What to Expect During a Kitchen Installation


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Ready to give your kitchen a new look? It’s a big project, but it doesn’t have to be a headache. This guide will help you understand exactly what to expect along the way. We’ll walk you through each step, from the initial planning to the exciting moment when you see your new kitchen for the first time.

Before Installation

Before your kitchen installation begins, it’s essential to prepare to ensure everything goes smoothly. Firstly, clear out your existing kitchen, removing all items from cupboards and ensuring the space is ready for the new install. Here are a few key points to remember:

  • Ensure direct access for the delivery and sufficient parking for the installation team.
  • Store any appliances or items you plan to reuse safely.
  • Arrange an alternate space for meal preparation as your kitchen will be out of use.

During Installation

Step 1: Demolition and Removal

The first real action in your kitchen remodel is the demolition phase. This is when old cabinetry, flooring, and appliances that won’t be reused are removed. It can be messy and noisy, so prepare accordingly. Ensure that the items you want to keep aren’t damaged during this process.

Step 2: Structural Build-Out

If your remodel involves structural changes, such as removing or adding walls, this is the next step. This work is done according to building codes and under the guidance of a structural engineer. This is also when any significant plumbing, electrical, or HVAC changes will be made. These systems need to be in place before moving forward.

Step 3: Inspection

Depending on local regulations and the extent of your remodel, you might need one or several inspections during the build to ensure everything is up to code. This can include electrical work, plumbing, and overall construction. Timely inspections help avoid delays, so schedule them as soon as each phase of building work is completed.

Step 4: Drywall and Painting

Once the structural elements and systems are in place and have passed inspection, walls and ceilings can be closed up with drywall. After installation, the drywall will be taped, mudded, and sanded for a smooth finish. Following this, it’s time for painting. Choosing the right paint types and colours can greatly influence the feel of your space.

Step 5: Flooring Installation

Flooring should be installed after the major messy work is completed to avoid damage. Whether you choose hardwood, tile, or another material, proper installation is essential for durability and aesthetics. The type of flooring will determine the specifics of underlayment and installation methods.

Step 6: Cabinet and Worktop Installation

Cabinets and worktops often have a significant lead time for production and delivery, so order these early in the project. Installation of cabinets usually precedes worktops. We ensure everything is level and properly secured. After cabinets, worktops are templated, cut, and installed. 

Step 7: Final Fixtures and Appliances

After the major installations, it’s time to add fixtures and appliances. This includes sinks, faucets, light fixtures, and built-in appliances such as stovetops, ovens, and refrigerators. All connections will handled by our professionals to avoid issues like leaks or electrical problems.

Final Touches

In the last phase, we address minor but important details. This includes backsplash tiling, door and drawer hardware, and any final painting or touch-up needed. It’s also time to test all appliances and fixtures to ensure everything is working correctly.

After Installation

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After we finish the kitchen remodel, we do a final check to ensure everything is perfect. We then go through the remodel with you to make sure you’re happy with every detail. We’ll fix anything that’s not up to par right away. You’ll also get all the necessary paperwork, including warranties and manuals and, of course, we make sure your kitchen is clean and ready to use. We’ll show you how everything works and provide maintenance tips.

Do You Need to Be at Home During Your Kitchen Installation?

While it’s okay to leave us the keys, there are key moments when we recommend you are present:

  • First Morning: It’s helpful to be around on the first morning to discuss any last-minute details and ensure everything starts smoothly.
  • First Day of Cabinet Installation: Check in to see the placement and design, and address any immediate questions with our fitters.
  • Final Installation Day: Your presence is crucial to approve the final touches and ensure everything meets your expectations.
  • Measuring for Custom Elements: If your design includes custom worktops or splashbacks, being there to approve the templates is important.
  • Project Completion: Sign off on the last day to confirm the installation meets our high standards.

Ready to Transform Your Kitchen?

If you have any questions or are ready to start planning your kitchen project, we’re here to help every step of the way. Get in touch with us today to explore your options. Simply reach out via email at [email protected] or give us a call at 01255 258 366.