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Open for business – our customer commitment

Update – 17th November 2020 The Government has updated its list of retail businesses that must close which specifically now includes “showrooms open to the public for products used in homes, including bathrooms, kitchens and glazing”. Whilst our doors have remained shut during lockdown, we have remained open for business on a strict pre-booked by… read more

What should new kitchens cost?

A few years ago I wrote a piece for this website called ‘how much should you spend updating your kitchen?’ aka ‘what should new kitchens cost’? I advocated that 8% was the rough estimate of the percentage of a home’s value that ‘design experts’ often quote that buyers should spend on replacing an out-of-date kitchen… read more

Our Coronavirus safety measures

Our Coronavirus safety measures As we hope our Coronavirus planning updates show, we took the threat of Coronavirus very seriously.  As soon as the danger became evident in late February we constantly reviewed our protocols in the expectation that a business closure would be required. And, as a result, we closed our showroom prior to… read more

Compare our kitchen cabinets specifications

Do it once but do it well There are various levels of product quality to consider when you’re looking for a new kitchen. So, ‘do it once but do it well’ is a phrase never more apt when you’re installing a new one.  It’s a maxim we believe in, not just in our design ethos… read more

Kitchen sales prices – as good as they appear?

Are those kitchen sales prices as good as they appear? As we slowly emerge from lockdown a number of the national retailers are advertising their sales.’Free this…’, ‘lower price on that’, ‘free fitting’… Whilst the headline prices they quote may look attractive they are often designed purely to draw you in before giving the unwary… read more

Enjoy what’s important during COVID-19

There’s been little to celebrate since COVID-19 began its relentless march across the world. The ever-increasing death toll, the restrictions on what we would previously thought of as our inalienable rights; the right to go where we please when we want and to see who we want; to go to work and provide for our… read more

Will Coronavirus affect the future of kitchen design?

Will Coronavirus affect the future of kitchen design? What effect will Coronavirus have on the future of kitchen design and the way people use their kitchens if this is the ‘new normal’? Many families will be finding their kitchen under pressure during lockdown and until some semblance of normality returns.  Will this ‘new normal’ see… read more

Is your kitchen ready for future lockdowns?

Is your kitchen feeling the pressure of the Coronavirus lockdown? Is your kitchen ready for future lockdowns? Families forced to live in reduced personal space is putting pressure on many homes – and particularly – kitchens. And, because nobody really knows how long the restrictions will last, pressures on the family home will be greater… read more

Coronavirus Planning at Nicholas Hythe Kitchens

Update 20th July 2020 As of 24th July, the government has mandated that people entering shops must wear a face covering or risk a fine of £100.  There is no distinction in the current guidance about shops with higher visitor numbers and those such as ours which offer appointment only visits. We are therefore required… read more

The six questions to ask when buying a new kitchen

Choosing a new kitchen is both an exciting, but challenging process. Start by understanding ‘What are the six questions to ask when buying a new kitchen?’ and, if you’re looking for guidance, we can help 1. How do you want your new kitchen space to be used? The first of the six questions to ask… read more