Be up front with lighting decisions

When you are designing your kitchen don’t let the lighting be an afterthought. It can really affect how you use your space. Build in task lighting, mood lighting and the main light and consider natural light too. But dont worry – WE do it all withyou as part of our free kitchen design service.

 

#lighting #interiordesign #kitchendesign

Nolan Kitchen

“We approached JD Kitchens because we wanted something completely bespoke, and something that suited the style of our slightly quirky Georgian/Victorian property.  JD’s designs and concept were both practical and fully in keeping with our ideas, and the aesthetic of the house”.

The brief

The customer had a kitchen which had been extended a number of times over the years, resulting in a disjointed working space and nowhere for the family to congregate and enjoy spending time together. 

Our clients  love cooking and had several appliances/pieces of equipment that they wanted to be easily accessible in the kitchen, but not necessarily on show all of the time.  Designer Cass came up with the solution to house the appliances in black tambour units. As a result, appliances such as the microwave, coffee machine, blender and toaster are now plugged in and ready to go, but can be quickly tidied away when they’re not needed via simple pull down back lit doors. 

The clients selected their doors based on the style of their home, and the colours that they loved. High ceilings and a flood of light from the adjoining conservatory meant that they could afford to add drama to their living kitchen. Steel Dark effect Targa doors and Corona doors in Titanium Steel by Schuller work in tandem.  Using two types of finish provided a level of texture and depth to the large open plan kitchen, and the black glass cupboard doors offered a further textural contrast to the materials used. Even the Quooker Cube black tap was designed to complement the dramatic space. Attention to detail extended to the black light switches, ceiling lights and a pop up socket in the large central island.

‘The age and unique nature of our home warranted something special. Whilst some may consider the colours a little dramatic, we were keen to avoid a  generic white kitchen and wanted something that suited us and provided a living space with practicality, warmth and character”.

Being  keen cooks and bakers, our clients decided on all Neff appliances, from the Slide and Hide Pyrolitic (self-cleaning) oven with warming drawer to a wifi controlled flexinduction hob.  They enjoyed planning the space and say that they in no way felt rushed to make their decisions. 

Regarding the design, they enthused about our designer, Cass and the process that they went through together. 

“Cass thinks of everything, including how tall you are, so that she can design the ovens to go in at the right height. It’s the small things that make the biggest difference.

We were drawn to JD Kitchens as they’re a family business, not a soulless corporate, and we’re glad that we chose them. It took six months for us to get everything just right, and I don’t think a large chain would have afforded us the same patience and worked so closely with us to create a joint vision. A new kitchen is a significant investment, and JD allowed us to take the time to plan, and to ensure that we had everything just right.” 

 “On a job this big, snags are expected. We were delighted that they were sorted and resolved quickly and without fuss. They’ve done exactly what they said they would do, and there were no hidden charges, another tick in the box!”

“They’re responsive. They call you back, there’s nothing worse than being ignored!”

Kitchen Fitter Required

We’re looking for a talented kitchen fitter to join our kitchen design and installation company based in Warrington, Cheshire.

We’d love to hear from someone who loves what they do, and has a good eye for quality.

Please send us your CV and covering letter to dave@jdkitchens.co.uk

 

SALE now on NEFF appliances

If you’ve watched the Bake Off and have envied the bakers the extra room that the Neff Slide and Hide oven gives them in the kitchen, or you’re ready for the 21st century technology that allows you to control your cooking even when you are not in the room, now IS the time to get your hands on a great offer.

 

In fact, this offer is not being repeated anywhere else!

 

20% off all Neff appliances will really bring the price of your new kitchen down, and if you’re thinking of just updating your old one, it really is a fabulous offer.

 

Contact us today for this limited offer  – must end 12 Feb 2020.

Christmas 2019 Opening Hours

 

Wishing all our customers past, present and future a wonderful and peaceful Christmas. 

Do call and see us, and we’ll share our fabulous special Neff offer with you! (shhh it’s a secret for now!)

A guide to choosing the right kitchen company for you.

Getting a new kitchen is a big deal. It makes a huge difference to your home and the way you use the space if you get it right, and can be unworkable if you don’t.

But it’s also a big deal because it is an investment, and the right design and the quality of workmanship can add both the wow factor you desire now, and the pound signs you want for the future value of your home. Get it wrong, and you could be a very unhappy customer.

And this is where choice comes in, so here’s our tips for choosing wisely.

1. Choose a great designer
Design looks easy to the untrained eye, but a great designer will think out of the box, and work with you to deliver a vision you might not have thought of yourself. Be creative and unique, and on trend for 21 century living, whether you prefer ultra-modern, traditional style or something in between.

2. Choose products and appliances that suit your home and match your investment
Try out and investigate the products and appliances. Weigh up all the options, what would you compromise on if you had to, and would you even notice? We’ll happily explain whatever you want to know. It’s our job and our passion.

3. Choose an efficient and quality installation team
Whoever you by from ask who the team are that are installing the kitchen. Installing a kitchen is disruptive, so you want it doing quickly and efficiently, but don’t compromise on quality.
Also, ensure the kitchen company you choose will keep people on the job until it is finished and you’re satisfied.

4. Choose a project manager
Ask WHO will be your contact during the installation, and will it be the same person throughout?
At JD Kitchens Phil takes care of all our installations from beginning to end, working with our inhouse fitters Carl and Jordan. He’ll bring in our approved builders for walls that need to knocked down or built, and work with the tilers and flooring specialists to ensure it is all done to a strict schedule. So the job doesn’t run over and all the best tradespeople work together.

5. Choose one company that does it all….
JD Kitchens have been designing and installing German and British Kitchens for 18 years. We’re specialists in Schuller, Next 125 and Mackintosh ranges and are a Neff appliance 5*Masterpartner.

….With a six year warranty
And when we leave, we leave you with a six-year KBSA warranty, so if you’re ever unhappy with the installation we’ll come back and fix it. Not that we’ve ever had to use it!

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Beating Brexit

What do you do if you’re a company that relies heavily on imports from Europe, and the Brexit negotiations leave you with uncertainty? We’ve heard lots of stories nationally, but how is it affecting businesses here in Warrington?

JD Kitchens is an independent kitchen company based in Padgate. They specialise in designer German manufactured Schuller kitchens, and Neff appliances. They are reliant on regular and reliable imports, so the continuing uncertainty is concerning.
Whilst they, and other kitchen companies have been given reassurances from several of their overseas suppliers that they will do everything they can to smooth any transition, the uncertainty over the continuing situation has led Dave Charlton, the owner to take an unusual approach to ensure the effect on his customers is minimal.

He explains:
“We remain reassured by Schuller that they won’t pass on any additional import charges, however, we’re less certain that the pound won’t be affected so we’ve taken the unprecedented decision to purchase enough euros to ensure that the price of our kitchens are held at today’s prices at least for all orders placed before 31 October 2019”.
“We never thought we’d have to become experts in finance as well as interior designers, but if that’s what we have to do to ensure our customers get the best deal, so be it”.

Of course, we also have our beautiful British manufactured Mackintosh kitchens, with no euros to contend with!

JD Kitchens can be found at 4 Gorsey Lane, Padgate, Warrington www.jdkitchens.co.uk

NEW RANGE IN NOW

When the chaps at Mackintosh said they were releasing a new range, we were excited, they promised colour and something a little bit different to the beauty of tradition that they are renowned for.

They haven’t let us down. Beautiful lines, striking colours and quality that would make any homeowner proud.

(Ask us for: Inset deep fjord and dark blue)

#mackintoshkitchens #britishmanufacturing

 

Laundry day made easy!

It wasn’t long ago that all kitchen tech looked the same. Innovation seemed to pause when the washer/dryer came out. Now we’re seeing a whole new stream of gadgets and gismos designed to make your life easier.

The chaps at Neff listened to their customers and their staff about what irritates them most at home, and finding the other (missing) sock after turning the washing machine was right up there in the top ten.

So they’ve done something about it. And we love it!

 

Sleek and timeless kitchen revealed

The Brief

This is the home of a busy couple with two young children with much loved, and very large dog! They’d inherited the dark and impractical builders’ kitchen, with limited workspace. And found it a challenge to move around the space together, particularly during busy mornings, when the dog is at its liveliest! They desperately wanted a complete redesign to provide:

• A practical, robust kitchen with dynamic cooking and food prep areas
• More light into the dark and dreary kitchen
• Flexibility of the dining area, with choice to adapt it for larger family occasions
• More storage
• Create and design a new boot room with access from the kitchen

The Solution

Our first challenge was to redesign the space so that it met with the clients needs for flexibility of use and improved natural light.

We removed a walled archway that separated the dining room from the kitchen, to make the existing floor to ceiling window a principal feature, and increase the natural light available to both rooms.
We then created a doorway into the existing garage, half of which was subsequently converted into a functional boot room.

The couple wanted a stunning design feature at the heart of their kitchen but needed to ensure it was durable and practical for family life. To meet their aspirations and match the prestige of their property, we installed an island using the largest possible single piece of 20mm Dekton (quartz, glass and porcelain) worktop measuring a weighty 3220 x 1440. With no joins or wastage, we certainly made the most of this beautiful and expensive material.

Set into the Dekton clad island is an 80cm Neff Twistpad Fire induction hob, whilst two pop up plug sockets and USB ports provide further flexibility for its use as a home/work space and baking prep area. Extraction and air quality filtering is maintained overhead, in a bespoke bulkhead that accommodates the motor and brings the extractor closer to the cooking area to maximise efficiency.

Instead of traditional tiling, we designed the kitchen vertically, installing full height recess cladding with with a rail system continue around the kitchen, freeing up worktops for aesthetic and practical purposes.

Wraparound end panels and lava black grip ledge profiles provide dramatic effect and give the illusion that that the worktops are floating, whilst matching plinths bring cohesion and quiet elegance and sophistication to the room.

The kitchen was designed with an aesthetic approach. With gentle grid lines and handless features providing structure and interest to the ergonomic, clean design lines. The black plinths both complement and contrast with the concrete and grey units, whilst beech wood accessories bring warmth and further depth to the design.

Sleek lines create a sense of timeless elegance

Every cupboard and deep drawer were carefully considered for storage, ergonomics and aesthetics. The tall fridge unit was mirrored with matching height cupboard doors which bely the range of drawers hidden behind.

Extra height tall units were installed to maximise the storage available in the kitchen and remove dust traps, reducing cleaning times. Even the more practical elements of the kitchen, such as the Quooker fusion round tap and one and a half bowl sink are stylish and considered.

One of the key requirements from the customer was to ensure that the new dining space was flexible and worked well ergonomically in the open plan space. We innovated and designed a dresser in the same materials as the kitchen, but at reduced depth to increase the floor space. The dining room now has flexible storage, natural light and the flexibility to seat up to 12 people.

The whole family are delighted with the flexibility of their new home. Even the dog gives his tail a happy wag, knowing he has plenty of room to move around!