If you are planning to renew your kitchen, you might be wondering what to expect during the installation process.
A kitchen renovation can be an exciting time, as you watch your old kitchen transform into your dream space.
To help you prepare for this major home improvement project, here are some things to expect during a kitchen installation.
Before The Installation
Before the installation begins, you will need to do some preparation work. This includes:
– Clearing Out Your Old Kitchen.
You will need to remove all your kitchenware stored in the cabinets. Then when the installer arrives they will remove the appliances, cabinets, countertops, and any other items that will be replaced or moved.
You can either store them somewhere else or donate them if they are still in good condition.
– Protecting Your Floors And Walls.
You will need to cover your floors and walls with plastic sheets or drop cloths to prevent dust and debris from damaging them. If you use a good installer they should do this as part of their preparation always check this is included in the quotation (see our blog on getting a kitchen quote). You might also want to seal off any adjacent rooms or areas that are not part of the installation.
– Setting Up A Temporary Kitchen.
You will need to have a place where you can cook and eat while your kitchen is under construction (trust me takeaways can become boring and expensive). You can either use another room in your house or pay the contractor for a portable kitchen unit. You will also need to have access to water, electricity, and a refrigerator.
This can be achieved with a temp kitchen normally a base cabinet on castors and a mini fridge.
– Communicating With Your Contractor.
You must have clear and open communication with your contractor throughout the design and installation process. This is why choosing the right contractor is so important.
you can find a blog on choosing the right contractor here.
Together you should discuss the timeline, the budget, the design, and any potential issues or changes that might arise. Also, get a written contract that outlines the scope and terms of the project this saves any confusion later.
During The Installation
During the installation, you will need to be patient and flexible. The installation process can take anywhere from a few days to several weeks, depending on the size and complexity of your project. As with most projects, some contingency should be planned.
Some of the steps involved in the installation are:
This is when your contractor will remove your old kitchen components and prepare the space for the new ones. This might involve taking down walls, relocating plumbing and electrics, and levelling the floor.
– First fixing and structure.
This is when your contractor will build the structure and layout of your new kitchen.
This might involve installing new walls, windows, doors, and ceilings.
– Plumbing and electrical.
At this stage, your contractor will install the plumbing and electrical systems for your new kitchen. This normally involves installing new pipes, wires, sockets, switches, lighting fixtures and appliance spurs.
– Flooring and painting.
The next stage is normally when your contractor will install the flooring and paint the walls and ceilings of your new kitchen. This might involve laying tiles, hardwood, laminate, or vinyl flooring, and applying primer, paint, and sometimes finish coats.
– Cabinets and Worktops.
The most exciting stage! This is when your contractor will install the cabinets and worktops for your new kitchen. This normally involves assembling and mounting the cabinets, cutting and fitting the decorative panels mouldings and worktops, and installing the handles and accessories.
-Sanitaryware and Appliances
This normally involves installing the sink & taps, splashback, cooker hood, dishwasher, refrigerator, oven, microwave, and any other appliances or features.
– Finishing Touches & Clean Up
Your contractor will complete all the final details of your new kitchen. Checking the doors & drawers for alignment, fitting the plinths and making sure everything is working properly. Then they will provide a build clean and remove the protection.
After Your Kitchen Installation
After the installation is done, you will need to do some inspection and cleaning work(a good contractor will provide a build clean within their service).
– Checking for any defects(snag items).
You will need to inspect your new kitchen carefully and make sure everything is working properly and according to your expectations. You should report any issues or concerns to your contractor as soon as possible and have them fixed before you sign off on the project.
– Cleaning up the mess.
You may need to clean up any dust or debris that might have accumulated during the installation process. The contractor will clean up before they finish but some areas will still require cleaning.
– Enjoy your new kitchen!
You will finally get to enjoy your new kitchen and all its features and benefits. You can start cooking delicious meals, hosting parties, or simply relaxing in your dream space.
A kitchen installation can be a rewarding but also challenging experience. By knowing what to expect during each stage of the process, you can prepare yourself for your home improvement project.
With proper planning and communication with the right contractor, you can ensure a smooth and successful installation that will result in a beautiful and functional kitchen that you will love for years to come.
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