Case Study - Kitchen

Mr & Mrs N. Colchester.

Having looked around many kitchen showrooms, Mr & Mrs N visited our showroom. After an initial introduction, I arranged a site visit to discuss in detail their requirements and measure the room. The arrangement was an average sized kitchen and separate utility room, tight on space when all the family were in the room preparing and eating.

Our clients gave us a brief for their new kitchen with a wish-list of appliances and types of cupboards they wanted. It comprised kitchen furniture that was fresh and light with a modern look; oven, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer; stone or granite worktops and, last but not least, somewhere for the family to eat.

The initial budget was around £25,000.

Following the site survey we prepared several design options that were limited by the existing room dimensions and arrangement of the walls. However we also explored the possibility of removing the dividing wall between the kitchen and utility room to open up the room space and design options. In so doing we were able to create a more practical design for the kitchen and fulfil Mr & Mrs N’s full requirements. After finalising the design we prepared a fully itemised quotation including all building and electrical work and a recommend list of appliances. The quotation was within their budget and the serious work of choosing colours and finishes started.

The Madrid high gloss acrylic door from the Callerton range of furniture was chosen and two shades, latte and cappuccino, used in combination to create the modern look with satin steel handles to compliment the stainless appliances. Engineered stone worksurface and breakfast bar from the Silestone range in a polished finish set the cupboards off.

After choosing colours and materials, we ordered the furniture and appliances and scheduled our installation team. The work started with the old kitchen being removed, including the dividing wall between the kitchen and utility rooms. The electrical and plumbing services were relocated and then our plasterer prepared and skimmed the walls and ceiling to bring the two rooms together.

All the kitchen cupboards were fitted and templates made for the stone worktops. While the worktops were being fabricated, we left temporary laminate worktops for the client and ensured that, where practicable, all the appliances were left working.

The whole ordering and installation process was project managed to ensure everything was available when needed and the various tradesmen turned up on site as required with no down-time between trades. The contract was completed on time and on budget. Mr & Mrs N were very satisfied with the finished kitchen which exceeded their exceptions in every way.