Understanding the process is good to know. Different kitchen fitters might do things a little differently, but the order of work will be more of less the same. It is good to understand what is involved and what to and it is good if issues could quickly be resolved.
Without a kitchen
Know that you will be without a kitchen, including a hob, oven, and sink for for a few days. Plan for that and for how you will manage without it.
Prior to arrival
Make sure that you have emptied out all your old units and drawers before the installer arrives. Water supply The kitchen fitter/plumber will generally start by turning off your water supply in order to drain pipes and perform pipeline work. The water will only need to be turned off at the stopcock for a few hours and once the pipeline work is complete the water can then be re-instated to the rest of your home.
Removal of the old
The kitchen is stripped out of all that is in there. This process can be quick. Plumbing and electricity Before fitting of new cabinets can begin, all "first fix" work, like moving electrical supplies or water or drain pipes, needs to be done it must be finished before building work and tiling. The electrician will chase new fused spurs, sockets, and switches. The plumbing is extended for sink to suit new layout of kitchen. This can take anything from half an hour to a few hours. this will be done before any floor levelling or skimming of walls.
This is followed by building work such as taking down walls, building stud walls, moving doorways, floor levelling or skimming of walls, etc. Walls and ceiling are prepared and plastered before any required coving is put up.
The floor is tiled and grouted or laminate is laid.
New kitchen units
Then the new kitchen units can now be fitted. Normally a fitter will start with the base units starting at the corner and working out and around the room and then move on to the wall units working in a similar way.
The next step is the installation of the new worktops, sink etc. Some worktops, like laminate and wood, can be cut to size and jointed on site. Any cutouts for sinks and hob are made and worktops are edged before the final fitting. The sink is then reconnected.
If wall needs to be tiled, that would be the optimum time.
The final trimmings
The cornices, pelmets, and infill panels are next followed by doors, drawer fronts and plinths. This is detailed work and needs precision and time. A bad job here can ruin the appearance of the kitchen and it must therefore not be rushed.
Finally it is time to install all integrated appliances, connect and test them. The finale After all is done the big tidy up finishes the job.
It is almost impossible to provide timings as each kitchen is unique and the time taken will vary depending on room size, materials used, number of fitters and complexity of the job. Hard work surfaces are mostly installed by professionals. It can sometimes cause delays because exact templates needs to be made first. Installation of the worktop could take up to two weeks depeding on the supplier or on how well the whole process is managed. However, work on roughly five working days as a guideline for an average sized kitchen.
How your kitchen is installed is just as important as the kitchen itself. If it was done shoddily, you won't feel as though you've got what you paid for.
We follow the trend
According to a Which market survey almost a third (32%) of people they spoke to chose to find their own kitchen fitter as it was cheaper. Many kitchen companies still include the kitchen installation service. However, the latest trend is to book independent professionals, either one recommended by the company, or one you'll need to find yourself.
A question of trust
Are independent installers to be trusted? Well there is a financial incentive involved – these guys depend on their trade expertise for the very livelihood. They rely on the goodwill of their customers for word-of-mouth to gain more work.
So unlike the big companies who just want to get the job done and move on to the next kitchen, they have the incentive to make sure all of their customers are happy with their work. Most are honest, trustworthy, and friendly.
Where do one find them?
25% found their installers themselves, and 10% used an installer recommended by the company they'd bought the kitchen from. Taking DIY to a new level, 10% of people installed their kitchen themselves, and 4% got a friend or family member to do it.
We prefer to manage
We can recommend installers but we would prefer to do the hard bit – to manage the entire process on your behalf at a pre-agreed fee. Professional management should make the whole installation process less of a burden to you, the buyer.
If you're choosing a kitchen fitter yourself, use recommendations from previous customers. We can help you with this.
We can also liaise with the fitter to provide you with a work schedule so you know what is happening on a day-to-day basis, and which traders or deliveries to expect and when.
As you might lose use of a kitchen for quite some time we will find out how long will this be for and make sure that discomfort is limited to the shortest possible time.
Bring Me The Winner
Waiter, this lobster has only one claw.
I'm sorry, sir. It must have been in a fight.
Well then bring me the winner.