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Stress-Free Kitchen Renovations – A Step-by-Step Guide

Chris Turnbull

Stress-Free Kitchen Renovations – A Step-by-Step Guide

At Nicholas Hythe, we understand that renovating your kitchen, utility, or home office can be a daunting task. As Cambridgeshire’s only Trading Standards approved kitchen designers and installers, we seek to deliver on our core principle: to make the process as simple, efficient, safe, and stress-free kitchen installation as possible for clients which is why we’ve provided below a step-by-step guide to stress-free kitchen renovations with Nicholas Hythe.

Why Stress-Free Kitchen Renovations Are Important

Renovating a frequently-used space like your kitchen or home office is far more than just a construction project – it’s a transformative journey for a crucial part of your home and, by extension, your family life. The emotional and psychological dimensions of this undertaking are often underestimated. That’s where our adept project managers and operations team come into play. From the first moment of contact to the final sign-off, our aim is to deliver an unparalleled customer experience marked by proactive project updates, clear timelines, and immediate responses to any concerns or questions you may have. This is not merely a transaction but a relationship, and the cornerstone of our approach is transparent, open communication to give you the peace of mind you rightfully deserve.

How we Try to Reduce the Stress

We are acutely aware that the process of renewing your kitchen, utility room, or home office can be laden with stress. That’s why, right from the outset, we deploy a multi-faceted strategy to mitigate this stress. Our team is committed to providing exceptional service and unparalleled communication from start to finish, keeping you informed and engaged every step of the way. Our promise is to make the entire installation as simple, efficient, safe, and stress-free as possible. We aren’t just installing cabinets and countertops; we’re building a sanctuary within your home for you to enjoy however you want.

In this detailed guide, ‘Stress-Free Kitchen Renovations – A Step-by-Step Guide’, we will try to demystify the often daunting renovation process. We’ll guide you through our tried-and-tested operational steps that are designed to not just fulfil but exceed your expectations. From ensuring safety with asbestos surveys to the meticulous coordination of tradespeople, our goal is to provide you with not only a renovated space but also an experience marked by reassurance, meticulous attention to detail, and a tireless commitment to exceptional customer service and support.

Step 1: Ensuring Safety with an Asbestos Survey

All homes built before the year 2000 are likely to contain asbestos. We prioritise safety by scheduling an asbestos survey before commencing any kitchen installation. This survey helps identify potential risks, ensuring a safe working environment for our team and you.

Step 2: Aligning Design with a Technical Survey

Measure twice, cut once! To ensure our installation plan aligns with the agreed design, we schedule a Technical Survey. One of our experienced team members visits your home, assesses the space, checks measurements, and gathers or confirms any essential information. This step seeks to minimise any foreseeable complications during the installation process.

Step 3: Thorough Survey by Project Manager and Detailed Installation Plans

Our dedicated project manager conducts a comprehensive survey to understand any specific requirements and preferences you may have for when our contractors are on site. Our team then creates detailed installation plans, including layout, elevations, appliance placement, and necessary electrical and plumbing plans required.

Step 4: Proactive Coordination of Tradespeople

Well in advance of the installation, we book all the required tradespeople needed, such as electricians, plumbers, plasterers, floorers, heating engineers, and our skilled fitters. This proactive approach streamlines the process, ensures contractors arrive on the correct day and minimises potential delays.

Step 5: Templating and Installing Worktops

If you opt for worktops that require templating before manufacturing, we schedule the templating and installation. Our skilled craftsmen take precise measurements, create templates, and ensure a perfect fit. Typically, the installation occurs about a week after templating.

Step 6: Timely Procurement with Purchase Orders

We raise and send purchase orders for all components being installed, including cabinets, appliances, fixtures, and fittings. This step ensures timely procurement and smooth coordination with suppliers. On delivery, our warehouse team meticulously checks every delivered item for missing pieces or damages, promptly resolving any issues early

Step 7: Regular Site Visits for Progress Updates

Throughout the project, we make several visits to the site to monitor progress, address any concerns, and keep you fully informed. This proactive approach helps maintain the project’s schedule and ensures a smooth installation process.

Step 8: Addressing Snagging Requirements and Finalising Details

As your project nears completion, our project manager identifies and addresses any snagging requirements. If you are having a glass splashback, we remeasure and confirm colours. If replacement items are needed, we promptly place orders and book the required tradespeople so as to minimise delays in completion of the project.

Step 9: Customer Sign Off and Confirmation of Completion

Once all the work is finished, we send a customer sign-off email, allowing you to review and provide feedback. Internally, we confirm that the installation process is officially complete, ensuring accountability and maintaining our high standards.

Step 10: Final Visit and Aftercare Handover

To conclude the project, your designer will make a final visit to hand over our aftercare pack and guarantees. This visit provides an opportunity to address any final concerns, provide maintenance tips, and ensure your satisfaction with the end result.


We hope you’ve found this step-by-step guide to stress-free kitchen renovations with Nicholas Hythe useful. By following our operational processes diligently, we aim to deliver on our core principle of making the installation experience as simple, efficient, safe, and stress-free as possible to provide you with absolute peace of mind. Our commitment to quality, attention to detail, and proactive communication sets us apart in the industry, seeking to provide customer satisfaction with every project we undertake.


At Nicholas Hythe, Cambridgeshire’s only Trading Standards approved kitchen designers and installerswe’re well used to helping clients make the decision that’s right for them while still making the refurbishment process as simple, efficient, safe and stress. So, when you’re ready, why not book an appointment with us, free and with no-obligation?