Tuesday, 13 September 2016

kitchen nostalgia




















There are less than 24 hours between the first and third photo. We are getting used to our temporary kitchen with the slightly wobbly sink. The size of our temporary kitchen is the original size as built in 1929. Richard added some shelves made from old worktop and he just finished putting the cat door to the left under the sink. The cats have resigned themselves to a randomly vanishing and reappearing cat door.

There was of course nothing wrong with the kitchen as seen in the first photo, all bare and devoid of normal kitchen clutter. Richard built it many years ago and I particularly loved the wide windowsills which we used as storage space for example herb pots and the fruit bowl. I'll miss those windowsills, cleverly constructed by my talented bloke. I also loved the pale pink walls and I am determined to have at the very least a pink wall in the new kitchen (I have yet to break the news to the other five in the family).

We could have left the kitchen largely intact and only break through the wall on the right to open the kitchen up into the poky dining room. But our idea was to add functional value to our downstairs living area and by building a single story extension all across the rear we could create not only a large kitchen/dining/living space but also a separate study and utility room, with the added bonus of a fifth bedroom the size of a bedroom rather than the current cluttered tunnel of a room. Another aim was to flood the space with light, no mean feat when the backside of the house is North-facing and built into a steep hill. We'll have six large double roof windows and an ridiculously large glass bifold door (the thought of the cost of which gives me palpitations). The window cleaner will be delighted.

I am really looking forward to seeing things happening over the next twelve weeks or so. There will be a few weeks when we'll have no kitchen at all but I'll worry about that later. You'll hear all about it of course.

I have no further news except maybe that I got to the bottom of the ironing pile, which is largely unheard of.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great rest of the week. xx

12 comments:

  1. Oh, wow, what a huge change this will be and a really wonderful one! I've never been through a kitchen renovation, but I have been through a bathroom one and it wasn't easy but definitely worth it in the end. Best wishes with everything. I'm in favor of a pink wall in the kitchen. I've got your back. :)

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  2. You are going to be so thrilled when it is all finished, I though of it as a big adventure when we remodeled our kitchen, but then again it was only the kitchen, best of luck.
    Meredith

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  3. It will be fabulous when it is finished!

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  4. It's going to be amazing when it's done. Keep your eyes firmly on the prize - and that pink wall. xx

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  5. The bottom of the ironing pile! Well done you. The new kitchen sounds as though it will be amazing. I shall look forward to seeing the progress. There's a part of me that thinks it might be nice to be without a kitchen for a while. Free! Although of course I know it won't be quite like that in reality. Wishing you much luck and speedy builders. CJ xx

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  6. I always look at peoples before picture and think it looks way better than my kitchen in the first place!! but living in one is always different so Good Luck and stay sane. Jo x

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  7. Hey Christina,
    Best of luck with the renovations. Keep your eye on the end result at all times, because it does get stressful at times. But so worth it in the end. I'm impressed with your lack of ironing pile.
    Leanne xx

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  8. Wow, that all sounds amazing. Stressful times but oh so worth it in the end. I too was impressed with completing the ironing, there are only two of us here now and that never happens.

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  9. Isn't it funny how you start feeling nostalgic about a kitchen once it's gone. I had that same feeling 4 years ago. There was pain, as I'm sure you will have, but it sounds like it will be definitely worth it. All those windows will make up for your lost window sills. Have you chosen your kitchen units yet. Perhaps a lovely shade of pink perhaps? Hope your week goes calmly:) B

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  10. Ooh, all so excitng! Your plans sound great (big glass doors are flipping expensive, but worth it). Hold on to your hats, grit your teeth, keep your eyes on the horizon and other cliches :-) Good luck my friend. Pink units, as Barbara says - not a bad idea at all. Or tiles? :-) Sam x

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  11. Wow! This is going to ba amazing. I have extension-envy! But very happy for you too x

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  12. Bifold doors! You lucky thing. :-) I look forward to seeing the progress. X

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