A Guide To Renovating Your Kitchen – Preparing For Worktop Installation
You’ve carefully designed and planned your new kitchen and the next step is the installation process. Depending on what your renovation entails, there’ll usually be the removal of the old units and the fitting of new cabinets, appliances, plumbing and lighting. One of the most important components in a new kitchen is the worktop. The worktops make up a large area of most kitchens, so they are a dominant feature that create a visual impact. If you get this wrong, the look of the whole room is affected. Selecting the right one is therefore essential, and making sure the worktop installation goes to plan will guarantee the finished product is perfect. If you’re not sure how to prepare for your new worktops, here are some tips for renovating your kitchen.
The Templating Process
The first step to having a new worktop takes place long before the installers arrive. A professional must visit your property to inspect where the new worktop will go and how you want it to look. They will want to know where the sink is to be positioned, and the hob if you’re having one. Careful measurements are taken and the positions of joints noted if they are required. The template of a kitchen worktop is the key to everything fitting correctly and the details needed for the template should be carefully collected by the supplier in person. Here at ShawStone, we are equipped with all of the latest technology which allows us to create digital templates. Equipment of this kind costs in excess of £20,000, offering a quality that non-professionals simply cannot achieve. This is also the time to request a backsplash and point out where it is to be fitted along the wall. Having a top-quality, bespoke worktop created requires an expert supplier such as the team here at Shaw Stone. We have years of experience when it comes to fitting luxury worktops and the templating process is part of our first-class installation service. We will also double-check the type, colour and finishes of the worktop you have chosen to make sure every detail is correct.
Prepare for the Worktop Installation
Before the worktops arrive, all of the cabinets and units must be completely installed. Double-check that the base units are perfectly level otherwise the worktop will be unbalanced. This is a small detail but it can make a huge difference to the completed kitchen. All of the electric and gas changes must have taken place, and drainage and some elements of the plumbing should be in situ. The sink and the taps should not be fully installed but it is useful to have them close to hand so the installers can see the sizes, shapes and styles that are being used.
Clear Some Space
If you are simply renovating your kitchen worktops and keeping the original units, it is essential to remove all of the contents the day before the worktop installation team arrives. It’s worth emptying every one of the cabinets so that the workmen can easily get underneath every part of the new worktop if they need to. Clear all of the surfaces in the room too, even if the area isn’t having a new worktop. Having as much space as possible speeds things up and helps prevent anything accidentally getting damaged. There will be an element of dust created too so packing things away will keep your items clean.
Tidy a clear access way into the kitchen next. If halls are clutter-free, manoeuvring large worktops is much simpler. Remember, the pieces are often long and very heavy. Make sure that the front or back door can be fully opened with nothing behind them in the way. If you live in a flat, do as much as you can in the shared areas to help the team get into the building easily.
Think about protecting your floors in the kitchen and the hallway. Prevent hardwood or tiles getting marked during the installation by applying a covering. If you have a slip-resistant covering then this is the best to use. Sheets just laid on a slippery tiled floor might be a hazard, for example. Often simple cardboard, possibly the cabinet packaging, is most useful. A professional team will come with floor coverings, but it will put your mind at ease if you have taken steps in advance.
Get Ready the Day Before
Allow yourself plenty of time to get prepared for the installation of your new worktop. Emptying cupboards and packing belongings away often takes a little longer than you think. Having everything ready will help the process go smoothly and quickly, and it also takes a lot of your stress away.
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