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Kitchen fitting out
Getting the kitchen fitted out and completed was probably the most important of the rooms for us to do. Alison in the kitchen with rugs covering the screed and the old desks as worktops
However, because we spend most of our time in it and obviously use it to cook and eat in this also presents it's own problems when having any work done.
When we first moved into the house there was no real kitchen, just the AGA and nothing else but bare plaster walls, we did have a kitchen sink in the the utility room so at least we could cook, but it was a bit basic. To make it more practical we used the two old desks from my music studio as kitchen worktops and this did mean that we could keep things off of the floor.
We have underfloor heating thoughout the house, this is covered with a concrete screed which until it is covered is very dusty and you only have to look at the floor and a cloud of dust appears and settles on everything so we put some rugs down as a temporary measure just to keep the dust down.
Alison in the kitchen with rugs covering the screed and the old desks as worktops
Kitchen with tiled floor and ready for units to be fitted Once the floor was tiled we could arrange for the kitchen to be delivered and fitted and again everything had to be removed from the kitchen for this.
The first job on the kitchen fitting list was for the floor to be tiled, so the night before Steve and Carl the tilers were due we had to completely remove everything from the kitchen, desks, table, rugs and we then had to scrape all of the big splatters of dried plaster off of the screed so that it was flat for the tiles.
Kitchen with tiled floor and ready for units to be fitted
Once the floor was tiled we could arrange for the kitchen to be delivered and fitted and again everything had to be removed from the kitchen for this.
Base units being fitted
Alison trying out the imaginary sink and can you spot her doing a
For the two weeks that it took to fit the kitchen we lived around chaos, the boxes with the dishwasher and fridge stuck in the middle of the room along with the various joiners tools; and every evening once Messy had gone home we would then spend the next hour cleaning up after him and no matter what we did to try and cover things up we would still have to wash everything before we could use it to cook anything. Iestyn doing a "Keith Floyd" with a glass of wine and trying to cook in all of the clutter
Once Messy had finished fitting the kitchen templates were made of the granite worktops, these were then cut and fitted and the kitchen started to take shape.
We then booked Steve and Carl the tilers to come back and tile under the cupboards in the kitchen and utility room and finally Tony and Craig the electricians could come back and fit all of the sockets, switches and downlights under the cupboards and above the AGA.
Iestyn doing a "Keith Floyd" with a glass of wine and trying to cook in all of the clutter
Kitchen taking shape, Messy had almost finished and so the tidying up could soon begin
A picture of the tiles in the finished utility room and three shots of the kitchen