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The Ultimate Kitchen Installation Timeline Guide

Kitchens are the heart of any home, so you don’t want to skip a beat with 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

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Everything happens in the kitchen. Life happens in the kitchen.
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Kitchen Installation Timeline

Deposit paid
Paying the deposit for cabinetry confirms the final design and we can get on with manufacturing process.
Ordering materials
All customised cabinetry materials need to allow an average of two weeks for supply and delivery to our workshop.
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!

COVID-19 PRO TIP: Choose products that are already in-stock as you may be sitting on a waitlist for several months.
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 (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 (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 (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!
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This timeline is also relevant to bathroom, laundry and wardrobe renovations

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Drafted architectural plans are preferred but not essential.

If you do not have plans you will need to provide us with both: 

  1. reference image of your joinery style; and
  2. a sketch containing configuration and draft dimensions in millimetres

this is usually enough information to draft an estimate.

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

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.

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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.  

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

Lead times for manufacturing 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 of 10% during the first stage of construction which will lock your job into our schedule.

Delivery is included our installation estimates.

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.

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

Our staff can travel to install within a three-hour drive from our workshop. All delivery and installation by our staff may incur fees that relate to:

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

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.

We do not recommend a handyman or DIY 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

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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.

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