After 20 years the kitchen was becoming decidedly tired and, as knee joints became less flexible, the corner cupboards were increasingly difficult to access. However, the couple liked the layout but decided it was time to modernize it and install cupboards with easy access. They felt by refurbishing the cupboard and drawer fronts and adding a new bench top they’d achieve their aim.
They also wanted to future-proof the bathroom by replacing the original shower cubicle with a walk-in shower that would allow wheelchair access, should that ever become necessary.
Once the kitchen design was signed off, M&B was able to give the owners an exact time frame; 6 weeks, start to finish, which was perfectly timed to ensure the new look would be unveiled at an important family occasion. The owners opted to live-in while the work took place. (stage one, which involved the complete demolition of the existing kitchen, saw them setting up temporary cooking arrangements in the garage). The new design stayed with the U-shaped kitchen layout and, to the delight of the owners who enjoy retaining a special piece of their old kitchen, incorporated the original heart rimu bar top – professionally refurbished, and “looking like a million dollars”.
Installing the new wet-room style shower was included in the project’s 6 week time frame and was a straight-forward exercise which saw them able to retain the original flooring. In the sleek new kitchen, wood grain vinyl tiles replace the old kitchen flooring adding an easy-care finishing touch.