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www.times.co.nz Howick and Pakuranga Times, Monday, June 17, 2013 --- 17 When Susi and Carl can't stand the cold, they head into the kitchen... or laun- dry, or bathroom, for that matter! Almost two years ago, Susi Brum- back called in the Kitchencraft team to help her redevelop the kitchen at her Cockle Bay home; but there were still rooms for improvement. Tired, outdated and, more impor- tantly chilly, the couple's laundry and bathroom also required expert attention. "We initially approached Kitchen- craft after reading an article about one of their kitchens in the Howick and Pakuranga Times," says Susi. "After the excellent job Warren [Smith] and his team did for us back then, they were the obvious choice to help us remodel our laundry and bathroom as well." Kitchencraft designer, Grace Nicholson, worked with Susi and Carl to design and develop the two wet rooms. "The original laundry was dark and cluttered. There was no space to speak of, the hot water cylinder was in the way, and it had virtually no storage. Grace offered some great ideas, such as insulating the window to keep out the draft, stack- ing the washer and dryer, taking out a wall, and putting in much more efficient storage, to make the most of the space." The Kitchencraft team gutted the room and started again. By the time they had finished, Susi says the laundry seemed to be double the size. "With ample storage intel- ligently designed into the room, we even found space for a fridge, so we always have a few cold drinks ready when guests drop by." In addition to the laundry, Grace and the team also remodelled the Brumback's upstairs bathroom. "It was draughty, cold and, as clean as we kept it, it still didn't feel comfortable. I'd go in there and freeze, particularly in winter, mainly because of the window which had thin glass, rattled, leaked and made the room cold," Susi says. The Kitchencraft team replaced the windows in both the bathroom and laundry, double glazing them at the same time. A heater and a large, mirrored cabinet were also installed in the bathroom, complete with power sockets and a built-in demister pad. "Grace suggested moving the basin, which enabled us to have the mirror. That made a world of dif- ference. It was functional and also made the room appear bigger. "The cabinet even has power points for electric toothbrushes so everything's hidden away." Susi says having a bathroom that makes great use of space and has plenty of stor- age has proved to be wonderful. "And, because it's now so warm and quiet, it's become a real sanc- tuary for us, particularly when the temperature drops outdoors." She adds that while Grace listened attentively to the couple's plans, the designer was not shy about making suggestions. "If Grace didn't think something would work, she offered practical alternatives. She totally understood the importance of ensuring the new rooms would be functional, but still fit well with the design scheme of the rest of the house and our lifestyle," says Susi. "It was a real collabora- tion. Warren and Grace put designs on paper, but they were never set in stone. They changed quite a bit as we all worked to make sure their vision suited ours." With three rooms now revitalised, Kitchencraft's work at the Brumback home is complete, but Susi says Warren, Grace and the team are always welcome. "We'll still keep in touch. 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