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LYNDIE’S KITCHEN RENOVATION: The Reveal

Kitchen renovation reveal

If you’ve been following our home renovation, you’re probably eager to see the end result of our kitchen!  To see the first stages and how the renovation progressed, follow these links:

Before & After of Entry and Stairs, Before Photos of the Interior, Renovation, First Phase, Ensuite Bathroom Make Over, Kids’ Bathroom Make Over, Demolition day, Kitchen installation begins.

kitchen before renovation

This photo was taken just before demolition began – it’s amazing how quickly everything is stripped to the bare bones of the house.  We removed this benchtop that separated the informal dining and kitchen, to allow the dining area to become more part of the kitchen.

black and white kitchen dark timber floor

We went for a black and white colour scheme, but warmed it up with timber elements to resemble a country kitchen.  The old butcher’s block, which accompanied the butchery we purchased 16 years ago, was restored by my father-in-law.  It’s exceptionally heavy, so we fitted it with wheels in order to cart it where needed.

kitchen bifold window before

Here’s the kitchen stripped of all cabinets and benchtops – only thing remaining…those beautiful splashback tiles with depictions of fruit… We widened the window and replaced it with a bi-fold window to create better flow to the new entertainment area extension.

kitchen marble benchtop

Great improvement, even if I have to say so myself 🙂  The oil painting of our family beach house in South Africa, was a gift from my Mum for my 40th birthday and takes pride of place in our new kitchen.  The beach house reminds me of hot summers and an ice cold ocean, late night dancing, crawling through a window after curfew (and getting caught!), eating freshly caught crayfish with lashes of mayonnaise on newspaper and skinny dipping at sunset with my aunt and cousin.  This was what Christmas time was made of –  days at the beach with the entire family (only rarely fighting over who’s turn it is for cleaning the dishes or how the kids never help with washing the laundry – by hand in those days).

freestanding oven before renovation

What a beautiful sight, our yawning oven door and laminated cabinet doors.  How ever could we improve on this look?

freestanding oven and rangehood

Aaaah, that’s better!  My husband and I love entertaining and cooking, so we needed a proper oven and plenty of workspace.  The oven is now big enough to hide all my dirty dishes –  not just the plates –  when unexpected guests come over, jippeee!  I decided on white cabinets for the top half, as the black would’ve been too overbearing. To keep a unified look, we used brushed nickel handles, that works well with all the taps and accessories.

kitchen dining before

This is the old informal dining area off the kitchen during packing up phase.  We bought the large timber shelf that’s hanging against the wall at a scrap metal yard in Richmond.  It was used to be a display shelf at an antiques store.  Because of the size of it, we had to close up the door cavity that led into a guest bathroom out of the dining area, otherwise it wouldn’t fit!  What we’d do for timber shelves with character…  I decided to paint it white to fit the new scheme, as the timber imparted too strong a country feel in the space and didn’t have the same tone as the new flooring.

black and white kitchen table

The crisp white shelf has a fresher feel and creates such a nice backdrop for all my pretty knickknacks (crap, in my husband’s words… he knows nothing of decorating ;).  The small 6 seater dining table suits this space perfectly and is great when it’s just the four of us for dinner.  It was another council pickup find, which I painted black and white.

kitchen dining, painted shelf

A small sink and tap for quick rinse ups and a kettle for a cuppa and girly catchups complete the look.  I’ve used aqua as accent colour throughout, that was inspired by a painting in the lounge room.   Some of my knickknacks are from local retail stores, some are handmade and others from Salvo’s or Vinnies second hand stores.

Kitchen renovation, Kitchen dining

So this is the kitchen done and dusted.  Items used in this renovation:

  • Solid timber, prefinished yarrah flooring
  • Polyurethane cabinets with shaker style doors
  • Ceasarstone Statuario Nuvo 40mm mitred benchtop
  • Devon super white matte subway tiles from Beaumont Tiles, Castle Hill
  • Kethy handles
  • Wall paint – Dulux Dieskau and Vivid White for the trim
  • Farmhouse style light – Beacon Lighting
  • Provincial style taps in solid brass from Marina Isles, Castle Hill.

Next week, I’ll show you a new room with a new look. If your home is starting to look a little bit sad, give us a call to give you guidance for a freshen up.

Cheerio ’til next time!

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Lyndie’s Home Renovation, First Phase

My husband and I moved from Coogee (in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney) to Cherrybrook in the North West , in search of a larger home and more lawn about 11 years ago.  At this stage we had 2 little ones in tow and received regular visits from our respective families in South Africa.

At first, we could only afford to rent and needed a house with enough room for us, as well as our visitors.  Luckily, in those days, you could haggle the price down in Cherrybrook and get garden services thrown in 🙂  The property we had our eye on, had been empty for a good 7 weeks, so bingo, it was ours!  After a good five years of renting this house,  we put in our offer to purchase it.  It was just in time, as in recent years, everything had changed in Cherrybrook!

A bit of background:

Inspiration of the name Cherrybrook is rumoured to have come from cherry trees near Cherrybrook Cottage, a cottage built in the mid 1800s.  The area was mostly rural land until around 1959, when it was subdivided and became the first project home village in Sydney. The original bushland was bulldozed, and exhibition homes were built and landscaped.  For this reason, most of the homes here look fairly similar (Federation style), with entertainment areas, double garages and multiple bathrooms.  The area has great public schools and beautiful parks that offer all sorts of sporting activities throughout the weekend.

After the introduction of the North West Rail link in recent years, the median 4 bedroom house price shot up from 800 000 to about 1.4 million, so this is where our story begins…

Lyndie's home renovation front of house

Our house was built in 1998 and had not been renovated until we moved in.  Our kitchen has a tile splashback depicting fruit, peeling laminated kitchen cabinet and an oven door that wouldn’t close.  The bathrooms didn’t fare any better, with gold plated shower doors and peach coloured tiles.  We decided to start renovating at the top and work our way down.  We started renovating our bathrooms last year, so if you’re curious about the end result, see our main bathroom make over, as well as the kid’s bathroom make over.

Lyndie's back yard

As you can see, we’re not the most effective gardeners. Low maintenance all the way 🙂 What we do love, is the hedge in the back yard.  It efficiently blocks our neighbours view into our yard.  Unfortunately, the pergola roof has a hole in it, as our son wanted to see if he could kick a rugby ball from the street onto our lawn.  He missed by 2 metres…

 Entertainment Area

We’ve had plenty of get togethers, epic bbq’s and a dance or two under this roof.  No wonder it’s starting to look a bit worn out, time to move on 🙂

Renovating a home is a time consuming, money consuming and patience consuming journey, so you need to consider it carefully.  Before we made our final decision to move on or stay, we had to do a bit of homework first:

What we wanted:

  • A new kitchen with an oven door that closes and without fruit tiles
  • Timber floors
  • A bar (essential, especially during a renovation)
  • A swimming pool (Cherrybrook gets hot)
  • A fireplace (Cherrybrook gets cold)
  • An enclosed outdoor area to entertain (because we love it)

We went to a few open homes in the area to see if there was anything on the market that offered everything on our list.  After a few heart attacks (only accepting offers over 2 million (what?!!) for nothing spectacular) we decided that renovating was the way to go.  After going through several builder’s quotes with a fine tooth comb, we settled on a great local company.  If you’re currently in the same boat;  going through the process of selecting a suitable builder or draftsman for your project, give us a call to guide you through this phase.

 

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So this is the grand plan for the outdoor area:

  • Remove the hedge at the back and trees on the side to make way for a new pool, deck and tiled area.
  • Extend the formal dining area wall and build a fireplace into it.
  • Replace the roof of the tv room and cover this and the new entertainment area with a sloped roof
  • Enclose the entire entertainment area with bi-fold doorsGround floor plans

The grand plan for the interior of the house:

  • Modernise the kitchen and place built in cabinets in the pantry
  • Widen the window between the kitchen and entertainment area and replace with bi-fold windows.
  • Remove existing interior tiles and replace with timber flooring
  • Level the formal dining area with the formal lounge area
  • Remove window between formal dining area and entertainment area and replace with bi-fold door
  • Build a bar in the formal dining area.
  • Remove “beautiful” pillars in the formal dining and formal lounge area
  • Square up the corners of the TV room

Shouldn’t take too long, right?  WRONG!

Next week, I’ll show you what the interior looked like before we renovated and possibly a few sneak peak after photos …

Cheerio ’til next time!

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