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  1. Avoid the basic ones (Sigma 10 etc). They feel a bit cheap.
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    Kuhlmann kitchens

    Kuhlmann (RWK) is a basic German kitchen. It will cost more thn Howdens and its a much better product. Not bad for the money. Look for Nobilia, Bauformat in the same sort of price range.
  3. Siemens spares are more reasonably priced. I had a client get a price for nearly £400 for a Miele 90c, hob whereas SIemens for half that. For what is essentially the same thing.
  4. I never recommend using glass hobs without trims around them. Seen this far too often. Please be careful when you use the hob and avoid taking the ring closest to this chip to very high temperature for long durations as the stresses in the ceramic might cause it to crack. You may get a good few months or more out of it if you are careful but in generally its a new glass top. If its Miele its going to hurt. What is the model number?
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    Miele 5 Year Warranty

    Miele in general are too arrogant to care. Their wet products are good. Others are better than average but not by much. Good luck getting a resolution on this. I would advise you to keep your expectations low.
  6. BEtween a cheap frame and the pan you have a potential recipe for a disaster. If you are putting in a frame always go Geberit. They look like very simple products on the face of it but somehow Geberit get it right much more often than others. Its worth the extra money. Any remedial work will cost several times the saving. I am not always going to recommend branded toilets, but I do think for wall hung pans, its again worth going branded to get better dimensional accuracy and smoother junctions where it matters. Ceramic is not cheaper for nothing. Its all made the same way till you find out that the rejection rate on some of the top brands is as high as 30% whereas the lesser brands and unbranded stuff will allow more rubbish to go through. I have visited a factory where they make this and I was astonished at the level of investment and automation.
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    diy-kitchens.com any experience?

    I agree with you. Nothing about DIY looks like its not a good product.
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    diy-kitchens.com any experience?

    DIY Kitchens mainly use PWS doors and make their carcasses. I havent seen their carcasses so I cant comment but I expect its fairly standard stuff - 18mm egger board with PVC edging. While I dont rate this spec as particularly high, for the prices they are charging, its not bad value, as a lot of high street retailers will sell the same stuff and charge a lot more. There is a perception out there that Blum drawer boxes are the gold standard. They are perfectly fine, but there are better products out there. English manufacturers use them mainly because of low cost and a very good distribution networks and ready availability. Unfortunately Blum's competitor products are not that readily available in the UK so which very popular on ready built European kitchens, very thin on the ground in the UK. Its largely down to the quirky nature of British kitchen manufacturing vis-a-vis the European manufacturers. Blum however have an excellent range of mechanisms for wall units. Coming back to DIY kitchens, the weakness there in my mind is the doors. PWS have had loads of issues in the past and the end result to the consumer is a complete mixed bag, mostly down to how good the retailer was at resolving the problem. I suppose the best way to look at DIY is this - If you are confident of the measuring up, confident enough to plan and get the kitchen install, DIY offers a very credible offering. Much better quality than what the sheds would sell you. Atleast comparable to what most high street independents selling British made kitchens would offer for very good prices. I still maintain that an entry level product from say Nobilia is a more refined offering, but DIY is very likely to have the price advantage.
  9. @Alphonsox you may be right. I was referring to this from memory and fixated on the ventilation aspect.
  10. There is no clear guidance on this to date. By the letter of the guidance an extractor hood installed for the purpose of ventilation to comply with building regulations is allowable. By that same guidance, a recirculation hood doesnt fulfil this criteria so it shouldnt be allowed, but inevitably it appears that HMRC hasnt latched onto this yet so you may get away with it. If guidance is issued in the future, its very likely going to go only one way.
  11. Even the extractor is on dodgy ground as an increasing number of them are now recirculation mode on account of MVHR systems. I havent heard any guidance from HMRC to the contrary though. Is it worth trying to sneak in a claim for a £300 warming drawer and bring the rest of the claim into unnecessary scrutiny? Appliances are not eligible with the above exceptions. Period.
  12. You cant claim for ovens, hobs, refrigeration, dishwashing. You can claim for a boiling water tap if its the only tap in the kitchen. You can claim for a range cooker like Aga if its the main source of heating in the house too.
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    Tiles mark up

    I would say 60-80% is not unheard of especially with the chinese/turkish made tiles. More like 50-55% on Italian/Spanish.
  14. Why am I getting the feeling that there is tendency to stand up and rally around MBC where anything said about them is not in the most positive light? I have tried to keep the review as unbiased as I can possibly be and this isnt easy given that ultimately I bear the stress/costs cross. I still look at some of the inexplicable flaws in the finishing and cant get away from it. I still worry that there may be bodges in the building that I havent discovered and these may become an issue in the future. Does that mean that other suppliers are perfect. NO. But I care only the experience I have received and not how much worse it could have been. That serves no purpose. As I see it, the mark of a good company is to build a good product to the agreed spec and quality and the cost of this must be borne by their own internal quality processes. Third party supervision should be minimal. And if this is going to be required then lets just accept that with enough hands on supervision, chances are that the performance gap between most companies will get narrowed down significantly and more importantly the price/value equation shifts. Whether MBC can and will learn anything is their lookout, but the purpose of my review was to highlight to any prospective buyers that not all is well with them. They certainly arent this shining beacon of quality and perfection. Their biggest weaknesses where communication and that didnt improve after an expensive debacle. And all of this points to huge systemic failings that need to be recognised.
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    ultra thin laminate worktops

    Actually thats not strictly correct. Normally this would be absolutely fine but with these ultra thin worktops its the lateral support it requires. For instance our suppliers provide metal bars for unsupported gaps of up to 60cm for laundry appliances. Units wider then 60cm have to be ordered with special metal braces as the front rails on carcases arent adequate. This applies to 12mm or thinner solid worktops also.