Saturday, 9 July 2016

The big kitchen reveal...


Way way way back in October 2015 I blogged about Our Slowly Expanding House. This post marked the first really visible signs of our new extension which was to house a kitchen, diner and scullery.

I'm super delighted to now be able to tell you that the extension is almost almost finished (just the drains and a soak pit to do) but the interior is most definitely complete. WE HAVE A NEW KITCHEN!

We bought our little cottage in the country three years ago and knew at that point that it needed a little bit of extra space (it was less than 100m2!). So a small extension was eventually planned. It would be in keeping with the rest of the house, not too outlandish and modern, but allow us to have space to breathe out, relax and unpack our belongings that have been storage since we moved here!

The planning process in itself was lengthy but we had plenty of other things to get started on and keep us busy - as you can see if you read some of the other old posts on here!

That said, it was great to actually get the build started at the end of last year. It was a genuine home build with us doing as much as we could ourselves and just getting the official tradespeople in when we needed them for various parts of the job (roof, plumbing, electrics etc).

The slow process meant that we actually had a room of sorts for several months - and it eventually had windows put in, the roof joists covered up with a ceiling, and gib put on the walls until we got to kitchen fitting and decorating stage.

I'll let the pictures tell the rest of the story.....

Our cottage in June 2013 when we first moved in.

The kitchen extension is where the deck and pergola at the back of the house used to be.

Old weatherboards removed and ground cleared for new extension
The floor goes down - with plenty of insulation in it


Framework / walls going up

We utilise as a deck whenever possible!

Roof joists go up

ROOF SHOUT!!



Just in time to use as a dining room for the New Year!

Meer Cat loves the indoor climbing frame we have built for her
Internal wall between the kitchen and the scullery

Doors and windows go in
and we have a birthday party and are able to see what a great space the new kitchen will be
Birthday trimmings get taken down and insulation goes in 
Meer Cat approves of the new bi-fold window 

We have gib on the walls - it's starting to feel like a REAL room!

Outside there are still some a few things to do - fascia boards etc 

Getting ready for decorating

the painting seemed to take F-O-R-E-V-E-R.....


But eventually we can start fitting cupboards, shelves and worktops


The external painting is finished and we have a bar leaner/shelf built on the wall under the bi-fold window
(we'll eventually have a deck running along the back of the house)

And then, just like that, it's finished!
We had a few busy afternoons and evenings unpacking boxes and boxes of kitchen things that we had not seen since we packed then up over three years earlier. We have so much space now with the new kitchen and especially the scullery - it's great to see, and use, appliances that we just haven't had room to get out. We 'found' favourite glasses, enamel pans, long lost egg cups and all manner of other items. And now we are completely enjoying using the wonderful rooms we have created.
Have a look....

View from the living room (our dining table used to be here!)
The old 'back doors' now go through to the kitchen :)

Ta...da...!!!










Refurbished sliding barn door to our scullery

scullery happiness


Crock pot simmering away on a cold winter Sunday :)


The wall between the kitchen and scullery is clad with the native timber boards we took off the original house

So there is our new kitchen - Don't you just love it?!

No doubt there will be an increase in Instagram pics and blog posts on all our lovely cooking we're going to do in here now!
See you soon.

2 comments:

  1. I love this! It’s pretty much exactly what I would love in a kitchen!!

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