Kitchen Photos

September 16, 2007 at 6:23 pm (DIY) (, )

We had some visitors today, so have been tidying a bit. Just took some photos of the kitchen, which we thought you might like to see. The back of the kitchen still need to be done, and the window at the back will eventually be deeper…

View towards garden
View towards front of the house

Our superb tiling 🙂

Our dresser (gnarly old thing from ebay!)


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Kitchen and Bathroom Update

July 2, 2007 at 7:53 pm (House renovation) (, , )

Well, surprise, surprise, the kitchen and bathroom aren’t yet done. As it stands, we’re desperate to get our furniture out of storage. Our things have been in there too long and it’s really made a dent in the budget!

So, with the kitchen and bathroom (inc shower!) functional, we’re now concentrating our efforts on the bedroom.

There’s so much I’ve wanted to mention here – tips, product reviews etc but it’s all just fled from my mind. I’ll update it later!

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Kitchen Nearly There (apart from tiles)

June 1, 2007 at 1:58 pm (House renovation) ()

excuse the mess!
The builder, plumbers and electricians have all been working on the kitchen for the past few weeks. It feels like work is coming to a close soon.

There were just a few issues: the overhead lights we chose were too long, the power sockets had to be re-done, some cables moved, etc. Other electrics were in the wrong position or missing altogether but we’re going to work with it, rather than mess up plaster. Let’s just say one of the electricians who worked on it probably won’t have a job – he’s apparently annoyed other customers too.

The next job is to decide on colours for the walls and the tongue and groove, bearing in mind the tiles we’ve acquired from various eBay auctions.

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Moving forward slowly

May 22, 2007 at 8:51 am (House renovation) ()

We had some time away while the “worst” of the building work was done by our builder, plumber and electrician (rip out bathroom and kitchen, replace bathroom floor/kitchen ceiling, replumb, rewire, open up wall in kitchen etc) but due to extra building work, neither kitchen or bathroom are nowhere near being done!! 🙂

Several weeks ago I arranged for good friend of mine to stay this Wednesday night with us, thinking we’d nearly be there with the work. I’ve warned her last night what to expect: tons of dust, bare surfaces, exposed wiring (and oh yeah, no overhead lights cos of said wires!), no kitchen, basic bathroom (tub and toilet only) etc.

Oh well, it’ll be worth it 🙂

The latest picture of the kitchen. Units are ready to be fixed into place!

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No turning back!

April 27, 2007 at 10:18 pm (DIY, House renovation) (, )

Loads happening soon! On Monday, the Big Scary Projects start, namely replacing the kitchen and bathroom entirely. From a money point of view, things are costing more than we’d like. A combination of unplanned work and also, we’re not quite so quick to compromise quality. I need to earn more money! All I can say is that it’s a darn good thing we found so many tiles for sale on eBay. 🙂

Other projects recently completed include

  • garden shed (base done by builder, assembly, painting and filling up by us)
  • conversion of airing cupboard to a proper space to hang clothes (following the work done by builder to create new loft hatch)
  • shopping for oven, gas hob, tiles etc 😉

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Bought a Kitchen

April 11, 2007 at 11:41 am (DIY, House renovation) (, )

Just checking in! We have found a new builder and a plasterer, and are just waiting for them to start. This is a huge relief!

Now, kitchen talk. Yesterday we bought kitchen units (white painted solid wood frames/drawer fronts) from one of the major UK retailers while everything was 50% + additional 20% off. I am particularly proud of knocking the price down by £750.

You see, the kitchen salesman told us we’d need 3 of these large end panels to fill in here and there. Noticing they were £249 each, I quickly got J to agree that we could have our builder create end panels, possibly from our old kitchen floor boards, or from tongue-and-groove.

We can either match the paint to the units (no, BORING and potentially expensive) or paint the end panels and cornicing (2 @ £110 each – also a rip off but J said we should let it slide but I still disagree!!) to match in a coordinating colour (probably same tone as our chosen tiles which were scored off eBay).

Furthermore, tip to anyone buying a kitchen from a big retailer, pay attention to what the appliances and accessories actually cost. Their markup is huge! I am going to be buying the hob, oven, sink, taps etc from various other retailers.

In fact, we’ve already chosen our sink — a black composite granite 1.5 bowls from Germany.

Furthermore, this particular retailer only sells it’s solid wood worktops in 3 meter lengths. Well, in our kitchen, we’ll need a longer piece or be stuck with an ugly joint. I can already see from other online retailers that 4 meter length of worktop is not only feasible, but cheaper than their worktop.

I may not earn much, so I’ll darn well save as much as I can!

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