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How long does it take to buy a new kitchen? A guide – from planning to installation
Most of us will only replace our kitchen once or twice in our life time so it can be a daunting and alien process. Below are the main stages and what is involved at each stage as well as some helpful tips and an idea of time scales.
Arguably the most important part of any project is the planning. Today computer visuals play a key part in the planning process allowing your designer to producing photo realistic images. Getting everything right from the start will save you time and money at the installation stage. Give your designer as much information as possible, not only about your room but also your likes and dislikes! Depending on how quickly you need your kitchen the planning and consultation process can be done over a couple of days or take several weeks.
Delivery of your new kitchen can vary from an off-the-shelf cheap flat pack kitchen to 4-6 weeks for a quality ridged kitchen from an independent supplier.
Removing the old kitchen is normally fairly brutal and does not take a great deal of time; 1 to 2 hours. Although the appliances can be recycled easily the cabinets and worktops cannot. So why not list the whole kitchen on ebay before it is removed? Even if you only get a few quid for it, as long as the buyer dismantles and removes your old kitchen it saves an expensive skip and your time as well as being good for the environment. Flooring can often be more problematic to remove but, if your floor covering is sound, it may be possible to fit your new floor over top. But always check first!!
This is where forward planning pays off. If you have a clear plan of where all the units and appliances are going in your new kitchen it is easy to get your plumbing, electrics and ducting in the right places. This is often the messy part as walls will need to be channelled for the new services and this can create a lot of dust. After the plumbing, electrics and ducting have been located in the right places then any plastering and making good can be completed, this will normally take 2-3 days.
Fitting your new kitchen
The worst is over and suddenly things will seem to move very quickly; the cabinets will go in and your new kitchen will start to take shape in 3 to 5 days. If you are having solid worktops i.e. stone or Corian these will need to be templated. It usually takes 1 to 2 weeks from templating to fitting for solid worktops. After the worktops are fitted the sink and hob can be installed. If you are having solid worktops it is worth asking your installer to put on some temporary worktops these do not need to be anything special just some make-shift boards. It is often possible to get the sink and tap up and running whilst waiting for your new worktops to be fabricated.
The home straight
After your worktops are in it is just the finishing off that is required i.e. flooring, plinths and skirting. All in all if you are doing a complete refit with solid worktops your project could take 3-4 weeks. However, you should be able to get your services back up and running in week 2.
If you are thinking about replacing your kitchen then send us your room dimension and a wish list to firstname.lastname@example.org and we would be more than happy to answer any queries you may have.