A kitchen is that tricky room in your house that needs detailed thinking and extensive planning to get just right. A well functioning kitchen doesn’t just make the cooking hub of your home more functional and easier to navigate, but add value to your home (so no pressure there…) After a few weeks of cooking in an electrical frying pan in the garage in the middle of winter, installation day finally arrived (and not a moment too soon)! This is how it went down:
The layout of our kitchen has changed quite a bit, so we (no, didn’t get my hands dirty) had to demolish the entire interior. We (I use the term “we” quite loosely, my husband, nor I never touched any equipment) removed the benchtop that separated the kitchen and informal dining area to create one large open plan area. We also changed the position of the oven and fridge. The dishwasher and sink were left in their original positions.
The window cavity that overlooks the entertainment area was widened and we installed a bi-fold window with a narrow benchtop on the entertainment area side. This will give us the benefit of a serving bay for placing food platters, a place for kids to sit at meal time, or keeping the host company while washing dishes (Yes, I did mean that the guests will be washing dishes 🙂 Our builders, The Swedish giant, Dan and Aussie hero, Pete (who sings like a nightingale) has done a magnificent job and has obviously done this many times before (the building bit, certainly not the singing).
CABINET AND FLOORING INSTALLATION
After some consideration whether we should install the solid timber flooring on top of our existing tiles, we decided that we didn’t want to lose any ceiling height and ripped everything out. Although it created more dust than a sand storm in the Sahara Desert and we’re still finding some in untouched crevices (I’m usually not big on looking for unnoticeable places to clean) , it was well worth the effort. The new flooring has made a huge difference in our house and created wonderful contrast to the dark kitchen cabinets.
BENCHTOPS AND TILING
The arrival of the benchtop created quite a tummy flutter. We decided on Ceasarstone that has a feint vein – this combined very well with a matt white subway tile that looked almost handmade. Step by step, these finishes brought us closer to the desired effect of the final design. Seeing all these elements in place, just the way you pictured and planned, was quite an exciting moment.
Next week, I’ll show you how the kitchen turned out in the end. Don’t miss our other room renovations – just follow the links below.
Cheerio ’til next time!