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I first went to see Andy in November 2014 with a view at modernising his old kitchen which was in need of a full overhaul. On inspection it was clear all the old kitchen cabinets and doors had definately seen better days! The walls were inspected and it was decided the best course of action there was to completely remove all the timber cladding and all of the old plaster and all substrate back to brick in order to get the perfect finish on the new plastering that Andy was after. He had decided he wanted plain walls that he could paint afterwards so this was the only option available in my eyes. Once all plaster is off and the brick is exposed it is then possible to apply new plasterboards and create nice angles to then fit the new kitchen too. This ensures a perfect finish once the worktops are installed as you will from the photos. It is obviously a more costly method than simply skimming over existing walls but sometimes this is not possible as was the case at Andys, the plaster was in too bad a state to skim over. The ceiling was shot also so we pulled it down completely and installed a new timber framed ceiling including fire rated recessed LED downlights.
The new kitchen chosen was a hand painted Ivory shaker kitchen, soft close blum hinges as standard on doors and drawers, appliances were chosen by Andy and the worktops are solid Oak which we treated with Danish Oil. The Oak tops usually need 3-4 coats and the first should applied prior to fitting so that the undersides can be treated also. This is important to prevent moisture penetrating the timber from underneath.
When looking at the “before” photos and then seeing the finished article it is clear to see the transformation was extremely succesful and a job that both us and Andy are extremely pleased with. Andy’s review will be up soon!
Andy chose the solid oak 38mm worktop. Worktops were treated by us in the showroom prior to installation. This is usually a task undertaken by the client (very simple application with a lint free cotton cloth) but Andy works away so we did this for him. We always recommend Danish oil when treating Oak worktops and this process should be repeated at least once every 6 months.
Andy’s kitchen was in a very tired condition when we came across it. The kitchen cabs and doors had served their time and in desperate need of replacement. The timber cladding that had been put up in the kitchen was basically hiding the poor condition plaster underneath which was also in need of replacement. We removed all plaster back to brick and reboarded the whole kitchen including the ceiling. After plastering was done the whole kitchen looked alot better! All old flooring had already been removed and this was replaced with Aqua step flooring which is a click lock flooring similar to laminate flooring but suitable for kitchen applications. This is fitted onto a layer of 5.5mm fibreboard underlay which also acts as a small layer of insulation between subfloor and floor. This means the flooring is not so cold to walk on as tiles. Kitchen was expertly fitted and once the kitchen worktops and kitchen appliances were installed the transformation was complete.