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Kitchen Installation Tips - Part 1 - How to Plan & Install a Fitted Kitchen
We've put together this series of kitchen installation tips as a companion to the kitchen design guide. Where it showed you how to design a professional kitchen plan, this series of articles will show you how to organise the installation so that everything comes together on time.
Over the next 6 articles I 'll guide you through the process of designing and installing a kitchen, breaking it down into bite-sized chunks and removing the mystery! You 'll see it 's not all that difficult when you know how.
We 'll get into our stride proper tomorrow but for now, here 's what we 'll be covering:
Kitchen Planning - Section 1
- Existing kitchen layout
- Existing room features to be worked around
- Existing equipment features to be worked around
- Is room being enlarged or changed shape?
- How many people live in the house, how many will use the kitchen, what ages are they - do you have a young family?
- Existing location of sink, oven & hob
Kitchen Planning - Section 2
New layout - same or different?
Appliances needed and best locations - integrated or free-standing?
Location of existing power sockets and light switches - need moved or added to for appliances?
Suppliers - furniture & appliances
Kitchen Planning - Section 3
Choosing units - see what 's available - type, colour, material, construction, delivery
Worktops & splashback
Drawing your plan - it 's easy with Word!
Start with base units first, then wall units
Flooring & decoration
Kitchen Installation - Section 1
Who 's installing it- you or tradesmen?
Contact tradesmen - arrange visit and quotes based on plan
Arrange timescale and agree it with all contractors
Can you survive without a kitchen?
A great time for a clear out!
Out with the old… Who 's removing it and how will you dispose of it?
Kitchen Installation - Section 2
Time for the sparky - cable running for lights & sockets
Plumbers & pipes
Tall & wall units
Base units, then worktops
Plumber for sink, tap, dishwasher, washing machine & hob
Kitchen Installation - Section 3
Now put the doors on
Sparky 's back…
Stand back and admire your dream kitchen!
Whether you 're designing your own kitchen or getting someone in to do it, follow this timeline so you 'll know exactly what you want and what to ask for. All sorts of frustrations can be avoided if you have a clear idea of what you 're after - and your contractors do too.