Recent newspaper headlines have highlighted the great home makeover boom, as thousands of householders decide to improve, not move, adding value to their properties with building extensions and home improvements such as kitchen makeovers. This in turn has triggered a trend for the spacious kitchen-diner as the new family room, with king-sized kitchens heralding the death of the traditional living room.
This improve, not move direction is exemplified by property guru Sarah Beenys Channel 4 series Double Your House For Half The Money, where she helps people achieve their property dreams without breaking the bank, by expanding and upgrading their existing homes. Home makeover experts Granite Transformations were involved with both makeover projects featured in Episode 7, Series 2, where two young couples wanted extra living space and dreamed of a beautiful, big kitchen-diner as the heart of the family home.
As the reveal shot in each property clearly showed on screen, the dramatic makeovers made possible with Granite Transformations granite-like worktops and made-to-measure cabinet doors were truly eyecatching and drew enthusiastic reactions from Sarah and the young couples. In Horsham, West Surrey, Sarah Williams and Jason Bunce went for a classic combination of Black Star recycled glass worktops and Super White Ash Shaker-style cabinet doors; while in Wandsworth, South London, Claire and Charlie Hodgson opted for the contemporary look of Crema Luna quartz work surfaces and modern Alabaster Newport doors, with a waterproof White Star recycled glass finish used in the master and en-suite bathrooms.
With its inimitable top that fits on top, a tough, slimline worktop material that fits directly over existing surfaces without costly demolition, Granite Transformations have been at the vanguard of the improve, not move makeover market, now approaching one million customers worldwide. The virtually instant décor transformations made possible with their Italian granite, quartz and glass agglomerate work surfaces, custom-made replacement cabinet doors and authentic, handcrafted glass mosaics are as popular with TV producers, as they are with hard-pressed householders looking to improve their kitchens, bathrooms and utility rooms without breaking the budget.
On the Double Your House For Half The Money episode, Sarah Beeny proved to be very well informed, when she showed Claire and Charlie a Black Star 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 granite slab. Told that this method reduces the cost considerably, removes the need for reinforcement and cuts installation time dramatically, Claire decided it was exactly the look she wanted and exclaimed Sold!.
Over in Wandsworth, the new king-sized kitchen really stole the show in the large, light open-plan extension, prompting Sarah Beeny 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. Its everything we wanted and very much the heart of the home, enthused Sarah Williams. Granite Transformations also contributed finishing materials for two new bathrooms, made possible by an elegant loft conversion, and the sum total of external, internal and structural home improvements raised the estimated property value from £615k to around £850k. Proof that improve, not move does make sound financial sense.
All the Granite Transformations work was carried out by their own factory-trained fitters, as is always the case with regular kitchen and bathroom makeovers, and all work surfaces are covered by a lifetime material warranty. As with most TV makeover work, each installation was completed in a single day due to tight filming schedules, but then thats normally the case for most Granite Transformations makeovers.
For the nearest Granite Transformations showroom or a full colour brochure, call 0800 044 5393 or visit their website at www.granitetransformations.co.uk