New parents Shirine & Ahad found their perfect kitchen ‘on budget’ through UKE
When Shirine and her husband Ahad purchased their first home, they had exciting renovation plans and a budget to stick to. Amid the renovation and the Covid pandemic, the couple also welcomed their first child, a beautiful daughter. THIS incredible kitchen/diner renovation was all achieved in the nick of time, which has helped them transition into life as a family of three.
“A good kitchen is a godsend with a baby – everything works really well and is clean and modern”
Starting a home renovation
A renovators tip when completing a big project? Prioritise the rooms you will need the most. For Shirine and Khalique, the kitchen made the top of the list. The small space with outdated cabinetry and black mould was definitely not great for life with a newborn, and a far cry from their dream of a modern, open plan kitchen.
Knocking down a wall and adding bi-fold doors transformed the space, but the building work cost more than they bargained for. When it came to kitchen shopping, they loved high-end German kitchens that were out of budget. When Shirine heard of ex-display kitchens, it seemed like the solution they had been looking for. A quick google search led her right to UKE!
Shopping for ex-display kitchens
Loving the choice on the website and the option to view, the couple travelled to view no less than four ex-display kitchens! In fact, they turned their search for a kitchen into a mini sightseeing tour, including a jaunt in Liverpool and York.
By now, they had seen some great deals come and go and felt reassured by the high quality of the kitchens they had viewed. “All my questions were answered really well,” says Shirine. “We learned so much about kitchens, equipment and appliance options!” When their perfect kitchen popped up, they were confident to put in an offer without viewing.
“It was an AMAZING bargain! We wouldn’t have been able to afford NEFF appliances usually. We knew they were reliable and had nothing to worry about.”
Choosing a kitchen layout
One of the perks of shopping ex-display is that the cabinets can be current stock. Once they compared the unit measurements to their space, we helped the couple source additional matching cabinets to make an island.
Although they had a layout in mind, the showroom had some helpful suggestions and rearranged the cabinets on software to show the possibilities. That’s how the current layout came about – a truly bespoke kitchen to complement their space.
“You need to be open-minded about how it will fit in your space.”
When the time came to assemble, it was a breeze. The kitchen had rigid cabinets (UKE arranged delivery) and with the plan that Kutchenhaus put together it took the builders just three hours to install.
The final result
We LOVE what the couple have done with the space. They’ve opted for a minimal, clutter-free & stylish look, adding gold metallic accents with bar stools from Dunelm.
In total, they saved a whopping £9,000 off the price of a quality current German kitchen with NEFF appliance set. Their perfectly functioning, German-engineered kitchen has made life for the new family so much easier, and they loved every minute of picking their ‘new’ kitchen!
“I would like to say to people don’t be afraid to look at ex-display, you will be amazed at the options that are out there and if you use your imagination, you can change it completely”
Starting your own kitchen renovation? Shop ex-display kitchens and approved used kitchens at www.uke.co.uk and find out what you could save.