Having gone to stay at my parent’s straight after work last Friday night, it was a brilliant surprise to come home on Sunday and see how much progress had been made on our kitchen installation. We couldn’t be more thrilled with the look as it is coming together!…Although, I think this is also mixed with relief that everything has worked, and is as we had hoped. I was also delighted to find that we once again have a working fridge, freezer, washing machine and dishwasher!
The latest on our kitchen installation:
In summary, this is what Stuart our kitchen fitter did last week during this stage of our kitchen installation:-
- Added the scribe above our grey tall units and white wall units, and to the side of the white wall units.
- Installed the handeleless channel system to all units
- Fitted and connected all of our appliances (apart from the oven and microwave*).
- The appliance fitting included fitting our wine cooler, dishwasher and washing machine that we had kept, which unfortunately became more of a challenge as some of the necessary fittings had gone missing after they were removed during the prep works.
- Built us 2 additional storage cupboards opposite each other at the end of both unit runs.
- Fitted our extractor and added the spice rack within the cupboard in front of this.
- Added push catches onto the tall cupboard doors.
*The microwave and oven were finished yesterday rather than last week because the fitter noticed the electrician hadn’t attached a powerful enough plug on both appliances. These needed to be changed from a 13 amp plug, to a 20 amp plug, to avoid the risk of blowing a fuse.
The microwave height
As the microwave was first fitted above our oven yesterday my first thought was, it looks a little high! We had concerns over this earlier in the design stage but had physically tried this out in the kitchen showroom to check it would be ok, and after trying it out for real yesterday, the height really is fine for me. At 5ft 6 I can easily and safely reach it, and at 6 ft 4, Tom was delighted when he came home from work to see this! Also, as a microwave is secondary to the oven and infrequently used by comparison, this really is of no concern to us. This height allowed the kitchen look we wanted, whilst still ensuring we could fit all necessities into our kitchen design.
Our kitchen installation and the boiler saga
As our kitchen now stands, our big ugly boiler is nicely hidden away in a cupboard. But whilst there is space in front of this we can use for storage, it does not offer a great use of this space. Consequently, it has been suggested we fit a panel in front of the boiler, and in front of this we would then have space for extra shelving. This is great in theory, except that we don’t have remote access to our boiler; instead we need regular access in winter to reach the timer and switch our heating on and off. With shelving there, this would mean constantly having to clear the shelves and remove the panel to reach the boiler. In reality and even before the new shelving, this set-up has always been a bit of a hassle, so this discussion was cue for us to call British Gas and enquire about their Hive Activ Heating thermostat. This would allow us to change our boiler’s settings remotely.
In turn this means we could incorporate the suggested panel and shelves, which (hopefully) would then only need removing once a year when our boiler service is due. As a result, we now have a British Gas engineer visit scheduled for Friday 18th September. It was an oversight, and I wish we had thought of this before (actually I wish we’d thought of it years ago!) but it is something we would both really like, even if it now means our kitchen installation can’t be fully completed with the new shelving until after this visit.
What’s next for our kitchen installation?
Our glass template was supposed to happen on 3rd September but it was decided this would be better put off until the boiler area was fully in place. This would ensure we could achieve an exact fit with the glass. So instead this will take place on Monday. We also have our builder coming back next week to paint our kitchen walls. I had thought this would have been done this week along with the rest of the works but unfortunately our builder delayed this, although I’m still none the wiser as to why!
Roll on next week…