The kitchen opens off the Cuthbert Room, and is in the former church vestry.
We opened up t he old chimney breast to accommodate the Rangemaster Elan dual-fuelled cooking range, and some original heavy timbers have been incorporated as lintols over the window and chimney breast. David rebuilt the original sliding-sash window casement in here.
There was previously no water supply into the church at all (what, no tea after the service?) and so this was a real challenge. We had a new 32mm alkathene pipe threaded under the road (really - amazing!) and so we now have a super supply with good pressure.
Drainage was something we had to be very careful over. I can honstly say it was the only thing which I lost sleep over throughout the whole job. The problem was that the main sewer is fairly shallow, but we had a long run to get into it. So we had to be very careful to calculate the fall correctly, because we had absolutely no margin for error. I woke one night with the realisation that the calculations were wrong; we might summon the Water Authority to connect our pipe, and find we had arrived lower than the sewer. Thankfully we were able to correct the calculations, and I was mightily relieved when we finally had everything connected.
An oak kitchen was chosen to complement the communion table, which had long been earmarked as the serving island in the kitchen’s design.
A new opening, with a traditional hardwood door, gives access to the utility area outside. David created a very neat closed-off area to house the high-tech and very efficient condensing boiler (which provides the heating and hot water throughout this large house) and the laundry equipment.