Complete Kitchen Renovation

A full kitchen renovation which included strip-out, new kitchen ring main, floor levelling and LVT flooring and kitchen design, supply & installation.

Customer:
Shaun & Lucy
Location:
London
Budget:
£13,000
Total Cost:
£14,500
Project Duration:
2 weeks
Kitchen Range Used:
Salarno
Style:
Vinyl Wrapped

Final Kitchen Specifications

Material:
MDF
Door Thickness:
18mm
Finish:
Vinyl Wrapped
Door Design:
Narrow Frame Shaker
LVT flooring throughout

About The Project

These lovely clients of ours expressed from our first conversation, that they have plans on moving in the near future, so didn't want to spend a fortune on a new kitchen, but as their existing kitchen was very tired and pretty much falling apart, they wanted some enjoyment out of their property for the next couple of years as well as increasing its appeal when the time did come to sell - so we had a pretty clear brief!

On the first survey meeting, it was clear that the current layout of the kitchen didn't quite work, and it was mutually agreed that changing the position of the hob as a central focal point of this u-shaped kitchen would work much better for them. We looked at colours and door styles, and came to a decision on a first design layout.

After taking this information away, we sent back our design 3 days later with a video explanation (as we always do!), and the client was happy with everything design wise, but the budget had been exceeded. We agreed to look at areas we could work on this in our design session, so it was booked in for a little under a week later.

At the design session, there were no changes to be made to the layout, as we'd really thought this through together on the survey meeting. We did look at areas where savings could be made; this included looking at alternative appliances, removing some pull-out storage for the corner units, and a simple but very effective way of saving costs was for the customer to paint the kitchen themselves. We aim to provide as stress-free of a project for you as possible, however some areas such as taking on the decorating yourself if you don't mind rolling your sleeves up for a weekend, can make a significant difference when budgets are to be considered!

The final proposal was sent, agreed and the date was booked for us to begin.

This is what the kitchen looked like before

The Process & The Kitchen Design & Build In Progress

We stripped out the kitchen on day one, and isolated all the services.

After this we got all the plumbing and new ring main laid out and first fixed for the new kitchen layout.

There was a lot of damp on the rear exterior wall of the property, so we cleaned and treated this ready for the customer to paint the room.

We then started the floor levelling process, and on the survey the client mentioned there was a floorboard that dipped slightly so we investigated this before laying plywood, primer and levelling compound. Unfortunately there was a bit more than a loose floor board that was discovered – the floor joists and timber plate they were sat on before the concrete slab at the end of the kitchen were all rotten, but we were able to rectify this by simply cutting out the rotten sections and replacing them, along with a new timber plate which was now protected from moisture by a damp course. An extra half a days work plus the materials, but this was something that needed addressing, and the customer was happy we were able to fix the issue.

Then came the installation of the lovely new LVT flooring which was chosen to match their worktops in a rustic oak finish.

We then took delivery of the kitchen and began assembling and installing the units. There were 17 units in total, and 6 appliances, so as is typical for this type of renovation, the whole project lasted 2 weeks – week 1 was preparation and flooring, while week 2 was installation of the kitchen itself.

Here you can see the work involved and what the space looked like as things progressed.

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The Results

The final results were amazing! The customer had chosen well and the classic shaker style in a light grey, with its more modern take of a slim style and rail profile looks very contemporary. The matte black handles are fast becoming a favourite of mine, and they look great on this kitchen with the black sink and tap, black hob and oven and black glass canopy extractor hood housed in a bridging unit.

We had a very old kitchen and decided it was the right time to upgrade, the job come with challenges such as replacing timber beams, levelling the floor, running a new electricity ring around the kitchen and treating damp.

We wanted a company that could do it all, Freddy and his team at Living Installations delivered it and more.

From first meeting through to completion Freddy worked with us to understand our needs, he was flexible throughout on areas such as working with us to shave costs of the first quote whilst still maintaining the highest quality and made us feel at ease throughout. Each design and quotation come with a very helpful video explaining all aspects of the work, Living Installations made what seemed like a very complex and overwhelming job (for us) easy and seamless.

Some things, such as the timber supporting beams needing replacing did crop up during the job but Freddy managed every hurdle with good humour, flexibility and expertise to fix the problem.

Outside of the job, the care and aftercare has been above and beyond.

If you're considering getting any Kitchen works done then I have no hesitation in recommending Freddy and the team at Living Installations.

Shaun & Lucy

Services Provided

The services we provided during this project

Project Management
Free Survey & Consultation
Kitchen Design
Kitchen Supply
Kitchen Fitting (Install)

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