Sheffield Sustainable Kitchens

How we work

SSK Workshop with kitchen design plans and timber
Close-up woodworking tool in SSK workshop
Measuring tool in SSK Workshop
SSK Workshop planing

Design is very important to us at SSK. We build our kitchens to last, and we believe in getting the design right, so that your SSK kitchen not only looks fantastic, but also functions as a highly efficient and practical space. We work closely with you and design to fit your needs and requirements. 

What happens when you get in touch?

If you’re interested in getting a quote, we’ll ask you a few questions about your requirements. We’ll arrange to visit you and take a look at your space. We’ll measure up and then spend a couple of hours with you, working out a rough plan and discussing options and choices for your kitchen design. Next, we’ll take our paper plans back to the office and turn them into a high quality computer model of your proposed kitchen. We’ll further develop the design throughout this process before producing a series of photo-realistic images of our initial design. We’ll also cost up your kitchen at this stage and produce a clear quotation, detailing what is and isn’t included in the price, so that you’re clear what you are and aren’t getting for your money.

Once your quote is complete, we’ll call to arrange to meet up again, talk you through the plans, elevations, images and pricing we’ve produced. If you want a copy of the plans at this stage, we charge a fee (usually between £300 and £1000, dependent on the amount of work which has gone into the design process for your specific kitchen) for a copy of the initial designs (this cost would be deducted from the price of the kitchen if you choose to go ahead). We may then proceed to develop the design further with input from you, producing a refined version of plans and costings. 

Most large kitchen retailers demand 100% of the kitchen cost up front, here at SSK we stagger our payment schedule to give you peace of mind. Once you decide to proceed with SSK we take an initial deposit of 30% at this point we book in provisional dates and provide you with a copy of the finalised plans. Between 30 and 60 days prior to us getting on site, we commence production of your kitchen (this depends on the scope and nature of the kitchen). At this point, we take the main bulk payment for your kitchen, finalise dates and provide you with full schedule and itemisation for the work so you’re clear what is happening and when. Our skilled team of tradespeople and craftspeople will come out and complete the work on your new kitchen, carefully project managed by us. Once the work is complete and any finishing off is done, we’ll take payment for the remaining retainer payment (usually £1,000). We leave this retainer to give you peace of mind that we’ll complete the work to the high level of quality we, and you, expect. 

A couple of weeks after completion, we’ll pop out with your completion pack and perform a final health-check on your kitchen, making sure everything is finished off and working correctly. We don’t expect you to have any problems with your kitchen over the coming months and years, but we ask that if you do, you get in touch with us so that we can rectify any problems. We’ll leave you with a kitchen that functions fantastically and looks great for many years to come. 

Our standard range

All of our standard range cabinets are based on a high quality 95%- 98% recycled MFC material. They are 18mm thick including the backs and are glued and doweled together. They come in a wide range of finishes to match up with our door range. They provide a solid basis for our kitchens. We have a large range of door options in traditional and contemporary styles. These cabinets are guaranteed for 15 years and will last much longer.

We supply many solid wood shaker doors, from the simple to the ornate in both painted and a range of wood finishes. The beauty of a painted finish is that it can be re-painted in the future to give a new look and feel to a space, without the need to replace anything.

We supply a range of contemporary styled doors in high gloss, matt and wood veneer finishes; from low-cost vinyl doors through to high quality painted lacquer finishes in a whole range of colours. Many of these styles are available with handle-less options. We also supply pvc-lipped doors from the same recycled material from which our cabinets are produced.

For worktops, options include recycled glass, recycled paper, bamboo and a range of solid wood. We can also provide high quality melamine, Corian, granite (and other stone), and a range of acrylic and quartz-based materials.

We also offer bespoke shelving, home offices, wardrobes and other fitted furniture from a range of materials to suit your tastes and budget.

Our environmental impact

Oak timber SSK Workshop
SSK workshop-made bamboo bread boards from timber off-cuts
Reclaimed teak lab bench timber

We do everything we can to keep our environmental impact as low as possible. We now use locally sourced timber in some of our kitchens.

We only use sustainably-sourced FSC (or equivalent) and reclaimed or recycled timber and have a range of sustainable products such as recycled glass worktops and splash-backs, recycled paper surfaces, bamboo worktops and solid wood worktops. (We can also supply high quality granite, Corian, and other quartz and acrylic based worktops on request).

We’re currently developing a range of locally sourced and crafted solid wood doors. Watch this space for more details.

Kitchen refurbishments and smaller jobs

Bamboo worktop with drainer grooves - Sheffield Sustainable Kitchens
close-up wall cabinet with wooden handle
SSK Drawer fitting on-site
SSK Worktop sanding on site
SSK fitting drawer handles on site

If your kitchen is looking a little tired and in need of a refresh, but you are happy with the overall design and structure, we can work with you to refurbish your existing kitchen, for example putting in new doors to give you a brand-new look, increasing its lifespan.

We are often asked to make small changes to a kitchen, for example add a splashback, put in some additional shelving or replace a worn-out worktop.

Please contact us if you’re interested in any minor refurbishments – we’re happy to help with small jobs, not just large ones.

1

Ask questions

If you’re interested in getting a no-obligation quote, we’ll ask you a few questions about your requirements.

2

Measure up

We’ll arrange to meet you, measure up and work out a plan.

3

Discuss options

To help us understand your needs, we’ll discuss options and choices with you.

4

Create a visual

We’ll turn the paper plans into a 3D computer model, so it’s easier to visualise how things will look.

5

Get a price

We’ll cost up your kitchen at this stage and produce a clear quotation, detailing what is, and what isn’t included in the price.

6

Discuss detail

We’ll arrange to meet again to talk through the plans, elevations, images and pricing we’ve produced.

7

Refine details

Your feedback is key to develop the design further and produce a refined version of the plans and costings that we can work with.

8

Provide deposit

At this point, we ask for a 30% deposit up front and stagger the remaining payments over the build.

9

Agreeing a start date

We will finalise dates with you and provide you with a full schedule for the work so you know what is happening, and when.

10

Aftercare

A couple of months after we’ve finished your kitchen, we’ll come out and perform a "health check" to make sure everything is working as it should be.

Moving on, if you have any other issues relating to your kitchen, just get in touch and we will do our best to fix the problem.