It has been a few weeks since my last post on our kitchen remodel, but the time has flown and we now find ourselves ready (and very excited) for our old kitchen removal, and new install to begin!
Since my last update, we spent some time assessing our plans and obtaining builder quotes for our necessary kitchen removal and preparation works. Whilst LWK Kitchens were excellent in helping us establish what works we would need for this, and though they will be fitting our kitchen, they don’t carry out preparation works. So for this we needed to find someone else.
What kitchen prep works are needed?
During the time leading up to our kitchen fit on the 25th August we established that we would need all of the following works:
- Rip out of existing kitchen units, removal from site, and appropriate disposal
- To move our electrics to match new locations as marked on our kitchen plan.
- Electrical works: Allow for supply for Induction hob, extractor, oven, microwave, waste disposal unit, washer/dryer, dishwasher, fridge freezer, wine cooler, LED lighting, and isolators to be housed in wall cupboard (including materials).
- To move our existing 2-gang light switch to a 3-gang switch, and relocate this to the front wall at the entrance to the kitchen
- Plumbing works: Allow for supply to dishwasher, washer/dryer, sink and waste; new Ballofix valves, waste pipe; Cap off existing gas hob, (including materials)
- Allow for the moving of Boiler to new location (including materials)
- Decorating works: Allow 2 coats of Dulux vinyl matt emulsion to ceiling and walls (colours TBA) and 2 coats of Dulux Satinwood to all previously painted woodwork (including materials)
With our kitchen installation scheduled for Tuesday 25th August, the kitchen removal works needed doing the week before. Having met a builder off the back of a recommendation and having fully discussed our works, timeline and price, we booked him to begin our works on 18th August….which is today!
Preparing for the kitchen removal
For us, the Sunday just gone was spent packing our kitchen’s contents into boxes, (or else realising we should have got some boxes) as every last item needed emptying out of the cupboards and off the worktops.
There are a couple of gems of wisdom picked up after the dreary task of emptying our kitchen:-
- It would have been a lot easier if we had planned ahead and got some storage boxes in
- It helps to have nice neighbours who will let you borrow their freezer space (mainly for the Artisan cheese from our wedding which we didn’t want to bin).
- Emptying the kitchen whilst both under the influence of alcohol is not especially helpful.
- If it’s the day before your kitchen removal works are due to start and your husband says, ‘Everything’s nearly done so I’m playing football tonight, then staying at my Mums’…tell him no; it is highly unlikely everything is ‘nearly done,’ particularly in light of point number 3.
Goodbye to the old!
Our builders, Steve and Tony, turned up bright and early at 7:50am. We had a quick cup of tea whilst they confirmed all of the scheduled kitchen removal works, and also that nothing had changed within our plan. After this they set to work.
First (and to my great appreciation) they put down protective mat flooring over my newly finished wood floors, taping it to the floor over all of the walkways. And next up, they set to work ripping out our kitchen, at what seemed like lightning speed!…
…By 8:30am all cupboard doors were off and the wall units down. By 9:20am, the wine cooler, oven, fridge and freezer were out, and the former splashback off the walls. By 9:33am the worktop was loose, although as it was a heavy granite worktop they struggled to lift this and need to return tomorrow with an angle grinder so they can cut it into smaller pieces.
By the time Steve and Tony took a tea break at 9:45am, all of the appliances and main units were out of the kitchen.
Also, and to their credit, whilst none of the old kitchen has yet been removed from our home, they have been sure to stack it very neatly and carefully, leaving all of our stairways and access clear. Ahead of finishing a few hours later, they also swept the floors and tidied all of their tools away. Both are set to return tomorrow, along with a gas engineer, to begin the unenviable task of moving our boiler.