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New Kitchen …… it begins at last!

New Kitchen …… it begins at last!

Can’t wait to tell you about our Kitchen news. So thrilled.

Two years ago, we had an architect draw up plans for a sort of Garden Room with Kitchen plan, and all the necessary permissions were granted.  Then last year we had to put the building work on hold, because I was ‘poorly’, and during that time we realised we could do better.  So new plans were drawn up, and now, believe it or not, we have a fabulous big empty room that Erik and I are decorating!  And it will be three-quarters a new kitchen with a living room area at the other end.

Erik and self have been very fortunate to have lived in big old Victorian houses in the past, and in each one we designed and made a great kitchen, overflowing with cupboards.  My love of cookware and implements is well-known amongst my family and friends, and because we had our own cookshop in Beverley some years ago,  and then I helped set up and manage The Dining Warehouse at fabulous Mulberry Hall in York, we still have an enormous amount of cookware etc.

But although we love our new house, the north-facing kitchen is just not big enough for us, is freezing in winter because it has no heating, and is very ‘poky’. So something had to be done to remedy the situations.  The planning has taken some time, and I must admit, last year I wondered if I would ever see it, but now our kitchen is emerging like a chrysalis from a heap of mud and concrete, and I am over the moon!  We love our garden (or will do again when I have prettied it up),  and so our new, south-facing kitchen will have a sink under the window overlooking the garden, and we can wash up to our heart’s content, watching the birds, squirrels, owls, foxes etc.

Here is an almost step by step group of pictures, that show you how we had to trash our lovely patio (new one already planned) and a bit of our huge garden to get the building work done.

New Kitchen Part One.

Patio August 2015

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Our patio August 2015

Where's our patio gone?

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Where’s our patio gone? Sept 2015

Concrete going into our foundations.

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Concrete going into our foundations.

Breeze blocks at the ready.

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Breeze blocks at the ready.

Start of our Kitchen floor.

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Start of our Kitchen floor.

An army of bricks.

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An army of bricks.

View from our upstairs window - the Kitchen is coming nearer!

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View from our upstairs window – the Kitchen is coming nearer!

We need a roof for our Kitchen.

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We need a roof for our Kitchen.

Looking at this last picture, you can see where the window will be in the cut-out brickwork.  The sink will be under that big window, so we’ll have a fabulous view down the garden.  Big french windows will be in the big hole in the wall – we decided that we didn’t want those incredible folding patio doors that everyone seems to have nowadays, as they wouldn’t suit the style of our little house, which is suddenly getting bigger.

Well, it is time to get out of my dressing gown and wake Erik up now, so a lot more to come on our new kitchen, with loads more pictures to bring you up to date.  Although we have been living with a lot of dust and mud over the last few weeks, I don’t care as I am so excited, watching this dream come to fruition.  What a lucky girl I am, having a chance to plan and work on a new kitchen.

 

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