Replacing the Kitchen
I’m back again and I wanted to give you a few tips if you were planning to fit a kitchen this year
If you’re thinking of having a new kitchen installed, you’re probably already reeling at the potential expense. Kitchen prices can be staggeringly high, and even a budget project can cost thousands of pounds.
If you’ve got your eye on some designer brands and shiny appliances, then it’s likely to cost a lot more. The size and shape of your kitchen, combined with your dream layout, will have a major impact upon the expense.
On average, fitting a new kitchen will take a minimum of 2 weeks and cost around £10,000. This price includes the kitchen itself, fitting the kitchen, tiling, plumbing/electrical works and any preparation that may be needed. (Ripping out the old kitchen, plastering walls, removing wallpaper etc.)
If you’re excitedly planning a new kitchen, I’ve added a few tips, a guide and a to give you some insight.
Set a Budget Before You Start Looking, as this means you don’t have the chance to fall in love with expensive gadgets or costly cabinets.
Stay away for 8-10 days. The kitchen will be out of use and part of your property will be overrun with tools, materials and trades people.
If asbestos is found, it will need to be professionally removed. Allow an additional 1-2 days’ work.
Know Your Dream Kitchen, Though it’s important not to do too much kitchen shopping before you’ve determined your budget, it is a good idea to know what you’d like.
Don’t Scrimp on Rewiring and Installation
The kitchen can be a dangerous place with all the wires, so it’s essential to get a qualified electrician does all the re-wiring. In addition, its imperative electricians have to ensure your kitchen has a RCD. If you don’t have one, you’ll have to have one installed, which will push up re-wiring costs.
My aim of this blog is to give you some tips so that you can be fully prepared and understand exactly what it takes to get yourself a new Kitchen. I’ve added a few images of a bathroom that was completed at the end of 2018.
Removal of the old kitchen units, isolate services, remove appliances, floor tiles, wall tiles and wallpaper
Setting out services (Gas/water and electric)
Depending on the layout, the services will have to be altered to fit the new design and the walls and floors will need to be chased
Once we are happy and we have tested the services, the floors will be prepared and we start laying the floor tiles.
Kitchen delivery and organisation
We need to make space to store your new kitchen prior to install as everything takes up more space than you probably imagined. We check every item to ensure that it has been delivered and any thing that is damaged is returned before the driver departs.
Fitting the units and cutting the worktops
Now the fun begins. Measure 3 times, check your levels and don’t take it for granted that the drawings are 100% accurate.
When we have found our heights, we use a laser level while fitting the units, constantly using a spirit level to ensure that they are plumb. After the units have been secured to the wall, we tie them in with male and female bolts.
We are now ready to install the worktops and they need to be cut precise to ensure the mitres have a clean ‘L or U” finish
Integrated units or appliances will take time to install, and I often allocate up to 1.5 days as it involves multiple trades (Gas engineer, NICEIC electrician and of course the kitchen fitters)
Add the doors, and finishing touches (cornice, pelmet, plinths and the fillers)
Its time to fits the doors (checking your levels), fit under counter lights, install the pelmets, cornices and kick boards, fit the shelves, apply silicone and have a final check under the sink to ensure that there are no leaks