Kitchen refurbishment or building a brand-new kitchen is a big deal! You want to get this right. Do you go with a fitted kitchen or a bespoke designer kitchen? Should your kitchen island be made to order? What storage solutions are you going to incorporate to suit your family’s lifestyle? The decisions you make are going to need
to suit your family for a decent period of time. Every last detail is important, even down to the kitchen tiles!

Aside from these big decisions, there are always two big questions on everyone’s mind when they are thinking about kitchen refurbishment. How much does a new kitchen cost and how long will it take?

If you need some budget estimate advice, read our article “How Much Does a New Kitchen Cost?”. Here we help you understand five investment considerations when designing your dream luxury kitchen.

Giving a definitive timeframe for completion of your new kitchen isn’t always possible; however, here we aim to help you understand the process involved in bringing your new kitchen to life.

Engaging a cabinet maker is only part of the process. You may work with a Kitchen Designer as well as other trades to ensure you get things right. If in doubt, call us and we will aim to answer your questions.

Below we outline the 14 Steps in the order they would usually take place:

1. Confirmation of acceptance of design & kitchen quote with your Kitchen Designer
When you are happy with the kitchen design concept for your and you understand and accept the quote for your new kitchen, you will need to confirm this in writing to proceed to the next phase of the process. If you are not working with a Kitchen Designer, this process may start with us at Local Cabinets.

2. Choosing materials, hardware, fittings and appliances etc
One of the more exciting steps in the overall process is choosing your materials, hardware, fittings and appliances. Taking into consideration your budget, colour scheme, style, size and aesthetic requirements for the space, you will have full support and guidance throughout the decision-making process. Are you going for a more high-end kitchen cabinet look or keeping your look simple and cost effective?

3. Booking in cabinetmaker and confirming installation dates
Reviewing timeframes and availabilities, the cabinetmaker will be briefed on your project and confirm cabinet installation dates for your made to order kitchen.

4. Ordering fittings and appliances
You or your designer will now need to start ordering the fittings and appliances.

5. Removing & storing contents; protecting from dust & debris
With a renovation; when onsite works are about to commence, you will need to ensure you remove and store the contents of adjacent rooms to protect it from dust and debris.

6. Dismantling & removing existing kitchen
If you get the chance, lend a helping hand in dismantling your existing kitchen. The end of an era or the opportunity to blow off some steam! This process is a lot of fun.

7. Structural or non-structural changes, if required
Builders will come in at this stage to support any structural or non-structural changes to your new kitchen space.

8. Plumbing + Electrical services (preparation)
Now, the Plumber and Electrician are required to support a “preparation” phase, so that once your new cabinetry and appliances are in place, the plumbing and electrical services can be connected without a hitch (hopefully).

9. Installation of cabinetry – 2 to 3 days
Yes!!!! Time to get your Local Cabinets cabinet maker around for your cabinet installation!

10. Installation of benchtops
Once your cabinets are in and functioning, your bench tops will be installed.

11. Installation of splashback
Next, your splashback.

12. Plumbing + Electrical services (connected)
The Plumber and Electrician are back to connect those services and make sure everything is in working order. You will be able to use your new kitchen soon!

13. Installation of floor coverings
Depending on the flooring, this will probably go in near the end of the project.

14. Sealing surfaces/painting
Some final touches – sealing the surfaces, painting and a bit of styling and your kitchen is complete!

Now you know the steps, it is time to start thinking about the design and layout of your Kitchen. You will also need to consider whether or not you choose modular or custom-made cabinetry. If you are still unsure about your cabinetry needs, check out our article “8 Advantages of Custom-Made Cabinetry”.

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