The terms fitting and remodelling are often used interchangeably, but actually they have slightly different meanings, processes and outcomes. We’ve created a quick guide to the different considerations you should make for each.

Fitting a kitchen

Fitting a kitchen often involves changing the appearance of the kitchen without altering the structure of the property.

Fitting a kitchen may include:

  • Removing existing kitchen units and replacing with new ones
  • Changing electrical and plumbing fixtures and/or locations
  • Plastering
  • Removing and/or adding new tiles
  • Painting
  • Adding new storage and shelving
  • Removing and/or laying new flooring
  • Adding finishings like door handles and sealings

Whilst fitting a kitchen (with the exception of any plumbing and electrical work) can be achieved by those competent in DIY, hiring a builder to fit your new kitchen means you will get a flawless result that stands the test of time. Plus you can sit back, relax and have your dream kitchen fitted without the stress!

Remodelling a kitchen

A kitchen remodel often includes work that changes the structure or layout of the property to create a space that functions differently.

Remodelling a kitchen may include:

  • Adding an extension
  • Adding or removing walls
  • Combining two rooms into one
  • Raising ceilings
  • Adding new windows or doors

After the construction phase of the remodelling, you will be likely to want your builder to continue with all the stages involved in fitting the new kitchen.

An experienced and certified builder should always be hired for a full kitchen remodel to ensure that your project is structurally sound, finished perfectly and of course in line with any applicable building regulations.

Choosing the best option for your home

There are a few factors you should take into consideration when deciding between a kitchen refit or a remodel:

The requirements and result

If you are happy with the structure, shape and size of your current kitchen it may be best to opt for a straightforward fitted kitchen rather than a full kitchen remodel. If, however you want to open up, extend or restructure your kitchen then a full remodel will be the way to go.


Budget is one of the main factors to take into consideration.  Ultimately a remodel requires more building time and materials not required for a more straightforward kitchen re-fit. However the end result is of course a very different space which in some cases may add value to your property, especially if it involves adding more square footage to your home.

Planning permission

You also need to consider the time needed for each project and if you will require any planning permission. Unless you live in a listed building, you are unlikely to need planning permission for installing a kitchen unless it is part of a house extension. If you are remodelling a room that was not originally a kitchen, you may also need to think about building regulations approval, but this is something your builder should be able to advise you on.

Kitchen fitters and builders in Loughborough

If you’re looking for an experienced builder and kitchen fitter in the Loughborough area, get in touch with Abell Building Services. View some of the kitchen projects we have worked on here or contact us to talk about your kitchen project and get a quote.