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Our guide to a smooth kitchen installation

Our guide to a smooth kitchen installation

Planning a new kitchen can be overwhelming. There is much to think about, many elements to co-ordinate, and decisions to make. We spoke to our designer Cathy, to get her advice on how to ensure a smooth journey when embarking on a kitchen installation.

Free kitchen design servicePreparation is key…

It is incredibly important to do lots of research in the beginning. Most people have an idea of their style and what colours they would like, but knowing what you need in practical terms, such as how you use your space, where you will want to prep food, appliances you would like to include, and whether you need areas for bar seating, all helps to give you the best layout and design that will work for you.

Storage…

Working out what you need to store in your new kitchen is imperative. Remember to have a place for all glassware, cookware and small appliances, such as mixers and blenders, and think about where you will keep less used items, such as Christmas dinner sets, vases, and serving platters. Built-in tall larder cupboards and pocket door units are perfect for making sure you have a place for everything. 

Don’t delay…

If you’re doing an extension or building work, it is best to get a kitchen designer involved as early as possible in the process. Knowing where you are going with layouts and plans helps when builders, electricians and plumbers need to know where they are putting electric supplies, water pipes, beams and piers that all need to be in place before your kitchen is delivered. 

 

Scheduling…

Once you are happy with a design, and a layout has been decided on, you need to get your space prepped and ready for your kitchen installer to ensure a smooth, timely and high quality fit.

Building work needs to be completed, first fix plumbing and electrics in place, and plastering should be dry, to avoid any defects caused by moisture. 

If you are having decorators in, this should be done before the kitchen delivery, including skirtings, coving and ceilings. This means that your decorator has a clean slate, and doesn’t need to cover units before painting. Snags and touching up can be done after the fit if needed.

Having flooring fitted prior to your install gives smooth and level platform to create a high quality finish throughout. 

The install…

Finding an experienced, highly skilled installer with a keen eye for detail is a must for getting the perfect kitchen. Someone who cares about their work and is fully immersed in your design makes a big difference to your finished look.

Once your installer has all cabinetry in place and perfectly aligned, your project manager will arrange a template and fit of your worktops, splash-backs and fittings. Tradespeople can then complete their final fix electrics and plumbing to get you up and running. You can then concentrate on the fun of styling your new kitchen with soft furnishings, new accessories and throw that party! 

Book your appointment…

At Doug Farleigh, we understand how daunting planning a new kitchen can be. We have everything in place to guide you and help you through the process, from initial design conversations, looking at different styles, materials and layouts with you, to giving you our best tradespeople, a dedicated project manager to plan dates, schedule the trades and book worktops, along with talented kitchen installers who care about giving you a smooth kitchen installation and the best finish possible.

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