New Range Available – Our Sawmill Kitchen   We are excited to have just installed a new display at our Christchurch showroom.   We are calling it our “Sawmill” range, it is made to the same traditional methods we have always used but embraces the current Urban Rustic trends that so many of the Kitchen Magazines have lately. We have also at the same time shown this on a Plywood carcase with Plywood Drawer boxes, this again is something completely new to us, it won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but certainly makes the cabinets different from anything else you woul.. Read More
Now that you have your dream kitchen installed, how do you take it to the next level? One of the answers might be in smart home technology. You will have probably heard about smart heating technology - Hive, Nest and other smart thermostats. You can hardly surprise anybody with a smart TV, however, smart cooking and connected kitchen appliances is something new. Some of the readers who've been following the technology advancement throughout the years will remember Holland Electro Wave TV - a TV integrated in a microwave oven that made its début and flopped back in 2007. Luckily, we've gon.. Read More
We have today added a new range of stunning copper sinks and taps to our website. Copper is the latest trend and this particular shade of copper is stunning, We will shortly have a new display in our Christchurch showroom with a sample of the copper sink (single bowl) and a single lever copper tap. We think they will add a real wow to any kitchen and be bang on trend for 2018 and beyond. Made of high quality 1.2mm stainless steel and then coated with copper finish... Read More
The choice and variety of kitchen handles these days is just amazing. With the rise of sites like Pinterest and "Not on the Highstreet" finding something that little bit different is becoming easier and easier.   Over the years we have seen styles and fashions change from big bar handles to Cup handles, to knobs, to Wooden handles, back to bar handles, back to cups, and the story continues. Ultimately the choice you make for the handles will change the entire look of your kitchen so it is a BIG decision. So take your time and get a few samples.   Colours/Finishes of Kitchen Ha.. Read More
  Working in the kitchen industry we often get asked about worktops, the benefits of materials, the drawbacks and always the "what do you have in your kitchen?" question. Realistically, worktops can make up a BIG part of the budget if certain materials are chosen but can also be a very cheap part of the kitchen budget if others are selected. In this blog we will look at the main types of kitchen worktops, some benefits, some problems, costs and considerations. Worktops can be a minefield, and can be confusing, so when explain to customers the options we almost al.. Read More
Brand New Range of Handmade Kitchens   We have recently launched a brand new range of handmade kitchens at Classic Kitchens Direct. Due to price rises at an unprecedented rate (almost 30% increase on raw materials since the Brexit vote) we decided to look at ways of getting the same look and cabinet quality but at a cheaper price than our current “Premium” range. We have called our new range the “Pure” range. It features the same Veneered Oak MDF carcases for strength and durability along with stunning looks, and the same Dovetailed oak drawer boxes that look just.. Read More
According to a recent UK survey carried out by Balvenie whisky distillery, interior designer is the 3rd most coveted career path by British people (behind photographer and rock musician). With so many people dreaming of becoming an interior designer, what would be the best first step to make in order to turn this dream into a reality? Well, we make kitchens; we're not career advisors, however, if we were, we would suggest you start by designing your own kitchen! Of course, neither interior designer skills nor 3D interior design software skills are required to be able to order kitchens from .. Read More
Although you may argue that there is no right and wrong, or that there is no accounting for the taste when it comes to interior design, there is a reason why some kitchen design examples inspire you while others simply make you want to avert your eyes.It's not about the use of bold textures or bold colours. In fact, the last few years have seen interior designers step away from the traditional magnolia/white themes and introduce daring colours. It is a question of using colours in a clever way - in a way that is based on knowledge and colour theory.You will have heard about things like colour .. Read More
How to Get That Dream Handmade Bespoke Kitchen for Less As the suppliers of high-end handmade bespoke kitchens at affordable prices, we find that our customers tend to be people who visit the stunning high street shops, fall deeply in love with the kitchens, only to look at the price and have a heart attack. The next step for them tends to be Google and searches such as “affordable handmade kitchens” or “Bespoke handmade kitchens direct” and that’s where they find Classic Kitchens Direct. We see quotes from these high end suppliers all the time and often ourselves we baulk .. Read More
Planning Your New Bespoke Handmade Kitchen In our opinion, before you even look at any styles of kitchens, you need to seriously think about the layout that will work for you and your lifestyle. Then no matter what colour or style you have it will be a great kitchen. Many of us will have heard about “The golden Triangle” The Golden Triangle This is the theory that you should have your Sink, Cooker and Fridge within a few steps of each other, but obviously not so close as to make it uncomfortable to use. The theory is great, but often we see the reality isn’t quite .. Read More
Is Copper the NEW gold?More and more in design magazines we are seeing copper as a trend colour and accessory.This has now started to filter through and increasingly there are more and more products available in copper than ever before.From Sink to Taps, Handles or Light fittings, Toasters to Saucepans, if its in the kitchen it does seem that someone has now decided to make it out of copper.On the right layout and if not over done it can add a really impressive elegant touch to any kitchen, but too much and I'm sorry... you've lost us!One of our suppliers "Caple" have recently introduced a new.. Read More
Lighting for every aspect of your kitchen life – a rough guide Well thought out Kitchen Lighting has the power to transform a kitchen from a workspace to social gathering point with the flick of a switch. Increasingly our kitchens are becoming more and more multifunctional as open plan living takes hold. Cleverly planned lighting can also have an amazing effect on the look of a kitchen, it can compensate for low levels of natural light and it can also hide or shadow parts of the area you don’t want highlighted. Most people make the mistake of leaving lighting to the ve.. Read More
Making a kitchen bigger .... without the buildersNo matter how big youre home and how big your kitchen, it always seems no matter how much space you have – you need more!!! People nowadays spend a lot of time in their kitchen as open plan living has taken a stronghold in our homes, so space is becoming more and more important Whilst in reality it is difficult to actually make a kitchen space bigger without an extension or major work, here are a few things we can do to give that illusion or make the storage work better for you. Making your kitchen LOOK bigger The best and e.. Read More
Everyone know the saying " a picture can tell a thousand words" but where does it come from?Well a bit of research has told us that it is an ancient chinese proverb, surprisingly first seen in the west in a Car Tyre advert in 1927!!That got us thinking, that if a picture can tell a thousand words, what about a video!! Surely logic dictates that should be more!!So we decided to create a short explainer video showing what we can do.enjoy...... Read More
Contrast Kitchens are a thing…. Officially!   For those of us working in the kitchen industry we see colours rise in popularity and then slowly disappear again and again, month after month, year after year.   2017 – was the year of Dark Grey, quickly moving into Dark blue, and so far 2018 for us looks like the year of “off White” (But only time will tell)   One thing for sure is that Contrast kitchens (Having two colours on your cabinetry) is here to stay.   They have been popular for some time now and don’t look like they are going anywhere fast.   Here at C.. Read More
Wow what a difference a day makes…… Last week the UK saw the brunt of not only the “Beast from the East” but also Storm “Emma” at the same time, this bought the UK a level of snow I honestly can’t ever remember seeing in my lifetime. But just a few days later the evidence of this seems to have disappeared along with the snow. We at Classic Kitchens Direct are VERY hopeful that spring may be just around the corner. We have our fingers and toes crossed (Ouch!) Spring in kitchen terms is the time to start planning and getting your new kitchen project off the ground. Her.. Read More
To help people get a quick and easy idea of what we do at Classic Kitchens Direct we have compiled a short introductory video.We hope it will give people a quick understanding of what we do, how we do it and what the process is.Showing a range of our beautiful kitchens, along with an explainer on how to get a quote, the process etc.Also included is some interesting info that I am sure a lot of people will be surprised at - the average cost of one of our handmade kitchens..... .. Read More
It's time to look at some kitchen stats and facts. Although it may seem as if most people are eating out and spending less time in their kitchens, the kitchen furniture industry has grown significantly.Today, it's £1.4 billion-strong industry in the UK, while across the Atlantic, it’s grown into a $16 billion whopper. More than 1,200 companies are making and installing kitchens in the UK, having created 14,200 jobs. In the USA more than 115,000 people are employed by 10,000 companies working in the kitchen trade.These kitchen stats show how big an industry it is. Looking at the overall output .. Read More
Hmmm - the English weather!the End of February is fast approaching and one minute we have beautiful sun and not a cloud in the sky, the next we have frost and sometimes even snow!!But spring is approaching and traditionally this has been the time for spring cleaning.Perhaps "Spring cleaning" the way it used to be has long since past, it originated long ago when houses were sealed up as much as possible for the cold winters before central heating, and air flow was limited as much as possible to try and keep any precious warmth in the house.This meant that for months the house had stale air and .. Read More
Over the last 10 years it is certainly true to say that the industrial look has taken a strong foothold in UK design, kitchens have been a big part of this, and although not to everyone's taste, a well thought out industrial looking kitchen can not only be practical it can be beautiful.Strong dark colours for the cabinets have long been the favourite mixed with industrial looking light shades, exposed brick walls and minimalist clutter.Over the years at Classic Kitchens Direct we have been fortunate enough to help create some truly stunning kitchens with our clients.We look forward to many man.. Read More
Check out our latest handmade kitchen brochure (LINK BELOW) - now available as a PDF download from our website or Facebook page.Featuring many of the stunning handmade bespoke kitchens we have done over the years and general information on the companyClassic Kitchens Direct Brochure 2018 V1.. Read More
With a revived interest in rustic furniture, bespoke kitchens styled according to Shaker kitchen design principles are hot commodity. Let's look at these principles and find out how they came about and how we can use this interesting historic tradition in modern minimalist kitchens. Who were the Shakers? First, the name. What does it actually mean? The style was named after a Christian religious group called Shaking Quakers or Shakers for short. The group was founded in the late 1770s in Manchester, England by Jane Wardley who allegedly had a vision and then went on to devote he.. Read More
Are you looking for a quirky and daring touch to your interior? Place your bet on Pantone’s new colour of the year and let the vibrant ultra violet shade capture your heart. Eccentric and intricate, this colour is provocative and relaxing at the same time. It might not be for everyone but it communicates originality and imagination. Just like the nonconformity of those artistic geniuses who used it over time as a symbol of their counterculture. Using ultra violet in interior design takes guts, creativity and visionary thinking. That’s why it might be the best colour for your new interior d.. Read More
It’s a new year, welcome to 2018, and time to see what the trends for this year are expected to be. Will they be the same as 2017 or the polar opposites? Last year was expected to be the year of going rustic, the kitchen of things, and the colour was Dark Blues. Let’s see what the new year has in stall for us with some of the predicted ins and also the outs. Kitchen Trends for 2018: Texture is In 2018 could be the year where it’s not just what you see, but what you feel in your home. Some of the big DIY chains are expecting textured worktops to be the new in. While it could just be the c.. Read More
How to Prepare Your Kitchen for Christmas   Your kitchen is the beating heart of your home or maybe the stomach, but it is one of the focal points of your Christmas Day. It’s easy to just think the kitchen is fine as it is and you can rock and roll on the day, get the turkey roasted, food prepared, dished up and put on the table like that. However, experience probably tells you that it’s not quite that simple. With Christmas coming up fast, now is the time to prepare your kitchen - whether old or new, for the big day.   Clean the Fridge Australian fridge ex.. Read More
Alternative Christmas Food Ideas for your New Kitchen   We all know the drill of a ‘traditional’ Christmas. It’s the time of year when we really make use of our brand new kitchens, stretching them to their limits as we cook dinner for the whole family. And that tradition requires a huge turkey for a huge oven, hours of cooking, roast potatoes, stuffing, vegetables, gravy, brussel sprouts (or as Brexiteers might call them, freedom sprouts), and chipolata sausages. However, this is not the traditional Christmas meal for everyone and most of it is quite recent in fact, so what i.. Read More
Christmas Decorations for your 2017 Kitchen   When we think of Christmas decorations we usually think about the living room, dining room, outside the house and the garden. Maybe a bedroom or two, but rarely the kitchen. It’s a place of action and cooking, not usually of decoration; especially for a small one. However, there are so many ways you can bring Christmas into your kitchen. Maybe these ideas will help cheer you up as you slave over the Christmas meal.   There’s a lot of ideas, so let’s start the mega list:   1. Hang a wreath in the window 2. I.. Read More
Now the clocks have changed, the nights are drawing in fast. Even in the daytime, it’s not exactly light out at the best of times. The sun sits low in the sky, often seeming to roll across roofs of houses and the sky is clad with grey clouds. It’s at a time like this when it is important to maximise home lighting; especially kitchen lighting, without costing the earth. Luckily, there are a few solutions for a brighter, winter kitchen.Maximising Natural DaylightLighting considerations fall between daytime and nighttime. So let’s look at daytime first, there are a few design decisions .. Read More
When the time comes to design your new kitchen, you have a lot of decisions to make and one of these is how to layout your cabinets. This is one of the fundamental elements of kitchen design and will inform many of your later decisions such as lighting, tiling, utilities, and so on. This article lays out the 5 most common layouts today. 1. The IslandThe most popular addition to large kitchens over the last few decades has been the kitchen island. These range from glorified tables to full-on mini kitchens. At their basic level these can be part worktop counter, part cabinet, and .. Read More
Whether you are stocking up a new kitchen, a renovated one, or you are trying to make the best of the kitchen you have, a well stocked and well organised pantry is essential. This is where you are going to keep your long term and dried goods. The basics of your culinary experiments or day-to-day staples. It’s easy for these places to get messy, to be covered in flour and random bits of pasta, but it does not have to be this way.  Delish.com have released 20 pantry organising ideas which can really help any pantry look great. Here’s the ideas: 1. Coordinate whateve.. Read More
You are thinking of remodeling or completely redesigning your kitchen, but what should you include if you have a large enough space? Naturally, the larger your space, the more options you have, but sometimes it can feel like too many options. Don’t let that put you off however, here are the top 10 things we think a good, modern kitchen should incorporate. Of course, how they are incorporated is totally down to you.1. Wide Open SpacesIt is easy for a kitchen to look cluttered, but having a large space does not mean you need to fill it with more things. The best designs use space to help balance.. Read More
Now you have your brand new, and hopefully bespoke, kitchen. Over the years you may have accumulated a random collection of pots and pans, accessories, cutlery, plates, and mugs. However, now you have a brand new kitchen, you feel that this jumble does not make sense. In short, it does not fit your new kitchen style. Well, now is the best time, budget allowing, for you to accessorise your kitchen.Pick a ThemeGood accessorization works when you have a theme in mind. The first things to think of are, when stripped back, what is the theme of your kitchen, and what’s your budget. Even on a shoestr.. Read More
In our pagan past, autumn signalled the end of the year. The sun hung lower in the sky, nights drew in, leaves changed, and the last harvests of the year took place before the quiet cold of winter - the dead months. Last year we covered 5 ways you can bring autumn into your kitchen, but here’s a little follow up with a few more ideas. Autumn does not have to be cold, it can be warm and comforting. Time to Start Thinking of Your Comfort Foods On the old calendar it was not autumn nor was it fall, which was what we said before we said autumn, in actual fact the season was called harvest. Th.. Read More
Are you looking to renovate and improve your kitchen, but are unsure what to do or how to make the best of your limited budget? This article contains some expert tips on how to do both. As you might imagine, redesigning your kitchen is a mammoth investment of time, energy, and money. It also means going without a functioning kitchen until it’s finished. You’ll need to make many decisions before starting the process, but retain some flexibility, as with many things in life, once you get going the original plans may need tweaking or new opportunities may arise. Keep it Real P.. Read More
The best kitchens are timeless and to achieve this effect, the base elements need to have an enduring quality about them - not just in their ability to last the years, but to do so while still looking good. There is no better material for this than wood. Furthermore, high quality woods when mixed with expert crafts people can become exactly the kind of base element to make any kitchen look great. The white goods may come and go, but they will be there in the background holding the whole design together. Here are a few other reasons that wooden cabinetry is a must for any good ki.. Read More
Many of us inherit a small but functional kitchen when we buy a property. It’s a step up from some of the kitchens foisted upon us when renting or in student accommodation. Yet, these kitchens be they new, old, or very old, can seem cramped with little work space, little space for equipment, and next to no storage. The question therefore, is how do we make them feel bigger than they really are? 1. Can the Ceiling Go Up? For most of you, the answer will be no. However, some homes have false ceilings. This makes it possible to remove the false ceiling. The results will be two.. Read More
In our previous blog we considered whether you should have a counter or a bar in your kitchen. If you have decided upon having a kitchen bar, then the next logical question is, what kind of bar stool do you want to go with it? This article attempts to introduce you to the world of bar stools to help you make a decision. Types of Bar Stools. First, let’s consider the types available. When you think of bar stools you might think of the local pub with simple round, plush stools, but actually they come in may shapes, sizes, and styles. They can range from swivel bar stools to c.. Read More
Breakfast bars and counters fall in and out of fashion, but there’s no doubt that for some families or individuals, it’s a great addition to the kitchen. The kitchen is one of the most used rooms in a house while the dining room is one of the least used - it’s seen as the room for special occasions, but if no such occasions exist it can be a bit of a wasted space and could become a study or a music room. As such, adding a communal aspect to your kitchen could work. It would allow you to eat, talk, and cook at the same time. A counter or a bar could run along a wall, could serve as the bou.. Read More
Whether you are living in the countryside or in a town or city, many families want a kitchen with a more rustic feel. It’s not just our primaeval yearning for a more natural lifestyle surrounded by fields and woodlands, but a sense of style too. The country kitchen summons up images of home baked bread, ingredients plucked from the garden, summertime, and simplicity. In today’s busy, tech-heavy world, a little bit of simplicity goes a long way. But, how do you get your dream country kitchen? Consider these 7 ideas:Rustic Materials Think of a country kitchen and you think of certain, simpl.. Read More
Granite worktops or counters make for stylish and functional additions to any kitchen. They add a touch of class and rugged elegance. However, when compared to marble or wooden counters, they may need more upkeep. Afterall, stone can be chipped and can suffer water damage just as much as any other material and having spent so much money on it, you don’t want it to age. This is a quick guide on how to look after your granite counters in 3 easy steps: 1. Daily Cleaning One of the reasons granite is popular, as well as looking great, is that it is relatively easy to maintain c.. Read More
An often overlooked part of the kitchen, the backsplash is actually just as vital as the rest of it. As the name suggests, it provides both a practical easy-to-clean vertical surface but a key style area which needs to complement the counter, cabinets, and walls. Tradition has it that ceramic tiles are used for the splashback. Usually plain or patterned in a similar colour/shade to the walls or the cabinet. However, there are a few other options out there which are worth exploring. Styles First decision is where do you want your tiles and how high do you want them to go. Tr.. Read More
Doing a lot of the work yourself is one way to save a lot of money on a kitchen remodelling. However, you need to know what you are doing beforehand. This is a quick guide to removing the existing kitchen before beginning to install the new one. It assumes that you wish to literally remove the entire kitchen including appliances. Step 1: Clear the Decks Pretty simple, if it can be removed, remove it. This means unplugging all devices, boxing up cutlery, crockery, and other utensils. You can move these into storage in the loft, garage or elsewhere until they are ready to be put back in. St.. Read More
So, you are going to sell your house and move on somewhere new. Sounds like an adventure, but before you do, it’s time to get ready. To get the maximum amount of money for a home, you need to show it at its best and that includes the kitchen. This article contains some tips for you on how to make your kitchen look great.1. Know Your GoalsWhen it comes to making over or presenting your kitchen, you need to know how you want it presented. Your kitchen will need:To look and feel fresh and cleanFeel lightFeel spaciousFeel welcomingShows life, but not too muchTastefully designed and appointed2. Get.. Read More
Last week saw that rarest of things - a British heatwave. It was not just any heatwave either, it was the hottest June day since 1995 and the longest June heatwave since the 1970s. Like many people, my kitchen faces west, which means it at least gets some of the dying light the rest of the year, but means during a heatwave that it’s unbearably hot. The question has always been, just how do I cool it down enough to use for cooking food? Kitchen design Of course, the best way to deal with an overheating kitchen is good kitchen design. When designing a kitchen think about spac.. Read More
In the first part of this miniseries we looked at what to immediately do after a flood in your kitchen. The advice goes for other parts of the home which might have been flooded too though we do realise with burst pipes for example flooding can be localised. By this point, you should have been able to turn off the electrics, have taken photos of the damaged, contacted your insurer, and pumped the water out of the kitchen. This still leaves a huge mess and untold damage. If you fill a sink up with water then let it drain without doing anything, chances are it won’t leave any mess.. Read More
Water can get into and damage your kitchen in many ways. While it is unlikely that rain through an open window will cause much damage, large amounts of rain can lead to localised flooding caused either by a river bursting its banks or a failure in hyper-local drainage systems. Furthermore, water can get in from leaking taps and pipes in a kitchen itself or from a bathroom above the kitchen. When we think of damage, we might think of violent acts like a pipe bursting or wind battering, but water seeping or flooding into a home can be extremely destructive. There are some things y.. Read More
A time will come when your new kitchen feels a bit samey and a bit old. It’s not tired so to speak, but you want to make a change. Now, as we’ve laid out in earlier blog posts, you can make superficial changes with the seasons and with your moods, but a time will come when you consider changing colour. This does not mean a major overhaul of the kitchen - you’ve already paid for that and our kitchens remain stylish for decades, but a little change in shade. What Simple Changes You Can Make? Re-painting your kitchen can lead to a raft of other design choices. For example, a n.. Read More
On completing kitchen remodelling, you will begin to experience a few things you never expected to experience. On deciding to make the change, you may have thought of it as a matter of practicality or cosmetics, but actually, changing a kitchen can be profound. Indeed, it can change your entire interaction with not only your kitchen, but your entire home. So, what are these major changes and things you can learn from your remodeled kitchen? 1. Every Morning Feels Like Christmas Day You will love to just walk into your new, sparkling kitchen, and enjoy its ambiance. You’ll look around it,.. Read More
Have you ever wondered why we put so much stock in wooden cabinets? There are other types of cabinets out there - many of which can be mass produced at a lower cost, yet we insist on bespoke kitchen cabinets handcrafted on site. There must be a good reason for that, so we have put together this little blog to look at rival types of kitchen cabinets compared to wood. You won’t be surprised to learn we still believe wood is King. Let’s Look at the Competition Rivals to wood include laminates, wood veneers, PVC, and metal cabinets. Here’s the pros and cons of each type: 1.. Read More
Your new bespoke kitchen is just sitting there, waiting to be shown off. Maybe you have redecorated the whole house and want to show friends and family or maybe you regularly host house parties. Either way, it’s great if you can augment your kitchen with a range of appliances built for this exact moment. These machines and tools help you prepare fun and exciting items for your guests from an endless supply of ice in the summer to all kinds of food. 1. Wine Fridge Designed mostly for white wines, rose wines, and sparkling wines, the wine fridge keeps them at the perfect temperatu.. Read More
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