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my family and i are building a house and was wondering where to go for kitchens and bathrooms?! any suggestions would be great!

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I can't help you but it sounds very exciting!
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Re: kitchen and bathroom

There are a number of threads on this already, use the "search" function.

One whole thread dedicated to Ikea kitchens for example.

Your experience of IKEA kitchens?
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Re: kitchen and bathroom

you must go to where the architect tells you - I assume you're buying a place that will be built and customised to your needs?

if so then it's typically the case that you're given a budget by the architect or company building the house and if you choose to use a different supplier, they'll be a complete pain and will suggest you lose "discount". You can of course spend more than the budget....it's easy to do that here.
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Re: kitchen and bathroom

Kitchen only from IKEA. Even if you'll chose the most expensive and fancier they have it'll be more than half cheaper than in the other places.
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you must go to where the architect tells you - I assume you're buying a place that will be built and customised to your needs?

if so then it's typically the case that you're given a budget by the architect or company building the house and if you choose to use a different supplier, they'll be a complete pain and will suggest you lose "discount". You can of course spend more than the budget....it's easy to do that here.

yeah i heard from a buddy of mine that to not always go with whom the house contractor suggests, as their stuff is usually overpriced and not that great! And since we will get the option of either going with the company who we are building the house with or to pick from other companies, I want to start comparing the price difference!

also - does anyone have wooden floors in their kitchens? do you like wooden floors in your kitchen? or is it too difficult for the upkeep when you spill etc? we currently have white tiles, but in the new house I don't want anything white on the floor, and I have been checking out a variety of websites for kitchens and some have wooden floors. I do have small children so was thinking water (or milk or juice) plus wooden floors might not be so ideal??
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yeah i heard from a buddy of mine that to not always go with whom the house contractor suggests, as their stuff is usually overpriced and not that great! And since we will get the option of either going with the company who we are building the house with or to pick from other companies, I want to start comparing the price difference!

also - does anyone have wooden floors in their kitchens? do you like wooden floors in your kitchen? or is it too difficult for the upkeep when you spill etc? we currently have white tiles, but in the new house I don't want anything white on the floor, and I have been checking out a variety of websites for kitchens and some have wooden floors. I do have small children so was thinking water (or milk or juice) plus wooden floors might not be so ideal??
That's good news.

And each place I've built or renovated had tiles in the kitchen. Drops and spills are something I don't want to panic about. Kid and dog eat there.....it's chaos.
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Re: kitchen and bathroom

Where you go for a kitchen depends a lot on your taste and your budget. At the bottom end of the market, you'll see change from CHF5'000 at IKEA; at the top-end of the market, you'll be looking at a six-figure budget for something from Poggenpohl.

A good compromise recommended to us was Leicht, who have excellent quality but are within our budget. More than an IKEA kitchen; considerably less than Poggenpohl.

As far as having wooden floors in the kitchen -- definitely not a good idea. Not only do you have the constant risk of liquids damaging the surface, but kitchens are high-traffic areas so you'll find yourself needing to refinish the floors quite often. Also, if you do manage to drop a dish or glass in the kitchen, it will dent the floor permanently.

We used to have cherry floors throughout our house, and terra-cotta kitchen tiles. Looked fantastic and easy-to-clean. Slate tiles also look great with wooden floors.

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Wow, the before and after pictures are really great! Good inspiration to see how you can change the look of your house quite a bit with not too major changes (or at least so it seems)!

Any other before and after pictures you can share? Anyone?
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Wow, the before and after pictures are really great! Good inspiration to see how you can change the look of your house quite a bit with not too major changes (or at least so it seems)!

Any other before and after pictures you can share? Anyone?
Have started a new thread on renovation projects and the before and after pics: Renovation inspiration - Before and after pics - Anyone?, would love to see your projects!
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Re: kitchen and bathroom

When I was renovating my bathroom I finally went to Hornbach; they had a huge selection - but they are at the lower end of the price range so if you want something fancier......
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also - does anyone have wooden floors in their kitchens? do you like wooden floors in your kitchen? or is it too difficult for the upkeep when you spill etc? we currently have white tiles, but in the new house I don't want anything white on the floor, and I have been checking out a variety of websites for kitchens and some have wooden floors. I do have small children so was thinking water (or milk or juice) plus wooden floors might not be so ideal??

At various times in my life I've had kitchen floors constructed of; ceramic tile, wood laminate, travertine tile, and real hardwood.

The most durable and kid friendly has to be laminate flooring. It's easy to clean up spills and it's pretty much impervious to everything else. The down side is that it's noisy to walk on and in my opinion, it looks kind of cheap.

Real hardwood was probably my favorite, but even the hardest wood floor will get damaged over time. If you add kids or dogs, then you are going to see wear more quickly that if you just have adults walking around in their socks and never dropping or spilling anything. I'm not trying to scare you away from it, but our kids were little when we were in that house, and it was definitely more of a hassle than the others...
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When I was renovating my bathroom I finally went to Hornbach; they had a huge selection - but they are at the lower end of the price range so if you want something fancier......
our budget for two bathrooms is 8000CHF - which is nothing! so we are really looking for reasonable prices and great quality!!
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At various times in my life I've had kitchen floors constructed of; ceramic tile, wood laminate, travertine tile, and real hardwood.

The most durable and kid friendly has to be laminate flooring. It's easy to clean up spills and it's pretty much impervious to everything else. The down side is that it's noisy to walk on and in my opinion, it looks kind of cheap.

Real hardwood was probably my favorite, but even the hardest wood floor will get damaged over time. If you add kids or dogs, then you are going to see wear more quickly that if you just have adults walking around in their socks and never dropping or spilling anything. I'm not trying to scare you away from it, but our kids were little when we were in that house, and it was definitely more of a hassle than the others...
nope no scare here ... i am looking for people's personal opinions on this stuff, as i don't want to get all excited about a certain floor and it could be the worse possible decision ever. I was also thinking about slate floor?? i was reading a blog today and the person seemed all gung ho about slate. does anyone have any personal experience with slate floors??
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Where you go for a kitchen depends a lot on your taste and your budget. At the bottom end of the market, you'll see change from CHF5'000 at IKEA; at the top-end of the market, you'll be looking at a six-figure budget for something from Poggenpohl.

A good compromise recommended to us was Leicht, who have excellent quality but are within our budget. More than an IKEA kitchen; considerably less than Poggenpohl.

As far as having wooden floors in the kitchen -- definitely not a good idea. Not only do you have the constant risk of liquids damaging the surface, but kitchens are high-traffic areas so you'll find yourself needing to refinish the floors quite often. Also, if you do manage to drop a dish or glass in the kitchen, it will dent the floor permanently.

We used to have cherry floors throughout our house, and terra-cotta kitchen tiles. Looked fantastic and easy-to-clean. Slate tiles also look great with wooden floors.

i am looking for a white country style kitchen only one i found that i really liked so far was Ikea - but the hunt is still on and am collecting more kitchen store names to go check out with the family. Our budget is probably low to medium price range. yeah i was also thinking about slate as well - and the rest of the house more than likely will be wooden floors - well except for the bathroom.
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We have a country style kitchen and went to www.kitchens-in-bloom.ch.
It's not cheap, but we absolutely love the final product and Thomas (the owner) did a great job at bringing our ideas to life.
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nope no scare here ... i am looking for people's personal opinions on this stuff, as i don't want to get all excited about a certain floor and it could be the worse possible decision ever. I was also thinking about slate floor?? i was reading a blog today and the person seemed all gung ho about slate. does anyone have any personal experience with slate floors??
Slate is really beautiful but difficult to deal with. It has to be sealed often, at least annually. It tends to be rough and porous which is not good for places that need lots of cleaning like kitchens and bathrooms. It's best in an entrance or summer room.
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Wow, the before and after pictures are really great! Good inspiration to see how you can change the look of your house quite a bit with not too major changes (or at least so it seems)!

Any other before and after pictures you can share? Anyone?
Actually, when it comes to kitchens, the cabinets are pretty much the same no matter where you buy them. It's just the doors and fronts that are different. So whereas an architect might talk you into ripping it all out and getting new, if your cabinets are still sound but just look old fashioned, you can save a bomb by just getting new fronts.
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also - does anyone have wooden floors in their kitchens? do you like wooden floors in your kitchen? or is it too difficult for the upkeep when you spill etc? we currently have white tiles, but in the new house I don't want anything white on the floor, and I have been checking out a variety of websites for kitchens and some have wooden floors. I do have small children so was thinking water (or milk or juice) plus wooden floors might not be so ideal??
We have the same hardwood flooring in our downstairs including kitchen apart from the entrance that is tiles. I find the hardwood easier to keep clean than the tiles. Tiles have grout lines that the dirt gets stuck in and need to be polished/buffed after washing so you don't leave watermarks, especially the darker tiles.

The kitchen wooden floor isn't a problem with water, it is under the dining table, coffee table and by the garden doors that get water damage, usually the kids spilling drinks or coming in with wet feet and not telling me.
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U.K bankrupt and liquidation auction - good place to look at. Very cheap.I bought my MFI oak kitchen 9 m length for £2000. appliances from Ebay.
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