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Frequently Asked Questions When Buying A New Kitchen

Over the years we’ve been asked many questions by prospective clients trying to ascertain which kitchen supplier they should trust with one of the largest property improvements they’re ever likely to undertake.  So here’s a list of the most popular but if you don’t see the answer to your burning question, please don’t hesitate to… read more

‘Pinterest-ing’ ideas for your new kitchen

Many of the visitors to our new fitted kitchen showroom in St. Ives near Huntingdon in Cambridgeshire arrive with a firm idea of what they’re looking for in their new kitchen – which makes our job of designing it for them relatively easy!  Of course we still review their ideas and input our own expertise… read more

The importance of trust in deciding who to buy your new kitchen from

“To be trusted is a greater compliment than being loved” ― George MacDonald (Scottish author and poet) Let’s face it, the kitchen industry doesn’t have the greatest reputation!  People looking to invest in their home are naturally wary of who they’re dealing with and who they can trust to deliver a job well done – Bill,… read more

Learning the lessons from losing a kitchen contract

“A loss does more to make me a better lawyer than any win could ever hope to do”.  Matt Brown, a defence attorney in the USA. OK, as an opening line to a blog about a change we’ve made to our kitchen website, that quote might, at first glance, appear random!  Visitors to our website,… read more

What’s the difference between good and great kitchen design?

At Nicholas Hythe we believe great design marries the beautiful and the practical to create the perfect dream kitchen for a client.  It’s not all about the look (important as that is) but it’s about individual requirements, practicality and ergonomics.   On top of that, and perhaps most importantly, we listen intently to a potential client’s… read more

So, what does make Nicholas Hythe Kitchen Design Studio different?

In a competitive market such as the new fitted kitchens one in which we operate, there’s one question asked by virtually every potential client.  It can be asked outright or very subtly but the pretext is the same: “why should we use Nicholas Hythe Kitchen Design Studio?” And it’s a good question because each time… read more

What you secretly need to know when buying a new kitchen!

Everybody we speak to about what we do, friends, neighbours, clients, everybody reading this blog will have experienced or heard about the kitchen company from hell.  Stories about poor fits, leaky plumbing – you name it we’ve probably heard it. And despite the fact that often all we can do is sympathise, such stories are… read more

How much should you spend updating your kitchen?

The number eight. At first, it appears to be an unassuming number – until you realise the importance of it to the entire world around us. It’s the number that ensures that we humans exist (it’s the atomic number of oxygen and the number of known B vitamins); it can be a force for good… read more

The death of the superstore

There’s been a lot of talk recently about the ‘death of the High Street’ caused, in part, by the growth of out of town shopping centres and large format retailers. For as long as I’ve been working there seems to have been an exponential growth of large format retailers such as the supermarkets, DIY sheds,… read more

Kitchen suppliers and retailers working together to fight the economic gloom

Owing to the many years Bill, my brother, co-owner and fount of all knowledge about kitchens, has spent working in the kitchen industry, he’s developed many contacts with suppliers who look to him for information and analysis about what customer trends are happening and how they can grow their own businesess in line with the… read more