|Could you be...the most hideous tiles in the world?|
And so it begins.
Twelve whole weeks of work to transform our kitchen, and the whole back of our house in fact, from tatty, tired and a bit hideous in places, to something well, something a whole lot better we hope.
We are very excited about the work starting but also nervous too because neither of us has ever experienced this level of disruption (no kitchen for weeks!!!) or spent this much money...gulp....on a house before.
Here is what we currently have. Our house is a traditional Victorian semi-detached cottage and the kitchen is at the back with a door to the side.
We are extending to the side of the house - all the way to where the window on the left is and also coming out about four metres to the back to about where the garden table currently is (see top left picture, ignore the crap everywhere, we had to empty and move the shed!). The kitchen will be wider but not longer, we'll have a downstairs toilet and then the extension will be a relaxed seating area with a table, sofa and television with folding doors out onto a decked patio area.
We are getting rid of the horrible wood kitchen - the cupboard doors are actually painted and used to be dark green - can you imagine a dark green kitchen...heavens!
Also going is the old, menacing green cooker which actually stopped working last week, probably in protest because it knows that its on its way out :o) and whilst our back door is quite nice, it goes out to the side of the house, not the back so we don't get the benefit from having a stable door as it is never left open - so that is off to my brother's house instead.
The only thing we like about our current kitchen is the floor, nice proper slate tiles but very, very cold and so we are getting underfloor heating and oak floors instead.
The kitchen we will probably go for is cream or white gloss (haven't decided which) with very dark grey worktops. I'd like an electric double oven and a gas hob but that is about as far as we have gone with the kitchen planning because we meet a kitchen designer on Saturday so hoping she can give us a better idea.
I've written to all the neighbours to apologise in advance for the noise and disruption (I think they might end up hating us), I've asked my folks if they would do our washing for us on a weekly basis, we've notified all the relevant authorities so....here we go.
Wish us luck.
ps. if anyone fancies those lovely green tiles, we can save them for you, no problem. Maybe just the ones with cherries on perhaps ;o)