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Summarised below is the order of a typical kitchen installation.

1. Our fully trained and qualified Blaeu fitter will always start by turning off your water supply to your property in order to drain pipes and perform pipeline work. The water will only need to be turned off at the stop cock for a few hours and once the pipeline work is complete the water can then be re-instated to the rest of your property.


2. The kitchen is then stripped out, typically starting with doors, drawers, oven, hob, cornice, lights, wall units, tiles or splashbacks, worktop including sink, plinths and last of all, base units. This part of the process can be fairly quick and your kitchen will suddenly look bare!

3. If any electric cables, sockets or plumbing need to be moved or relocated, this will be carried out before any patching/floor levelling or skimming of walls.  If a full plaster is required we will have to to wait until the wall have dried out before we commence fitting of funiture units.

4. Any minor building work that's required to be carried out, such as building new stud walls, moving doorways, taking down walls, will be undertaken prior to first fix.

5. The next stage before fitting starts, is to carry out any "first fix" work. This involves making good any alterations to the plumbing or electrics where needed. This can take anything from half an hour to a few hours depending on the level of change.

6. All new electrics for fused spurs, sockets and switches are marked out.

7. New plumbing is extended for sink to suit your new kitchen layout.

8. The walls are chased out and back boxes and wiring are fitted in place.

9. Walls and ceiling are prepared and plastered before any required coving is put up and we recommend all decoration to be done prior to kitchen installation.

10. Floor is tiled and grouted or laminate laid.

11. Your Blaeu units are now ready to be fitted.  Our fitter will start with the base units always starting from the corner and working out and around the room with any tall housings and will then move on to the wall units working in a similar way.

12. The next step is the installation of the new worktops and the sink. Worktops are cut out to size and are biscuit jointed. Any cut outs for sinks and hob are made and worktops are sealed edged before the final fitting.  If you have opted for solid surface worktops, these will have to be templated prior to fabrication.  Fabrication usually takes around 7 workting days before they can be fitted.

13. The sink is then fitted and waste and water pipes reconnected.

14. If wall tiles are to be fitted, now is the optimum time to carry out.

15. The cornices, pelmets and infill panels are next followed by doors, drawer fronts and plinths. Fitting these is one of those jobs that can set kitchen fitters apart. Badly cut or constructed mitre joints on a cornice for example will spoil the whole kitchen.

16. Finally it is time to install all integrated appliances, connect and run a full cycle test on them them to ensure they are operating correctly.

17. Now's the time to silicone, followed by a big tidy up and clean.

It is difficult to provide timings as each kitchen is unique and the time taken will vary depending on room size, materials used, number of fitters and complexity of the job. However, we estimate 5 working days as a sensible guideline for a complete kitchen installation for an average sized kitchen.

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