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Nathan has been with Deslaurier for nine years and has spent time in many different departments. Nathan spent three years in the Custom Fabrication department, five years as a Field Service Technician, and now serves as an Installations Inspector. Nathan is a proud 2007 graduate of Algonquin College's Furniture Technician program.
Site Readiness: Critical, Yet Often Overlooked…
When you are in the early stages of your design process for your new kitchen, you are choosing many details and it can become overwhelming. There is one big thing that sometimes get over looked and that is site readiness. When you are choosing locations for your sink, stove and fridge, something to think about is if there is water or electrical already in this location. If there is not, then this is something that you are going to have to complete. These types of situations are the things that need to be taken care of before the kitchen is delivered and the installer arrives on site to start the installation of your new kitchen. If this is not done, you may end up with plugs inside cabinets or waterlines in the wrong location. This will cause delays to your timeline and may cause you to be without a kitchen for an extended period of time. Another thing to think about before the kitchen arrives is what type of flooring am I going to be installing and does this need to be done before the kitchen arrives. Some hardwood installers will allow the kitchen to be installed prior to the installation of the flooring, but if you are selecting tile then this is installed under all of the cabinets and is done prior to the cabinetry install.
After you have completed the design phase with the designer, you will be given the floor plan and a detailed layout of your new kitchen. This can be given to your contractor or given to the trades that you have chosen to complete the work during the renovation or build. This floor plan will have all of the locations for your appliances and sinks so that the trades can rough-in the proper electrical and plumbing lines for these appliances.
Now that the trades have completed the adjustments to the layout of your kitchen and the flooring has been installed, you are ready to have the kitchen delivered. When the kitchen arrives the delivery team will require an area free and clear of obstructions to set the cabinets in. Our delivery team will try and set the base cabinets in the kitchen area and any wall cabinets will be set off to the side for later install. When the installer arrives on site he will then remove the protective materials from the cabinets and move them into position to begin the installation. A clean environment for the installer will give him a better work area which will allow him to work free of obstructions. As a result, this will lead to a more complete install. As the installation progresses and gets closer to completion, the installer will be working on the finishing touches, which includes: mouldings, countertops, accessories and hardware. Prior to the installation of the countertops, the installer will require the template for your sink. He will then cut the countertop for the sink so that it is ready for the plumber to install. He will then cut any electrical plugs or lights into the cabinetry as required. This is to prevent damage from other trades to our cabinetry. If you have chosen granite countertops, their company will come to the kitchen after the install is completed and template for the stone. They will require the sink template for your kitchen so that they can complete the cut out in their facility.
These are just a few things to try and keep in mind during the design stage of your kitchen. Once this stage is complete, Deslaurier Custom Cabinets will send an inspector to the site to evaluate the quality of the kitchen install as well as quality of the product. They will create a list of noted deficiencies that will be completed by the Service Team. Taking these few steps will ensure your kitchen is installed and completed in an efficient and timely manner.