The girl living in the house had a huge dog, which stank, and also destroyed the house and garden. Thankfully my husband could see past all that, and he saw the potential in the place.
We completely gutted the place, removed the floor and nearly all the drywall, ripped the kitchen and dining room out, removed the 'garden room' and had an extension built. After 6 months the place was just ready to move in, and now after a year, we're finishing small bits and pieces to make it perfect!
We finally finished the last touches on the kitchen and I wanted to share. Its such a wonderful place to work in.
We decided to work with home depot for our kitchen design, and for installing the cabinets and counters. The cupboards are from thomasville, and very well built, the door handles are made from glass tiles stuck onto ikea handles, and the countertop is silestone.
The appliances are all from Pacific Sales, we chose Kitchenaid and we're super happy, I love the giant microwave, its wonderful having a double oven, and the dishwasher is just a dream.
The floor throughout the house is bamboo, its really beautiful, although anyone with pets and children might find that its not very durable. It does dent easily too.
I chose some recycled glass tiles for the backsplash. They were an absolute pain to install, even with a long weekend, they still needed a further coat of grout to finish the look. If you're considering this, seriously think about the expense/level of work involved in not going the easy route with the tiles on sheets!!
We also added some bluetooth speakers, so we can listen to podcasts and pandora on the iPad, which is also very useful for looking up recipes, etc. The last detail was to add a relaxing green paint to the walls and my dream kitchen was complete!
I'm still getting used to where everything is, I think deep down I know I need to actually take everything out of the cupboards and start again.
There is the perfect space next to the window for a piece of artwork, or a great photograph, we're taking our time choosing that. I'd also like a blind, nosy people strolling past love to crane their necks to see what we're up to in the kitchen!!
Kitchen Design, Cabinets and silestone counters: Home depot
Appliances: Kitchenaid by Pacific Sales
Backsplash-recycled glass tiles by stardust glass , which has now changed to clayhaus ceramics, but still does the same funky round tiles
Bamboo flooring bought from lumber liquidators (installed by my husband!)