2021 Master Builder Awards, Small Renovation Project award
National winner: Cheshire Building and Joinery Ltd
The team at Cheshire Building and Joinery Ltd whipped up a delight for the homeowner of this project in Altrincham – a side and rear kitchen extension to help her run her cake-making business from home, which also caters to the needs of a growing family.
The team offered a full design and build service, aided by inspiration from Pinterest boards provided by the owner. The results exceeded expectations, fitting the brief of a commercial kitchen on a family scale. Keeping to a limited budget, they delivered Crittall-style French doors, VELUX windows, a bespoke handmade kitchen fitted with commercial appliances (but without an industrial look), skirting boards templated to match the existing ones, and a wet underfloor heating system to keep family toes warm.
The team hit a few setbacks with planning in this historic market town, which led to them altering the design from a full wraparound extension to the current layout. However, they pride themselves on the relationships with their clients and communication was key in helping to manage expectations.
Their client commented that 'Paul and his team have done a fantastic job and we cannot thank them enough. It was a pleasure having the team here. We’ll definitely be using them again for any future work.'
The national judges praised the builder for striking the perfect balance between creating a professional, commercial kitchen space which could also serve as a warm, family hub – all whilst staying within budget. They recognised the challenge of turning a Pinterest image and a dream into a reality, and the amazing work that made it possible.