Handy hints and tips...
Measure Twice, Cut Once!
Most retailers will offer a measurement service prior to design, take it! Although some charge for the service, it’s a small cost in comparison to buying a kitchen that doesn’t fit. If you must measure yourself then take your time, be thorough and keep a record. It will help your designer immensely to have a sketch of the dimensions to work from, however crude.
Consider your budget!
Most retailers offer credit finance deals on their kitchens, however it’s important to ascertain what is included in the install price you’re quoted. In some cases the quote doesn’t include any work with utilities or finishing works such as tiling for example, and will only cover the cost of fitting the kitchen furniture you’ve bought from them. If that’s the case then any additional works will be an added cost, and in that situation that additional cost is unlikely to be covered by the finance they offer. In the majority of cases, the whole project is covered, but check.
It’s extremely rare to find an individual kitchen fitter that in addition to being a joiner is also a qualified plumber, electrician, gas engineer, plasterer and tiler. The fact is you’ll need several different trades people to work on the kitchen to get the job done. That also means you’ll need to accept that each of those tradespeople will want to take a look at the job before they can move forward.
It also stands to reason that if you decide to reposition things like the sink, radiators or your appliances in the new design, things will be much more expensive. Consider how important it is to you to have a new layout, versus how prohibitive the cost may be. A good example of the point is the positioning of the hob on a kitchen island. A fine design feature, provided that you accept that a new electrical circuit/gas supply will need to be run under the floor to feed that hob.
Patience is a virtue!
The most important thing to remember is that installing a kitchen is not a science, there are far too many variables that are unforeseen or beyond anyone’s control. No wall, however freshly plastered, will be perfectly straight, no corner ever perfectly 45 degrees.
Fitting a kitchen involves a certain amount of improvisation and adjustments on the move. Be patient, stick with the process and the result will be worth it!
Order of Battle!
Removal of existing kitchen and appliances
Plumbing and electrical work
Plastering and Repairs (if necessary)
Flooring (some prefer to fit the floor last, however it’s generally a matter of personal preference)
Fit doors, draw fronts, plinths, handles
Install and connect appliances