Being a tradesman can have many advantages, one of which is knowing how to save a few quid when undertaking some DIY at your own house instead of someone else’s.
Which is precisely what electro-mechanical engineer Graham Hodge and his wife Beverly-Anne, a skin specialist with her own clinic, did after being quoted £30,000 for a kitchen renovation.
Instead of stumping up the cash, Graham, 53, and Beverly-Anne, 47, took a trip to IKEA and trimmed the £30,000 bill they’d been quoted from the likes of Howden, Wickes and B&Q down to just £5,000.
With Graham’s trade background, installing all the flatpack materials was simple enough and lockdown restrictions provided the couple with the perfect opportunity to crack on with the project.
Speaking to money saving website Latest Deals, Beverly-Anne said, “We were considering changing our 90s kitchen forsome time and as always, work seemed to getin the way.
“We began with some research,alternative designs and numerous quotations ranging from £12k to £30K. All the companies came out to measure up the kitchen. I explained what I wanted and where I wanted it.
“The boiler was the biggest concern as I wanted it enclosed. We had eventually decided upon a suitable kitchen for our needs for us to tackle at some point in the near future.
“We decided to purchase our flatpack kitchen from IKEA in the end, which offered a huge saving compared to others and with a quality that is just as good.
“We placed our order and subsequently had to wait for some eight weeks for delivery. I had booked time out of my working schedule to begin work on the kitchen.
“We planned for all the accessories required and it seemed during lockdown we had no trouble sourcing and obtaining what we needed online.”
There was a great deal of preparation to do, including upgrading plumbing, heavy load wiring, adding additional 230V outlets, moving outlets, plastering, painting, papering, trims, and more.
“The day finally came when just a blank canvas of a kitchen remained, so the build began.”
The couple are now thrilled with the end results, especially since their ‘90s style kitchen is a thing of the past.
Given how good a job they managed to do, Graham and Beverly-Anne could do a lot worse than open their own kitchen fitting company. There would surely be a massive demand for their services if the job on their own space is anything to go by.