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Planning a New Kitchen

by Patrick Blair on August 31, 2011

Last week we posted about how to take out your old kitchen. Continuing our series of kitchen related posts, today we’re going to give you a quick list of things to remember when fitting a new kitchen.

Just as taking out the old kitchen requires a fair amount of planning, so does installing the new one. Making note of what needs to be done and who is going to do it is a great place to start. Breaking each step down not only helps you plan in what order you intend to complete the work, but whether you need to call in some outside help.

Unless you have a kitchen without a sink, an oven or lights, (we’ve not come across one yet!) you’re going to need to be experienced in plumbing, gas fitting and electrics. Although there might be additional costs involved by bringing in a professional, you really should mess around with plumbing and gas and electrics. If in doubt, call in someone. You don’t want to put yourself or your household at risk.

how to lay kitchen tilesWhen you measure up, measure up carefully, and then double or even triple check everything. The more detailed your measuring and accompanying notes the better. Make up where existing electrical points, gas points, plumbing, and windows, radiators are. The more information you can have the better. Making mistakes can easily be made, so go steady, it’ll be worth it in the end. Also consider you’ll need sufficient clearance for appliances, and cabinets opening. Think of every eventuality.

Unless you’re having a major overall, it simplifies the renovation if you’re able to keep the sink, oven, dishwasher, and fridge (if built in) in the same positions as the last kitchen. This’ll save you time, money and minimise the opportunity for things to go wrong. If you are moving things around, keeping them as close to where they are will definitely simplify things.

We help clients design their kitchens, but if you’re looking for something “off the shelf” IKEA and Wickes are our current favourites. Both offer great value for money for good quality products. Their ranges look more expensive than they are and there are good deals to be had for worktops, splashbacks and of course, cabinets. And remember… always, always always check the boxes for all pieces on delivery or as soon as you get them home from the shops. Some delays can be unavoidable, but missing items is certainly something you can control.

Happy building, and if you get stuck, you can always call on us.

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