Since my last post, the major works within our kitchen install have been our kitchen worktop template and worktop fitting. The worktop was templated a week ago today, and yesterday morning it was fitted. Here is an update of all that has happened leading up to the worktop fitting…
…As it was only recently that I posted a detailed series on the process for templating, cutting and fitting worktops, I won’t go into too much depth on my own worktop install; but I would say I experienced first hand what a great job our worktop fitters do, and my husband and I are delighted with the end-result!
Our worktop template
When they arrived to template the worktop the first thing the fitters (Darren and Luke) did was hand me a ‘Quartz Care’ pack to help us maintain our new worktops. This was greatly appreciated, and will definitely be put to good use. They then looked at our kitchen space, and set about assessing our stairway leading up to our first floor kitchen. Using large correx (plastic) sheets they tested the space to check for size and see if it would be possible for the worktop to be brought inside in a single piece. The advantage of this means there would be no visible worktop joins. But unfortunately, this wasn’t to be, as the communal entry hallway leading to our flat was just too tight a turn. However, I really can’t fault the team’s efforts, even opening the ceiling loft hatch in the hallway to check if the extra height would allow for the turn…but unfortunately not.
Planning a worktop with joins
Instead of a single piece, Darren reassured me that the join would be subtle and suggested we position it in the central point of our new induction hob; here we would only see a small proportion of the join rather than the full length, because the hob would take up the majority of the worktop’s width.
With that, it took about 30 minutes for them to measure up ready for cutting the worktops off site, and that was the worktop template all finished:
Kitchen isolator switches
In between the worktop template and worktop fitting, there wasn’t too much else that happened apart from a return visit from the electrician. Whilst here, he fitted our isolator switches. These are the switches for each appliance so if needed you can isolate any given appliance from your power supply. This also means they should be accessible.
Whilst the electrician was keen to fit these at the back of our highest tall unit cupboard, I interjected as it made more sense to me to put these somewhere we could actually reach them. So instead they have been neatly fitted at the back of our Le mans corner unit. As the storage tray within this unit pulls outwards, any contents won’t block the switches (which I have tested!). Locating the switches inside of a cupboard also means they are easy to reach but definitely don’t spoil our new kitchen aesthetic.
Our worktop fitting
Yesterday was the day of our worktop fitting. In part 6 of this series, I detailed how Tom (my husband) and I were torn between a worktop finish called Compac quartz ‘Moon’ and Compac quartz ‘Carrara.’ But after much debate (and me pestering each of my colleagues for their opinion) by the time of ordering we had decided that Compac Carrara quartz was a better option for us…and now it’s in we are both delighted we chose this as it looks stunning. It is also a beautiful complement for our white and Pearl grey kitchen doors. Here is the gallery of the worktop fitting process so you can see how our lovely new Compac Carrara worktops and 100mm upstand came to exist:
Choosing our wall paint colour
Apart from our new worktops, sink and flex induction hob, you might also have noticed within the worktop fitting pictures that the wall above our hob is painted in 4 different shades of white. This was after I spent an age in Homebase last Saturday debating what paint tone would be best for our walls, and which would complement our existing decor.
With our kitchen’s modern look my initial feel was to go for a crisp white tone, but our adjoining living room is decorated throughout in a creamy Dulux Jasmine White. So this combination might not work so well, as the kitchen is in plain sight of the living room. Instead, and whilst also following my own advice on choosing kitchen colours for a south-west room, I picked a small selection of paints with a warm (ever so slightly creamy) undertone- and plastered them onto my walls. I have since found myself staring at this wall in the mornings, and then at night, with the lights on, and then with them off. I have also been checking what each tone looks like against our teal glass samples.
Our builder is returning to paint on Monday (today is Thursday) so really we only have until tomorrow to decide…