The Flatpax kitchen used here came as a modular, flat-packed system of cabinets, doors, end panels and benchtops. Cabinets are solid-backed to prevent lateral movement and doors are vinyl-wrapped in white gloss. The Ozstone engineered benchtop, in Snow Fleck, is available in 2400mm lengths.
When budgeting for a kitchen renovation, don’t forget to factor in the cost of appliances and hardware.
Time and Cost
This installation took two people four days to complete and cost $5875 for the basic cupboards and benchtop. It would cost about $7375 to have two professionals install it.
Before buying the kitchen, know the clearances and cut-out dimensions of the oven, cooktop, dishwasher and sink, fridge and rangehood. It’s best
to have the appliances on site at the time of cabinet installation.Bear in mind that dishwashers are usually positioned next to the sink and require an opening width of around 600mm. The power point should be in the cabinet next door rather than behind the dishwasher as this prevents it being recessed all the way back into the opening. Most rangehoods fit beneath a 600mm-wide rangehood cabinet. If yours is ducted, add holes for fluing.
As the old kitchen is demolished, call in the plumber to cap off pipes, and the electrician to make wiring safe.Now is the time to have modifications to wiring and plumbing, such as installing extra power points or water supply for a first dishwasher.If the timber floor is to be resanded, do it before the new cabinetry goes in. If the new floo will be vinyl, cork or tiles, do it after cabinets are installed. Paint ceiling and walls before installation – it’s quicker and easier in an empty room.
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Prepare the old kitchen
Remove cabinetry and patch holes in walls. Check corners for square using the 3-4-5 method. Check walls for plumb (vertical) and mark a horizontal line around walls at the top of the base cabinet height – 865mm in this case.
Find the stud positions and drill small holes just below the line at cabinet level. Mark the position of each stud then plumb the centreline of each using a spirit level.
TIP Use toggles or wall mates where studs aren’t available.
Work in an open space on a level surface. Unpack modules one at a time and assemble following instructions, using screws provided. Fix sides, back and base together, then the cross rails. Fit hinges so the doors are ready for hanging.
Attach the legs
Turn each cabinet upside-down and screw-fix legs to the base. Set the front legs back 60mm to give an under-cabinet recess for the kickboard. Position legs in each base and wind out to a height of 145mm, the exact height of the kickboard.