We've been busy these last few weeks having our new kitchen installed, and I'm very excited to show off the results! When we bought our house back in July 2014, we knew that we wanted to redecorate all of the rooms to make it our own, and we decided to plunge in at the deep end and start with the kitchen. We had quotes prepared almost as soon as we moved in (before we had even unpacked any boxes), but we waited until spring 2015 to do the work. This was mostly because we needed time to save up, but also because we were planning to get a new boiler installed and we didn't want to be without heating over the winter months!
We chose a local firm, Saffron Interiors, to design and install the kitchen, and local builders, Merrow Construction, for the building, plumbing and electrics. We've been really pleased with the attention to detail that went in to the planning and design stage. Working with a local company rather than a multinational chain, we've been able to incorporate a lot of unique ideas in to our kitchen, such as different height worktops (as there is almost a 1 foot difference between me and Alan!)
So... here are the pictures. Full gallery can be found here.
|BeforePine cupboards interspersed with white appliances meant there was no real continuity before.||AfterWe chose a neutral grey and wood theme for the new kitchen. The wooden flooring and breakfast bar give warmth to the grey cupboards. I think we need a new back door now!|
|BeforeWe had a freestanding cooker with gas hob and electric oven and a built-in microwave. There were no hooks for tea towels so we had to drape them over the drawer handles.||AfterNow we have a whizzy induction hob, and built-in single oven and combination microwave/oven. We are still waiting for the splash back to be fitted behind the hob. We added a breakfast bar so that we can eat in, and we couldn't resist a super duper tap!|
|BeforeThe back of the old kitchen was very sparse. We had an old freezer that we had acquired from Freecycle, and a £20 IKEA table, looking very forlorn. The glass panelled back wall was staggered with the blue part being recessed.||AfterWe flattened out the back wall by removing the glass panels and moving that part of the wall and door frame backwards. We opted for a monster American-style fridge-freezer, which should hopefully see us through the next few decades. And we replaced that little IKEA table with something a little more in keeping with the rest of the kitchen!|
|BeforeWe originally had a larder cupboard next to the microwave stack and a small utility cupboard (containing the gas and electric meters and fuse board) next to that.||AfterWe extended out the oven stack to accommodate two oven units and a warming drawer, which meant that we lost the larder cupboard. But we have so much storage space in the new kitchen that this isn't an issue, and it means that we can reclaim the space that was the larder cupboard in the adjoining lounge at some point in the future. We replaced the internal door with a new oak door to tie in with the floor and breakfast bar.|