Sunday, 31 January 2010

The Kitchen

Did I mention we move into this house in 3 weeks time?

Kitchen 1
Kitchen 1

Appletree Cottage was formerly two cottages, which we are going to knock together, although there is an internal door from Kitchen 1 into Kitchen 2.

Kitchen 2. Internal door to Kitchen 1.
Kitchen 2.
Kitchen Sink 2.
Kitchen Sink 2 GONE!
The ceilings are incredibly low and so we have decided to lower the floors by about 8 inches (20cm) We are praying that the foundations are deep enough!
Need more head room!!!!

This will be taking up most of our budget, so much of the work has to be done by us. This meant Karl had three days this week to knock all the kitchen units out, remove the cookers and take out the sinks before our builders arrived to knock down the internal walls, creating one big kitchen.

Bye Bye old Cooker.

It's been really, very hard work (for him!) and he has been leaving our rented home at 5amish to put a few hours in before going to his paid job!

On the 5th day the builders arrived and began taking down the dividing wall- which was very successful. I can see now just how big a kitchen I will have (yay) enough room even for a table to feed the children.Kitchens knocked Together.

It has however left us with a delightful decision to make!
Feature Wall?Keep it?

The builders left part of the dividing wall, (can you see the one with the radiator and vertical beams?) as they weren't sure whether we wanted to keep it or not? The large vertical beam you can see has to stay as it supports the ceiling, but we hadn't intended to keep anything else there - but now, I'm wondering whether it looks pretty (don't laugh!) - or - is it going to get in the way? Really.....what do you think. Oh and no pressure I have to decide in the next couple of days.

We have met the neighbours who seem lovely, which is a huge relief (you can't chose your neighbours!). This week my to do list is....

  1. Confirm my children have a school to go to!
  2. Sort carpets and lino for entire house.
  3. Buy a front door (long story)
  4. Buy a bathroom (even longer)
  5. Be a Mum and do some paid work.

So there we have it ! Week 1 at Appletree Cottage and I am thoroughly exhausted - yes.....I have been working too, but that's another post! But I feel on top of the world...I am living my dream!




  1. Great to see the start you have made!! You are working towards your dream, and that makes it all worth it!!
    With the days getting lighter, and longer too, it will make things better for you. I'm really impressed with your OH working there a few hours before his normal job, what a star!!
    The kitchen will be lovely, and spacious, can't wait to see the next instalment!!
    Have a great week : )

    Sharon xx

  2. does this wall separate the two kitchen spaces? If so it might be a nice dividing line between the eating part and the cooking part.

  3. What a lot of work but how exciting! I read the post about the fields and paddocks first and thought wow aren't you soo lucky - it is going to wonderful when you've finally got everything sorted.