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Wreck of a kitchen. 15ftx5ft. Do I need architect?! Surveyor?!

Posted by steven young, on
My kitchen is old, and basically a wreck! It's small but goodness knows what lies behind plasterboard or in the roof space! Everything needs to be looked at. Do I need an architect or surveyor or would a good builder know what to do?
Lyndon Griffiths

Lyndon Griffiths

Hi, any decent builder should be sble to offer good advice on how to update. It's sometimes better to go back to 4 bare walls and start again, especially with a kitchen so that sockets, plumbing, extraction etc are in the correct place.
Lyndon Griffiths

Lyndon Griffiths

Hi, any decent builder should be sble to offer good advice on how to update. It's sometimes better to go back to 4 bare walls and start again, especially with a kitchen so that sockets, plumbing, extraction etc are in the correct place.
John Booker-Varley

John Booker-Varley

Hi Unless you are going to make any structural alterations, ie. extend the footprint of your house by extending your kitchen your kitchen outwards say into you back yard, a survayer would not be needed. On the other hand it would be important if you suspect the ingress of water through the roof or that there are major cracks in the walls to check these out and repair before you put your new kitchen in so asto protect its longeverty. You didn't mention if you thought the structure of you property was compromised so that a side it would thenbe a good idea to have a fitter come round to draw up a plan of how your kitchen will look and to advise of additional work that may need to be done eg plastering, electrical work gas connections etc. places like Howdens,B&Q and Wickes will come around and provide this service and the you can choose to use their fitters (although very expensive) or I could provide the full service from plans to installation. Hope this helps Good luck Johm
Darryl Hoey

Darryl Hoey

Hi Steven. All the other responses are good and I can only add the following: 1. Get at least three quotes from a builder who may be able to do all the work. 2. Once you know what need doing, you could split the work into pririty stages if money is tight ie: Electrical work, Plumbing work, Plastering, Painting etc. 3. If you do exchange contracts with a builder who you got from Rated People, you should be in good hands. Should the builder be from else where, get everthing in writng and if you are unsure of something that is being done or suggested, just ask.
Michal Banas

Michal Banas

Steven, Ask builder to come over and have a look at your kitchen. Few pilot holes should be enough to see what exactly do you have behind and above your walls. As for the kitchen itself, call any of the suppliers (Wickes, Howdens, Benchmarx, etc.) - they will send someone to do measurements, plan new kitchen and give you total price. They can also recommend one of the kitchen fitters they are using to have this part done for you. Hope this helps.
Ryan Ball

Ryan Ball

Hi Steven A good builder would be the first port of call , there are some really good builders On this site , then most kitchen companies have there own designers to help Cheers Ryan
Andrew Smith

Andrew Smith

Hi Steven, you can take your kitchen plan, existing and proposed to your nearest Magnet kitchen shop and they will create a finished drawing for you. If you explain current condition they will send a fitter to survey . Andy A.L. SMITH DECORATING SERVICES
Barry Warden

Barry Warden

Hi Steven You don't need an architect or surveyor for your kitchen refit, Kitchen specialists such as myself can carry out a full design and build service, Kind regards Barry Warden
Mike  Simpson

Mike Simpson

In my opinion a good builder will know what to do. You could post the job on here. Don't pull any punches, tell it how it is. There may well be local kitchen specialists who have the skills required, within their circle of tradesmen, to tackle the project for you. Kind Regards Mike
John Brown

John Brown

hi Steven any reputable builder/carpenter in all honesty is all you should require they should be able to call on other traders such as plumbers electricians etc etc going via a site like rated people for someone with good reviews and ratings would be a good move. Hope this helps. Regards John
Allan Russell

Allan Russell

Hi Steven a good builder with kitchen fitting experience should be able to handle most of your requirements just check that he / she s electrician and gas fitters are suitably qualified then hire a good decorator to finish it Allan Russell Coalville Decorating Services
Steven Cridge

Steven Cridge

Hi steven! Just a plumber will do the trick, if you want the kitchen replaced, then plumber & carpenter. If you have a gas hob then gas fitter a must, but just to check over everything, plumber!
Mike Box

Mike Box

No you dont need either just a good builder/carpenter should be able to sort it with out to much problems .Regards Mike
Charlie Woodley  Woodley

Charlie Woodley Woodley

hi David, A good builder is suffice, ideally a company that cover all the bases of the job in hand, luckily enough we do the whole package from conception to completion, so each step of the way we are there to help them to their dream kitchen. Regards Marcus (Executive Property Maintenance )
Tom Fahy

Tom Fahy

A good company should also have an outstanding ratings page. We would recommend you take out a small building works contract and form a schedule of work with a payment schedule. Kind regards Bespoke contractors LTD
Tom Fahy

Tom Fahy

Good evening, It sounds like a basic strip out and refurbishment of the kitchen area. You shouldn't need any architectural drawings unless your extending out or opening up for bi folding doors etc. a good builder should be able to help you with ideas planing I itching design and a kitchen quotation if your planing on doing any structural knock throughs etc then you will require a structural engineers calculation.
Michael Day

Michael Day

A good builder will be able to tell you if there is any structural damage after surveying the kitchen Mike
David Price

David Price

Hi a good building company should be able to undertake the work and offer you the advice you need .i would advise you to get written estimates and insist on a contract we use jct minor works if the builer doesn't know what that is dont use him .
Nick  Pratt

Nick Pratt

Hi Steven , Any good builder/kitchen fitter should know what to do and should be able to offer you advice on the options available to you , then most kitchen suppliers will offer you a free no obligation design & quotation for supplying. Best Regards Nick
Michael Tucker

Michael Tucker

Hello Steven, A builder can do all the work and should be able to give you guidance. Get a kitchen planner in first he will be able to help the builder alone. Regards Michael
Philip Mccavana

Philip Mccavana

Hi Steven A Good builder will be able to sort you out. No need for an architect or surveyor you will just end up paying for them to tell the builder what he already knows. Phil
CHRISTOPHER STAMFORD

CHRISTOPHER STAMFORD

A good builder and building control can sort you out if they work hand in hand and it can be done on a building notice if under 30 m2 floor area hope this helps
Steve Belcher

Steve Belcher

Hi Steven, Unless you evidence of any have structural problems, I think a good Builder would give you the correct advice Regards Steve Belcher (Plasterer)
John Gray

John Gray

I personally would recommend contacting a good kitchen designer / supplier who will have a team of tradespeople to cover every aspect of job inc a builder, but the kitchen designer would project manage the trades as there is a big difference between a builder and a kitchen fitter fitting a kitchen.
Ian  Colledge

Ian Colledge

It is unlikely that you will require an architect, unless structural damage is suspected. A decent builder should be able to ascertain any problems and provide advice regarding any works required.
Craig Clifford

Craig Clifford

Hi Steven No need for an architect/surveyor, unless you are looking to take walls down/extend a good builder will be able to quote for install/repairs make sure you get at least 3 quotes. Craig
Andrew Bevan

Andrew Bevan

Hi Steven A good builder will be able to advise you on what is needed, in a case like this you would only be wasting your money on an architect or surveyor. A new kitchen will cost you anything between £2,000 and £10,000 or even more depending on the range you want. You need to think about what you want to spend on a kitchen have a look around the many show rooms and pick a level that you are happy with before you get anybody round, as to the walls etc this won't cost as much as you think in most cases walls can be over skimmed with new plaster and look brand new the big cost will be the kitchen itself and again a good builder will have trade accounts to help bring that cost down. Regards Andy A.J.B Building Services

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