Last year I wrote about re-designing our kitchen well finally, finally we have the money to do it! We did consider knocking down the wall between the kitchen and the dining room, and although it would look gorgeous we’d also have the expense of the following:
Knocking out the wall, steels, structural engineer, Moving the door of the dining room and kitchen down the hallway, New flooring for the whole of the downstairs as the lounge, hall and dining room have the same laminate, Taking out the fireplace in the dining room to make space for an island, Replacing the patio door and bricking some of it up to make space for more units, Bricking up the back door to make space for more units.
That worked out to somewhere between £6,000 to £10,000 with fees and taxes and that’s before I’d picked out a kitchen! This isn’t our ‘forever’ house, upstairs isn’t big enough 2.5 bedrooms and 1 bathroom means that we are going to have to move in the next 3 years anyway. So spending a massive amount on a kitchen really when we thought about it seemed a bit daft. I want something that is functional and looks much better than the mess our kitchen currently is. Violet Posy hint NEVER PAINT LAMINATE CUPBOARDS AND THEN GET A GIANT PUPPY – seriously it’s not a pretty site!
So we thought about it, and thought about it some more and what I …sorry we….really want is:
Better more accessible storage
Microwave off the worksurface
New Oven & Hob
Access to washing maching & tumble dryer as it’s in a outside cupboard.
So here’s my plan
I think the new layout will be more spacious and practical and shouldn’t cost an awful lot to do and by losing the cupboard on the right (I don’t even know what’s in it to be honest!) I get a dishwasher and a better space for Betty’s bed which is currently in front of the sink. To solve the washer/drier issue, we’re going to brick up the door outside and knock through from the hallway and pop a door in reversing it so I don’t have to go outside for the washing – hurray!
On a side note, I’d like to ask your advice…..
Now these little gems seem to be used a lot in US kitchens but not here, I have no idea why?. I give you the combination extractor and microwave to go above the hob.
This one is made by Whirlpool and the only model I can find sold in the UK – does anyone else have one or know where else they are sold in the UK. And I’d like to hear from US & Canadian readers who might have one – are they any good? It just seems like such an obvious thing to have in a tight space. Thanks!
*Update* Click here to see what it looks like midway through the makeover