This lovely period property was originally a part of The Melville Castle Estate belongs to Susan and Ian McKay.
Susan and Ian commissioned our team of builders to refurbish a kitchen in their beloved house. Susan’s main focus was to create more natural light and a modern kitchen which would reflect her desire for modern living yet in keeping the character of her property.
With this clear requirement working within a 300 years old property would prove to be a great challenge.
The new door opening was located right under windows and there was a risk they might collapse while the wall is taken down. A structural survey was undertaken to assess the risks and we decided to create a steel structure. The engineers were required to install 3 steel beams in place to hold the wall together with each beam weighing over 555lb. Due to lack of space we were unable to use a crane and did this by hand with 4 people working in tandem to ensure it was put in place. We are sure the metal structure will last longer than the house itself but unfortunately we will not be around to see whether this will happen!
We installed new Bi-Fold doors replacing the old stone wall and this allowed the kitchen to be flooded with natural light which met Susan’s explicit requirements.
There were several other alternations in the house completed during the refurbishment all carefully executed by our team of joiners and builders.
As a result of our work the house kept its charming period character yet with a new modern twist .