Monday just gone marked the arrival of our fitter for Day One of our kitchen fitting! Whilst I was working from home that day, I hadn’t anticipated just how quickly Stuart (the kitchen fitter) would be to get started…By the time I looked up from my laptop, our kitchen fitting was well underway and the wall units were already up! Though this was just the frame (also known as a carcass), and no doors, this was exciting as I could already see our kitchen beginning to take shape. Equally exciting was the moment I caught a glimpse of the Pearl grey kitchen doors we had chosen. Admittedly this was followed by a surge of relief that I still really like the colour, and think it was definitely the right decision for us (along with white wall units).
Kitchen fitting progress
Stuart continued to work tirelessly throughout the day, carefully unwrapping the kitchen furniture and steering each piece into its rightful place. From what I could see, and was glad to see, he is also a kitchen fitter who knows his way around a laser measurer, precisely checking that each unit is fitted straight and level.
During the kitchen fitting he noticed and pointed out to me that the electrical and plumbing works that the builders had carried out were missing the connection for our waste disposal. When I followed this up it turned out this had been missed, but can be rectified at a later stage before the worktop is fitted. Aside from this, everything seemed to be on track.
Kitchen fitting, Day One
Here is the story in photos of Day One of our kitchen fitting:
Kitchen fitting, Day Two
Day Two of our kitchen fitting also seemed to go smoothly with no major obstacles.
Whilst a challenge for him, Stuart successfully managed to fit the vertical channel handle and reduced width door where our le mans and boiler unit are located. Whether this would work had previously given cause for concern, but its now successfully in place and just needs to go well during the worktop fit too (of which Tom and I have every faith!)
Solutions not problems
Stuart also suggested moving our kitchen’s new wash zone along to close the 69mm gap between the end of the units and our entryway. This would go some way to covering the cut-out we had found in the floor where the former wine cooler was.
Moving the units along would also allow sufficient space to build a small cupboard at the other end of this run, to match the one directly opposite. No matter how small, extra storage space in a kitchen is always a bonus so we were really pleased with this idea.
Another solution I was pleased with was that before fitting the tall units, our fitter filled the hole where the little mouse had gained entry last week. Using an expanding foam sealant, he ensured entry was blocked and the mouse (and its friends) wouldn’t be able to come back.
Finally Stuart also noticed that the length of pipe for the dishwasher extended too far to allow easy access to its isolator valve, without having to first remove the appliance. He has kindly offered to adjust this for us, so if necessary we can now easily reach it.
Here is the story in photos of Day Two of our kitchen fitting:
Our upcoming kitchen fitting works timeline
By the end of our kitchen fitting on Day Two (Tuesday) we had been given a timeline for all future works, which is as follows:
- Our worktop template will be Thurs. 27th August (as all units are now in place and ready for this.)
- Our worktop installation will be Wed. 2nd September
- The damaged cabinet is arriving to the UK on Wed. 2nd September
- Delivery of this has been arranged for the Thurs. 3rd Sept am
- Stuart will install this new cabinet when he is making the connections on Fri. 4th September
- Our glass template will be Thurs. 3rd September
- Glass installation will approximately 2 weeks after this.
Don’t miss my next post where I will bring full details of our worktop template.