Consider the pros and cons of who will fit your brand new kitchen
Taking on a full kitchen renovation can seem like a massive undertaking. It’s often frustrating and almost always inconvenient. However, fitting a new kitchen doesn’t have to be the mission it seems – getting professional help will ease the process, but going the DIY route is a brilliant way to save on your budget. With the right knowledge and a little bit of planning, both could be good options to when fitting your new kitchen.
When it comes to handing the task over to the pros, you need to consider a few things. Think about the style you’re going for, who you’re buying from and of course, who will be the person fitting your new kitchen.
You will be faced with a number of choices:
- A fitter assigned by the company you buy the kitchen from
- A local specialist kitchen fitter
- A local tradesperson or handyman with kitchen fitting skills
- A friend. It’s likely that you already know someone who might have the skills to fit your kitchen, but does that person have the necessary plumbing and electrical knowledge to get the job done without any hiccups?
Review the kitchen installation cost:
Naturally, your kitchen fitment costs will depend greatly on the size, style and equipment you want to install in your brand new space. Another thing to condiser is ease of installation. Are there any uneven floors? Are the worktops difficult to cut? These things will hike up costs quickly. Most handymen and fitters will also charge a fee for the removal of your old kitchen, so this needs to be factored in when planning your budget.
As a very rough guide (depending on many factors), the installation of a small kitchen of ca. 3m x 2m, including removal of old units, but not including décor, will cost about EUR550 – EUR1 000 and take approximately 2 to 3 days. Larger kitchens will take longer and cost more.
Should you decide to fit a new kitchen yourself, you will be able to save a significant amount of money. This route, of course, comes with a unique set of challenges – ones often taken on by self-builders, renovators and DIY enthusiasts.
Before you begin, make sure to lay the groundwork:
- Remove all the old units
- Disconnect the power supply
- Level and tile the floor if necessary
- Plaster and paint the walls and ceiling
Then follow the steps:
- Grab a spirit level to mark the top of the base levels on the walls. Be aware of the height of the unit legs if necessary.
- Starting from one corner, move the base units into place. Base unit structures often have adjustable legs – rotate them until the height lines up with your marks on the wall. Now ensure that everything is level.
- Bring in the remaining unit structures and fix them together. Units are often clamped, then screwed together.
- The units can then be fastened to the walls using brackets. Remember that you will need a masonry drill bit and wall plugs when fixing the units to a brick wall.
- Next-up are the wall units or wall shelves. Whip out the spirit level and mark a horizontal line for the bottom edge of the units.
- Fix the wall brackets to the wall (most wall units will require two). Hook the wall units to the brackets and ensure that it’s level.
- Now fasten the doors and door fronts as well as plinths or kickboards if necessary.
- Finally it’s time to fit the kitchen worktop. Laminate worktops are easy to install, but special timber or stone surfaces might require the help of a professional.
After all work has been completed, you can start enjoying your beautiful new kitchen. Whether going the professional route of DIYing your way to a new space – there are few things as rewarding as cooking up that first meal in a kitchen designed to your own specifications. For more kitchen inspiration, head to Design Ideas.