Archive: June 2011

Many thanks for all your advice and excellent service.

June 30th 2011 by .
What do you think about your new kitchen doors? Excellent quality doors.
Good match to existing units.
How did you get on fitting your new doors? No problems with fitting
What does the finished job look like? Very good
What could we do to improve our kitchen doors or our service? Nothing
Would you recommend us to others Yes
Any other comments? Many thanks for all your advice and excellent service.
great that there is no hard sell
good value for money
Name d ford

A small investment in kitchen unit doors could add a lot of value when selling your home

June 28th 2011 by .

Most of us wouldn’t consider selling our home at the moment. The economy is sluggish to say the least, the housing market has decreased and there are few mortgages to be had by even those on the highest incomes. However for those of us who have to sell, getting a great price is a high priority.

Kitchen Unit Doors - Lincoln High Gloss White

Kitchen Unit Doors - Lincoln High Gloss White

Research carried out last year by the insurer LV found that most estate agents believe that a new kitchen which is well fitted can improve a house price by as much as 2.5%, however any DIY work which is poorly completed can detract from a house value by as much as 5%.

While 2.5% may not seem like much, it is the same as the cost of an estate agents fees and having those covered would be a great bonus. On a home worth £200,000 this is £5,000. This is not an insignificant amount.

So it is clear that if you are looking to improve the value of your home it is important to have the kitchen looking as good as possible. With relatively small margins in terms of added value, it makes sense to do this work on as small a budget as possible. This is where replacement kitchen unit doors come in.

You may not have the time or the inclination to completely replace your kitchen, or you may not feel that it warrants that level of work. Simply replacing the kitchen cabinet doors will give the room a great makeover in as little as one weekend and could add substantially to the price you get for your home.

Selling your home can be a very stressful time. You need to deal with pushy estate agents, curious buyers, unrealistic offers, high estate agent fees and failed completions. These issues have been compounded in recent years. So having the stress of having builders in during the weeks leading up to listing your home is something most sellers could do without.

Replacing your kitchen unit doors yourself will take away this stress and the kitchen will be left clean and fresh ready for viewings and perfect for the new owners to enjoy.

Fitting new kitchen unit doors is a simple process. It is just a matter of measuring your old doors, sending off for the new ones from a reputable dealer and then fitting them yourself. Nothing could be easier and even those with relatively minor DIY skills can manage it.

So why would new kitchen cabinet doors be enough to encourage people to pay more for your home?

  • Your kitchen will look clean and fresh when your buyers are looking around.
  • Your buyers will remember your home above others they see because of the new looking kitchen.
  • Most buyers are using all their savings to buy a home and will not be able to afford to replace the kitchen themselves. They will appreciate that the work has already been done. They may even pay a premium for this.
  • Your house will be able to be described as having a replacement kitchen in the real estate details. This will get viewers through the door.
  • You will show people round with more pride, rather than hoping they don’t see the shabby old doors.

Replacement kitchen doors are an easy, efficient, inexpensive and simple way to add value to your home. The increased amount you get for your home will easily outweigh the investment. So get online and take a look at the options available to you. What are you waiting for? Just be careful that your brand new kitchen cabinets don’t tempt to stay put after all.

We love our new kitchen doors

June 27th 2011 by .
What do you think about your new kitchen doors? We love our new kitchen doors
How did you get on fitting your new doors? No problems whatsoever
What does the finished job look like? Great, very pleased
What could we do to improve our kitchen doors or our service? nothing
Would you recommend us to others Yes
Any other comments?
Name keith king

Transform your kitchen with just a tape measure, a screwdriver and a little imagination

June 27th 2011 by .

Some people seem to be born to do DIY. Show them something that needs to be designed, built or fixed and no sooner is it said, than they set about the task with a fervor that puts others to shame.

But what about the rest of us for whom the idea of undertaking a task which involves actually picking up something as simple as a screwdriver fills us with dread.

Well help is at hand. You can transform your kitchen and make it look like you’ve had the professionals in with nothing more than a tape measure, a screwdriver and a little bit of self confidence.

To start with you need a design, (if you haven’t yet got an idea of how you want your new kitchen to look like, then have a look at our article How to choose the perfect colour and style for your kitchen which is full of hints and tips on how to go about your new design).

Armed with the design, the next step is to draw an actual plan of your kitchen clearly showing all the doors and drawer fronts that you intend to replace.

Next, it’s time to measure each door and drawer front in turn. We advise you to use a steel tape measure, and not to use the cloth or plastic types favoured by tailors and dressmakers, as accuracy is all important.

Now simply follow these steps:

1)       Measure the door and not the cabinet! This is a common mistake that people can make; the fact is that the doors are generally slightly smaller than the cabinets.

2)       To avoid the problems encountered by any profiling or patterns, measure the back of the door or drawer.

3)       When noting the dimensions, write the height first followed by the width (in millimetres). (For example: 700mm X 600mm.)

It’s a good idea to double check all your measurements and even recount the number of doors and drawer fronts that need to be replaced, in order to avoid any time consuming, expensive and ultimately frustrating mistakes. Why not ask a friend or family member to double check your calculations, just to make sure you haven’t made any mistakes.

Time to get the screwdriver out?

OK there are times when a screwdriver becomes handy, but don’t panic because it requires no greater skills than putting up a shelf, (which at the very most may require you to lay your hands on a drill and a spirit level to ensure a perfect job).

It’s also a good time to check the hinges on all the doors, (you may already have needed to remove the doors in order to obtain accurate dimensions), if they are worn or broken then you can easily replace them. With this in mind please make note of the following:

1)       How far the hinges open, which are usually 110? (Just past a right angle) or 165? (which means the doors open until they are almost flat with the cabinet).

2)       Hinges are designed to fit 2 different thicknesses of cabinets, either 15mm or 18 mm.

3)       Make a note of whether the doors open to the left or the right.

4)       If you require your new kitchen doors to be pre-drilled, then you need to measure the distance from the top and bottom of the door to the centre of the hinge holes. (Our standard holes are drilled 100mm).

If you prefer to watch a detailed demonstration video of how to do all of the above then please go to our webpage: how to measure and fit kitchen doors

You are not alone.

Don’t forget that the Kitchen Door Workshop is always available to answer any of your questions or queries.

Call our helpful and friendly Customer Helpline on 0845 643 1928 for expert assistance. With just a tape measure, a screwdriver and your imagination, In no time at all you can create a kitchen that looks like the professionals have been in!

The doors are excellent

June 21st 2011 by .
Kitchen Doors - Shaker Ivory Finish

Kitchen Doors - Shaker Ivory Finish

What do you think about your new kitchen doors? The doors are excellent
How did you get on fitting your new doors? Very easy, everything lined up.
What does the finished job look like? Apart from the small door above the cooker it’s fine. We missed the bit about the minimum door size for inserts.
What could we do to improve our kitchen doors or our service? Nothing
Would you recommend us to others Yes
Any other comments? Couldn’t decided on which handles we wanted – so each door and drawer has a different style!
Name Graham Smith
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