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Designing or remodelling a kitchen is a job you want done right, which means you need to find the right tradesmen to suit you. Plentific can help you do just that by generating a list of the best local tradesmen in your area that offer kitchen design and remodelling as services. You will also be provided with access to customer reviews for each of your potential choices to help you make the best decision for you.
What do you need to know about kitchen design or remodelling?
When considering your options for kitchen design and remodelling you must have a strict budget in place. Do your research to decide on what you can reasonably afford. A standard kitchen includes a sink and base unit, cupboards, room for appliances and worktops. You can choose to go with ready-made designs or a custom kitchen, which will give you more flexibility but can drastically increase your costs. Have a budget in place and be prepared to discuss what you want with your tradesmen, as they will be able to offer advice. You may want to ask for photos of kitchens they have previously worked on to see if they are the right tradesmen to give you exactly what you want.
The job may require several different tradesmen, such as installers, tilers, designers, plumbers and electricians. If you have been working closely with a designer, feel free to ask them if they can recommend tradesmen that they have worked with in the past. Even if they can confidently recommend someone, be sure to check their experience and qualifications. A tradesman may have finished an apprenticeship or college course, or might have finished a course run by a tradesmen’s organisation. Membership in such a group is a good sign, as they usually enforce strict codes of conduct and high standards of their members. You should also ask your potential choices for access to reviews and references from previous clientele.
When you are considering what type of units and materials you want for your kitchen, remember long term costs. Cheaper appliance brands may end up costing you more in the long run for repairs. You do not want to have to replace anything in your kitchen for at least a few years.
If you are using a designer, be aware that their job can take time. Arrange to see several different potential designs before choosing one, but be aware that producing these is unlikely to be free of charge. A good idea before paying anything is to look at examples of kitchens that they have worked on in the past, and to be prepared to discuss what you want with them in as much detail as possible. You do not want to be vague, as this means creating a design will take longer and ultimately cost you more. Hiring a designer may seem expensive, but they can help you save money in the long run, particularly on expensive projects.
Before making a final decision, make sure your choice has adequate insurance coverage and guarantees relating to accidental damage. You should also make sure they have a policy in place for if you are unsatisfied with their finished work.
How much does kitchen design or remodelling cost?
There is no real fixed average for designing or remodelling a kitchen, because so much depends on the job itself. You will need a budget in place and a good idea of exactly what it is you want. You can then discuss this with yours potential choices, who should be able to advise whether your budget is realistic for the necessary work. In addition to buying the kitchen fixtures and appliances, the job could also require a plumber, electrician or other tradesmen. Other influencing factors will be the amount of access to your kitchen as well as your location in the UK. Depending on your specific requirements, you may end up paying anything between £500 and £5000 for your kitchen. When discussing quotes, be sure to ask for a breakdown of costs. Certain listed jobs, such as disposal of old appliances, you may be able to do yourself to save money. Do not trust quotes that seem significantly lower than others.
There are different options for working with actual designers. There may be some on hand where you purchase your kitchen from, who may charge less, though independent designers can be more objective in their advice. Before signing anything, have a structure in place, including how many drafts will go back and forth, and have a timeline for the job. The length of the project will determine how much you pay. Employing a designer can add several thousand pounds to your costs, but they can also help save you money on your kitchen.
When choosing new appliances be aware that cheaper models may need to be replaced quicker or repaired more often than more expensive alternatives. Your design may include appliances such as ovens and fridges fitted with the same aesthetic as the rest of the kitchen, such as wooden fronts that match your cupboards, in which case installing them will be more expensive. Also be sure to check that your tradesmen have experience in installing appliances like yours. Particularly with gas appliances, you must make sure they are legally qualified to install them.
Your potential tradesmen for the job will offer a fixed, hourly or daily rate. It is better to get a fixed price for the job, but if this is not possible make sure to check your choice’s policy for if the work gets behind schedule and requires longer to complete. You may also be asked to pay a deposit for larger jobs, though if this is the case do not be pressured into paying too much up front. Ask for a breakdown and be ready to compare quotes before making a final decision.