If you plan to update your kitchen worktops, the worktop templating appointment is one of the most important steps. This is where one of our professionals will visit your home to take precise measurements of your kitchen using state-of-the-art digital laser technology.
This appointment can take between 1 and 3 hours this is to ensure your new countertops can be custom-made to fit your kitchen design perfectly. To ensure that your worktop templating appointment goes smoothly, it's important to prepare your kitchen beforehand. This will help the templating process go efficiently and ensure that your new countertops will fit properly and look great in your new kitchen.
In this guide, we'll provide some tips on preparing your kitchen for your worktop templating appointment. By following these steps, you'll be able to help the templating professional get accurate measurements and ensure that your new countertops will be a perfect fit for your kitchen.
The most important part of the templating process is that you (or a designated representative) are present during the templating appointment. This is essential for clarification of your design details and can help avoid disappointment with design customisation such as the position of joins and cut-outs.
It is vital that there is appropriate parking available on site. If parking permits are required in your area, please obtain them before our team arrives to avoid any delays or inconvenience.
Before we can template your space, we ask that any existing or temporary worktops, including any household appliances are removed prior to your appointment. Our digital laser template is a very precise tool to get the exact dimensions for your new worktops.
It is impossible to get the level of accuracy we require without a direct line of sight to the cabinet units and walls. We also kindly request the plasterwork for the wall finish is completed, this means that there is no tiling, cladding, or splashback installed, the wall must have a completely smooth finish.
It is important that the space does not change between the template and the installation, this includes the movement of kitchen units, the laying of the floor and includes any decorating, which should be done after the worktop installation. As this can affect the installation process- which could lead to aborted installation.
To ensure that the worktop template appointment goes smoothly, we require that all sinks and taps, and related accessories that attach to the worktop, such as leg brackets and pop-up sockets, are on-site prior to the template for any new kitchen design.
If we are measuring an existing kitchen, we do ask that all appliances such as the tap, sink and hob are disconnected so our surveyors can get the exact measurements. Additionally, if you have a Belfast sink, it should be installed in situ prior to the template, but not connected. It is important for sinks, taps, and related accessories to be on-site prior to the template because they need to be accurately measured and placed in their designated spaces.
This ensures that the worktops are custom-made to fit perfectly and that there are no issues with the installation process. Please note that we cannot complete the template without all appliances being present and this may lead to an aborted template without these on-site. This includes hobs, integrated and side-by-side appliances, but does not include tower appliances.
All of these should be in place but not connected. If you have a range cooker, please ensure that there is a minimum of a 5mm gap on either side, to allow for expansion when in use. This is also dependent on the cooker manufacturer’s guidelines. It's also important to note that hobs should not be fitted until after installing the kitchen worktops. By following these guidelines, we can ensure that your new worktops will fit perfectly, and all kitchen equipment will be in their designated spaces.
Prior to the arrival of the template team on site, it is essential that all base units are securely fixed to each other and to the wall. This is to ensure worktops are manufactured to the correct dimensions and to prevent the joins in your worktops from failing or coming away from the wall after installation.
Our worktops are heavy-duty, so they need to have the correct support from the carcasses and the units beneath. We ask that all carcasses and wall units are levelled for precise measurements and ask that the end panels of your units are fitted to ensure a stable structure, this will allow our team to get the exact measurements for your design.
If the base units are not properly secured, it can result in inaccurate measurements, which can lead to ill-fitting worktops.
If we are installing cladding or splashbacks, it is important to ensure that cooker hoods, wall units, extractors, and electrical socket back boxes are securely fitted in place and in their final position. This is necessary to maintain the structural integrity and safety of the installation.
If sockets need to be positioned when cladding is being installed, it is recommended to remove the front panel of the socket first (prior to the template appointment). This panel should remain removed until the cladding is fully installed, this is necessary because it allows for the installation of cladding or splashbacks without damaging the front of the sockets.
This also ensures that the sockets are positioned accurately and securely. If the front is not removed before installation, it may get damaged or interfere with installation.
In conclusion, preparing your kitchen for a worktop templating appointment is crucial in ensuring a smooth and efficient process. By following the tips outlined in this guide, you can help our professionals take precise measurements and ensure that your new worktops will fit perfectly and look great.
With these preparations in place, you can rest assured that your new kitchen worktops will be custom-made to fit your design and installed to the highest standards.
Following these guidelines will help to ensure that your worktops are measured accurately and customised to your exact specifications, resulting in a beautiful and functional kitchen design.
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