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“It is imperative that today, with ever savvier consumers, that they are given the option to ‘spec-up’ their new home. In fact, throwing in an American style side-by-side, might just seal the purchase”


and colour combinations, Schmidt can offer any type of kitchen – from traditional in-frame, to modern high gloss.


Meanwhile, the latest offering from


TOP & ABOVE The latest offering from Nolte Küchen combines the company’s SOFTform panels for rounded vertical edges with SOFTline elements


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Nolte Küchen combines the company’s SOFTform panels for rounded vertical edges with SOFTline elements, rounding off the horizontal edges of the wall units in the back. A popular combination is lacquer front NOVA LACK in high-gloss white with new wood décor Natural Limed Oak. The curved edges of this kitchen create a soft look that is proving popular with buyers. Another aesthetic consideration is, of course, the worktop. In a premium property solid surface worktops are expected, and Symphony is just one manufacturer that offers a quality selection of granite, quartz and Corian worktops. “The advent of programmes such as Property Ladder and Grand Designs has caused homeowners to


think of solid surface worktops as desirable and prestigious,” explains Anderton. “In fact, housebuilders frequently offer solid surface worktops as an upgrade.” But while many buyers may aspire to


a solid surface worktop, laminate seems to be having something of a revival. “I believe quality stone worktops are becoming less important due to new laminate worktops been introduced into the market such as slimline 16mm high pressure laminates and acrylic high gloss edged worktops,” says Barker. Ultimately, however, there is no right


or wrong way to design a kitchen. As David Moore, of Moore By Design, aptly explains: “Giving purchasers the option to become involved obviously allows them to achieve the kitchen that suits their own tastes and lifestyle. It does create some administration issues but generally it works quite well with us.” So if you are prepared to do a bit of


extra paperwork then you may well be in a position to offer buyers the kitchen of their dreams. And that is one hell of a selling point.


sh CONTACTS


Caple www.caple.co.uk


Ellis Furniture www.ellisfurniture.co.uk


Moore By Design www.moorebydesign.co.uk


Nobilia GB www.nobiliagb.co.uk


Nolte Küchen www.nolte-kitchens.com


Schmidt Kitchens UK www.schmidt-kitchens.com


SieMatic www.siematic.co.uk


Stoneham Kitchens www.stoneham-kitchens.co.uk


Symphony Group www.symphony-group.co.uk


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