Aspiring Kitchens & More FAQ's

​​Why choose Aspiring Kitchens & More to carry out my kitchen or bathroom project?


With over 10 years in designing and installing kitchens and bathrooms across the UK, and 7 years in New Zealand, we are experts at dealing with the practicalities and logistics of delivering complicated projects, with brilliant customer service.




Do I need a New Kitchen or a Kitchen Refresh?


If you are happy with the layout and functionality of your kitchen, but have a dated kitchen look, then you can literally save thousands by having a Kitchen Refresh.

By keeping your existing cabinets and just replacing your doors, drawers and decor panels with a beautiful new colour scheme, this will give your kitchen a brand new look and your kitchen will remain functional throughout the process.

But, if your cabinets are too old to refresh, or you would like a brand new lay-out, then our designers will create the new kitchen of your dreams.




What are your payment terms?


Once you sign the contract we ask for 50% deposit in order to start the fabrication process. All products are made to measure in size, finish and colour, especially for your kitchen.

Once everything is ready to be installed we ask for a further 40% pre-installation payment to be paid.

Finally, when everything has been installed to your complete satisfaction, then the final 10% is due upon completion.




What materials are your cabinets made of?


All of our cabinets are custom-made here, in New Zealand, from 16mm moisture-resistant mdf, and are the best cabinets available. Other, cheaper cabinets on the market can be made of particle board which is not recommended in damp areas, such as kitchens, as they are prone to absorb moisture and 'blow-out.' You don't purchase too many kitchens in your life so why compromise on something so important?




Do you paint or refinish existing doors?


We never recommend painting, or refinishing, existing doors because:

  • Your doors have been absorbing moisture and grease for years. Paint, or refinishing, will never last for long.​
  • We guarantee all of our new doors for 10 years. We could not guarantee painted, or refinished, doors at all. Paint is prone to runs, chips, cracks, scratches and fades.
  • Typically, the cost of painting, or refinishing, doors is about 75% of the cost of replacing them with new doors BUT they will not last nearly as long.




Do you sell benchtops as well?


We offer a wide range of benchtops in High Pressure Laminate, Natural Stone, Engineered Stone, Acrylic and Stainless Steel. Each of these options have their own benefits and price points. Do talk to our experts and find the best solution for your kitchen and your budget.




How long does a Kitchen Refresh take to install?


If we are just replacing doors, drawer faces and decor panels, then, depending on the size of your kitchen, installation could take between 1-3 days. Add another day if we are replacing a benchtop.

We ensure that your kitchen will remain functional throughout the process.




Does Aspiring Kitchens & More design kitchens?


Our designers have delivered literally hundreds of stunning, functional new kitchens. We really listen to you, advise when necessary, and then produce the kitchen of your dreams. We're not happy until you are happy. Just look at the reviews from some of our past clients.




What range of doors do you offer?


We offer a fantastic range of doors in a variety of styles, colours and finishes. Our 1mm laser edged, flat-panel doors are beautiful, hard-wearing and easy to clean. They also eliminate the black line around the edge that older style doors had. We also offer our vinyl-wrapped & thermoformed range, that offers both flat panel and patterned fronts to the doors (eg: Shaker style etc). Finally, our stunning acrylic range is available in gloss, matte or satin finishes. All of our doors are fitted with German made soft-close hinges, as standard.




How long does it take to have a kitchen installed once I confirm the order?


Our lead time is typically around 3 to 4 weeks. Once we have done a final measure and you have signed off on colours we will agree to an exact date. We always aim to deliver on time.




How do your prices compare?


The feedback we get is that we are very competitive given the quality of our product. We will never be as cheap as a company using particle board cabinets and low-quality drawers and hinges. If you are looking for a quality product using moisture resistant mdf and the best in European hardware you will find us very competitive.




What charge is there to have a kitchen or bathroom design done?


There is no charge for a kitchen or bathroom design or quote. Once you confirm and sign the order, we release the kitchen or bathroom design to you.




What guarantee is there on kitchens and cabinetry?


We provide a written 10 year warranty on all new cabinetry and doors supplied by us. All of our Blum hinges & drawer runners are covered by a 20 year warranty. Benchtops are covered by the fabricators own warranty & will vary, depending on the material that the benchtop is made from. Warranties on sinks & taps vary depending on the make & model of the sink or tap.




I need a company that can handle the complete kitchen or bathroom job. Can you do this?


Yes we can manage your job from start to finish. We have our own dedicated installers. We can also recommend other trades people such as plumbers, gas fitters, electricians and tilers. We will project manage your kitchen or bathroom job from concept to completion.




Are you members of any industry organisations?


Aspiring Kitchens & More are proud members of NKBA (National Kitchen and Bathroom Association) New Zealands only association specifically for the kitchen & bathroom industry. The association, and its members, are committed to setting industry standards, giving customers greater confidence when undertaking a home project.




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Do you cover the Selwyn Area?


We cover Prebbleton and Rolleston.




What stone benchtops do you offer?


We work with Silestone by Cosentino, a global stone benchtop supplier who offer a fantastic range of engineered stone, as well as a 25 year warranty. These amazing benchtops are incredibly hard, being made of 90% quartz, and are non-porous and highly resistant to stains. Check out the beautiful Suede textured surface that offers a 'soft-touch' that is pure beauty and elegance.