Sunday, 14 August 2011

Kitchen Update

now that it's been nearly three weeks without a kitchen I thought i'd update you all on progress... or lack of... lordy, why is it that, with best intensions, these things seem to drag on and on..? and there's always something that gets in the way... a little bit of rising damp here... a hidden chimney stack there... a burst water-pipe... a jumble of ancient wiring in the ceiling... a wrongly ordered door... and no hidden box of gold buried in the floor...!

... just to keep you in the loop, the idea was to remove the back wall of the house, where the kitchen is, and extend a new room out into the garden, creating a large kitchen/diner.  We live in an old brick cottage with a slate roof and whilst there are no restrictions on the building itself, the village we live in is part of an 'area of outstanding natural beauty' and therefore all building work needs to be sympathetic to the style of buildings we're surrounded by and cannot infringe on the countryside in a negative way... not that we had plans to build a glass and steel monolith or anything... but just so you know...

well, let's start with the before shot... the wall to the left has gone!... all the units have been taken out and are in the process of being sanded and repainted...

... and here is the same shot... you can see the wall has been removed... and the sink unit with its undercoat of white paint...

here's the new extension from the outside... the new bi-fold doors have gone in and they are spectacular!... the slate roof matches the old slate roof on the old part of the house...

looking out into the garden with the doors closed... you can see the section of the old house wall that has been removed...

... and here's the new doors wide open... can't wait for those sunny days and warm nights sitting at the kitchen table with the doors wide open and Holly running in and out..!

... and finally, looking in from outside... the door in the centre of the back wall leads into the living room... i'm behind that door now as I type!

the kitchen goes back in next week and we should be able to start using it before the end of the month!... woo hoo!








32 comments:

  1. What a shame no box of gold! Looking forward to seeing the finished kitchen, wurst a great extension, and I love the folding doors!

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  2. Whoops! It should read what a great extension, (silly iPad!)

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  3. I bet all the disruption will feel worth it soon - that space is enormous!

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  4. Oooooh, love those foldy doors!! It's gonna be GREAT!!
    Pleeeeeeese can I come and live with you?
    X

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  5. beautiful!! i've always said that when it comes to a house i'd rather go for a gorgeous and large kitchen than a bedroom! the folding doors look so wonderful! part of that indoors/outdoors feel!!

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  6. will be awesome when its done so much bigger and loads of light hang in there

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  7. Well worth the wait. I love the folding doors. It is going to seem like you are dining in the garden. Over here in New England we have Indian summer, which means very warm days in in the fall. Here's hoping you have many days of Indian Summer this fall so the folding doors may remain open. LOVE IT!!!

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  8. I agree with all the others - the double door out into the garden is a great idea and will be a lovely feature in the finished kitchen. Hope there's still time to enjoy it this year!

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  9. Wow - I think it looks amazing. I love the shape of the extension with the lovely slate roof and your folding doors are ace. Yes, I think it will be a beautiful place to sit and have a meal - what a brilliant transformation. Can't wait to see it all finished. How exciting.

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  10. Great to see the kitchen in progress and get an idea of what it's going to look like. It's going to be fabulous - frustrating for a while but oh so so worth it.

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  11. Wow, what a change, love the doors out into the garden ... not one bit envious ... much! Can't wait to see the finished article ;0)

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  12. Dom, this looks brilliant- and it ain't even finished yet! I bet you can't wait to have it all completed and get cooking once again, all the very best with the rest of the renovations!

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  13. Aouh! So great to see the clean up and the folding doors(matches well with the rest of the exterior too!). So far sooo good ay?!

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  14. This is fabulous and what an ingenious door. Indoor/outdoor living at it's best. Can't wait to see the finished product.

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  15. So, you are going for the Delia-stylee extension - when does your TV series start?

    Looks great thanks for sharing X

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  16. beeeeee utiful......

    it really is..LOVE those doors..not to mention your slate roof and gardens... love that Holly can run in and out..teddy does the same thing here...

    hey..i know you are remodeling and all..... but i just posted asking if anyone knows what to do with baby artichokes....and you came to my mind ...you're a GREAT cook !!!! what would you do with them, my friend ...if you find the time...

    happy to see the remodel...wish i lived around the corner...

    kary and teddy
    :-)

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  17. oh you are so lucky! i'd love a big kitchen like that!

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  18. Can't wait to see it all done!

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  19. Love the extension, I bet you can't wait for it all to be finished and the kitchen in.

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  20. Cooking in the kitchen before the end of the month sounds hopeful or will the cooking come before the painting and all the other little finishing off bits?

    I'll not be showing that post to my good lady wife - she really really wants a kitchen with doors like that. It's looking good.

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  21. Having just stumbled upon your amazing blog, I am keen to continue the new kitchen journey with you................
    Karen

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  22. It's looking really promising to me. You'll soon forget the pain of the building work. It could be worse, the builder who did our kitchen found bones under an extension he was putting in (not ours!). The place was decalred a crime site until someone pointed out days later that they were animal bones.

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  23. Flipping brilliant ! It's going to be so light. You'll spend so much time in there!! It's fabulous !!!!

    XXX

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  24. Glad you are still sane, remember the noise and mess of our kitchen being done and all the delays due to various things the builders came up with!

    Not long to go now, look forward to seeing piccies of the new kitchen!

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  25. It stinks to not have a kitchen.. but how exciting to watch such beauty be constructed!! I bet you can't wait until it's done!!

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  26. happy to see you at farmhouse kitchen, my friend

    what's cookin' !!!!

    kary and teddy
    :-)

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  27. Wow it's going to be amazing...I love those folding doors...I'm very jealous! I love that you're recycling the units too...I really like a mix of old and new...it will be awesome when it's finished...well worth waiting for.

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  28. just found your blog, love it! Nice to see a good male baker!

    Nom!

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  29. I have so enjoyed your current and some past postings.

    Love the wall removal, the new light, and the way the kitchen melts into the garden and vice-a-versa.

    You probably do need to find a pot of gold right about now, but in the end it is all so worth it!

    Great design,

    Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

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  30. Bet you cant wait for it to be finished,all that light will be fab place to work.

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  31. You are going to have the sexiest kitchen ever! We wanted to extend ours, but the cost of sorting out everything else that they find to correct (we needed rendering taking off and re-doing, new damp proof courses and an exterior wall having an extra skin added) meant we couldn't afford it. Want to see yours when finished!

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  32. I must admit I am a bit of a reno-holic and yours looks like such a good one. I am so excited and its not even mine, bet you can't wait to get in - a new kitchen what could be better!

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