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27 May 2020

Should The Coronavirus Stop You Planning a New Kitchen?

The Coronavirus Pandemic has turned the world on its head and put the economy on pause. For the vast majority of people, a compulsory lockdown has been enforced that has brought with it some lifestyle changes. There have been restrictions on what people can and cannot buy, there have been no eat out meals and social distancing has become the norm while face masks have become the height of fashion. Things have changed but thankfully lockdown is being eased and businesses are beginning to re-open their doors, Gary Fullwood Designed Living is just one of many.

Does an ease of lockdown mean I can plan my new kitchen?

The answer is yes. The answer is yes. Your new kitchen can become a reality now that Lockdown restrictions are being eased. Tradesmen coming to fit your new kitchen are now permitted to work in your home provided they follow the guidelines as laid out by the government. Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government, Robert Jenrick explains that a new kitchen is “It is a key way for households and landlords to improve the home environment and address poor quality accommodation while also providing important work for tradespeople whose businesses have been affected by the virus.” Under the government guidelines, Gary Fullwood Designed Living is open for all aspects of planning, designing and fitting your new kitchen and life is slowly getting back to normal.

Consulting with the Gary Fullwood Designed Living team safely

For a lot of people meeting with their kitchen designer and fitters is best-done face to face. Following government guidelines, our offices are open and have been and will continue to be fully sanitised. Gary Fullwood Designed Living and his team can meet with you face to show some of the designs in the showroom and discuss every aspect of your kitchen. Face masks must be worn and there will, of course, be hand washing and sanitising stations at the entrance and exit to the store. Other than following the health and safety guidelines it is as close to business as usual as you can get.

How must tradesmen work in your home?

Having planned and designed your kitchen the work in your home can begin. Government has laid down clear rules that must be followed when tradesmen work in residential property that include:

  • The workmen coming to work need to call ahead of time to check if anyone in the household is showing symptoms of COVID19. If symptoms are present work must be delayed.
  • The workers themselves must show no signs of the virus
  • Hands must be washed before entering the property, separate towels must be used and disposed of safely.
  • Social distancing must be maintained in the property and physical contact should ideally be avoided
  • Tradespeople should bring their own tea, coffee and other refreshments

All the teams that fit kitchens for Gary Fullwood Designed Living have been briefed on the COVID19 rules and all will take extra measures to ensure you and their safety for the duration of the project. The project will also use as few workers as possible.

Play your part

As a homeowner, you can play your part in having your kitchen fitted in their uncertain times. Again the government has consulted experts and certain guidelines, recommendations and practical advice have been produced that assist the homeowner. The guidelines and advice include:

  • Communicate clearly and frequently with the contracted company and do your best to set times for work and deliveries.
  • Be open about even the slightest symptoms of the virus. Even if someone just as a cold it may be wiser to delay any work.
  • Use technology to communicate. Many companies such as Gary Fullwood Designed Living are more than happy to use video calling and WhatsApp to discuss any matter in order to avoid physical contact and stay safe.
  • Clean high traffic spaces and areas where germs can accumulate in the home frequently while work is ongoing. A thorough clean should be done before workers arrive and after they leave. A clean workspace is a safe workspace.
  • Maintain social distancing at all times.

Moving forward with your new kitchen

There is nothing stopping you with moving forward with your new kitchen even when the pandemic is far from over. Gary Fullwood Designed Living is here to help you but above all the health and safety of everyone involved in the project is a priority and is something that must be taken seriously. As Gary Fullwood would say when it comes to health and safety “Don’t be a goose!”

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