Surviving your new kitchen install!

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Thursday 16 January

Once you’ve had your kitchen designed by our team (you can read more about that here), we’ll get to work manufacturing it. When it is ready our designers will be in touch to arrange installation.

You may have already endured weeks/months of alterations and building works or it may be the removal of the old and installation of a new kitchen.

Which ever it is, you will be living in a house without a kitchen for a little while which is not pretty or easy. This time can be tough but it will be worth it, trust us. To guide you through here is the Fine Finish Furniture guide to surviving a kitchen re-model.

  • You will have to empty your kitchen so use this time to sort your things. Take things you no longer need or use to the charity shop, box non-essentials until the new kitchen is complete and have a box of basics ready for your temporary kitchen arrangement.
  • Set up a temporary kitchen station in another room with kettle, microwave, toaster, cutlery and crockery.
  • Get use to the idea of different meals; some takeaways and the odd meal out.
  • If someone offers help – accept it! Maybe a meal, or to look after the kids, or even a weekend stayover for the whole family, believe us it will be a very welcome break from the disruption.
  • Have Faith! Be confident in our expertise. We will guide you every step of the way. Your kitchen designer will always be on hand to answer any questions or offer any help you may need. We are a friendly bunch so ask away.
  • Roughly, you can expect your brand new, bespoke kitchen to be fully functioning in 2 weeks; although every kitchen is different. Your kitchen will have features that no other one has. Your designer and installers will know your project inside out so you will get a precise schedule of timings.

We recently designed, manufactured and installed a new kitchen for a family in Radcliffe on Trent, Nottingham; upon completion of the job the customers sent us her thoughts:

“The whole kitchen is my favourite thing. The feel of it, the space, the look, the ease of use. We love the island which has somehow seemed to have changed how we use the room. It has doubled the work surface. The spice drawers are a joy. If I tell you that I have it all in alphabetical order you might get an idea of how much the disruption had affected me! 

You know that I really did not like the whole process. Hate is too strong a word but clearing the kitchen was a trial, living through the works was disconcerting and then putting everything back...... But, I moved in here 20 years ago and my cupboards are the best ordered that they have ever been. There were three of us unpacking when I first moved in and stuff just went where it seemed convenient at the time. I was able to take a more measured and considered view when moving back. Not everything did go back in. The clear out had been an opportunity to get rid of stuff that really wasn’t used or was no longer needed. The space that I was moving back into is different so quite a lot of reorganisation was needed but I definitely have more room”.

We told you it would be worth it…

For more information about a new kitchen give us a call on 0115 984 4121 or drop us an email on


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  • Second Nature
  • Sile stone
  • Abode taps
  • Villeroy & Boch sinks
  • Sensio Lighting
  • Zip Boiling taps
  • Kindred Fitted Bedroom Furniture

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