Kitchen Fitting Question


So i have a basic (hideous) kitchen in my house and i need to replace however i can't figure out what to do first and who does what! I already have a fridge, oven, dishwasher and washing machine so no need for appliances. The electrics have been done too but potentially need some gas work to get oven in the place that i actually want it. i then clearly need units to fit around this,whats my best way to tackle this?? and who do i ask?? i also need to look at flooring for the kitchen, its kind of a chicken and egg question, what comes first????

4 Answers

Hi There
I am presuming that you are either doing this project yourself or you will be employing a tradesman to do it for you, if its the latter then he should know how to go about a kitchen install, if you are looking for guidance, then I would suggest that you make a scale drawing of the kitchen and decide where you want to have the appliances, if the floor is suspended then there is scope for moving gas and water services, if the floor is concrete then you can still do this but it will be much more limited
Once you have decided where the appliances and cabinets are to be sited then you should remove the old kitchen, once it has been removed, if there are services to be re-routed then deal with this at that point, run all new gas lines, run any new sockets and pipes
After this, its often prudent if you are able to do so, to plaster the walls in the kitchen, if there have been pipes or cables moved, or if there have been tiles removed from the walls then this is a good opportunity to plaster and have a neat finish
After that, its really down to installing the base and wall cabinets, the worktops and the appliances and then all of the finishes (doors, pelmets, cornices etc), If you are fitting new flooring this should be done almost as the very last job (to avoid working over the new floor) and it should ideally be taken underneath the cabinets with the kick-board fitted to conceal the juncture
It sounds daunting, but its really just straightforward and with proper planning you should have no problems whatsoever
Best Wishes
Clydebuilt Joinery

Answered 18th Sep 2012

Clydebuilt Joinery

Member since 7 Sep 2012

Hi , this is quite simple.
First, you need to choose a kitchen range/design and get a floor plan done .
This can be done with a kitchen supplier-loads to choose from and /or get a carpenter/kitchen fitter to visit and discuss options and floor plans with them.
The carpenter or kitchenfitter should be able to provide all trades for your needs, so no need to deal with 5 or 6 different people.Make this a condition of project.
Flooring can be done before or after, if after the fit you will spend less on materials, and possibility of damage is very much reduced.
Some people like it done first , or after any first fix services, it means the floor is completely covered and may allow for any changes in the future, but damage during fitting of kitchen is a possibility.
My choice is last thing.
Make a list of your wants, and get an under one roof trades person/contractor.
This site is good for this.
Good luck.

Answered 18th Sep 2012

Bates Carpentry and Building

Member since 23 Jun 2011

first you need to have an idea of what you want, then get a design done+ priced by b+q/wickes etc, then post a job on this site for a kitchen fitter to give you a price, regards Terry.

Answered 18th Sep 2012

tm property services

Member since 9 Mar 2011


Answered 18th Sep 2012

d martin general household maintanance

Member since 15 Feb 2010

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