KITCHEN RENOVATION GUIDE
Thank you for your interest in our company. Below is a table to illustrate the kitchen design, manufacturing and installation process at Kitchen Bathroom Designs. Following this table are some helpful hints and tips to make your new kitchen renovation a pleasant and enjoyable experience.
CONCEPTUAL / DESIGN
- Before your scheduled design appointment it is beneficial if you start to think about what you are would like to create
- Understand your budget and allow the designer to get a gage for this as it it’s their job to design you a kitchen that you love within your required budget
- Collect any images that you have seen that you like
- Write a list of your needs and a list of your wants and distinguish between them, some of us may not have the budget to build our dream kitchen yet but we can prioritise what is important to us
- If there are any structural changes to take place, make sure they have the appropriate authorization (e.g. removal of walls may need an engineers report) as a design layout is best not assumed, and these preparations save yourself and the designer time
- When you book a design appointment, make sure it is a time when you (and your partner) have 2-3hours in an unstressed, relaxed environment
- Although not necessary, it is helpful if you can have a look at appliances before your design appointment to get a sense of size, style and budgetary needs
- Site check occurs usually 1-2 weeks after the appointment with your kitchen designer [once the design has been approved and the process started via a 10% deposit]. An experienced builder will come to do a check measure and each cabinet is measured to the millimeter
- It is essential that you are present at site check. The builder has your file specifying your kitchen design, layout, materials, colours and finishes and will need your approval on all of these
- If there are any minor changes to the design or the materials, you can make them at site check. Major changes will need to be discussed with your project manager
- The site checker will need a list of your appliances so the cabinets can be manufactured to their dimensions
- Once the office has received plans back from the site checker with your approval the kitchen is ready to start manufacturing
- This process generally takes 3-5 weeks depending on your design and material selection
- Your project manager will keep you up to date with timing/ developments and will arrange a time line for you to prepare for your new kitchen delivery
- Close to the time of delivery the old kitchen will need to be removed and the space prepared for the arrival of your new kitchen. Walls may need to be rendered, plumbing and electrical work may need to be adjusted
- During your new kitchen installation, you will have many specialist trades people around. These can include installers, plumber, electrician, tiler, floor installation [optional], builders etc.
- Whilst our trades guide is often accurate, sometimes unforeseen issues may be present [e.g. Aspestos in the walls]. It is therefore recommended to allow an extra 10% budget for your trades
- If you are having a stone bench-top there will need to be a check measure once the cabinets are in place. This is necessary as your walls may be out of alignment etc. The same applies for a glass splash back, and this occurs once the stone bench-top has been installed.
- From the time your old kitchen is removed, allow 2-3 weeks for your new kitchen and bench-top to be installed