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Dr Stephanie Vass-Trevelyan
Stephanie approached me at the beginning of 2013 for some general building advice regarding a kitchen she was planning on. Basically the kitchen in Stephanies victorian terrace wasnt working for her and she wanted a complete re-design on the layout. It was decided that the position of the existing back (left hand side of where window is now) was in a really awkward position which made any further designs on the kitchen difficult. We discussed the options of changing a few things around and we settled on the idea of bricking up the exisiting doorway, installing a window in its place and then creating a new doorway in the wall on the right hand side of the kitchen (to right of sink position) We decided we had enough space in that wall to install french doors at 1400mm.
The only issue with this new positioning of the french doors was that there was a stairwell into the cellar on the other side of that wall so effectively if you opened those french doors and stepped outside you would drop approx 8ft into the entrance to the cellar! Not a great past time so the idea of a wrap around raised decked platform was born. The decking was raised up to the height of the french door sill and then a trap door was installed to create access into the cellar. The decking continued around the rear of the kitchen extension and into the garden approx 2 metres. We also incorporated a storage area underneath the raised decking to store toys and garden accessories.
Back to the kitchen! Ok, Stephanie was absolutley 100% sure on the door style she wanted (despite my attempts to pursuade otherwise!) which she had seen in John Lewis in Cheadle Hulme. After a couple of attemps to find what i thought was the door style i realised a trip to the store was in order. I visited the store in Cheadle Hulme armed with the name of the door and colour chosen by Steph. I also took my camera to ensure i was looking at the right one! A few odd looks later and i had my photos of the door in question! After sending and being confirmed by Steph the hunt was on for the supplier which after a week or two i found! I got the samples and took them to Steph to make sure we were 100% on the same page which we we were. Marvellous! We went through a few ideas on design and came up with the design that you now see in the photos. The door that Steph had chosen was a white (was stone initially but Steph does like to change her mind lol) oak veneered door hand painted white which looks absolutely stunning now that it is in. Very contemporary and minimalistic yet still retaining the oak look and graining in the door.
The Blue Pearl worktop really contrasts beautifully with the doors and the blue ceramic style tiles really tie everything together well. Underfloor heating was installed underneath a ceramic tiled floor.
An altogether fantastic transformation from old to new which we are all extremely happy with!
As with the door style chosen Steph knew exactly what she wanted regarding appliances!
NEFF Oven B45M52N3GB – Slide and hide front. Oven door slides underneath when open
NEFF Microwave C67M70N3GB – Comination microwave
CDA WC370 – Dishwasher
ZANUSSI ZGO7653BA 74cm – Gas hob. Cast iron pan supports on a black glass surface.
VILLEROY & BOCH – Nova 1.5 bowl undermount ceramic sink
Lots of work was involved in Stephs house. We removed one side of the kitchen wall and renewed in plaster board and skim. New ceiling and skim. Structural alterations including creating new french doors in the side wall. Blocking up back door and changing into a large rear window. Full plaster skim of entire kitchen area. Removal of wall between dining room and front room including steel installation. Opening up of serving hatch between kitchen and dining room. Underfloor heating in kitchen area with a ceramic tiling on top. Full rewire of kitchen. All plumbing and gas work. Kitchen installation. Granite worktops installation. Raised decking installation to rear and side of kitchen.
We have a Victorian family house which hadn’t been changed since it was built. Lots of lovely features, but the layout was impractical for family life. We wanted several different things doing – knocking through some rooms, a new kitchen with completely different lay out and new windows/French doors, and decking. I was not looking forward to obtaining lots of separate quotes and coordinating all the tradesmen. Then Nev from NMB came along!
He was able to do all the things we wanted with his own builders and kitchen supplier and essentially project manage the build. I was being a bit fussy about the kitchen I wanted – essentially it pretty much didn’t exist. But Nev did loads of research and found it for me- I couldn’t believe a builder would go to that trouble. He let me take as long as I wanted to be completely sure about what was going to be done. And his quote was very reasonable.
They started on the day they said they would and worked every day until it was done. No going off to do other jobs in the middle. Rain or shine they were there. And they worked late into the evening some days to make sure that the house was dry and watertight before they left. The quality of work has been excellent with a great finish. And the kitchen cabinets are very well made and good value for money- much better then you will get from the big kitchen companies for the same price.
Overall there have been no niggles at all. And all the tradesmen were lovely and polite. They worked hard to maintain the original features of the house that I wanted preserving and were successful at doing it. And it was all coordinated for me. Once it had started it ran like clock work.
A guy called Ben was the main builder who worked on our house and he is a star. Experienced, good at his job and a lovely guy. Nothing was too much trouble.
I can’t recommend this building firm highly enough. I have told all my friends about them and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them.
14th December 2013