Avoid Pitfalls When Designing And Fitting A New Kitchen
Avoid Pitfalls When Designing And Fitting A New Kitchen
by Jeffery Johnson-Hughes
When designing and fitting a new kitchen there are many pitfalls to watch out for, one of the main problem areas are corners, if you are not careful doors and drawers will clash with handles and appliance doors. It's always best to allow about 50 mm extra in the corners, this does not notice and will make the kitchen function well. If possible do not put drawers in corners, also watch out when putting a magic corner in the corner cupboard they have to open a certain amount and a certain way and can hit handles if not designed properly.
Seriously consider the plumbing. Remember that waste pipes that run along walls cause appliances, such as washers to stand out too far. Integrated appliances have approximately a 20mm gap at the back. When you have a 40 mm waste pipe running behind an integrated dishwasher the dishwasher just will not sit back far enough. These issues can cause huge problems you find at the end of your job, which is generally the time you install appliances. You may have to do some timely and expensive major alterations. Spending a few hours designing and planning the kitchen at the start is time well spent.
Place the hob as close to the sink as possible, since taking items back and forth from the sink to the hob can cause a lot of unnecessary walking with heavy saucepans for cooking and washing. The hob and the sink should be on the same run or adjacent to one another. Moving hot heavy saucepans across any gap in worktops can endanger someone especially children to scalding burns from a pan full of boiling water. Accidents do happen but it is best to try to avoid them when possible.
Remember to install the dishwasher under the draining board next to the sink along with the other plumbing. You might install the washing machine on the opposite side of the sink to allow for waste connect, water feeds and draining from the base unit of the sink along with the other plumbing. Remembering the waste pipe circumstances above, while installing the dishwasher next to the washer and then extend the grey waste pipe. Then you can run it behind the appliances that are next to the sink. In order not to reduce any problems while facing a water leak or electrical situation, do not install water or electrical supplies behind any appliances. This can pose problems of not having easy access to pipes or electrical outlets. You do not want to have to try to move water and clothes filled washer if you have any problems with water leaks or electrical trouble. You need to be able to switch things off quickly when you have a water leak or electrical problems.
Smaller kitchens look better with a built under oven, however if you do have room you may want to install a built in double oven. They are especially designed to fit under the cooking range and worktop. They offer various cooking options. They allow for ease in being able to see inside and they are much easier on the back than using a built under oven. You can save on worktop space by fitting the microwave into a nearby wall unit. This gives a better and neater appearance than trailing cords while a microwave sits on the countertop.
Breakfast bars are especially popular today, however designing a breakfast bar for some kitchens is challenging. With a bit of clever planning you can build one. You will need an overhang of about 300 to 400mm. You can make one by using a 665 double post formed worktop on a wall 1000 standing on floor with 4 adjustable legs fitted, plus some show back made of Carcase material, fitted to the back. Since you normally only use the front of the base unit, you will not be wasting any cupboard space at all.
When fitting the kitchen start with the wall units, most people fit the base units first and then have to struggle to get the wall units over the base units; it's so much easier to fit the wall units first. If you have any tall housings you will need to get these in position to get the height of the top of the units and then just level from the top of the tall units. But make sure you allow for the flooring if you have 12mm flooring going down (Most people do the flooring after the kitchen is fitted) and 150mm plinth, jack the units up 150 (plinth) + 12 (Flooring) 5mm (gap to make fitting the plinths easy) therefore a total of 167mm from the existing level to the underside of the units. Doing this will save a lot of work at the end of the installation because you will not need to cut the plinths down to get them in.
While fitting the wall units first take the time to position them correctly. When you have a corner wall unit, splay or L-shape fit this work and then work out from the corner. Remember when you fit fillers into the base units you need to allow for working the corners so that they fit the wall units. The best tip is marking the wall where you plan to place the base units and then wait to fit them by using the marks you make to position the wall units properly. At this stage, if you plan to fit wall lights, run the cables down the backs of the wall units. This saves you a lot of time and work later on if you are trying to fit cables behind the wall units while leaning over any base units.
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