The next big project is to replace our kitchen.
I'm doing the floor tiling, the wall tiling, electrics, and plumbing myself.
We have been to Homebase and looked at Shreiber Kitchens
We were given two quotes, supply only as I can get my own kitchen fitter and a supply and fit quote using homebase supplied permanent/contractors.
Digging around the net it appears that Schreiber and Homebase have an exclusivity agreement... i.e. Shreiber supply only to Homebase and only Homebase sell Shreiber kitchens along with hygena etc.
Now we have never used homebase before for a big project, and we have never had a Shreiber kitchen before.
So we have several questions:
What are Homebase like with kitchen projects? What are Shreiber like with kitchen products? Whats the standard of workmanship like, i.e are they exact, pay attention to detail or do they do it as quick as possible and dissappear if we go for supply & fit? Will there be buck passing between fitter and Homebase/Shreiber if we have supply only? Whats aftercare like from Homebase? Whats aftercare like from Shreiber? ARe Homebase or Shreiber potential future victims of liquidation/administration given teh current recession? (we plan to use a credit card anyway for extra protection)
We've already found that we can source appliances cheaper ourselves than getting them from Homebase, saving £1200.
Homebase quoted £15 quid each for the door handles, we have found the same ones elsewhere for less than £2 each!
In addition, Homebase supply laminate worktops only up to 3m long, we need a 4.2m long one if we wish to avoid joints, so we were quoted for Maia worktops (the seams can be fused apparently), it appears to be like corian sheet on a chipboard former rather than solid corian. This was almost £2k. Searching on the net indicates that we can get worktops up to something line 4.8m long! (we were trying to avoid worktop joints/seams)
We've been told its 4 weeks for delivery after placing & paying for order. That troubles me a bit as if somethings missing or we need an extra panel etc, we could have to wait a further four weeks for snagging works to be sorted out.....
We had been to Been & Queued (atrocious product knowledge and poor customer service), been to Howdens (the units were of questionable build and looked cheap & nasty)
We have not tried Wickes yet.
I have fitted kitchens before, I've been pleased with Sheraton, but unfortunately the local Independent kitchen retailer has stopped doing kitchens and only focusses on bathrooms now.
We are going to another independent to get a quote for Sheraton.
Incidentally, Homebase are doing a 60% off all kitchen materials provided we pay a deposit of £250 by 8.00pm Tuesday 7th January. Apparently they can adjust the final order should we make changes, and will hold the offer open on the final supply or supply and fit quotes. (there is no discount on labour though on the supply & fit)
I look forward to hearing from those of you who have direct & recent experience of Homebase and Shreiber.....