It takes a lot of thought, attention, effort and responsibility to properly prepare a room ready for a new kitchen. The process is a chain of events conducted by different skilled trades-people arriving at a specified time, carrying out the work to a high standard before leaving the room ready for the next trades-person to continue. All of this is controlled and checked by one of our project managers assigned to your installation.
To help you understand how we conduct a build, the following is a typical schedule where we remove a supporting wall between the kitchen and dining room. The process starts with an onsite meeting between you and one of our project managers. We call this a “Survey” and can take between two and four hours. Every aspect of your order will be discussed along with the schedule. The survey is conducted about six to eight weeks prior to the work starting. After the survey, we will order the furniture or schedule its manufacture in our workshop.
Kitchen removed (1 day)
During the survey, we will have discussed if you are keeping any kitchen cabinets for other purposes. We will have also discussed how you will cope whilst the work is under way. We have a few small camping stoves you may want to borrow. If you don’t have a utility room, we will endeavour to keep the sink, washing machine and dishwasher connected for as long as possible. If you do have a utility room that is being refitted as well, we would potentially leave it up and running until the main room is serviceable. On the agreed date, the old kitchen is removed and recycled as much as we can.
Wall removed and supporting steel installed (4-7 days)
For the last 10 years, we have worked very closely with a local builder called Phil, who we love and trust. His role is to organise all aspects of the building works and manage essential details like access, waste removal, building control and structural calculations. He also orders materials and liaises with you whilst this part of the project is undertaken. Daily or twice daily consultations about your project are not uncommon. Phil and his team are polite, approachable and professional builders who provide an excellent finish on time and in budget.
Electrics (1-2 days)
Our electrician Luke has worked closely with PD Kitchens for a very long time. At this stage in the proceedings, he will have already visited the site and discussed your electrical requirements. His scope of works ranges from replacing out-of-date fuse boards to ceiling lights, under unit lights, supplies for appliances and under floor heating. The first phase of the process is to provide supplies for the appliances, ceiling lights and wall sockets. Luke will then return towards the end of the kitchen installation to connect the appliances and lights, conduct a test and issue the correct certificate.
Plastering (1-2 days)
Plastering is an art that takes years to master. We have worked closely with Nigel for over ten years and are more than happy to recommend him and his team. Nigel’s role is to prepare the walls and ceilings ready for decorating. This may include over boarding the ceiling and skimming the walls to create a beautiful flat finish.
Flooring preparation (1 day)
We have two local expects who have specialised in their own areas of flooring. Pete concentrates on natural and ceramic floor tiles and has a wealth of experience within this area whilst Paul only installs hard-wearing vinyl tiles such as Karndean and Amtico. The style of floor you choose will determine which of these men you meet. Both, however, are experts in flooring.
Decorating (1-2 days)
Many customers ask us to arrange decorating, which we are more than happy to do. Once again, we will call in a trusted local tradesman. Dave decorates, hangs wallpaper and hand paints our more traditional kitchens. Whilst it adds a day to the process, it does make more sense to seal the wall before the kitchen installation begins. The walls may well get marked during the installation but it is easier to touch up walls rather than paint fresh plaster around the new kitchen cabinets.
Your new kitchen is now ready for installation.