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Planning a kitchen
For most of us the kitchen is the focal point of the house; where family and friends meet, greet and eat in the pleasure of each other’s company.
The recipe for success in any kitchen renovation then must be careful and meticulous planning to ensure you serve up a stylish, comfortable and functional environment that delivers everything you need in the modern home.
Home2do kitchen guide takes you through every step of the process, from how to develop a kitchen plan and sticking to your budget - not to mention some great ideas to inspire you.
No two kitchen projects are the same, meaning that different projects will benefit from the services of different types of professionals
There are several common scenarios were using Home2do to install a new kitchen is the right approach, including:
· Where floors need to be dug up and/or re-laid, perhaps because of damp issues or for the installation of underfloor heating.
· Where you are sourcing the elements that make up a kitchen (worktops, unit doors, appliances etc.) from several separate suppliers and won’t be using a supplier’s in-house fitting service.
· Where building regulations approval or compliance is required.
· If you require a project manager to run the kitchen renovation on your behalf. Using Home2do to manage the entire project means you have an expert on hand who can recommend and even hire other trades involved in kitchen planning and installation, such as a plumber, electrician, tiler and carpenter. This approach relieves you of the vast majority of the organisational stress and responsibility.
How to plan a kitchen
If you are wondering how to plan a kitchen, start by asking yourself a few important questions. The answers to these questions should form the basis of the brief for your new kitchen plan, whether you are starting with a blank canvas or renovating a kitchen. Developing a comprehensive brief is crucial before installing a kitchen if the space you end up with is to be exactly as you hoped.
This is where contacting Home2do with sound experience of kitchen renovation. Then you can consult with us early on and use our skills to enhance your vision and unlock the space’s potential.
Ask yourself these questions when planning a kitchen
What will the new kitchen be used for?
What’s are the priority items?
What are my ‘nice to haves’?
What do o definitely not want?
Which appliances should I buy?
Do I need a kitchen designer?
Home design websites, magazines and kitchen showrooms can all help you get a feel for what you do and don’t like. You can use your research to build up a moodboard that evolves your vision and shows others what you have in mind. Home2do can help you work through your ideas, give you valuable feedback, and turn your vision into a practical reality that works.
Include all the elements, colours and looks you like, bearing in mind the space you are working with and the household’s needs (you might love the idea of an all-white, high gloss or stainless steel kitchen, but how might it look once young children’s sticky fingers or the dog’s muddy paws have been in contact with it….?)
Once you have answered all these questions, your brief will begin to take shape.
What building regulations do I need to consider?
While you probably already have services such as electrics, gas and water connected to your kitchen, you may find you need additional services or waste pipes for your new appliances. A kitchen remodel will, in all likelihood, require services to be rerouted, unless you plan on keeping all appliances in the same spot — a good idea for those keeping an eye on their budget.
Whilst installing new units shouldn’t require building regulations approval, bigger changes like new drainage, electrical works or the fitting of a new gas cooker or boiler will.
Certain kitchen appliances, such as gas cookers, require installation by a Gas Safe Registered Engineer. However, much electrical work, such as adding a new light switch or socket, will not require Building Control Approval. This is another area where using Adrians Build will help keep your project running smoothly. Adrians Electrical are fully capable of managing electrical work and arranging reliable trades if they are fulfilling the project manager role for you.
While the time it takes to fit a kitchen varies by project but a good rule-of-thumb is a few weeks for a basic kitchen when swapping like for like. This does not include the time it takes to plan a new kitchen. If your kitchen project is part of a new extension, larger home renovation, or if it involves more complex design and fittings, the project can take several weeks, if not months, particularly if we are project managing, will be able to provide an indication of how long your project is likely to take but it’s useful to have a general idea of what a schedule of works for installing a kitchen will involve.
Typical schedule of works for fitting a kitchen
1. Develop your brief and plan out your budget.
2. Contact Home2do to book in the work and agree a schedule. (Bear in mind that most good builders won’t be available to start immediately so factor this into your time plan.)
3. Finalise your brief, choose your units, worktops and appliances in collaboration with us
4. Removal of old kitchen. You can expect this to take a day.
5. Fix plumbing and electrics, complete final measuring.
6. Undertake repairs such as patching or plastering of walls.
7. Decoration — painting or wallpapering of walls, woodwork etc.
8. New flooring can now be fitted (tiles, floorboards or lino etc).
9. Base units fitted, then wall units (carcasses only).
10. Worktops installed and plumbing for new sink connected.
11. Wall tiling.
12. Doors and handles fitted to units.
13. Appliances installed.
14. Necessary certificates handed over to you for safe keeping.
15. Celebrate a job well done!
At the end of the job, Home2do electrician and plumber will provide the necessary certification that proves your new kitchen and appliances comply with the building regulations. These will be given to you as a standard part of completing the job. It’s your responsibility to be able to produce your documentation when needed — potential buyers are likely to ask for it when you wish to sell your house.
A new kitchen can cost anywhere from £10,000 upwards depending on the size of the space, the specification, quality of materials chosen, number of appliances, installation costs and the location you live in.
It is almost impossible to pinpoint exact costs due to the fact that whilst a few simple flat-pack kitchen units can be bought for under £1,000 and fitted on a DIY basis, high-end kitchens can be complex and are usually much higher quality, commanding their much higher price tag.
Choices such as multi-oven range cookers and professional-style kitchen taps, quality kitchen units, stone worktops and more will all add to the final costs, so it is important to consider the quality and finish you are aiming for from the start. For example, you can expect to pay more than £10,000 for a top-of-the-range professional style range cooker, whereas basic models start at £650. Kitchen workshops also vary substantially with laminate priced at £30 per linear metre and natural stone or composite closer to £300-£350 per linear metre.
Don’t forget to also budget for smaller fittings, such as the hinges for your unit doors — although most kitchens come as standard with soft-close hinges these days
Kitchen installation cost
Installation time and costs will vary depending on a number of factors including:
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