Since first coming to view the house we’d been back about six times before we moved in. First of all we were keen to check we were 100% happy, then there was the weekend we came to take out the upstairs kitchen and then a long and detailed visit with some of our family. At no point during all of these visits did we stop and think “why is the kitchen wall an odd shape”. Even when cleaning the kitchen and filling the cupboards we were oblivious to the fact that the wall jutted out about 50 cms further at one end of the room than the other.
The day after we moved all the boxes in, we turned up for our first ‘official’ day in the house to meet a plumber. The house was covered in boxes so it wasn’t the easiest of places to show anyone around but we wanted to get his thoughts on the best plan to merge the heating/water all together so that we only have one system.
Anyway, the plumber arrived on time and seemed happy with everything but then asked where the water tank was for the downstairs flat. The Boyfriend and I both looked at him a bit blankly and came up with lots of suggestions of places it could be. 40 mins later, when we’re still no closer to finding it, the plumber asked what was behind the kitchen cupboards. At this point he was convinced it was hiding something and made The Boyfriend take down his well stocked drinks cupboard. As we were removing the bottles we realised they were all quite warm! We then discovered a loose backing to the cupboard which revealed the tank…
It is hidden down behind the freezer, is impossible to reach if it breaks and will have to be moved. However, what is far more exciting is that we also discovered what looks to be an old brick fireplace and our kitchen has suddenly grown in size.
I’m sure they’ll be plenty of surprises hidden in the house but this one stumped us both – we’re still not sure why we didn’t question the wall before hand.