I think it makes sense to include some of the more complex projects that we’re doing. Because these projects are larger than usual, it’s hard to take photos and publish them too often, but this project was documented quite well (we needed the photos for the building inspector)
This project is a kitchen refurbishment that involved a building warrant, in order to remove a structural wall. After the building work we fitted a Wren kitchen.
All this process took only two weeks! The owner actually had a hard time finding a team suitable for this job and got to us from a reference. These jobs that involve so many trades and are not suitable for many businesses.
It’s a lengthy article, but we believe it’s fair to have a good understanding of the amount of work we invest in these projects. Also, it’ll give you an idea of why it’s so hard to find a team that wants to take on such a project.
Starting with the very beginning (we don’t have photos of the old kitchen, we always forget to take photos of the old work). After disposing the kitchen and removing some of the plasterboard, this is what we were left with.
This means that we were left with a lot of work in order to get to a beautiful kitchen.
One of the first jobs was to cover the wall between the kitchen and living room (the future wall, as initially they were communicating before closing it) This surely helped the owners minimize the disruption to their home and the dust they get inside the living room.
In this photo it can be seen why the project got so messy, the wall between the two rooms was a load bearing wall. This means that for this small bit, architectural drawings had to be drafted, send to council for building regulations approval. After this, a building inspector will have to come and inspect the work.
It’s simply a frustrating experience, but it’s definitely worthwhile in the end (you get a huge, open plan kitchen)
Closing the wall between living room and kitchen
The first building work involved closing the wall between the living room and the kitchen. The building control has some clear specifications on the type of wood and the way to create a partition wall. Making a mistake when a building warrant is involved is costly, as the building inspector will make you redo the work.
This was the moment when we could close the wall with plasterboard, removing any chance of dust getting into the living room.
And let’s not forget about insulation. A requirement for both the building control, and for the home occupiers as well. Insulation has not just a thermal purpose, it insulates acoustically.
Fitting steel beam
The beam on the inside wall had to be fitted with something. We used a C35 concrete (the one used in very strong foundations) to put the spiked wood on top of it.
This shows the view from the inside of the living room. It’s looks messy, but everything was made nice at the end like nothing ever happened.
We protected the area around the building site as best as we could. In the end, everything was put back nicely.
You’ve seen above how the inside part of the beam was fitted. On the outside, the process was different. The architect asked us to fit it on the brick wall. In order to do so, we had to lay the steel beam on a C35 pre-tested concrete padstone, with C16 anchor fastening. Also, the non shrinkable grout had to be used for this.
In this picture it might be able to see better what we explained previously.
Now is the moment to start plasterboarding the beam.
Some of the most difficult part is over. It looks easier after it’s done, but this is the step where we are the most careful. After all, a loading wall means that it sustains the weight of your house! We have to take all the measures to make sure this step is done perfectly.
Little by little, the room starts to like again like.. a proper room.
You can also see to the left that some small partition walls were built. These have the purpose to help ‘fit in’ the kitchen (you’ll see later on how it’s going to look)
We have probably 30 photos more on the steel beam, as it’s such an important part in the building warrant. But we won’t bore you anymore with this, will leave the rest for the building inspector.
Fitting the kitchen
As you can see, the walls are plastered, so we started putting together the Wren kitchen.
You can see now why we needed those two side walls that we initially talked about.
The top bit was united as well. All these mean that the units look recessed. It’s definitely a lot of work for this, but again, you’ll in the end that everything is worth it.
This is another photo from the on-going job, but we just wanted to highlight that the window cills were placed in order to be the same for the both windows. Also, the windows required trickle vents. Many people actually replace their windows for trickle vents (they are usually a requirement for the building warrant), you can actually retrofit these to your windows! Huge savings here…
We stop here as it’s becoming really boring writing this post. We have many more photos if anyone is interested, but probably the end result is what most people are interested in, so.. We’ll jump right there.
After almost two weeks of work (we say almost, as it has been actually just 11.5 days of working days), the kitchen is done.
We managed to find a skirting board that match the doors quite well. The photos don’t do it justice, it’s just a phone camera.
The LED downlights are dimmable, meaning that you can get exactly the amount of light you need.
In the second beam you can see above the plasterboard beam. You can also see the heat alarm (the building regulations ask for a heat alarm in kitchens), which is interconnected with the one in the dining area and living room (smoke alarms in these cases). Also, a testing certificate will be supplied to the customer to be submitted to the building inspector.
We’ll be honest, this small bar is what we like the most about the kitchen.
Splashback with brushed stainless steel sockets/switches (in order to match the handles)
The recessed units we were talking about.
In order to break the monotony, white glass was used above the hob.
Below there are a few photos made with a camera, not a phone.
Extractor hood: the ducting was done trough the wall! This means that you can’t see an ugly ducting above the units.
We are subjective here, we love this bar!
It’s still a little bit dusty, the photo was done before the final cleaning.
Again, there is dust as the photos are before cleaning.
Very deep sink for the kitchen.
And we used a tall, column radiator. Forgot to take other photos of it, but it was quite impressive. You should be able to see it in the videos below.
Are you interested in a similar project for you? Just contact us and we can arrange something. We can take the job from different stages.
We can even take a kitchen project from the initial idea to final completion. We can deal with the architect, building warrant submission, kitchen supplied to you and so on. By using a single team doing all these, these mean that you’ll get the fastest and most value-for-money deal.