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got a kitchen from living design 3 years ago, sink now not working properly, the dishwasher broke, got it fixed independently, and when we removed the didhwasher for it to be fixed, it was standing on bits of wood, so now it wont fit properly, also the sink drainer is slanting backwards, told i had a 5 year gaurentee but the number is no longer in use so got nobody to contact, very dissapointed with the after care
living design kitchens i had my kitchen fitted by living design about 4 and a half years ago now i do believe that they are well manafactured but the workmanship is still very very bad bad joints on the work surfaces holes drilled in the wrong places and fashias not fitted properly i was apparantly given a £1000.00 off the kitchen which would pay the first years payments. yes it paid the payments but it didnt pay the interest we were stung with. the man who sold us the kitchen lied through his teeth to get the sale. we had to shut our savings bank account early and loose a lot of money to pay the kitchen off as the intrest was more than the monthly payment. it was absolutely disgusting still 4 years on anglian kitchens have tried to uphold the guaruntee and made a pigs ear of it. the men they send out are ten times worse than living designs staff the joints on the replaced work surfaces are terrible even after having them re fitted three times. eventually i gave in with them. when they fitted the work surfaces they damaged my taps and i am still waiting for them to be replaced with the same quality and type taps as i had in the first place. they tried to fob me off with cheap taps instead of the quarter turn taps that i originally purchased all in all i wish i had never bothered with this company and will be glad when i can afford a new kitchen. i have learnt my lesson though i will always research a company before signing any thing. i dont recomend either of these two companys to anyone although living design are no longer trading (i wonder why)
I suppose that one of our main projects was the bathroom when we moved house and there was no way we could clean in a dirty room. With all over and done with. It is now time to go onto the next nightmare. What is it? The Kitchen. The kitchen is my pride and joy and let me describe it to you at the moment. turquoise with glossed over tiles, no units, the worst lino in the world that always looks mucky even when you have cleaned it. One unit over the sink. Washing machine pipes that are blocked and will not allow hot water to flow, so we have to put the external waste pipe taped to the tap when it is wash day. No storage space, we cut a book shelf in half to store the food in, that sits under the worktop that we got hold of. A colony of spiders who lives in the non existing skirting boards who quite frequently pop out to say Hello Karen and nearly make me wet myself when they creep out with out any warning. Yellow, white and blue and green ceiling. One half with strip light, another with a gross old white lampshade. A door storage cupboard with another family of spiders and a door handle that does not work and does not open and shut and is a nightmare. A back door that lets more cold heat through it when it is shut rather than when it is open. So there you go, that is my kitchen at the moment. Now money in our house is not abundant and we have to set a budget on what we spend. The budget is £1,000 for all the units and the work and decor and tiles and new appliances to compliment the kitchen. Our lovely oak dining table that cost us £600 will be going to live in their but at the moment, we know if we leave it in there it will get badly damaged. So this is what we are doing and how on earth can we come under budget for everything when the average people spend around £5,000 alone on the kitchen. As we have two main windows in the kitchen and a main glass plate in the back door, there is plent of light in there affording me to have a darker terrocotta paint colour to add the warmth that it is so desperatley in need of at the moment. I have bought 6 rolls of Bubble paper that have cost me £30. I large tub of Terrocotta paint that was £15. One tin of white emulsion paint for the ceiling £5 and 1 tin of gloss for the door £5. 2 chrome light fittings with electrician to fit will cost us £100. 5 packs of tiles to replace the old ones and grout, cost £50. So that has already cost us around £200 and so far so good, well on budget. This work will be done in the next month after we have had the draftproofing done in the kitchen on Friday. So we are left with £800 for the flooring, appliances and kitchen units and fitting. We have ordered the units at a cost of £200 and the floor tiles were an amazing £30. so this leaves us now with around £550 for appliances. We will fit the units and repair anything that needs to be done as they will be going where the original ones once went before the last owners smashed the kitchen to smitherines. Well the appliances are reconditioned and in mint condition and for a fridge/freezer/cooker/dryer has only cost us £300. We have still got around £250 left from our budget and everything is ready and raring to go. What we do with the spare cash, I haven't got a clue but there is surely bound to be problems along the way with the electrics there fore the money will be used either for that or to put up the outside lights that are linked into the kitchen for the back garden and also for the front of house one which is linked to the hall way. I really cannot wait to get my kitchen done as I have lived the last 6 months in a dump but rather than get a loan, we wanted to save for it. It will be a luxury to be able to turn on the cooker of sit in the kitchen eating a meal where it is nice and warm and I am really looking forward to it. Karen :0)
There slogan being 'Don't Sign Untill You've Seen Living Design' What an experience I have had with this company. A three day job has taken so far four weeks and the job is still not complete. There kitchens are very well manufactured but in my opinion the fitters they sent were very unprofessional. There work left a newly fitted worktop damaged, splintered panels that were roughly cut, a door with a drill hole in the wrong place and a loose plinth. Also fiited was an internal extractor hood that requires filters. I paid for an externally fitted version of which still not has been ammended. The job should of been finished at least two weeks prior to Christmas 2003. I ended up calling out an electrician on December 24th so that I had my cooker and washing machine up and running over the Christmas period. This company will not get my reccomendation at all. The only thing I regret signing is the cheque.
The Kitchen was a bit of a surprise to me. I've been to a few clubs in Dublin which have not lived up to the amount of conversation they have provoked but the Kitchen proved to be an exception. As you walk in down the slope inside you find yourself in what appears to be the catacombs of an old church or such like with numerous archways surrounding you as you walk to the bar. As you turn to find the dance floor you notice the place is a labyrinth of low archways which in an attempt to find the gents led me to another small bar area where shots of Sambuca and Absinthe were consumed far too vigorously. The music which was played and mixed on the fly by the DJ with a mix of garage/dance/hip-op which moved on towards a more jazzy/dance feel towards the end of the evening. The dance floor isn't huge which helps with the atmosphere in the low ceilinged underground club. I look forward to returning to Dublin and paying another visit to the Kitchen.