Our dream Kitchen
On our journey (oh god I used that word) to our dream kitchen we went through many grand designs, stopped off at Hell’s kitchen, and even sampled a dollop or 2 of The great British break-down! If you love before and after shots and a good tale of kitchen carnage, blood, sweat and tears then stick around my friend. As we started our renovation I thought it was weird how you never hear good stories of home renovations. You know ones that are easy, stay on budget or don’t take ages. There is a reason for this…they don’t exist!
Our dream home
We moved into our beautiful forever home in August 2016, when our daughter was 6 weeks old. Some said we were brave or nuts or both, but to be honest we had no choice. I will never forget one of the removal men catching me expressing breast milk in our old shed in the garden mid move – I’m not sure who was more shocked, him I suspect! The next few months were some of the best and toughest we faced as a couple. With 2 amazing children both under 2, a large Edwardian house covered in scaffolding, squirrels in the chimneys, a drive that was a bomb site and at times no windows.
Overall it was a long sorry tale of sleep deprivation, woe is me competitions and general sentiment of “what the hell have we done!”. Once we recovered from this and the kids were no longer in nappies the thought of a kitchen renovation terrified me. So we put it off and put it off. Originally we said we’ll tackle it in 2-3 years. Fast forward 5 years later and we could put it off no longer!
A few of the problems we encountered were suspected Aesbetos, damp rot, building regulations, a Carpenter with a triple hernia, multiple floor screeding, 13 week delivery periods, frustration and severe anxiety.
Suppliers and Inspo
I have to say a big thanks to Gemma Hill, my amazing client who kindly let me draw huge amounts of inspiration from her kitchen renovation. Her pantry is the stuff dreams are made of. To see more of Gemma’s incredible kitchen click here to see my blog featuring her home.
A few of the amazing companies that helped us create our dream kitchen are also: