The next challenged we faced was relocating the water and heating supplies to the kitchen. With this being an existing basement. All of the plumbing supplies were running under the ground floor, but this meant they became overhead when you stand in the basement.
At the first hurdle, the client expected us to install a bulk head at the face of the kitchen to run the width of the room, concealing the pipes. However, we thought this would diminish the clean lines, of an already low ceiling. So, we reconfigured the plumbing supplies to tuck them behind our stud wall between the waterproof membrane. This successfully removed the plumbing infrastructure from sight and improved the sight lines of the kitchen.
The kitchen installation was then pretty straightforward. The client chose a composite worktop. This material felt like stone, but it wasn’t. Looked lovely and felt smooth. It took considerable skill to cut this worktop and polish the rounded corners for the two end corner cabinets. In addition we installed the belfast sink which required good workmanship to ensure the cut out was balanced around the basin unit.
Their were a few changes to the initial design during the installation process. This required ordering of some additional parts for the units. The only drawback of this, was the 6 week lead time Homebase kitchens provided. This presented a delay in completion of the kitchen, and delayed us getting paid!!!! always a bummer!
But hey that’s life, if we don’t finish, we don’t charge. As we’re often challenged, but never beaten, we’re used to obstacles such as these.
The kitchen installation was completed successfully. After the 8 WEEK wait for additional parts (wow – you’d think Homebase were growing the trees to cut the new units from), we were able to revisit and complete the kitchen installation. This last section of the install and some small snags allowed us to deliver a lovely new kitchen for the client that will serve them well for many years to come.
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