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Saxon Designs is a well established Andover company specialising in custom designed kitchens, bedrooms, bathrooms, studies and natural stone flooring.

We offer a range of services from a fully managed installation by our own experienced installers to supply only for you to fit. When deciding on the style of furniture that suits you, choose from our standard range from Merway or have furniture custom made in the style of your choice.

Today the trend in kitchens is moving away from the fully fitted floor to ceiling look and wall to wall look. You may wish to have a combination of styles. A dresser or island unit may complement the rest of the kitchen. Come in to our showroom and discuss the options open to you.

We are an authorized centre for Mereway furniture covering Andover, Winchester, Salisbury, Swindon, Newbury, Basingstoke, Hungerford and the surrounding area. Our standard range includes over 50 different kitchen, bedroom, bathrooms, study and open plan living styles. We understand that deciding how to fund your dream kitchen can be difficult. In order to make this choice easier for you, we accept Cash, Cheques, direct transfers and all major debit and credit cards*

Should you wish to finance all or part of your purchase then finance is available through: Idea4FINANCE Tel: 01772 671355 or visit their website:

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Professional versus do it yourself

Professional versus do it yourself, typically, there are three alternative approaches to managing a home improvement project: hiring a general contractor, directly hiring specialized contractors, or doing the work oneself.

general contractor oversees a home improvement project that involves multiple trades. A general contractor acts as project manager, providing access to the site, removing debris, coordinating work schedules, and performing some aspects of the work.

Home owners can also bypass the general contractor, and hire tradesmen themselves, including plumberselectricians and roofers.

Another strategy is to “do it yourself” (DIY). There are many retailers that specialize in selling materials and tools for DIY home improvement. These stores host classes and carry numerous books to teach customers how to do the work themselves. DIY websites also provide information, in the form of how-to videos, articles and step-by-step instructions.

Marketplace conditions that can motivate DIY home improvement include (1) the economic benefits of DIY, (2) a perceived lack of goods and service quality, and (3) the limited availability of desired goods and services. As a homeowner looking to sell, making the correct home improvements may in some cases help the sale of a home.