The floods of last year caused heartache and distress for many, not least one Hampshire family who had recently installed a new kitchen from Winchester Kitchens’ in their thatched cottage.
Whilst the family relaxed in Florida in February 2013, the brook at the bottom of their garden could not hold back the water any longer, slowly it crept up the garden and into their home. The endless weeks of rain had left the water levels rising dramatically, with consequences that would take many, many, months of time, frustration and money to restore.
Our clients, holidaying in America, called to explain the situation. Roy drove across and met with their parents to see if anything could be salvaged, sporting his newly acquired wellies. It quickly became apparent that the water damage was extensive and still rising. The insurance company would need to see everything as it was, nothing could be moved.
Once the water receded, it soon became clear that the whole kitchen needed to be gutted. Our clients, who by now were living with their parents in the village, and aware that this may happen again, took drastic action. The house was on a two levels with the kitchen on the lower part and the sitting room on a step up. On a practical note, it’s far easier to lift furniture and roll up carpets should the water levels rise again. It became clear that the way forward was to swop the rooms around, so the fitted kitchen would be on the higher ground.
The work involved was immense and took months to complete, the lower level was tanked and walls stripped back and rebuilt back up. At times it must have felt like they would never get their home back. The replacement kitchen was designed by Mark, who had designed the original kitchen; slowly but surely the newly designed space began to emerge.
The family moved back in last month, overjoyed to be home at last and delighted with the new kitchen. They finally are back home and dry with a reworked living space and fabulous new kitchen and looking forward to Christmas.