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“Everyone is different. A lot of people are looking for inspiration, for ideas. A lot of people will know what they want, but you’d be surprised how many people change their mind after visiting the showroom and spending time discussing their aspirations. At the end of the day, buying a kitchen is the same sort of money as buying a car, but if you don’t like a car you can sell it. You buy a kitchen you don’t like and you’re stuck with it. It’s the heart of the home, so it’s crucial that we get it absolutely spot on. And that’s what we focus on. We will not let you make a mistake.” What should people consider when looking for a kitchen designer, I ask. “It’s really important to find someone you can work with, who you have chemistry with, someone to debate with. We do this for a living, so there is a lot that we can bring to the party. For us, it’s not just about saying ‘yes’ to everything we get asked to do. There are so many elements to a good design, which is why an in-depth briefing will enable a good designer, using the latest CAD technology, to produce a concept that is the start to achieving the perfect kitchen for the client.” Having taken a tour of the 10 large kitchens on display in the showroom – ranging from the high-gloss, ultra-contemporary to the traditional farmhouse style – I cheekily comment that they all look rather expensive. Not so, says Gary. “It’s all about value. Our quality is second to none, as is our service, and you get a professional design all at a very competitive price. There are real misconceptions about buying from some local independents – that they must be more expensive – but it’s simply not true. We’re not on the

high street paying high-street rents. We manufacture everything on site. And we sell and fit everything ourselves, both saving you money and controlling the quality.” So how does one go about finding the kitchen of one’s dreams? First things first, visit the showroom on the Braunston Road. Go and see the stunning kitchens on display in different styles and colours, and get ideas and inspiration from worktops in quartz, granite and timber. You can buy a DIY kitchen for under £5,000 or a fully project-managed kitchen from £15,000 to £50,000 plus. They have something to meet all budgets. Having spent a couple of hours with Gary, I was most impressed with the beautiful showroom and the high quality of the large displays. It’s no surprise that there were so many thank you cards from so many satisfied customers. For anyone looking for a kitchen, a visit to The Kitchen Showroom is a must. • Visit Gary at The Kitchen Showroom, Braunston Road, Oakham LE15 8UH, 01572 722636, www.thekitchenshowroom.co.uk RUTLAND & MARKET HARBOROUGH LIVING SEPTEMBER 2017

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