Looking to change your kitchen or renovate your existing one?
The process is surely a daunting one. However with a reliable and reputable building company, such as Knoetze, they will take care of all the nitty gritty that you might not have even thought about, from removing your old kitchen units, investigating your gas/electric supplies for your chosen oven, through to fulfilling your desired kitchen storage solutions.
So you’ve chosen your dream kitchen design…it’s now over to your building company to organise, but what happens next?
1/ Project Manager
You’ll be assigned a Project Manager, who will manage the whole project, from the relevant tradesmen down to timescales and deadlines.
2/ Kitchen Removal
Your existing kitchen will be carefully and safely removed. Your chosen building company should ensure the rest of the household is protected during the project and will also assist with advice about family cooking provisions whilst the work is being carried out.
2/ Cookers & Ovens
What fuel type does your current oven use and would you require the same for the new kitchen? Whether it’s gas, electric or solid fuel these scenarios will be organised by your building company.
Which fuel type? Gas? Electric or solid fuel? These are the elements that should be considered, along with how the power is supplied to the oven. Electric ovens will generally require their own cable from the consumer unit.
What type of hob do you currently have and is there a preference for your next kitchen? Gas? Electric? Induction? For instance, if you prefer a gas hob, there needs to be an investigation into how the gas is supplied and how it might be extracted, if there is enough space for an extraction hood?
There are many areas to consider with installing a sink in your kitchen, for example is it possible to get hot and cold water supplies to the location on the kitchen design? How will the waste be drained? Is their sufficient gravitational fall? What is the water pressure like? Will that affect which kitchen taps we can use?
5/ Fridge / Freezers
Your chosen building company will check the electric supply for your chosen fridge/freezer. The floor needs to be assessed to ensure it’s level, otherwise the appliance will make a noise. Sometimes fridges require a water supply and therefore there needs to be consideration into how the water is drained.
Worktops are an essential part of any kitchen. There are a variety of options available, from timber, granite, marble and corian. All materials will have to be carefully considered in terms of delivery to the property (often they can be very heavy) and how they will be maneuvered throughout the house to ensure they are not damaged in the process.
Walls need to be reviewed to check that are flat and smooth enough to have glass or stainless splash backs. Your chosen builder will look at all the possibilities to make sure every avenue is covered and any problems are resolved.
Depending on the materials of the chosen units (painted, natural finish) it is essential that they are protected throughout the whole kitchen build so they are in perfect condition.
Lighting is an important factor when it comes to creating an ambience in your kitchen. There is lots to consider…cupboard lighting, uplighting, downlighting, featured or hidden LED lighting. The ceiling also needs to be reviewed to ensure it’s all suitable for fixings.
There are a huge selection of floors to consider including wood, vinyl and concrete. Perhaps you’ve chosen underfloor heating in your kitchen design; there needs to be consideration into the impact on the levels of the adjacent rooms and the height of the thresholds.
Here’s an insight into the elements that need to be considered by your chosen building company when creating your dream kitchen.
At Knoetze, our team of highly skilled craftsmen and designers will help you make the best decisions to make your dream kitchen a reality by giving you the best advice possible from the start to finish of the project. Our excellent workmanship is guaranteed.
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