I’d be lying if I say it was easy, living through a loft conversion and without a kitchen for 2 months, but once the major work was done it was fine and we managed to complete our work by spending half of what we would have spent to move. Improving was most definitely the right option for us.
Regular readers will know that a few years ago we were caught in the decision on whether to move or improve. We were having trouble selling our house after being caught in a couple or sale chains and the East Devon Restriction clause meant we could only sell to a niche of buyers so admitting defeat, we looked at everything we had grown to dislike about our house and worked out how much it would cost to renovate it to create everything we wanted in a home.
We’re 2 years into the start of our renovation and it’s pretty much complete.
Going back to the drawing board gave us the opportunity to create our dream kitchen, I say dream, but we had to be realistic. As much as I’d love an all singing and dancing gadget infused cooking arena, we live in a Devonshire mid terrace house and with that comes a ceiling price for the maximum we could ever sell our house for, should we ever decide to move one day. So with careful planning, budgeting and shopping around we managed to create a kitchen perfect to our needs and dreams.
So what was on our dream kitchen list? Well to start we needed an oven large enough to cope with our huge family Christmas’ and my love of baking as well as my husband’s amazing roast dinners. We needed a range cooker and nothing but a range cooker. As we had built an extension for the new kitchen we were able to design the rest of the room around the cooker.
Next on our list was an American fridge. We had a growing family and needed a separate fridge and freezer so it made sense to get a larger fridge freezer which didn’t actually take up any more room than 2 separate ones placed side by side. It also gave us the option to use the fridge like an extra cupboard so what we lost in wall space, we gained in having an American fridge freezer. The mains fed water and ice was an added luxury and has been worth its weight in gold making us all drink more water.
Not wanting the kitchen to date too quickly, we opted for a Belfast sink. This would be able to withstand a battering from everyday family life and has proved it’s worth many times over. I searched high and low for one which had a shelf so the tap wasn’t set in the wooden work tops, after some wise words of advice from my sister who had seen the damage it had done to hers. Little tips like this from friends and family all helped with our planning.
So armed with our requirements, the internet and a tick list of must haves we set about planning our dream kitchen. With a few tweaks along the way, we’ve finally finished and can honestly say, for us, it’s just perfect, for us.