This Little Additions project was all about creating a well thought-out kitchen space with a sense of flow. Home owners Cathy and Dave bought the house during lockdown but two previous kitchen-diner extension jobs hadn't been well executed and needed a proper overhaul. Cathy said "the previous owners had done it the cheapest way without putting in proper structural bits. So with the ridiculously positioned pillar and arch it was a bit like a blooming playschool, we just need a round window to complete the set really."
Project Manager Hudson Lister led the team which included young graduates Rupesh and Nigel from NMC's sister company's (New Meaning Training) Construction Skills programme. Cathy commented on how the team left the sink in working order for as long as possible and that each night after the workers had gone, Cathy noticed how clear and tidy it was. She said "The floor was so clean I could tiptoe across the kitchen without shoes on and they tidied away their props so we could still get access."
Once work was underway a few new challenges came to light. Dave comments "when they took down the ceiling in the old extension we found that it was barely insulated, probably why our kitchen was so cold. We thought we'd end up with this fluffy stuff you put in the roof, but they used more solid stuff that they use in their energy efficient passive house builds. It has worked out to the good because we're going to get a warm kitchen."
Another challenge was how to optimise the corner space. Dave continued "they came up with some blooming brilliant ideas and suggestions. We totally trust them. I mean the walk-in pantry that they created is absolutely brilliant. It really is. Amazing. I think Hudson and Harry were a little dubious about the idea at first but then they got excited about how they could do it. I think they're very proud of themselves. And so they should be, so I'm really very pleased."