My kitchen images before and after...
So I wanted to show you the progress of the kitchen so far, we have come a long way since this time last year when we moved in, and although there is still work to be done on finishing touches the end is in sight.
Structurally there was a few changes needed to make the most of the kitchen, although we didn't have to extend we had to make several changes to transform the room. As you can see from the before images the kitchen was in a pretty awful state, most of the cupboards I couldn't open for fear of the worktops crashing to the floor, nothing was stable. We had the door leading to the hallway which stopped any flow in the room and the entrance from the dining room was small and limiting any socialising between the two rooms.
Working closely with our builders, we decided to do the following:
- Firstly block the door leading out to the hallway, resulting in one route into the kitchen via the liveroom and dining room. This would also give us the opportunity to maximise the kitchen space. Creating a u-shaped room making the most of cupboard space and worktop areas.
- Although adding a considerable cost to the renovation we decided to create a larger opening between the dining room and kitchen. As this was now going to be the only route in and out of the kitchen, making this space larger and creating more light and flow between the rooms was vital. This meant we would need an RSJ steel beam to support the ceiling, but we felt it was worthwhile (and now am totally pleased we did it). It created further work for us, as also had to get an architect to draw up the plans for planning permission to be approved by our local council.
- Then we looked to totally transform the room with a new kitchen suite, new lighting, new boiler, re-wiring, new tiling the list goes on. Basically ripping out anything existing.
Will pop up a little collage of my moodboard and inspiration in further detail but my essentially I wanted a shaker style kitchen, in our previous home our kitchen was very modern with a high gloss black finish, so I totally wanted to change that and lean towards a modern country look and feel. As you may already know I am a keen cook so the oven was to play a key part in the room and ended up being the key vocal part central to the room itself.
Very much still need to add the finishing touches and I'm always changing the layout of where the small appliances go, but we are slowly getting there.
Let me know what you think, any comments are welcome.
Before images and after images below: