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Fit flooring before new kitchen or after

Discussion in 'Floors, Stairs and Lofts' started by bricksmasher, 11 Jun 2019.

  1. bricksmasher

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    Hi

    Basically we are doing up a whole house and trying to do the things in the best order

    We've pulled up all the old cork tiles on the kitchen floor and looking at new flooring options for the kitchen..we are tempted by either karndean flooring.

    The cost is quite pricey from the people that have measured so far, but I'm.wondering if it's best to fit the new kitchen and then lay flooring, or best to lay flooring and then for the kicten?

    It seems silly to pay out for some pricey flooring through if alot of it is hidden under units?

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    I did it by fitting the kitchen first.
    I have three runs of units, with a T shaped walkway.
    My units are on screw up legs. and screwed together/to the wall

    The flooring fitter applied levelling stuff after everything was in and came back there next day, fitting a cushion floor as far as he could under the units. He did a good job.
    Apart from a couple of slits that he had to make ion the floor under one unit everything is in one piece.

    If doing it the other way around, I'd cover the floor with hardboard or ply, as I had an accident a year after the floor went down when I dropped the telescopic cooker hood cowl onto the floor and cut a "cookie cutter" half moon in the floor.
    If I had been fitting a kitchen onto of a new floor I expect I'd cause more damage

    My under unit floor is hidden by plinth covers but I had planned to make wheeled drawers under the units to store big roasting dishes or jars. I just didn't get around to it. Having a good floor was important to that idea.
     
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  4. bobasd

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    you rip out the kitchen, repair any floor damage, and then make good decorations and fixture installations after any plastering or decorating has been done.
    all layout or setting out centres are established.
    usually, we then lay the new finished flooring across the whole floor.
    cover the new floor for protection, and install the units and appliances.

    if theres only a min area of exposed finished flooring then we would fit it after the units have gone in.
    care must then be taken to sit the base units and appl's at the same FFL as the new flooring - you dont want to trap units and appl's.
     
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  5. bricksmasher

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    Thanks for both the replies

    My brother in law is fitting the kucthen he did suggest Kay flooring first, but then said it doesn't matter too much either way.

    I was just hoping to get all the flooring done as the very final thing after replastering and painting through the house of I could, but if the floor is better off going down first I'll look at that as an option
    Thanks
     
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    You would only fit flooring first if you are having free standing units or with exposed legs.
     
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    OP, if all the house flooring is going down in one go then also do the kitchen flooring at that time too.

    foxhole just saying fwiw, thats not so esp. where hard flooring such as sanded wood or hard tile is going down.
    if all setting out and centres are accurate and finished then things are simply dropped in to the laser lines and fine adjusted accordingly
     
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    If you have enclosed units going into the kitchen, save your self money and install the kitchen first and the Karndean after. The finish will look the same if installed by a competent fitter.
     
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    When we had out kitchen done, flooring went in first as I think it looks cheap and ugly
    When pulling the white goods out for cleaning/ repair you end up with a lip in the way that can catch and rip the lino etc.

    This was tiles for us but would do the same with lino or any other flooring.
     
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    When fitting flooring after the kitchen is installed, its normal to still floor under where the appliances go, it's not necersary to floor under units themselves and with some floors it's not possible/advisable.
     
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    If its perminant type floor like wood or tiles and a long term home then its the whole floor for me.
    It gives the option to alter things in the future + as said there is no sump under the units to hinder sliding fridge etc out and hold leaks or spills
     
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