Thursday, February 19, 2009

Signature Kitchen's Showroom @ Ara Damansara

We are not totally sure if we can afford an interior design company to take care of all our renovation needs. Nevertheless, we did go around town to check out some kitchen cabinet companies just to see what is the latest trends and what kind of costings they are offering.










Signature Kitchen is pretty known for its kitchen cabinets and now, even wardrobe as well. They are also well known for its pretty expensive prices and not-so-good after-sales service. We have a friend who had a hard time calling them back to do some minor touch-up work.






But our intention is to check them out and see what they have to offer. No harm right?



I was kinda surprised to find a pretty comprehensive collection of kitchen ideas available there. Of course having $$$ makes all the difference and I enjoyed browing around their show kitchens.






They offered to do up a mock design for my kitchen (for free) and I gladly gave them my layout plan for my kitchen (which is always in my weekend bag cos only on Sats I have some time to scout around for stuff needed for the house).

A week later, the kitchen planner came out with a design for my proposed kitchen. When it comes to designers, its difficult to find a good balance of designing vs practicality. Designers want to showcase their talent in designing but not really taking into consideration whether it works in the real world.

First impression, of course looks really nice. But when you think deeper and look closely, there are many things which may not work for my needs. White? Looks good but not practical. Open concept? Hmm .. very modern but might not work for me either. Costs? First quote does not sound scary .. only about Rm20k for both wet & dry kitchen ... but beware .. lots of things not included in the quote!

Look's like I got a lot of thinking and searching to do these coming few weeks.

15 comments:

Mummy In Vain said...

i went to have a peek at Kitchen Signature in ipoh too yesterday. The design looks terrific, but haven't really thought of so many things in detail. Thanks for your info...wow, 20k is not scary to you at all?! U really have high expectations. yeah, i'm searching ard for ideas for my new house.

jansey 咏思 said...

well, a kitchen is the heart of the house, hvin 1 tt makes u wanna stay inside n cook / bake / enjoying urself is the best!!

anyway, i've linke u up. pls link me too!!

Josephine said...

hey, how big is your new house's kitchen?

Hijackqueen said...

Anything with the word 'designer' is always over priced but the finishing is always better looking and more luxurious look than sendiri design punya. lolRM20k is a lot tho.

LittleLamb said...

my current house now, we used Signature Kitchen. I had a few designs. Anyway I love my kitchen to bits. NOw I am complaining is NOT big enough. I did mine in 2004 and already cost me 16k. NOTE NOTE, i paid via installments. I love my table top most n that's the most expensive piece.

mommy to chumsy said...

i like signature kitchen too. alas when i approached their store in OneUtama more than a year ago for our house, they didn't bother to layan me. So we walked out.

huisia said...

Yeah,I have heard a lot of their bad stories too.Good luck in hunting.

agnes said...

well, agree that there are hidden costs from either Signature, Kian Classic, Bofi, Aino etc etc... apart from costing, personally I think the 'quality' is there since they are using all the imported mechanism as compare to some local kitchen dealer.. depends on our need and budget I would say..

heard all these branded kitchen stores allow 0% interest installment plan? might consider that?

If u managed to meet the good guy from Signature, perhaps he can work out the costing according to ur budget then? sounds good eh?

yatie said...

signature kitchen might be expensive for.... i just prefer IKEA which more practical ....but never had it.. cos we living in small apartment...

Kristie said...

i love those kitchens too.... so modern and spacious... true with money u can have any kitchen u want!

mommy of 3 angels said...

i went there too...for the ideas only!! kakaak

in the end use my own carpenter and contractor & ikea gadgets...save a bomb!

Lovely Mummy said...

i went to Signature Kitchen with mummyinvain that day. we're so amaze w the design. im also getting some ideas for my new house, but it's next year.

Mummy Gwen said...

No doubt their designs are good but really expensive leh. You are really rich lah. RM20K not scary to you..fuyoh..can't wait to see your renovated new home...hehe

VG said...

My fav is the last kitchen design/photo...I'm into the country kitchen style with plenty of cupboards and a great big rangehood!

javapot said...

nice pix, tks for sharing.

so have u finalize your kitchen yet? concluded that the kitchen cupboards style are all pretty much the same, it really depends what material u use that finally determines the $$$$$!!!

$20k not so scary cos i got quoted $40k be4 (OMG right)!!!