I thought it was about high time I blogged about our new kitchen. This room has caused me WAY too much stress, so I’ve been loathe to write about it as it has taken up too much of my brain power already.
The most frustrating part is that it shouldn’t have been stressful. I new exactly what I wanted, had drawn up the plans perfectly and chosen all the finishes. But I picked the wrong kitchen company. I won’t name names, but they were the WORST! When I first met with them, they said the kitchen would be ready in 6 weeks. It took 5 months! 5 MONTHS! They wouldn’t return my phone calls or respond to emails, but I had already paid the deposit of $4000, so I couldn’t just go somewhere else. I was stuck with them.
Eventually they did complete the kitchen, and it looks beautiful. But it was not without many sleepless nights and lots of tears.
Now, to refresh your memories. This is the loose plan the architect drew up of the kitchen.
This is the plan I drew up using old school grid paper and a lead pencil. I am going to boast and tell you that every single part of this kitchen is drawn to scale. #nerd.
There are two parts to our kitchen. The main wall (which is drawn above) and the island (which you see below).
Once we sat down with the kitchen makers, they drew their own plans using their swanky online app.
The only change from my plans to this one, was the exclusion of the open shelves and wine rack at the end of the island. Once the room was built, we realized the island needed to be 30cm shorted than we had planned.
Reason being, the staircase runs alongside the kitchen and we needed more clearance so people wouldn’t hit their head on the stairs as they walked past. Pretty important I guess. So the wine rack had to go. Tragic.
This next pic shows the new room where the kitchen will go… Matt is diligently painting that brick wall.
This is what they call a kitchen carcass. Charming, I know. Essentially it’s just the shelving and the internal draws. That large pipe coming down from the ceiling is for the rangehood fan.
This was one of my big splurges – a ceramic butler sink! Isn’t she lovely!?
I’ve gotta skedaddle now, but I can’t wait to show you more pics of the kitchen in the coming weeks. It really is beautiful… and worth the pain.
– Penny xo