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Jane came up with lots of good ideas which were incorporated in our design. The units are all very high quality and the whole process went seamlessly.

Mr & Mrs G, Middlesex

We are extremely happy with our new kitchen and the comments from family and friends have all been very positive. 

Mrs D.

How long does it take to buy a new kitchen?


Fitting a brand new kitchen is not an everyday process and most of us will only purchase a new kitchen once or twice in our whole lives! So it is natural that it can seem to be a bit of a strange process, we have put together a short guide with each stage of the process and how long it might take as a guide for fitting a new kitchen.

 

Planning-

The planning stage is arguably the most important stage. This when your designer will put together photo realistic images of your kitchen and you will work together to map out exactly what you need from your new kitchen. This is the stage where you have the chance to make sure everything is right before spending extra money at later stages.

Make sure you give your designer as much information about your lifestyle and kitchen habits as possible such as:

• What food do you like to cook?
• What sort of utensils do you favour?
• How much time do you spend in the kitchen?
• What sort of foods do you always have in your kitchen?
• What issues do you find you have now with your kitchen (e.g. storage problems)?

Depending on how much time you have and how quickly you want your kitchen, the planning phase can take from a couple of days to weeks!

Delivery-

Delivery times can vary dependant on exactly what kind of kitchen you have purchased. Off the shelf packs can be delivered faster than a quality ridged kitchen from an independent supplier.

Removal-

Of course the old kitchen has to be removed at some point! As this is a fairly brutal process that doesn’t normally take too long, 1-2 hours is an average. There are some alternative options for your kitchen units as these are harder to recycle, why not try listing the old units on ebay, this will save you time and money if the buyer is willing to dismantle the old kitchen and removes it, this saves you money on expensive skip hire.

Of course your old appliances are fairly easy to dispose of, they can be sold on, given away or recycled- depending on their condition.

Flooring can sometimes be a bit more complicated to remove, sometimes flooring can be fitted over the top of the original floor, but always check first as this could be adding complications that will arise at a later date.

First Fix-

Plumbing, electrics and ducting, this is worth planning well as it saves you time and money during this stage. This can also be quite a messy as walls may need to be channelled for new services and this can generate quite a lot of dust, so be prepared for some mess and if you are sensitive to dusty environments, consider alternative accommodation for a day or so.

After the plumbing, electrics and ducting have been completed plastering and any tidying up that needs to happen can be completed. This would normally take around 2-3 days.

Fitting your new kitchen-

Finally your kitchen will start to take shape! Once your new cabinets start to go in things will start to seem like they are happening really quickly! Your new kitchens should start to take shape in 3-5 days.

If you have opted for solid worktops like stone or Corian, these need to be templated, this will take around 1-2 weeks for a solid worktop to be templated and fitted. The next stage is then fitting the sink and hob.

If you are having solid worktops you can ask your fitter to install a temporary worktop for you, this will be something fairly rough and ready, but this will allow you to use the kitchen and it is possible sometimes to get a sink and tap up and running.

The home straight-

Once you have your worktops in place, you are on the home straight. It is now just the finishing off that is required e.g. flooring, plinths and skirting. After this it is time to start using your new kitchen!

All in all, a total kitchen refit could take 3-4 weeks. However, you should be able to restore some functionality in week 2.

If you are thinking of redesigning your kitchen space, send us your room dimensions and  wish list, we are more than happy to answer any questions or queries you might have e mail: info@designerkitchensforless.co.uk or give us a call, we’d love to hear from you: 01279 504230.