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The Ultimate Kitchen Installation Step by Step Guide

Kitchens are the heart of any home, so you don’t want to skip a beatwith our ultimate kitchen installation timeline guide.
Completing your kitchen indicates the near-end of a new build and really starts to pull the character of any home together. It is always a heart-warming and memorable experience to see our clients’ reactions when they finally get to start cooking and living in their kitchens. Kitchen installations can be one of the trickier parts of any building process. Juggling all your trades in one room to attend seamlessly within a few short months can be a masterly technique.

Read on to skilfully plan and execute your renovation, step by step

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Kitchen Installation Timeline

Deposit paid

Paying the deposit for cabinetry confirms the final design. The value of the the deposit covers the security deposit, plus the costs to order all the of the materials required for the job.

Ordering materials

All customised cabinetry materials need to allow up to two weeks for supply and delivery. This is particularly the case for veneer products.

Layout Plan

This is a drafted plan we provide of the cabinetry layout which has been based off the initial measurements.

This plan can be shared with your other trades and suppliers so all parties will be aware of each design element, e.g.: your plumber will know the sink and dishwasher locations, your tiling shop/tiler will know how many square metres to order for the splashback tiles.

Electrician rough-in

Your electrician can now run enough cables through walls to power your appliances and lighting. Switch back-plates need only to be fitted to walls.

PRO TIP: ensure your electrician has isolated the power supply to ensure children and pets can't access any loose cables until their next visit.

Plumber rough-in
Your plumber can now configure water pipes to the locations of sinks, dishwashers and water filtration. Gas pipes would also be required at this stage.

PRO TIP: if we have designed your renovation you will already know that we recommend keeping your gas and wet areas in the same place to save on plumbing expenses. All you would have to do at this stage is get the plumber to disconnect the old lines.
Plasterer

Both Gyprock and plastering needs to be fully completed.

 

PRO TIP: All wall-facing cabinetry needs to be screwed into a wall with minimum voids behind it, to ensure a pest- and draft-free environment.

Flooring

The front of cabinetry with kickboards needs to sit on top of your floor covering of choice. Laying flooring after cabinetry is installed may leave your cabinetry too short and less ergonomic.

PRO TIP: if you are running short on flooring products, you may not have to lay flooring all the way to the wall if you have cabinetry with covering kickboards. Refer to your Layout Plan (above) or speak to us further before deciding on this method to ensure flooring is put down in the correct areas.

Appliances

All integrated appliances (rangehoods, ovens and dishwashers) need to be delivered to our workshop for cabinetry fitting.

PRO TIP: almost all appliance manuals are notorious for having incorrect measurements, therefore retro-fitting appliances when they arrive months late can be a disaster!

Choose products that are already in-stock.

Final cabinetry measurements
With all of the above trades already completing their respective parts, we are now ready to take precise measurements.

Laurent will come on site at a convenient time to take final measurements to ensure a perfect fit.

Materials will be ordered at the end of this step.
Final plans
Digital rendered plans can be provided now all information is at hand.
Manufacturing

Our in-house team measure, cut, dress and pre-assemble all cabinetry in our workshop prior to delivery. On average, this can take one week to complete.

We encourage clients to make time to inspect their kitchen prior to delivery.

The invoice relating to balance of materials and manufacturing costs will be issued at this point.

Delivery and installation

Delivery will be arranged for a suitable day subject to rain conditions.

Installation of lower and upper cabinets will follow in the coming days or weeks depending on the scale of you job.

Laminate and timber benchtops are likely to be installed now.

Painted cabinetry fronts (our contractor)

Veneer or painted fronts will now be sent to the paint shop for varnishing or painting, and will be ready for return in two weeks.

Benchtop templating (our contractor)

Our trusted contractors for sheet metal, stone or concrete benchtops are now able to come onsite to conduct precise measure ups.

If you have selected the same product as your splashback, this can be done now too.

They will then take these measurements to their workshop for manufacturing and return at least two weeks later.

PRO TIP: have your sink and taps ready onsite.

Benchtop installation (our contractor)

Contractors will return for installation.

Painting

Finalised wall and ceiling painting can now be done.

Splashback installation

If you have chosen glass or tiles, it is always best to install your splashback at this stage to ensure a neat and precise finish.

Plumber final

Plumbers can now return to connect taps, sinks, filtration, gas fittings, and install dishwashers.

Electrician final

Electricians can return to install all light fittings, switch face plates and connect up integrated electrical appliances.

Bon Appétit!

It's time to move in and get cooking!

Did you know?

This timeline is also relevant to bathroom, laundry and wardrobe renovations

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Steel Joinery Design

100%.

Customised designs are the only style of steel door we make. We are a small business and focus on tailored solutions for individual needs.

We primarily partner with industry professionals like architects, interior designers and builders who would provide in the first instance complete specifications to quote from.  

WHAT IF I AM NOT AN INDUSTRY PROFESSIONAL?

If you are not an industry professional and the scope of your project is too small to warrant using an architect or designer, it is entirely attainable for you to do your own homework to gather enough of this similar information. Additionally, send a reference image you found on the net: “a picture paints a thousand words”.

CRITICAL INFORMATION

Regardless of your level of experience, we require all clients to fully complete our enquiry form plus ensure all of the following information is provided in drawings:

  1. top and front/elevation views
  2. measurements
  3. position of mullions (cross bars)
  4. configuration of openings (hinges, sliding tracks, fixed panels, etc)

Due to a large amount of sales requests, we have a strict policy of not pricing projects until all information is completed.

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There are limited bi-fold hardware products available in the Australian marketplace in which we are confident to endorse.

We are currently researching and prototyping a small sample of hardware brands for bi-fold steel door configurations.  

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Yes, we can.

If you are budget-conscious, we recommend using steel joinery for the featured areas of your home and consider other options for the utilitarian areas.  

Steel joinery delivery & installation

Our first step in our quoting process is to use your provided measurements using our request form.

Once you have confirmed the job and paid the deposit:

  1. if we are installing the job: we have already allowed in our pricing for travel time to measure up accurately onsite.
  2. if we are not installing the job: we rely on accurate final measurements from your builder or carpenter. If your site is in the Byron Shire, we may be able to measure up onsite depending on the scale of the job and our workload.

Due to the incredibly high demand of this product, it is highly recommended you contact us as soon as you receive your finalised architectural plans.

We do not mass produce nor pre-fabricate our joinery. We manufacture everything from scratch so lead times may take 2+ months from point of accepting the quote, however this may be negotiated upon and subject to product selections, scale, our workload and your own deadline.

Best practice is confirming your job by paying a deposit during the first stage of construction which will lock in your job.

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If you do not require installation, we can offer an Australia-wide third-party freight company to transport goods or you can organise your own collection from our Mullumbimby workshop.

Delivery is included our installation estimates.

Our workshop is in Mullumbimby, near Byron Bay, Northern NSW.

Our staff can travel to install

  • within a two-hour drive from our workshop e.g. (Brisbane, Coffs Harbour)
  • in cities directly connected to Ballina-Byron Airport (or Gold Coast Airport subject to COVID-related border restrictions)

All delivery and installation by our staff may incur fees that relate to:

  • vehicle, travel and/or freight expenses,
  • staff/contractor time charged on an hourly rate, and/or
  • accommodation and meal expenses (subject to installation duration and distance from our workshop)

We do not recommend DIY or handyman installation.

You can arrange your own experienced and qualified builder or carpenter to install on your behalf. A minimum of two people is required for installation. 

Inclusions

  • Bolts, screws and all accessories will come with your frames
  • Ancillary supporting frames and packaging may be included where deemed appropriate
  • Glazing is optional. Clients may have access to their own local glass shop. Please specify this upon quoting

Exclusions

  • Installation tools
  • Installation instructions are not included but we can give your experienced tradesman advice, if required

Steel Joinery FINANCIALS

Steel joinery is to most tastes and often not to most budgets. There are three main reasons why our products fetch a high price, especially when drawing comparisons to other metal joinery products.

  1. We only offer the highest standard of craftsmanship. We present a solutions-based, holistic approach to design and fabrication. This is evident in the detail of our work and supported by our reputation.
  2. We only make custom steel joinery that is unique and tailored for luxury architectural and heritage remediation projects. We do not manufacture off-the-shelf products.
  3. Steel is overall an expensive commodity (don’t forget to allow for the cost of glass on top).

 

Secondary factors to consider with custom steel joinery

  • Size of frames
  • Design details
  • Finishes including paint, hardware systems, handles, glazing
  • Manufacturing hours
  • Economy of scale

We do not make standard products, therefore, we do not issue standard prices. If you like to receive a price for your bespoke project, please fully complete this enquiry form.

Why is your price different to other quotes?

We find that pricing against others is often a case of not comparing apples with apples. Please consider if other quotes detail:

  • Custom manufacturing vs mass production
  • Steel vs aluminium glazing beads
  • Australian made
  • Reputation and quality control
  • Freight
  • Glazing and hardware inclusions
  • Technical levels of frames

We offer competitive pricing for steel doors and windows and will soon be offering three different framing options within our steel joinery range to suit every clients’ needs.

If you are not sure 100% sure about the details in your quotes, please email them to us for comparison.

We stagger all our progress payments as follows:

  1. 50% of in-house materials and manufacturing costs, security deposit, time spent quoting and preparing your job. Due upon confirmation of booking. This is non-refundable.
  2. 50% of in-house materials and manufacturing costs. Due upon completion of in-house manufacturing and prior to delivery.
  3. 100% of delivery costs. If applicable, due before delivery.
  4. 100% of installation costs + variations. If applicable, due upon completion of installation.


The abovementioned payments may be subject to further payment increments, (i.e., weekly progress, variations, etc.) if we deem the job large.

Information is key. The more information we have, the more definitive we are in our pricing for our customised products.

We will provide a quote with a firm price once all information is at hand.

We will provide an estimate if we have most of the information yet still lacks minor details. Estimates may present as a price range as we are making a budgetary allowance for variations which still need to be confirmed at a later point.

If you still do not have enough information for us to do estimate, we will postpone pricing until enough information is gathered.

Customised steel doors and windows are to most tastes but not necessarily to all budgets.

We are here to have an open conversation about finding solutions for each clients’ requirements. Fitting into budget ranges is a critical part of the equation. We offer a range of product options and if we do not know how much has been allowed (or not allowed) in budgets, we will not know how to find the right solution.