Sheffield Sustainable Kitchens

FAQs

Why choose Sheffield Sustainable Kitchens?

Putting customers first

Our priority is ensuring our customers are happy. We listen to your individual needs and ideas and then work closely with you to design a space that works efficiently and fits the way you live. We finish all our work to an extremely high standard. We don’t feel a job is complete until you and we are happy with the quality of all the workmanship. We want to make the process as stress-free as possible, and create a kitchen that you love!

Honest and realistic pricing

Our prices reflect the workmanship we put into each kitchen, both in the design and the execution and aftercare. We don’t claim to be the cheapest, but our kitchens are built to last. We strongly believe that you get what you pay for. We always 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.

Experienced and skilled team

We are a member of the Guild of Master Craftsmen, and have been thoroughly assessed and vetted for the high quality of their workmanship and continual commitment to excellent customer care. Our team has a solid base of experience: our tradespeople are industry accredited and highly skilled and we’ve got a great team in the office, working away behind the scenes to make sure everything runs smoothly.

Design

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 new kitchen not only looks fantastic, but also functions as a highly efficient and practical space. A well designed kitchen is a pleasure to work in, a badly designed one is a daily annoyance. And most importantly, sustainability does not have to compromise design.

Quality

We never compromise on the quality of materials we use. We are a member of The Guild of Master Craftsmen and work to extremely high standards. We don’t cut corners. We put in little extras as standard (like our sink base liners) as we feel they’re essential to maintaining the quality of your kitchen
in the long term. Our cabinet carcasses are guaranteed for 15 years and all our hinges and drawers carry lifetime guarantees.

Ethos

Our aim is to work with as little impact on the environment as possible and strive to live by the word “sustainable”. We seek out materials with high recycled content and source responsibly and locally wherever we can. We run an electric van and encourage our team to cycle short journeys. We’re committed to supporting local businesses and small independents, promoting community and the local economy.

Aftercare and support

We are keen to ensure that your kitchen continues to function as it should and carry out a standard 3-month health-check after completion. If you experience any issues at all with your kitchen, we want to know! We will do our best to rectify any problems.

What is special about Sheffield Sustainable Kitchens?

All our kitchens are individual, and designed to fit you and your needs – they really are bespoke.

Whether you need a whole new kitchen, or a partial refurb we have the experience and ideas to create a great space that you will love to live in.

We’re extremely flexible, accommodating and relish any opportunity for a challenge.

Can I get a free quote?

Yes, all our quotes are free. Just get in touch and we will arrange a convenient time to come and visit you and chat about what it is you’re looking for.

How does the design process work?

1. If you’re interested in getting a free quote, we’ll ask you a few questions about your requirements and arrange to visit you and take a look at your space.

2. 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.

3. Next, we’ll take our paper plans back to the office and turn them into a high quality computer model of your proposed kitchen.

4. We’ll further develop the design throughout this process before producing a series of photo-realistic images of our initial design.

5. 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.

6. If you need a quick ballpark figure rather than the details at this point, we can provide you with that.

7. 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.

8. 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).

9. We may then proceed to develop the design further with input from you, producing a refined version of plans and costings.

How important is kitchen design?

Design is very important to us at Sheffield Sustainable Kitchens. We build our kitchens to last, and we believe in getting the design right, so that your 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. All our kitchen designs are individually created for you, which is why we have an ongoing dialogue, to ensure we get it right.

What is your standard range?

All of our standard range cabinets are based on a high quality, high recycled content MFC material. They ‘re 18mm thick including the backs, and are glued and dowelled together.

They come in a wide range of finishes to match up with our door range. They provide a solid basis for our kitchens. These cabinets are guaranteed for 15 years and will last much longer.

How large is your range of doors?

We have a large range of door options in traditional and contemporary styles. 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 also 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.

In addition, we can provide PVC-lipped doors from the same recycled material from which our cabinets are produced.

What kind of worktop materials do you offer?

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.

I don’t want a whole new kitchen. Do you do refurbishments?

Absolutely! Lots of our clients just want to make a few changes to their existing kitchen, such as replacing the doors, changing a worn-out worktop or adding more shelving or storage.

This is a simple way to increase the life-span of your kitchen when you’re kitchen’s looking a little tired but you’re happy with the overall design and structure.

Do you do smaller jobs?

We’re happy to do smaller joinery jobs that you need doing. If you need fitted shelving, fitted wardrobes, bathroom storage, storage units etc, just let us know.

We have clever ways of making storage solutions work and approach spatial quandaries with a fresh perspective.

Can I keep the appliances I already have?

Of course. It makes no sense, financially or ethically, to get rid of perfectly good appliances. Because we design your kitchen from scratch, we can take into account all the things you want to keep and create a kitchen to include them.

Do your quotes include fitting?

Yes, we try and include everything in our quotes, so fitting, plumbing, electrics are all covered. We always produce a clear quotation detailing what is and isn’t included in the price.

 

We are straight with our customers when pricing and do our utmost to cover all bases and be open with you from the outset. We won’t show you an artificially reduced price to get the job and then spring a load of extra costs on you once we’ve got the job.

Do I have to pay 100% up front?

No, we stagger our payment schedule to help you and give you peace of mind.

Once you decide to proceed with Sheffield Sustainable Kitchens, we take an initial deposit of 30% and book in provisional dates. At this point, we 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.

 

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.

Can you do building work?

Yes, we often do kitchen extensions for clients, knock rooms through to create a kitchen-diner or open up window spaces.

We have trusted builders, architects and structural engineers who we work with and our team in the office manages the entire process to make the job as smooth as possible.

How long will the whole process take?

Timescales can differ hugely, depending on the scope of work you need doing, but generally we aim for a 12-week process.

Our lead times can vary though, depending on the bookings we already have in.

What is your environmental policy?

We’re a conscientious company and do everything we can to keep our environmental impact as low as possible.

We strive to use the most sustainable and responsibly sourced materials available, whether it’s timber, glass or paper. When sourcing new timber, we look for the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certification to identify wood that comes from well-managed forests.

We also try to use locally sourced timber, and sustainably sourced raw materials wherever we can, from our network of suppliers.

 

We specialise in reclaimed and 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 supply other raw materials on request.

Do you work outside the Sheffield area?

At present we work in Sheffield, the Peak District and the surrounding areas.

 

Sadly we’re not currently able to work further afield.

Do you provide aftercare or support?

When we ‘handover’ your finished kitchen, we supply you with a pack on how to care for your kitchen, maintain your worktop and paperwork to register your appliances with the manufacturers.

A couple of months later, we’ll perform a 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.