Kitchen sunk

One of the depressing things you find when you are looking to smarten up your kitchen is the amount of places who only want to supply the complete thing.

Every DIY shop, and every kitchen shop like this one in Caversham, will have endless designs and ways of creating a fabulous five-figure place to cook but sustainability is a concept they pay little attention to.

When, in a year’s time a bulb goes or something needs replacing, how easy will it be? And how proportionate will the cost be? Restaurant kitchens aren’t designed for looks. They are designed for practicality.

Yet shops know that that dramatic looking kitchen in pristine condition will always stand the best chance of winning over a casual shopper

Sad really that you could approach a decent tradesman, who will probably appreciate the business better and who will have connections with the other trades needed and get a much better deal. I wouldn’t go near a DIY shop for it.

The tradesman won’t have the glossy brochures or fancy displays but people just love the one-stop shop approach and will pay a lot of money for it. If I understood why I’d be a rich man. Maybe recession will change that. I kind of hope it will.

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About Alan Bunce

Freelance journalist Former Community Editor with the Reading Post. Former Business Editor with the Reading Chronicle.
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