Thanks for all the advice. I went to Homebase to get the ball rolling as it was relatively easy to get an appointment. I wasn't really expecting to like it so much! I think I'm just getting very excited at the prospect of a new kitchen.
I think I assumed local companies would be much more expensive and be more along the bespoke lines. I will have to investigate further.
I am a bit torn as to whether we should have the same company to supply and fit. Our kitchen needs quite a bit of tlc first once it's stripped back so I feel better getting a builder I know to do this. I guess this might make Howdens a good compromise as they are essentially supplying the builder rather than me. I imagined they would be more expensive than Homebase though but maybe I'm wrong.
I think I will ditch the integrated freezer whatever we do. I think an L might not quite work although if we did it maybe we could have a tall pull out larder in the corner and the fridge freezer opposite - so larder would open into gap and fridge freezer would open into the room IFYSWIM.
I'm not even going to look at what Schueller kitchens are - I'm sure it's lovely though. We're not quite at dream kitchen stage but anything is going to be better than what we have now - field mice getting into our cleaning cupboard and horrible tiled worktops being a couple of choice examples!
Thanks for all the replies.
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