Yes. There are a number of ways people save money on kitchens nowadays. From importing their own kitchens to shopping around for the best bargains to buying flat pack or second hand kitchens. The key to making your kitchen look a million dollars, regardless of what it costs, is hiring a quality installer. An installer, like Install It, will take a 3D approach to your kitchen making sure everything fits from every angle. We will custom fit to size on site to make sure that everything fits exactly as it should and also future proof your kitchen if you want to upgrade to say a stone bench top further down the line.
Q. If I am replacing my doors should I replace my hardware?
A. Definitely. Hardware wears out over time so it's a good opportunity to make sure everything is working and to make the most of new advances in hardware.
New hardware will make sure your new doors last longer and look better too.
Q. Is it worth spending extra on soft touch doors and drawers?
A. Yes. The newer technologies mean that your doors function better and you will extend the life of your doors and drawers.
Remember how all the old doors used to droop and eventually fall of? This solves that problem.
Q. I'm looking at replacing my bench top, which is better - stone or formica?
A. Both have their benefits. Formica remains your cheapest option but engineered stone is becoming more and more affordable and is a long lasting and durable product for kitchens. There are lots of colour options in both and different textures and patterns. For my money, stone looks classier and will last a lot longer but you need to weigh up how long you want your kitchen to last.
If you are looking at stone, there is some great advice and videos on the type of stone bench tops available here http://cbbenchtops.co.nz/benchtopstylesandproducts/
Q. How long am I going to be without my kitchen.
A. Again, this really depends on the type of kitchen but as a general guide - a small kitchen will be installed in a day, a large kitchen within 2 days and a custom kitchen could take up to 7 days. This doesn't include removal of the old kitchens (which we can do for you also) so add another day on to rip out your old kitchen and sort out the plumbing if you are replacing your old kitchen. The great thing about Install It is that we work really quick so you are not without your kitchen for too long. With small kids ourselves we know how vital it is to get you up and running as quickly as possible.
Q. What will a kitchen installer do that I can't do myself?
A. Kitchens generally are made for square houses - the problem is that most houses just aren't square. A qualified kitchen installer will spend the first hour assessing the site, measuring and figuring out how everything will go together. It's like a giant jigsaw puzzle, but unlike a jigsaw puzzle, sometimes the pieces just won't fit without some onsite work to them. This may be adjusting bench heights for a consistent flat surface or scribing panels and toe kicks to fit. A qualified installer, like Install It, means that your kitchen will always look perfect - even if your walls and floors are not.
Q. How much will it cost to get my kitchen installed?
A. It really does vary by kitchen size but as a rough guide a medium size kitchen may cost $800 - $1,000. At Install It we have a standardised and transparent pricing model which means we can give you a quick and accurate quote with no hidden costs.
We get asked a lot of questions about kitchens so to help answer some of these questions we have decided to run a Q&A section with our Managing Director, James Goodwin. If you have any questions please feel free to comment on any of these posts or contact us via our contact form.