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Monday, 17 February 2014

The Kitchen Demolition - Day 1

The first part of the kitchen our builder started on is the removal of the wall between the hallway & kitchen (highlighted below) & the chimney breast over the cooker.

See images below....



As you can see the wall has now been completely removed.

It has made such a difference, it's now very open, there's a lot more light & its created a direct link to the rest of the house, making it easier to be more social when you have guests over.

The Chimney breast over the cooker & pantry has also been removed.

When designing our kitchen so many of the designers mentioned that customers pay to have a chimney breast like this built in.

The chimney would have been great if we wanted a country look but we've chosen a modern, sleek, handle-less kitchen so the chimney has to go!!





My husband saw this as a perfect opportunity to put his dart board up without having any worry's about damaging surrounding walls (although to be fair he's a pretty good shot anyway)..


The pantry has been removed & the small window has been bricked up.


The next step is to remove the ceiling, flooring & cupboards... tbc

My Dream Kitchen

Planning your own kitchen is very daunting, the pressure is on to make sure it is perfect in every way - looks, functionality and has all the mod cons you require or can afford (as well as come in on budget)..

I had no idea where to start so I went to my 'go to' design source - Pinterest.

After pinning loads of kitchen images (when I say loads, I mean thousands), it was clear that I was obsessed with modern, sleek, white handless kitchens with possibly some grey mixed in and of course an element of glitz (chandelier perhaps?)

This is where my initial inspiration began...

The above are some of the first images I saved, I loved the white high gloss units mixed with all of these accessories, the glitzy silver tiles, the 'Hicks' pendants, marble worktops & bright artwork... perfect!!

But then I saw this and loved the minimalist look of all white (my husband thought it looked like a dentist surgery, too clinical)

I also loved white kitchens with an injection of grey, whether it was a grey contrasting island or grey splash back or flooring.

After all the pinning the one thing I was certain of at least, was that it had to be white high gloss units, the rest I would work out later.

At least one decision had been made!

It wasn't until I stumbled across this photo below, that I knew this was exactly what I wanted, my 'DREAM KITCHEN'

I contacted the company who made this but with a price tag of £70,000, I knew I would have to try my best to get the look for less (a hell of a lot less)..

So this is my final inspiration image and this is what we set out to achieve (wish me luck)

 You can see my Pinterest - Kitchen Inspiration here: