We are soon to start the plans for a 2 storey extension of our home, including a large kitchen extension. We are so, so excited as this is something we’ve been dreaming of for many years. So far we’ve had an initial quote from a building company, and paid the deposit to our architect. Now we’re just waiting for initial drawings so we can finally ‘see’ what our extension could look like!
Today I’m going to talk about our ideas for the new kitchen. At the moment we have a galley kitchen, which has served it’s purpose well over the last 9 years. BUT as the boys get older (and bigger) the kitchen is getting too cramped to have a few of us in there.
We’ve always dreamed of a sociable kitchen/living space so that’s what we are hoping to achieve with the new extension. We are moving the location of the kitchen, making it bigger and more spacious and including a large island with bar stools.
We want the style of the new kitchen to be modern but still have some character. Our house was built in the 1980s, and has lots of original features throughout, so we want the extension to reflect this. We are considering plywood cupboards with marble worktops, so there’s a mixture of textures. We also want one of the walls to be red brick as a feature wall.
There’s still lots of planning to do and decisions to make, but we’ve been busy on Pinterest saving images we like.
The new kitchen will of course need new appliances throughout. We would like to add a large, American style fridge freezer, as we currently have a small integrated fridge, with our freezer located in our cellar. We would also like wall mounted ovens, rather than in the base units. The one thing we will keep the same is a gas hob. I love cooking with gas. I just find it much easier to control and if there’s ever a power cut, I can still make a coffee!
My husband is an electrician, so we will save money there, but will make sure we hire someone for the gas cooker installation.
There’s still a lot we need to decide on, like lighting features, flooring and a colour scheme. But I think this will be easier to decide once we see the plans from our architect.
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