Creating our Dream Kitchen in our Modest Mid Terrace

Creating our Dream Kitchen in our Modest Mid Terrace

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 friendly cooking arena, we live in a 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.

A modern country kitchen in sage green and cream with a focus range 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.


A modern yet traditional kitchen in sage green and cream


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  1. morna
    21st August 2015 / 8:28 pm

    It looks amazing! I’m so impressed by your pics, they look like they should be in a magazine. I love the Belfast sink. We are thinking about a new kitchen but need to wait and see if we can extend or not first……….it’s going to be a long process.

    • 21st August 2015 / 9:48 pm

      Thank you, that’s so lovely to say! The Belfast sink was high on my list and it’s been worth every penny.

  2. 16th September 2015 / 6:48 pm

    Your kitchen is beautiful – so airy looking. You were right to do so much planning. It makes the end result so much better, doesn’t it? We have a belfast sink too and I love it. It shows signs of usage but it is so easy to clean and I love that it is so deep.
    I bet your whole family is delighted with how well the kitchen turned out.
    Fionnuala from

    • 16th September 2015 / 9:08 pm

      Thank you! must admit, my sink is one of my favourite things we put in. it really takes a battering and is great for hiding the dirty dishes waiting to go in the dishwasher.

  3. 16th September 2015 / 6:54 pm

    It looks great – it’s a room you don’t do often (and MOH said never again!) so it’s so important to get it write and know what you need up front 🙂 #homeetc

    • 16th September 2015 / 9:07 pm

      I know what you mean, I made the mistake of not using kitchen paint and it already needs touching up but I’ve had enough of doing anything to that kitchen for a while!

  4. 16th September 2015 / 9:56 pm

    Aaah lucky, lucky you!! I’m YEARS off creating my dream kitchen!!! We need a lottery win before I can start working on that 😉 I’ve planned it in my head a million times — I’m *desperate* for a new kitchen!! LOVE your pics 🙂 Thanks so much for linking up with us 🙂 #HomeEtc

    • 18th September 2015 / 9:05 pm

      sometimes the planning is more fun though I find. once it’s all over I get twitchy wanting to move on to a new project.

  5. 17th September 2015 / 8:38 am

    Wow it is stunning 🙂 How FAB to have such a lovely kitchen. You’ve also got seating in there too and so many lovely appliances. We had ours re-done in the last house and it was tough but worth it in the long run! Thanks for linking up, lovely to have you – and thanks for sharing 🙂 Jess xx


    • 17th September 2015 / 11:37 am

      Thanks Jess, Its such an important room in the house so vital to get it right isn’t it.

  6. 17th September 2015 / 10:05 pm

    Wonderful, it looks absolutely beautiful. I’d love a massive American fridge/freezer and I’d never thought that having the water dispenser would make us drink more, but I’m sure you’re right! That can only be a good thing! I;m sure you will have may happy days in your lovely kitchen. Becky x #HomeEtc

    • 18th September 2015 / 7:20 am

      thanks Becky, its a real working kitchen my only wish is that I added better accent lighting.

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