Our top tip is to get a professional, experienced and recommended designer in. It’s key that they your needs and preferences so you get the perfect start to your perfect kitchen.
Removal and refit
The removal and refit stage opens up the plumbing and electrical side of the job. Your contractors need to think about things like: is the plumbing leaking? Will the electrics to support the new kitchen? Are the walls and ceilings sound, or do they need re-plastering?
Your contractors may need to fix the plumbing when adapting it for the new appliances (washing machine, dishwasher and sink relocation).
You should get a qualified electrician to look at what is already in place, and assess if the ring main socket circuit will be ok or if it will need adapting or replacing. Is the cooker circuit the correct size wire? Is the fuse board up to date or will this need replacing? Is the bonding up to the recent specifications regarding building regulations?
As you can see, there’s a lot to think about when designing and fitting a new kitchen. Which is why it really does pay to use trusted professionals who know exactly what needs to be done. It will give you peace of mind.
Fitting the kitchen
Much will depend on the layout: sometimes you will fit the wall units first, other times you may start with the base units. If you mark the full layout of the kitchen on the walls, this will allow you to see any problems that may occur (due to vertical pipes or boxing’s or piers in the room).
Preparation is the key
Preparation is so important. If you get off to the perfect start, then it will end up perfect. But, if you do not follow this rule, you’ll be setting yourself up for disappointment.
When we’re fitting a kitchen, we’ll mark out first and then get the wall units up. It is easier to this so without the base units there (and you won’t cover them in dust!). If you’d really prefer to do it the other way round, then fit the base units and make sure you have a few vertical alignment marks before fitting the worktops. Fitting the worktops will stop the dust (from drilling the brackets on the wall) falling in the base units.
Once all base and wall units are fitted, the worktop will either be fitted. Do not attempt to do this yourself: a router will be a necessary tool, and routers can be very dangerous in the wrong hands. A professional will make short time of the job, and make it look easy. Worktops are not cheap and you really don’t want to damage it!
Next you have the drawers to assemble and doors to put on. The good news is, this is the easier part and you will see your kitchen come to life.
A chop saw – and an expert craftsman – will be needed to cut the cornice, pelmet and plinths to size. These can be awkward and chop saws are a very unforgiving tool, so there are no second chances. Do call in a professional.
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