I am so excited!
I have a new kitchen!!
Well, I almost have a new kitchen, but I’m so excited I have to share my new kitchen design now! First, a little background information; I have designed and built quite a few kitchens over the years. Three kitchens in various houses for myself, a couple of kitchen for house renovations ready for sale, and some for rental properties. So I have a bit of experience designing kitchens that are practical and come in on budget.
I left my last dream kitchen about three years ago. At that time we had purchased a house on the water at Diggers Beach in Coffs Harbour. For the sake of gorgeous views and a walk to the beach I have put up with a lot of UGLY!
The ocean blue garage doors were a particular item that I hated, along with the matching blue railings around all the decks. You can’t see it very well in this photo but the outdoor tiles on the decks are peach and the house is very yellow. The render was finished in a rough UGLY scratch coat. The decks are huge but living on a headland means 90% of the time its either too windy or two hot to use the decks.
Enough about the outside of the house. The house is very narrow so no space was allowed for a normal size kitchen, pantry or dining room. The designer obviously thought people would eat on the decks all year round. Due to the weather conditions the decks never got used, and we had to cram everyone into a tiny dining room at the back of the house!
We had a dated dark wood kitchen with blue laminate bench top, no preparation area, a tiny pantry and a dining room just big enough for two people. Obviously this was not good enough to be the Gourmet Getaways kitchen, or any foodies kitchen. The kitchen renovation commenced on the 1st March 2015.
Here is an image of my old kitchen as we started to pull it apart. Goodbye peach tiles forever!! The scaffolding you can see in the window is to allow the builders to enclose the deck in front of the existing kitchen. We are then going to remove the walls and push the kitchen and dining room onto the deck. This will make full use of the beautiful views.
More of the ugly peach tiles have been pulled up on the deck. A concrete topping slab will go over the existing slab so we can have polished concrete in the kitchen.
By the 15th April 2015 the kitchen had been demolished, a slab had been poured to act as the old decks roof and the new side wall had been bricked up. The wall separating the kitchen and the old deck was gone. We had created one large space. The windows didn’t get install for another 2 -3 weeks. We were still living in the house even though it was open to the elements for about two weeks. Naturally there was no power or water on this level of the house. Luckily we had good weather and Alesah was a real sport about staying with us throughout this time in the renovation.
Above is a top view of the new kitchen design. The line which separates the top and bottom of the kitchen plan show the footprint of the old kitchen at the top. The old dining rooms is now the butlers kitchen and the old kitchen contains a breakfast and tea station and the fridges. We needed somewhere to house Brett’s kegorator, my wine fridge and of course a decent size fridge for food.
As you can see the painters haven’t finished yet. The brown above the cupboards will be white and the range hood is still to be installed. The great news is I have running water in the kitchen for the first time in 14 weeks!
Directly opposite the fridges is the breakfast station, or tea station depending on what you would like to call it. Mostly it was designed for the children to get there breakfast in the morning. Everything needed at breakfast time is within easy reach… including the red wine!
The breakfast cutlery and crockery are located in the drawers. Breakfast cereal is in the unopened cupboard and things to make toast are in the opened roller door with the toaster on the stone bench top.
Now would you like to see my butlers pantry? This is probably the most important part of the kitchen and I am very relieved to find the pantry design works perfectly.
This photo was taken from the double door entrance to the room. The back wall of the butlers pantry is home to all the appliances that don’t need much help to cook. There is a power point for every appliance and a few spares for good luck. The bench top is a diamond gloss white and the drawer and shelves are a woodgrain laminate.
The above image show the view if I swizzle to the right and photograph. You can see my spice rack and a rack for all the sauces. Because I couldn’t see into my old pantry cupboard when I unpacked the boxes I found I had three large salts, 4 jars of pink Himalayan salt and countless other duplications. I love that the Dyson Animal has a new home with it’s own power point! Now it’s always handy and charged.
When I turn to the left you see that my cookbooks are once again altogether. This area still needs a little more tiding up. Here I put in large open shelves into the butlers pantry. I buy my rice, flour, sugar etc in 5 -10 kg bags. I then put the staples in large crates for easy scooping of the ingredients as they are needed. It’s a little crowded in the shelves because I found a few random 1kg containers of flour and sugar that are still taking up space.
Now for the exciting part of my kitchen design!
This part of the kitchen renovation has been constructed complete on the reclaimed deck. We have kept some of the outside deck area for a BBQ.
We still have some more painting to do, and the glass splash backs are about a week or two alway but I am loving the way it looks. The breakfast bar has been designed taller than usual because I like prefer it high. We have used Caesar Stone on the bench tops in a grey colour called “Storm” and gloss white on the cupboards.
In the picture above you can see we are now able to take full advantage of the view out over the beach. I will have to upload a better image though, this one doesn’t do the room or view justice. Much to my relief we now have plenty of room in the dining room. We could even get a bigger dining table now!
So we have survived our kitchen renovation! Living in the house while the work was being undertaken was only possible because of the wonderful builder we had looking after the job. Although I wouldn’t want to do it again in a hurry they made the whole experience manageable and nothing was too much trouble for them. If your looking for a builder in Coffs Harbour I would recommend Geoff from Harbour Design Homes and my gorgeous new kitchen was the masterpiece of Marcus of Designer Living Kitchens.
Once the renovation is complete I will give you some better pictures and the kitchen specifications. So what does a kitchen cost? I was very pleasantly surprised. My kitchen is at least double the size of most kitchens and has ALOT of 40mm Caesar Stone, glass splash backs, butlers kitchen with more benches and shelving etc and the cost came in at $27,000.
I am one very happy cook at the moment. Now what should I make first? If you are planing your own dream kitchen and have any questions please feel free to ask.