Cook up a new kitchen 1YOU

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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.

Call SAS Daniels LLP So­lic­i­tors on 0161 475 7676 or 01625 442 100. Visit www.sas­daniels. co.uk If you have any legal ques­tions, write to Weekly Law and You, MEN Me­dia, Mitchell Henry House, Hollinwood Av­enue, Chad­der­ton OL9 8EF, or leave your query on the legal ad­vice line 0117 964 4794

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