Occasionally in older properties we come across kitchen windows that are too low for the new worktops, if we were to fit the worktops the resulting recess behind the worktops would collect water and be difficult to keep clean. More importantly, the back of the worktops going down to the window bottom is difficult to achieve and look good. If we’re fitting solid wood worktops then there’s something to work with, if the tops are granite then something can be made to fit. If laminate worktops are being fitted then the options are limited and given the vulnerability of laminate to water damage then a proper finish is impossible. Whichever way you look at it you’re ‘making good’ the situation, although that said in very old properties you may not have a choice.
The answer to this problem is to lift the window up and so raise the window bottom above the height of the worktops. This may sound complicated and expensive but not as much as you think.
Recently we fitted a kitchen in New Mills, Derbyshire where we had to raise the window. After consultation with the customer he agreed the window would be replaced. Our joiner Paul measured up and we ordered the new frame and glass from a local builders’ merchants. The job was scheduled to take place immediately after the old kitchen was removed then we’d have easy access from both sides.
After the old window was removed our builder Steve came and raised the large sill the window was on and then rebuilt the outside walls using some locally sourced matching stone. Then he rebuilt the inside walls with breeze block and finally the inside was boarded and plastered.
Lifting the sill was necessary to make a good finish. Look carefully around older properties and you’ll see examples of kitchen windows being raised and the sill left behind. Usually a course of brick is used to support the window, the result looks unprofessional.
The following day Paul fitted the new window then the glass and finally the outside wall around the window was pointed.
The essential element in this being achievable is project management, we coordinated the window replacement with the kitchen installation. Often the customer may have other tradesmen involved which can lead to misunderstanding and consequently delays can occur.
If you’re curious to know the additional cost to the customer for the replacement window; it was £450.
At Kinder Kitchens we often discuss amongst ourselves that what we do isn’t just fitting kitchens but room renovation. In nearly all cases we have to make alterations to the electrical wiring, usually to wire up new appliances and to put new sockets in place above the worktops. Cables are chased into the wall and then plastered over to finish. Then there’s pipe work bury or box in.
Patch plastering like this can difficult to get smooth and if the customer wants to paint the wall or decorate then patch plastering will not be an option. The ideal solution is to completely plaster the room, by that I mean to skim over the old plaster on all the walls and if necessary the ceiling as well.
The result takes away the tired old tatty look that will remind the customer of how the kitchen looked before and give that fresh new room look and feel.
The cost of a room skim with ceiling usually adds about £500 to a kitchen which may seem a little pricey but if you’re investing in a new kitchen then then it’s well worth that little extra.
For many of us the way we spend our spare time at home has changed over the last few years. Thanks to mobile technology like smartphones, laptops and tablets we are no longer confined to the living room for our entertainment. Increasing numbers of our customers want seating areas in their kitchens, they want much more than a place to prepare meals in. The kitchen can be an inspiring place for study, work or entertainment. Seating areas are usually part of an island or a peninsula and take the form of overhanging worktops and stools to sit on. It’s a simple design which can transform a kitchen into a multifunctional room. I have included some images showing both island and peninsula designs we have fitted.