The kitchen has undoubtedly undergone the biggest transformation in the house so far.
It was the first room we focused on when we bought the property – the first place we started removing lath and plaster, and the first room we decorated.
But before we could get to the decorating stage, we ended up completely changing the layout.
To start with, the back door was to the right of the property and the kitchen was at the back of the room.
Practically, I’m sure this worked for the previous owners but for us, the room felt dark and cut in two by the doorway.
We thought that if we installed double doors to the back wall, it would bring us more light, aided by the installation of velux windows above.
Moving the door from the side to the back would also give us extra space. Instead of having to work around the door in our designs, we would have more flexibility with the layout, and it would make the room feel longer and bigger.
This was good for us. We really wanted a downstairs toilet so, by changing the layout and moving the door, we’d have the ability to pinch a bit of the space and create both a utility cupboard and a small WC.
All sounds great right? Nice and simple?
Not so. The back of our property was actually an extension and the ceiling wasn’t high enough to install a door. Classic.
So we discovered that we’d have to get builders to remove the majority of the back wall and rebuild it slightly higher than it was before. Because we had to jump through hoops with the council, it meant that the process took longer but it was so, so worth it.
Check out each stage in the transformation below:
Intrigued as to what this space looks like now? We’ll be sharing photos of the finished result in another blog post soon. Follow us to make sure you don’t miss it!