There used to be a comedy programme years ago – about a completely hapless character who gets into mischief with things like home extensions and the like. The show had a catchy tune and a visual ‘catchphrase’ of standing against the corner of a shop window and raising one leg outwards – it was a comical action. All so sadly childish now! However, a couple of episodes concerned the remodelling of his kitchen and scullery – or utility as we grandly call it now. He hired a local odd job man – now less grandly called a cowboy. . . . the lesson that stayed with me throughout my adult life was: check everything the tradesman says and check again. Watch him measure up and then measure again. Measure twice, cut once . . . Many a home project has been wrecked by shoddy workmanship, particularly where a ‘carpenter’ has been engaged under false pretences. Fortunately most modern kitchens come in modular form and companies only use very experienced and qualified craftsmen to fit them.