kitchen was a priority room to be changed. As it was, it was
a perfectly functional space minus a cooker.
After much deliberation, the kitchen was ordered from Magnet.
We looked at other kitchens but none had the vivid blue doors
that we so liked about our old house. Even though the kitchen
cost twice (and should have been 4 times as much) what our
old Ikea kitchen cost, I couldn't see any difference in quality
in the cabinet construction. In fact, the Ikea wall cabinets
were preferable due to their larger depth which allows larger
plates to fit.
The kitchen installation was to be a race against time with
Vicki being heavily pregnant at the time. Note the start of
the kitchen destruction and bear in mind that Jake was born
10 days later.
All of the kitchen was working by the time Jake was born although
a lot of the finishing touches like the splashbacks, lighting
and flooring were yet to be completed.
When the wall tiles were stripped, the walls were in a pretty
sorry state. A lot of the plaster was live with large chunks
of it coming away as we continued. It was discussed about
plastering before the splashbacks were installed but decided
against it on cost and timing issues. Besides once the splashbacks
were installed, the remaining plaster would not be going anywhere.
splashbacks were custom made by a local metal factory. All
of the spaces were measured by the factory and brushed stainless
steel sheets complete with cutouts for switches and power
outlets aswell as any folding work. The total cost for the
cutting, measuring and delivery was about £500 - pretty
reasonable considering the amount of work involved with the
added benefit of covering up a multitude of sins.
The kitchen was all completed in March 2003 but I still had
plans. Downlighting and double glazing were to be fitted.
I also got a great deal on some black granite worktops from
Finland as a direct replacement for the existing formica worktops
(barely 5 months old).