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Frank & Jean Ruane – New Kitchen
Frank give me a call last year (2014) i think in October or November asking me to come and have a look at his kitchen to see if there was anything we could do to improve its functionality. On arrival it was clear why Frank and jean were struggling with the current kitchen. They told me they had been thinking about doing the kitchen for years but as with us all it was put on hold for one reason and another so they put up with it. Jean told me how many Christmas dinners she had cooked in there and always managed somehow! (well we do dont we?!)
Anyway it became clear to me that there simply wasnt enough room in the current kitchen for what they wanted so i took my usually route of removing walls! Well, why not, we are a building company after all? I explained my vision of what should be done and designed the kitchen on my laptop with Jean and Frank as i usually do. Its much easier to do this in clients homes because it is much easier to visualize my ideas rather than trying to explian them. Frank and jean quickly agreed this was the way to go and the idea of having more room was appealing to both Jean and Frank. Many clients are apprehensive about such work as removing walls as they see it as major building work, of course to us its very straight forward and nothing to be concerned about at all. The wall in question was a supporting wall so steels were used to support the upper floor as is standard.
As with many older kitchens/rooms the plasterwork was shot and coming away from the walls in some places so there wasnt much discussion on what to do with it. Frank and Jean were in agreement that the best course of action was to get rid of the lot, reboard and replaster including the ceiling. It was later decided that they also wanted the dining room completely gutting back to brick and replastered which was an excellent decision because it now flows through from kitchen to diner very nicely. All flooring was removed and aquastep click lock flooring was installed in the kitchen area.
The kitchen chosen was a shaker style MDF wrapped door in cream with all appliances chosen by Frank and Jean. Worktops are Artis laminate worktops which are of a high quality in the world of laminate worktop! I think you will agree the transformation from old to new is quite amazing. A fantastic job expertly carried out by Ben Pusey of NMB. Plastering by Ross & my son Jake who is now on his apprenticeship working alongside Ross (almighty)
Another fantastic transformation by the team @ NMB.
All appliances chosen by Frank and Jean
Artis midnight snow gloss. 38mm high quality laminate
As you can see from the before and after photos there was extensive work involved in this job. Old lead gas plumbing had to be removed, electrics upgraded, LED downlights installed. Flooring removed. Completely removal of all wall coverings including all plaster and substrate, removal of both ceilings in kitchen and dining room. Newly reboarded walls and plastered finish. New skirting boards throughout. New kitchen designed and installed by NMB. New pantry door and frame/architrave. New aqua step flooring to kitchen area. An absolutely amazing transformation and a very happy couple.