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    As part of my latest job role we deal with a lot of insurance related work, I'd say 50% of our work is kitchens and bathrooms following escape of water.

    Currently we use Benchmarx or Howdens for our kitchens and are allowed to add 15% to kitchen cost and labour on top.

    I've spoken with the director and he's happy for me to set up a 'kitchen supply' company and supply to him.

    Obviously I can add whatever premium to the supply price so it's a win win as hopefully the price will still come in at around the same price as the above.

    Generally, the kitchens are on a like for like basis so no real need to 'design' the kitchen.

    But my questions are:

    1. Are there any places where I can learn kitchen design and perhaps have simple software to give 3d drawings to the customer?

    2. I've used LAMTEK in the past for carcasses but they are flat pack which our chippys will complain about. Can anyone recommend a decent online supplier of ready built carcasses and doors etc? Ideally with a catalogue I can bring to customers

    3. Same for bathrooms... We currently use local plumbing merchants but have found for instance their £150 bath taps we can get online for £50. So any reputable companies (trade) we can use that again have a catalogue we can take to customers?

    Thanks in advance
    Howdens, Magnet are UK made units, , not sure about Benchmark.
    have you seen a supplier cheaper than say Howdens that you intent to use ?
    • CommentTimeDec 1st 2018
    Sadly https://trade.systemsixkitchens.co.uk/service/delivery focus on the SW, but you might tempt them somehow. Really excellent. Rigid, extra-thickness carcases.
    The best mass produced UK kitchens I've had are Mereway.
    Very rigid carcasses with solid tops and backs. http://mereway.co.uk
    • CommentAuthortony
    • CommentTimeDec 5th 2018
    When I design kitchens I don’t do modular sizes 3000, 400, 500 600mm etc

    I measure up and get carcuses to fit, often standard but it is very useful to have the facility to make things fit, eg 438mm wide base unit wall cupboards in my kitchen are 430mmhigh and we have a studio unit.

    Then buy doors to fit the carcuses, I use 3mm gap between doors not the usual 6mm

    I buy at a lower price than main suppliers and make better use of the space
    I'm assuming you're using Lamtek and Homestyle still?

    I'd be happy to use those but some kind of brochure or sample for the customer would be handy. Not sure they do those unless you ask each time
    And what about worktop suppliers?
    • CommentAuthorbhommels
    • CommentTimeDec 7th 2018
    I made a worktop out of recycled plastic sheets from smile plastics. They do many different styles and it looks great if I may say so.
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