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!








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