Carrying out our customary on-line research prior to buying our new kitchen threw up very little about Benchmarx, a relatively new option in the well-populated kitchen market. This could well be the first, or only, review that you have read about this company. I sincerely hope that if you are about to spend a substantial sum of money on a new kitchen that it proves of some use to you.
Set up only in 2006, Benchmarx have rapidly expanded, appearing in most Travis Perkins sites across the country. I counted a total of 86 Benchmarx showrooms – you are probably no further away from one than from your nearest Travis Perkins branch.
INSERT SITE STILL “UNDER CONSTRUCTION” IKON HERE......
......The commencement of writing a review on a product actually still under construction may strike one as a touch odd; however, prevailing circumstances have induced me to do just that. In life I go by the mantra that, when judging a company’s performance, it is not what they do right that scores the points, but how, inevitably these days, when things go wrong, they sort them out. Right now, as I write these words, our new kitchen is indeed still a building site – very much work in progress.
THE THIRD MOST EXPENSIVE PURCHASE OF MY LIFE
.....a house, a car (many cars in times of old!) and now this, the first time that we have purchased a new kitchen. I hope in light of the value, and length of time that a kitchen will serve, you will bear with the length and complexity of this review.
BENCHMARX? NEVER HEARD OF THEM? NOR HAD WE!
Having undertaken a much larger building project than we had ever anticipated, we realised that, in order to insert a staircase in the hall of our bungalow, in its’ virtual conversion into a house, major changes were also going to have to occur downstairs. Whilst our small, almost windowless, kitchen could be deemed acceptable in a two bedroom bungalow, in a much larger four bedroom house, this would simply not be the case. Thanks to shifting the bathroom upstairs and installing a shower room in a front extension downstairs, we were able to almost double the size of our kitchen by knocking through into what was previously the bathroom. This also gave the kitchen a proper external window. Come the day that the stairs were installed, the wall from the hall also had to come down, leaving us with a slightly unconventional open hall / kitchen / bathroom arrangement. With a pile of rubble on the floor of what, the day before, had been our kitchen and bathroom......
......our builder suggested that now might just be a good time to go out and order a new kitchen.
Naturally we had done a fair degree of legwork prior to that day, having already discounted the likes of B&Q and Homebase – they did not have what we were looking for in style or specification terms - also having dismissed, on pure cost grounds, the “bespoke” route, we were left with Magnet, Wickes and a “trade only” kitchen company that we had stumbled on by complete accident – Benchmarx.