Makeover - Our Kitchen Extension and TransformationNovember 17, 2014
Update - More recent photos here.
The kitchen, and dining room has by far, been the biggest transformation of our house requiring building work and planning permission. When we first looked at the house it had a small kitchen next to a conservatory and we immediately saw the potential to knock everything through to create a large open space for the kitchen, dining room and living in one. We also wanted bifold doors to the garden so that could be an extension of the house too and good for entertaining in the summer. We bought the house in October 2012 and started enquiring about an architect and calling builders almost as soon as we had the keys. The planning process took a while and we were granted permission in April 2013. We lived through a freezing cold winter and everyone that came for dinner moaned at how cold the house was despite having the heating on full blast! The windows and conservatory leached so much heat, the kitchen was falling apart and not very nice to look at and we felt we were on hold with the garden until we had a new patio sorted. We hadn't bothered with new flooring in the hallway until we finished the kitchen so it would all flow so had gappy bare floorboards. We moved in with my parents in June when the building work started. I was so grateful that we had the option to move in with my parents as there's no way we could have lived through the dust, noisy builders and no kitchen. We would visit most days and watch the progress, some days walking down at nine at night as it was so light in the summer. It was amazing in September when it was all finished and we could truly enjoy the house with everything finished.
When we bought the house, the dining room was yellow with blue carpets and the stairs were all boarded up with dark wooden panelling. We opened that up so we could put spindles in for an open staircase.
To start with we painted the dining room as a temporary fix and ripped up the carpet.
I got this wire heart display board from Graham and Green and keep various invites or photos on it depending on the season.
I had cushions made for the wooden settle to make it a bit comfier to sit on.
If I've forgotten to write where something is from, just ask either in the comments or by email. Ben's uncle doesn't have a website for his bespoke kitchens and furniture but if you're interested I can give you his details.
R <3 xx
- You can also find more recent photos here.