Claire & Charlie Hodgson, Kitchen And Bathrooms
In the Channel 4 series Double Your House For Half The Money, property guru Sarah Beeny helps people achieve their property dreams without breaking the bank, by expanding and upgrading their existing homes.
We were involved with a number of makeover projects where young couples wanted extra living space and dreamed of beautiful new kitchens at the heart of the family home.
In Wandsworth, South London, Claire and Charlie Hodgson opted for the contemporary look of Crema Luna quartz work surfaces and modern Alabaster Newport doors for their kitchen makeover. In addition, our waterproof White Star recycled glass finish was used in their master and en-suite bathrooms.
As might be expected, Sarah Beeny proved to be very well informed when she showed Claire and Charlie a product sample in a GT showroom and demonstrated how it fits neatly over an existing worktop, the diamond-polished surface and bonded edge strip simulating the look of a chunky stone slab. Told that this method reduces the cost considerably, removes the need for reinforcement and cuts installation time dramatically, homeowner Claire decided it was exactly the look she wanted and exclaimed ‘Sold!’.
When it came to the programme’s ‘reveal’ sequence, Claire and Charlie’s new king-sized kitchen really stole the show in the large, light open-plan extension, prompting Sarah to react with ‘brilliant, how fantastic’. The introduction of an island unit helps separate the kitchen and dining zones, while glazed bi-fold doors extend the living space through into the garden.
We also contributed finishing materials for two new bathrooms, made possible by an elegant new loft conversion, our White Star material being used for a shower liner, pedestal basin panel with in-built mirror and water- and slip-resistant floor tiles.
The sum total of external, internal and structural home improvements raised the estimated property value by around forty per cent. Proof that ‘improve not move’ does make sound financial sense.