Our kitchen is looking old and tired. I've visited "the sheds" to look
at their displays but it is hard to get a price without the hassle of
booking an appointment to sit down with one of their designers and
after doing that, they have only reproduced the layout we already
Is there anywhere else I can try? With something like this, I think it
is best to see one in real life before buying, rather than just mail
ordering over the internet.
The cheaper kitchens seem to be wrapped mdf, whereas the more
expensive doors are solid wood. Am I right to think that real wood
would be best? I'm thinking that the solid doors are more likely to
stand up to knocks and scratches from the children. Some of the mdf
display models seemed to have scuffs and bits of the veneer missing
where customers had hit them with shopping trolleys.
I also wonder whether the mdf will swell if steam somehow gets in?
OTOH will the varnish on the solid wood be attacked by steam; this is
what seems to have happened to our existing kitchen. I guess the
answer is to keep kettles away and always use the extractor etc. to
prevent steam in the first place.
I was told by the designers that there has to be a 300mm space between
the hob and any cupboard to reduce the risk of fire. I was told for
electric hobs, this can be reduced to 150mm. I have tried to research
this using google but I haven't found anything definite anywhere. Can
anyone tell me what the regs say and where I can find them? Why is a
smaller gap necessary for electric and does it apply to all types:
solid plate, ceramic, etc? What about induction hobs?
I did wonder about buying an induction hob but I think it would be
better to buy that separately rather than as past of some package they
throw together. I note that some induction hobs require fan cooling.
Why is it that ceramic hobs that get hot do not require fans but
induction hobs that are not supposed to get hot do?
Some of the designers said that dishwasher should go next to the sink.
I can see that would simplify plumbing but they say it is so you can
rinse the plates before putting them into the dishwasher. Have I been
doing this wrong all these years? I thought a dishwasher washed plates
so that you didn't have to? Surely you should not need to rinse them
Is it best to have the hob over a 60cm cupboard? My worry is that this
300mm rule will mean it has to fit halfway over two adjacent
cupboards. Is this a bad thing?
And finally, the corners are causing me problems. Are the L shaped
cupboards the best thing to use? One thing I am not so keen on is they
have two doors but only one has a handle and the second door has a
fillet bolted on its edge, which I don't think is very pretty. I did
find one web site that said only use one L shape cupboard in case the
walls are not square but wouldn't that ruin the symmetry of the
layout? No-one else has said that to me.