This was a job which we were both worrying about. We had done a lot of DIY before, but there was always something we could do to fix things if we went wrong. With the worktops, no such luck. We did have slightly too much, due to the ordering process, but because of the banding on it, we only had the one shot at it.
We paid someone to do it. We understand ourselves well enough to know when something is outside of our skill set, and there’s no shame in that. We did learn a lot from the worker, and actually (in a future blog, far away in the distance) are planning on doing it ourselves in the utility room with the new knowledge we have.
We did miss some photo opportunities, as we were helping him lift the 4 metre lengths through the house.
The first piece was a simple cut-to-size to begin with.
Holes were marked for the sink and the hob. No pictures of any of the router or jig work though, unfortunately. We’ll get some soon though!
And, complete with the holes in the correct places.
The holes were sealed, in case of any water ingress. The mitre joints were connected with worktop bolts and biscuits. To seal in between the mitres, we used a product called Colourfill.
We needed a ventilation hole for the cooling system of the hob to work correctly, following the instructions was really useful! The hob simply drops into place, it has a built in seal and is friction fitted in.
We tested out the hob with a pan of water to see how long it would boil. It was about 45 seconds! Super impressed compared to our old electric hob. Being induction, it is very powerful (ours is 32 amps). It has some features you might expect, such as a timer for each of the four sections, being cool to the touch within a few moments of turning off, only heating where there is a pan. It only works with magnetic pans, as is the same with all induction hobs – not a problem for us as we already had these. The left hand side of the hob can operate as two separate areas, or combined as one area for larger pans, roasting tins, that sort of thing. It also has a frying sensor which adjusts the power automatically to cook things quickly but avoid burning – we honestly don’t know how it works, but it does work tremendously well!
The sink. The sink has a lot of pipes. We had to do a dry run of everything just to make sure that it would all fit together and work. The tap incorporates a boiling water portion (well, technically 98°C, but close enough!), the advantage is that it’s just one tap, and fits with the clean look and looks much better than having two separate taps. However, it does complicate the install.
It’s got hot and cold in, a feed from the cold from the tap into the water heater, boiling water feed, a breather, and one of the pipes we need to connect together – for some reason!
The sink is resin, rather than a more traditional material such as ceramic or stainless steel. You can put hot things straight from the oven onto it, despite that though.
No such luck with a friction fit this time, getting some of the sink clamps in was hard, and awkward work. We only managed to get about half of them in! Mitre joint looking great, by the way!
We hooked everything up for a test run – the water heater install was fairly easy, it was just a case of putting in two screws to mount it. The plug socket for it is hidden from view, but it has a WiFi enabled plug on it so that we can reset it / turn it off when we go away on holiday, it also can tell us the energy consumption.
With our usage, we average 0.53kWh (£0.05) per day (just over £1.50 per month) – we don’t just use it for making drinks, it’s useful in a lot of cooking situations. It also has a water filter – not sure how much it improves the taste, but it does keep out things which could otherwise reduce the lifetime of the product. We change them every six months with a third party item – it’s much cheaper but exactly the same inside – we use our Amazon Subscribe & Save, which saves us another 15% on the cost, and we don’t need to remember to order it manually.
You’ll notice that there is no waste connected, so this was the next challenge. It was another entire day to sort out the waste, as space is very limited! It was manageable though. The outside does look a little bit messy, but this will all be replaced in the future when we eventually get around to the rear of the house.
A very neat job of the waste pipe, had quite a lot of help with this to figure out the best way to hook it all up, but eventually got there.
Time to put down some paper towels and check for leaks (and come back later to neaten up everything)…
And there we go! We went in a few short months from having no water (still haven’t forgiven you, Thames Water), to having hot, cold and boiling! We couldn’t be happier with it so far. Hot & cold mixer on the right, boiling on the left – simply push the lever down and toward you.