Renovation Guide

Renovation Guide
Are there any additional costs? Things to think about...

Keep in mind that if you are renovating that there are additional costs that need to be considered.
1- Relocating services, Plumbing, electrical and gas outlets. To save costs try to leave existing appliances in their current locations if possible.
2- Floor coverings. Are the existing floor coverings remaining or will new flooring be required.
3- Tiling (Walls, Floors)

4- Plastering, patching of walls, cornice and ceiling in some cases.
5- Possible building works, (Moving internal walls, windows or doors etc.) by qualified & licensed builder.


All of the above items need to be coordinated in a certain sequence for your project to run smoothly. If required our designer can organize this project management process for you.

***** All work done by other trades will be billed direct to you from them

 

What about tiled areas in the kitchen?

If existing tiles to remain no guarantee can be given for chipping and in some cases
cracking of existing tiles on walls or floor may occur.

If adding or relocating a dishwasher or freestanding oven, changing to a freestanding
oven or adding a walk in type pantry then tiles will be required on the floor in these
areas where tiles may not be already.

Electrical

Repositioning and addition of power-point's may be required.
If adding an island bench top or removing a raised bench top thought needs to be given
to if and how power will be supplier to the island. E.g. if you have a concrete slab then a trench will need to be made to run power cables etc.

If you move a cook top position by a significant amount, if a new power lines are required
or an upgrade is needed (e.g. standard electric to Induction) then an isolation switch
will be required - By electrician.

If moving an oven on the lower floor of a two story house is required it may be difficult
to get the power from the existing location to the new location.

Plumbing

Although the location of hot/cold taps and sink waste is kept maintained as best as
possible sometimes a minor change can have a huge positive impact on the design.

Am I responsible for patching of holes left in walls and ceilings?

Yes, plastering may be required. Patching of old and ineffective ceiling fans etc.
Getting a professional to do this gets the job done much faster and therefore is
cheaper.
Walls and possibly ceilings will get damaged; paint touch ups will be required to house's
painted surfaces. This is not DK Cabinets responsibility.

What are fillers?

Existing (and new) walls are never 100% straight so an ‘industry standard' 30mm filler will be used wherever any cabinetry comes into contact with a house wall. A filler is made out of the same material as the cabinets face, and is used to discreetly fill in the gap between a cupboard and a wall.


Infills to ceilings and kickers to floor are done for the same reason.

All cabinetry is made squared ,houses are not made square.

 

On the day of kitchen removal what steps should I take?

******* Applicable if DKCabinets are ripping out your old kitchen


Prior to the scheduled day of kitchen removal empty all cupboards, move your fridge into any area that is out of the way, make alternative arrangements for meals, washing up etc as your kitchen will not be serviceable or accessible.
Anything (especially of value) should be removed from area entirely to not only protect it from dust but accidental damage.

You must consider the room a construction site and treat it accordingly until the project is complete.  

 

Cleaning of area ready for installation of new kitchen?

******* Applicable if you are removing your old kitchen


If you are removing your old kitchen yourself, or organizing your own trades then please allow plenty of time prior to delivery as you may encounter hidden "nasties" that need to be altered or disconnected. E.g. gas lines or plumbing inside of cabinets, holes in walls to be patched etc.
The area needs to be clear and free of obstacles where possible, tiles need to be removed and if you're having glass splashbacks then the wall area must be flat and of one colour.
If existing tiles to remain no guarantee can be given for chipping and in some cases
cracking of existing tiles on walls or floor, may happen.

Will the DK Cabinets installers clean the kitchen once installed?

DK Cabinets installers will make every attempt to ensure the kitchen cabinets and work surfaces will be free of building debris and floors vacuumed. How ever please remember that this is only a ‘tradespersons' clean, it's your responsibility to make surfaces hygienic ready for food preparation.

Your installers will make every endeavour to keep your home and surrounds free from building debris e.g. sawdust, however please be reminded that during this process your home is deemed a building site and the installers are employed to install your cabinets in an efficient and timely manner.

As much cutting as possible will be done outside to reduce mess, but minor cutting and drilling i.e. cutting in of sink hole into bench tops must be done onsite. Drop sheets are used where possible.

 

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