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Perfect For Professional Lets – Elfin Kitchens Add Value To Victorian Property Refurbs

Twenty one of Elfin Kitchens’ all-in-one compact kitchens have been installed at three Victorian refurbishment projects, helping to transform the tired, old properties in to stylish rental accommodation for the professionals of Poole in Dorset. Nine more Elfin kitchens are already planned in for the husband and wife team’s next property development.

When property developers Sally and Kevin Martin embarked on the refurbishment and reformatting of their first three-storey Victorian townhouse in to a Housing with Multiple Occupancy (HMO) property, they were looking to create a high specification finish.

Keen sailing enthusiasts, with experience of squeezing facilities in to a small space, the couple had a definite vision for the refurbishment of the kitchen areas. They wanted to add as much value and provide as many facilities as possible, in what effectively is a relatively small space. They just weren’t sure if such a solution could be easily achieved, until they came across Elfin Kitchens.

As Elfin’s managing director Bob Andrew explains: “ When I first met Kevin, he talked me through the specification and style they wanted to achieve and I showed him a sample Elfin kitchen. Since then, for the original development, nine kitchens were ordered and as I understand it, were installed and have functioned successfully, with two more orders fulfilled and a fourth soon to be!”

Space-efficient at 1000mm wide, the all-in-one kitchens specified are from Elfin’s standard range, and are built entirely of white powder coated steel with steel door and drawer furniture, slim foam filled doors and drawer fronts with a self closing drawer action.

Each kitchen features a stainless steel sink and drainer, monobloc tap, two hotplates with 30-minute safety timer, a 20 ltr combi oven and grill, an A+ rated fridge with freezer compartment and two drawers for storage.

With their fourth property development now in progress and another nine of the same model to be installed soon, the couple explains why they chose Elfin: “Apart from the fact that the kitchens are prebuilt, which makes installation easy, we really like that for each apartment we can offer our tenants the high quality kitchen facilities they demand with units that slot perfectly in to small spaces allowing us to maximise space in each apartment. All we have to do from a first fix point of view is ensure plumbing for the tap and sink waste and plug sockets are in place.

“The service from Elfin is very good. They deliver when they say they will and we have found that on the odd occasion we’ve needed replacements, they are easy to order and are delivered swiftly, which is essential when it comes to managing rental properties efficiently.”

Mr and Mrs Martin, who set up the property arm of their business in 2010, also own Edens Landscapes, an established landscaping business operating throughout Bournemouth, Poole, Dorset, Hampshire and Wiltshire.