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215 Questions: Kitchen Fitting
This is a six metre length of worktop with one join. Also, one of the drawer units I paid £300.00 pounds for is fitted into a gap too big, its screwed on one side, and i can get my finger in the other gap, is this standard? Its not a major problem as the drawer shuts, however the worktop is fitted and he's coming to fit a 150mm wine rack into a 160mm gap (between two units)
Thank you all for your replies, much appreciated, the plaster was chiselled out of the whole of the back wall, six metres, but they didnt chisel the walls at either end
- Ylucyall 8th May, 2011 Kitchen Fitting
im in dispute with a tradesman over the fitting of my kitchen he gave me a fully fit price and i agreed to it ,but now i would like a breakdown of all items including labour and materials and he is refusing to do this stating it was a fully fitted price, by law does he have to provide me that imformation or not thanks
- Ytosh 28th Feb, 2011 Kitchen Fitting
i am buying a property which needs a new kitchen i would like to know where the best place would be to buy a kitchen for a reasonable price to have fitted by a tradesman. or would it be better to have a tradesman supply and fit?
- Ychow_61 27th Sep, 2011 Kitchen Fitting
To all the experts who have commented.
I am a bit in shock about the floor ...it was 38 sqm in total. So lets just say I think he may of already had his fair whack out of me.
When I received his extras bill I did write formally to him outlining my concerns about what was included in the kitchen quote & requested a breakdown, explanation as to why the extra tiles & why he had purchased them without my authority & against our usual best practice system for materials.
I know he wants to come round & brow beat me but I will stand my ground: no paperwork, no negotiation & I have told him I am not even prepared to meet up unless he produces the receipts first. Even if he did produce a receipt, what happened to extra tiles? I didn't see many breakages & I had had the floor measured by him, another tradesman & the tile company?
Big learning curve for me, getting too familiar & allowing myself to be talked round.
Next time I do a job I will come to a site like this for professional help.
PS as for the kitchen company planner who recommended him it turns out she is the girlfriend of his labourer.
Gosh what a klutz I feel !!!
In answer to the gentle man who asked about size ... the existing kitchen was brand new so we used most of the existing carcass's in situ but changed some to take appliances & make the centre island bigger. He did not have to do anything to the top-line units other than fit a new plinth & 2 side panels either side of the run. My husband did all the electrics (he is a Electrical safety consultant). He did however move the washing machine. I would say he handled about 12 base units tops but changed the door & handles on 18 units in total/ then just added handles to existing draws x 3 sets (they were the same style door but we had to replace to incorporated the holes for the new handles). As part of the price of the job he was asked to fit oak worktops, however I actually changed that & had a specialist firm come in to fit granite on the tops & up the walls. He did fit the inset sinks , in the same place the old sink had sat.
We do have quite a wow factor barn & during the whole mini refurb I would get differing tradesmen quotes eg to paint the sitting room ranged from £200 -£4000 (me supplying paint) & I wondered if people think "she can afford it, I'll try my luck" However just like anyone else I am on a budget. This kitchen guy made me feel I was in safe hands & now I feel a bit of a fool. He was 3 times the price of another quote to tile the floor but he made noises about the floor being uneven & how a less experienced tradesman could ruin the tiles, so I trusted him & decided to pay for quality. When he turned up to do the tiles he had bought himself a brand spanking new tile cutting machine & my husbands theory he may want to recoup his money back for that?
- Yreasonablelady 14th Jun, 2012 Kitchen Fitting
No need to be rude, thanks! we were not going to do the job ourselves anyway, but even if we were, that's definitely none of your business.
- Ysilvia_39 27th Oct, 2011 Kitchen Fitting
and for the last year it has slowly cracked along the sink area (inset sink) the fitters are blaming the manufacturers the manufacturers are saying it's a fitting issue!! Meanwhile the crack is getting longer and wider (about 2 ft long now!!) and Mould is starting to creep down the back of the sink not good!! Been in constant contact with fitters (happen to be a family member so not good!) and manuf but getting nowhere fast - very very frustrating!! I know for a fact that another worktop fitted around the same time by the company also has the same problem but no one is doing anything about it and my kitchen looks crap (paid a lot for it!!) any help given will be most helpful. Are there any offical bodies I can contact etc???? Here's hoping.....
- Ykingston10 14th Sep, 2011 Kitchen Fitting
We are in the process of replacing our L-shaped kitchen with a Howdens one.
The oven will be integrated however the fridge and washing machine will continue to be free standing and moveable.
We currently have wall tiles which follow the L shape and sit between the worktop and bottom of the wall cabinets. On the floor we have cork tiles on plywood which are in turn on the floorboards.
We (and by that I mean the other half!) are in the process of deciding what wall tiles we want and whether we want floor tiles or laminate.
A couple of people have suggested that we could have new the kitchen fitted and then fit the wall tiles and flooring at a later date once we have decided what we want. The advantage being we can see how everything looks first. The existing wall and floor tiles would be removed along with the old kitchen and I have been told that everything could be prepped ready for the new tiles/flooring. Depending on the condition of the plywood on the floor this may need to be replaced.
Having never had a kitchen fitted I am not sure whether this suggestion is practical so I would appreciate some guidance. I would have thought it would be sensible to do everything all at once both from a cost and practical perspective (I get the impression replacing kitchens generates a fair amount of mess). However as the kitchen and new appliances are sitting in my lounge taking up space there is some appeal in just getting on with it!
- Yelmer_45 5th Jan, 2012 Kitchen Fitting
I am having a kitchen fitted new plastered walls are being dug out to fit work top also cutting out skirting board too is this normal
- Yjackie_459 8th May, 2012 Kitchen Fitting
- Yhouseman_85 29th Jul, 2011 Kitchen Fitting
- Ynainie 12th Nov, 2011 Kitchen Fitting
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