FAQs About Kitchen Fitting


Considering a new kitchen in or around Chippenham, Calne, Corsham, Devizes, Malmesbury, Marlborough or Melksham? Being the leading local kitchen fitters we know you’ll have loads of questions, so why not contact us for a consultation and quote, and see if we have all the answers for you here.

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There’s no definitive answer to this question. So much depends on the size of the kitchen, what materials are used, how much remodelling is needed and a thousand other variables. Each kitchen is unique, as are the wishes of the client as regards the design. If you are considering a kitchen re-fit and have ideas in mind it’s best to call us in for a consult and a no-obligation estimate, so we can give you an informed idea of how much you’ll need to spend to achieve what you want.

A full kitchen renovation with the existing kitchen stripped out and new cabinets and décor installed takes on average four to six weeks. It’s not possible to give a firm time estimate until we know exactly how much work is involved in the re-fit. For example, what electrical fittings and lighting is required; whether alterations and plastering is necessary; if new flooring has to be laid. Once your new kitchen has been designed and planned, we will be able to give you a time schedule for completion.

If your existing appliances like your dishwasher, fridge and cooker are a bit old,  shabby and nearing the end of their lifespan it’s a good idea to upgrade them as part of a kitchen refurbishment if you can afford to, particularly if they are built in. We’d recommend going for the latest model appliances with the best “green” credentials to minimise your energy usage. We’ll happily advise on the choice of appliances, and would always suggest you get the best quality appliances you can stretch to within your budget. A good idea is to opt to have matching cover panels installed for built in fridges, freezers and dishwashers to create a unified look for the kitchen.

The “kitchen triangle” is a decades old design principle applied to kitchen layout since the 1940s, and it still works today. It’s simply based on the three main work areas: the kitchen sink, fridge and the cooker. The idea is these should be laid out to form a triangle so you can move easily and quickly from one to the other without obstruction. The sides of the ideal triangle should be a minimum of four feet and maximum of nine feet. Modern kitchen design has added in the element of “zoning”, with the idea that the kitchen be divided in to areas where certain routine activities take place, like coffee-making, food preparation and so on.

An “off-the-peg” kitchen may be less expensive, but with a bespoke kitchen you are getting true value for money – and it doesn’t have to cost the earth. A bespoke kitchen can ensure you get a kitchen that matches your lifestyle and taste, maximises the space available (especially for all-important kitchen storage), and fits perfectly even in an awkward shaped room. A customised kitchen with the personal touch can be the real kitchen of your dreams with no limit on realising your vision, not being dependent on stock fittings and fixtures. Best of all is that an excellent new kitchen adds value to your home – up to 10% in most cases.

Yes, we take all the unwanted remains of your old kitchen fittings away and dispose of everything responsibly.

There are different trades required for kitchen fitting, depending on the amount of work to be done. Carpenters and joiners fit the cabinets and worktops, then there is usually a requirement for a gas safe registered plumber and electrician, and if reconfiguration is required we might even call in a builder for construction work. If you are having a full kitchen refurbishment there’ll be plastering, tiling, painting and decorating to be done too. We have a team of excellent tried and trusted qualified trades people to handle all the tasks it takes to finish your new kitchen.

Depending on its size and complexity fitting a new kitchen can take around anywhere from one to three weeks. We’ll be able to give you an accurate time assessment when we have ascertained what your requirements are.

Generally we put primer and a coat of paint on all the walls before fitting the cabinetry, and then after installation add a top coat, ensuring that any marks or scuffs caused during the fitting process are smoothed over.

We prefer to fit the cabinets and units first, before laying the flooring. This ensures flooring isn’t damaged during the installation process, and saves money by not having to waste flooring that is going to end up under the units. It also enables the flooring to be changed if necessary in the future without having to take out the kitchen units.

As kitchen fitters our main task is to measure and assemble kitchen units and fit worktops according to a detailed plan and design. However, as a firm we undertake complete kitchen installations, so we are able to offer all the required services that go in to creating a complete new kitchen. We’ll do as much, or as little, as you want us to.

A joiner is qualified to fit kitchen cabinets, units and worktops, but other elements of a kitchen require the appropriate trades to complete.

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