New Kitchen

17 Jul 2011
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It been a while since we started our project. I have found out so much from this site I thought I'd share some pictures of the work we are doing, starting with the kitchen but we are doing similar in the whole house.

This is a DIY job but we do get people in for certain trades where it is simply not cost effective to do it ourselves or requires a particular skill.

My wife and I both work full time so it is taking a while.

The new kitchen is going where the dining room used to be, the house certainly was in need of modernisation.

We removed all the wallpaper. We didn't originally plan it but the concrete floor was not in great condition so we took the opportunity to get someone to dig it up as we did the whole 65sqm ground floor.

Insulated and installed underfloor heating. We did get a professional to screed the floor. Very impressed with the job they did.

There was chimney in the room that went through the centre of the house. We had originally thought we would leave it as it seemed a lot of work to remove it but we had a leak in the roof and when I got a roofer in to check it he said he could remove the chimney to below the roof line. Seemed a good price so that enabled us to remove it completely. This made more difference to the room above but allowed more space in this room.

The new kitchen design incorporates a corner cupboard and ducting for a whole house heat recovery system.

We got an electrician in and then plaster boarded ready for plastering.

Plasterer came in and skimmed the whole room.

Room painted and starting the tiled floor, I am glad the screed was done well and level.

Fitted the kitchen and electrician has finished the lights.

Just need a worktop, doors and finish off the plumbing and this room is nearly done.
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Looks good,

Is that an Ikea kitchen? I am thinking about getting an Ikea kitchen and fitting myself.

Did you fit it yourself, if so, how did you find it?

It is a Wren Kitchen. We didn't go for Ikea as the back of their units fits flush with the wall which doesn't leave room for pipes.

Price wise the Wren kitchen was very competitive and having them ready built meant installing them was very easy. We are very pleased with what we have received and yes, we have fitted them ourselves.

Currently getting quotes for a granite worktop so will add photo when done.
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Looks like its coming along nicely.

Should be a really smart kitchen when its finished!!
Looks good if you're getting granite worktops is to ask how much the price would change if you did the templates and fitted yourself their just held on with like of no more nails
Built in corner cupboard seems to makes best use of the space and makes room for the ventilation unit to be out the way.

We've not put granite worktop in but fitted the laminate ones we bought with the kitchen. We couldn't find a colour that we thought would match but have a very plain brown worktop that complements the units. Sounds horrible but looks good.

With the money we've saved we have got a tiler in to tile the bathrooms. We just want to get it done.
No not at all, I do not work in the building trade at all, just a keen amateur.

Thanks for the link re kitchens, I have a few made to measure doors to buy for other things around the house so will check them out.

Not sure I am the right person to manage your project. Very interested to hear what you are doing though.

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