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Champ - get soft-closing drawers in your kitchen.  Costs a bit more up front, but saves endless hassle in the long term.

'Endless hassle'?

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Tightening screws on the brackets that attach the drawer front to the sides.  And if you don't do it promptly and regularly, the brackets work loose, bend and fracture.  And then you replace the bracket.  Only the (German) manufacturer eventually stopped making that model. So I recently replaced all the brackets, which meant replacing the drawer sides, as the new brackets didn't fit the old sides.........you get the picture.  While replacing the drawer sides, I did what should have been done originally and fitted soft-closing attachments.  

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Tightening screws on the brackets that attach the drawer front to the sides.  And if you don't do it promptly and regularly, the brackets work loose, bend and fracture.  And then you replace the bracket.  Only the (German) manufacturer eventually stopped making that model. So I recently replaced all the brackets, which meant replacing the drawer sides, as the new brackets didn't fit the old sides.........you get the picture.  While replacing the drawer sides, I did what should have been done originally and fitted soft-closing attachments.  

 

Soft closing drawers. These are the ones that appear to close themselves, arent they?

We've never really had any problems with our existing ones (conventional type) but I do like the 'self closing' style.

 

Most of our current units are cupboards but the builder was recommending going for a mix of cupboards and deep drawers. Would others support this arrangement?

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Yep - you close the drawer to a certain point, then the closing mechanism takes over and "self-closes" gently.  If you're thinking about deep drawers, you will put more stuff in them, which in turn means more weight.  Closing a heavy drawer too quickly causes the problem we experienced, which was always much worse with the larger drawers.   

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We went for deep drawers all-round, with corner cupboards obviously. It works really well. The top drawer has a 'hidden' drawer within it to accommodate cutlery and stuff.

 

We also went for Corian, which I recommend but it is expensive.

 

Oh, and get and induction job. They're brilliant.

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I hear they are but I remain very attached to the idea of gas burners. Lots of them.

 

The biggest real decision is going to be wall mounted ovens or below the hob. I wish I could have both but we dont have the space for that

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Stick a range in.

I'm not sure about the bending down to get stuff out the ovens...

 

 

 

 

...not because of my age, I hasten to add

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I hear they are but I remain very attached to the idea of gas burners. Lots of them.

 

The biggest real decision is going to be wall mounted ovens or below the hob. I wish I could have both but we dont have the space for that

 

 

Well that's up to you... if you want to try and clean those bastards that's up to you.

 

Ovens... go for mid-height, and get one of these:

 

http://www.neff.co.uk/features-slide-hide.html

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Well that's up to you... if you want to try and clean those bastards that's up to you.

 

Ovens... go for mid-height, and get one of these:

 

http://www.neff.co.uk/features-slide-hide.html

 

Oh, why do I tease myself with this nonsense; I now want a larder, which would take away even more worktop. Arrrgghhhh

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Larders are a bastard.They get expensive - nothing looks worse than a larder with unfilled shelves.After a couple of years the back of the more inaccessible shelves become more archaeology than culinary

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I hear they are but I remain very attached to the idea of gas burners. Lots of them.

The biggest real decision is going to be wall mounted ovens or below the hob. I wish I could have both but we dont have the space for that

Wall mounted champ, we've got a below the hob and the oven is smaller and a pain to clean. Get one with the door that slides in too - they look ace.

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Larders are a bastard.They get expensive - nothing looks worse than a larder with unfilled shelves.After a couple of years the back of the more inaccessible shelves become more archaeology than culinary

And we know how often she checks her herbs and spices.

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Ok, one for those who've recently installed new kitchens/know anything about such things, what was the best thing(s) you did, what would you have done differently if you were doing it now / had had more money to spend?

 

 

Don't bother with granite work tops, I'm sick to death of trying to be gentle, that and not being able to make a mess when baking, they don't like food dye too much. We've got half depth units on one wall, makes the kitchen seem bigger than it is and provides enough of the extra storage needed. Oh and underfloor heating. I love this stuff in the kitchen, it's not ideal if you tend to leave shopping on the floor and get back to putting it away an hour later, but it doesn't half make the veg peeling a bit more bearable. 

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Don't bother with granite work tops, I'm sick to death of trying to be gentle, that and not being able to make a mess when baking, they don't like food dye too much. We've got half depth units on one wall, makes the kitchen seem bigger than it is and provides enough of the extra storage needed. Oh and underfloor heating. I love this stuff in the kitchen, it's not ideal if you tend to leave shopping on the floor and get back to putting it away an hour later, but it doesn't half make the veg peeling a bit more bearable.

I got plinth heaters under the units but I'm a double hard bastard and can never be arsed to turn them on.

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Don't bother with granite work tops, I'm sick to death of trying to be gentle, that and not being able to make a mess when baking, they don't like food dye too much. We've got half depth units on one wall, makes the kitchen seem bigger than it is and provides enough of the extra storage needed. Oh and underfloor heating. I love this stuff in the kitchen, it's not ideal if you tend to leave shopping on the floor and get back to putting it away an hour later, but it doesn't half make the veg peeling a bit more bearable.

 

Granite is ok when it's properly sealed.

 

Saying that, I'm leaning towards trying Quartz in the future.

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Don't bother with granite work tops, I'm sick to death of trying to be gentle, that and not being able to make a mess when baking, they don't like food dye too much. We've got half depth units on one wall, makes the kitchen seem bigger than it is and provides enough of the extra storage needed. Oh and underfloor heating. I love this stuff in the kitchen, it's not ideal if you tend to leave shopping on the floor and get back to putting it away an hour later, but it doesn't half make the veg peeling a bit more bearable.

And run up the heating bill no doubt. By the time you put it on you'll be finished in there. Pointless cost.

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And run up the heating bill no doubt. By the time you put it on you'll be finished in there. Pointless cost.

I'd never thought about having it in the kitchen but we have it in the bathrooms. Its on a timer and its wonderful

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Underfloor heating?La-di-fucking-dah...Just put some socks on.

You can feel it through your socks too! Its great. Everyone who comes round says so

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