if you appetite good-quality cabinetry and a high-end finish. But there are means to get a comfortable attending for less.
Just as some aloft appearance labels action a added accessibly priced circulation line, some high-end kitchen companies now accept offshoots that affectation the aforementioned architecture commonsense but at a lower price. A bespoke Plain English kitchen, for example, starts from about £35,000 but can generally acceleration to far more; while its sister brand, British Standard, produces off-the-peg solid copse cupboards – handmade but unpainted – from £425 each.
Similarly, Brookmans by Smallbone, a sister cast of the flush kitchen aggregation Smallbone of Devizes, is fabricated at the aforementioned Wiltshire branch but has a added abreast look, at a abundant lower amount (from £25,000).
In today’s eco-conscious world, allotment pre-owned over new has become accepted back it comes to both appearance and furniture. Affairs a buzz kitchen is not, as yet, absolutely so commonplace, but it’s one way to accomplish huge accumulation on an big-ticket brand. Occasionally, a developer will put a kitchen into a new-build acreage that is promptly replaced back the acreage is sold, and the almost acclimated kitchen can be bought for 20 per cent of the aboriginal price.
Premium cabinets are congenital as abstracted pieces of furniture, so they can calmly be confused from one allowance to another. This Mark Wilkinson kitchen (above and below), installed at a abode in Windsor, would accept amount £200,000 new, but its accepted owners bought it through the resale aggregation Acclimated Kitchen Exchange for £40,000, including accessories by Sub-Zero & Wolf, Quooker and Miele (the ambit cooker abandoned would accept amount £27,500 first-hand).
The kitchen had had actual little use – its antecedent owners had absitively they capital a change of appearance – so for its new owners, Gary and Donna Pilchowski, it was a bargain. ‘The primary disciplinarian for us was amount and affection – I admired the artful and design, but was additionally absolutely aflame by the anticipation of accepting a abundant deal,’ says Gary. Sustainability was a key consideration, too: ‘We’re an environmentally acquainted family… By affairs this accurate kitchen, we adored about nine bags of carbon.’
The cabinetry and units were reconfigured by their carpenter to clothing the appearance of the Pilchowskis’ kitchen, and repainted to accord it a beginning look. They acclimated Farrow & Ball’s Slipper Satin on the walls, Shaded White on the units and Drop Cloth on the island. The aftereffect is a kitchen that looks as acceptable as new and has affluence added activity in it, additional the feel-good agency of alive that they accept adored on both their account and their carbon footprint.
What to attending for back buying a buzz kitchen by Helen Lord, founder, Acclimated Kitchen Exchange
Mixing in free-standing appliance with adapted elements is addition way to cut costs while befitting things stylish. To accommodate an added assignment surface, an old butcher’s block is a acceptable best in abode of a kitchen island, decidedly in a attenuated amplitude area a accepted island isn’t an option. Vintage handles for cupboards add a bespoke look, and accumulation an aged chiffonier with adapted cabinets – as in this kitchen (above) by deVOL – will additionally advice you stick to a stricter budget.
Try fairs such as Ardingly and Sunbury, at Kempton Park Racecourse, area dressers can be best up for as little as £100. It doesn’t accept to be best to save on applicable costs: Cox & Cox’s new ambit of free-standing appliance includes an island assemblage with accumulator and accessible shelving, a aliment chiffonier and a glass-fronted chiffonier (from £1,250).
If the blueprint of your kitchen works and the cabinetry is in acceptable shape, afterlight the doors, drawer fronts and handles can be all that’s bare to accord it a new charter of life. Asking a accessory to accomplish doors to fit is the cheapest way to get a bespoke look, and additionally allows the advantage of application characterful reclaimed wood.
Several companies action banal doors to fit Ikea and added account kitchens, giving them a artist look. Husk’s are glassy and modern, in chic, aerial shades (from £62), while Superfront’s appear in a best of colours and textural patterns (above, from £28). A avant-garde handle in metal or covering (try Dowsing & Reynolds; from £6.99) will additionally do wonders.
Clockwise from top left: Milk frother, £149, Smeg (currys.co.uk); Coalbrook goulash pot, £35, Garden Trading; Espresso coffee machine, £119.99, Morphy Richards; assumption handle, £30.99, Dowsing & Reynolds; wood and marble board, £30, Habitat