Construction

Carcases

At Back to Basics we build all our carcasses at our Southwick-based workshop using 18mm solid pine with 15mm thick tongue and groove for the backs.We can also build them from real wood veneered M.D.F or melamine chipboard. All our carcasses are glued and screwed for maximum strength. They also come with adjustable legs and 65mm voids at the back for pipe work. Our shelves are supported on metal shelf strips which allow you to adjust the height of each shelf at 10mm intervals to maximise your storage space. All our wall units are 350mm deep (not 300mm like most kitchens) the advantage of this extra depth means you can use them to store 12″ dinner plates.

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Doors & Frames

All doors are constructed using mortice and tennon joints and solid wood frames with either wood veneered or solid wood panels, depending on the timber chosen. Your kitchen can be made from any readily available timber with the most popular being oak, maple, beech and tulip wood – for painted kitchens. You can also choose from a more exotic selection with woods such as walnut, cherry, elm, pippy oak and many more. All our doors and frames are made from 32mm timber which is planed down to a finished size of 25mm which provides extra stability and a high quality feel to your kitchen. Our frames are constructed using mortise and tenon joints (not screwed or dowelled like most kitchens) and can either be made plain or with a small strip of beading around the inside. For the more adventurous you can also choose from many beautiful veneers and mix timber frames with veneered panels to produce a totally unique look.

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Drawers

All our drawers are made from solid oak with dovetailed joints and 9mm ply bases and run on full extension soft close runners.

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Kitchen Units – Framed or Lay-on

There are two types of kitchen unit styles to choose from, either ‘framed’ or ‘lay-on’. A framed kitchen features a small frame around the door. Each door is then hung on 65mm high quality satin chrome butt hinges. This is the more traditional and most popular choice of kitchen style. A lay-on kitchen features a more modern and cost-effective method whereby the doors close directly onto the front of the carcase.

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Kitchen Finishes

All Back to Basics kitchens come pre-finished so there is no need to do anything with your kitchen once it is installed – unlike some other companies. If you choose wooden doors, then these will have been finished with three coats of floor lacquer which will provide an extremely hardwearing surface. If you choose a painted finish, then your kitchen will have been primed, undercoated and finally hand finished with two top coats of your chosen paint.

Construction finishes