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can, of course, design your new kitchen yourself, but expert advice is hard to beat.
A good kitchen designer will probably think of things you haven’t, and should know their products inside out. B&Q, for example, will design your kitchen free of charge and give you access to its Spaces 3D planning tool so you can have a go yourself. Working out what you do and don’t like about your current kitchen, and what you do and don’t want from your new one, is a good place to start.
Some ranges are available off the shelf, such as B&Q’s IT range – many items can be bought in store, but some are only available from the B&Q website, www.diy.com. Some kitchens take weeks, or even months, to arrive, which can seem like an eternity if you’re managing without one. And don’t forget to find a good kitchen fitter in advance and let them know when the kitchen is due to arrive to avoid unnecessary delays.
Recent research from B&Q, which coincided with its Homefit installation service (diy.com/diy/ homefit) being endorsed by the Which? Trusted Traders scheme, revealed that we spend more time choosing the colour of our kitchen than finding the right person to fit it. uk.russellhobbs. com) and MultiCooker (£89.99, uk.russell hobbs.com).
George Foreman Fat Reducing Grills are great for cooking all sorts of things, but the new George Foremanman Evolve Grill (currentlyl reducedd d to £99.99 from £149.99, www. georgeforeman.co.uk) is like having a hob, oven and grill in one compact gadget.
Another surprisingly versatile gadget is the De’Longhi Multifry (from RRP £159.99), which can be used to cook meals such as risottos and stews, as well as crisp chips. o of room. Once t they’re fitted, re remember to oil any cutouts, espe especially the one for the sink, and keep oiling the worktops in situ – once a d day for a week, once a week for a month and once a month for a year, a builder told me recently.
The worktops need to be oiled on all sides, but especially the top, and it’s essential to use a good wood oil, such as low-odour Sadolin Worktop Oil (£15.99 for 500ml, Homebase).
This isn’t the cheapest oil, but it’s definitely worth paying a bit more to give your worktops proper protection – inexpensive oils often aren’t up to the job. The Sadolin oil takes a while to soak in – leave for 24 hours before re-coating – but it repels water well and gives a lovely natural look. pay them their fee if you haven’t signed the form. You should try to contact the solicitors dealing with the estate. Other relatives of the person who has died will probably know who the solicitors are; otherwise your own solicitors may well be able to trace them. You will also be able to obtain a copy of the will from the Probate Registry.
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