Preparing to Fit a Kitchen

March 10, 2011 at 6:25 pm

A kitchen fitting is much more complex than other rooms due to the need of knowledge in plumbing and tiling, as well as carpentry and electrical to complete a kitchen project.

Safety – Safety comes first, no matter what the project. Check the kitchen area for electrical wires, gas and water piping with a pipe and power detector. Check all power tools with an RCD protection device, too, ensuring all power tool leads are in good condition. Check safety equipment: eye protection, hardhat, shoes, knee protectors, etc for worn spots or cracks. It also makes sense to double check the terms of your buildings and contents insurance policy.

Tool and Supplies List

kitchen Preparing to Fit a Kitchen

  • Kitchen Sink and Worktops
  • Basin spanner
  • Kitchen taps
  • Kitchen sink
  • Worktops
  • Spanners
    Cabinetry
  • Bolster chisel
  • Cabinet accessories
  • Cabinets
  • Handles
  • Claw hammer
  • Crow bar
  • Doors
  • Drill and drill bits
  • PVA wood glue
  • Saw
  • Silicone sealer
  • Spirit level
  • Safety Equipment
  • Gloves
  • Eye protection
  • Wire pipe and power detector
  • Miscellaneous
  • Hammer
  • Power screwdriver
  • Philips and straight screwdrivers
  • Masking tape
  • Measuring tape
  • Pump pliers
  • Pliers
  • Saw

Plan and Design Kitchen – Measuring

Careful and accurate measurements in centimeters are needed to create a scaled plan on graph paper.

Measure by moving clockwise around the kitchen, starting from the entry door.
Denote the direction doors open, toward or away from the kitchen area.
Mark locations of existing power, plumbing, gas, ventilators, windows, sills, radiators and boilers.

Contact a certified installer and obey all regulations concerning gas appliances and fittings.

Measure to prove room is square and the ceiling is the same height throughout the room.

Note spaces for kitchen appliances; keep in mind appliance depth and configuration to ensure doors have space to open and close.

Check plaster walls and tiling. Replace and repair plaster and tiling before new kitchen is installed, but after wiring and plumbing changes are made. Wall electrical socket boxes and cable for sockets below worktop height are best installed before plastering.

Design Kitchen

The workspace between stove, refrigerator, and sink is most important element of a well designed kitchen; not too cramped, but not too far. Basic designs include a single line of units, a galley or double line, and L-shaped or U-shaped layouts. Existing pipes and wiring can be moved to create a better layout. Pick the best layout to accommodate lifestyle and appliances.

Suggestions

Position sink at a window with a view.

Locate dishwasher, washing machine, and ice and water dispensing type refrigerator close to sink; water supply and drain.

Position extractor fan and piping at outside wall, stovetop extractor and dryer vent.

Add the depth of floor covering to height of cabinet units for easy fitting of the kickboard to cabinet bases.

Refer to manufacturers fitting instructions for free-standing appliances.
Once measurements are made and checked for accuracy, and a scale plan is completed, contact kitchen and appliances dealers for supplies, information and installation tips.

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