Compared to everything else in the house this is probably the biggest project and so we have left it until last to think about.  It’s also the one area that I really care about and am keen to have a say on what goes where.

When we were house hunting we wrote a list of things that we weren’t prepared to compromise on.  We wanted a:

  1. hallway
  2. guest room with its own bathroom
  3. outside space for entertaining
  4. third reception room
  5. study
  6. walking distance from town
  7. quiet road
  8. side gate / easy access for bikes
  9. double glazing (which we don’t have but I wouldn’t change our windows now we’re in as I really like the old glass)

However, right at the top of the list was:

  1. a kitchen with room for a table
  2. a kitchen with lots of surface space

We definitely don’t have that at the moment but hopefully we’re getting closer.  This is what we currently have:


It’s fine and it has suited us well over the last three years but I can’t wait to have a table so that I don’t have to eat every meal off my lap but also so that we can have friends over.

We have very little storage at the moment and things are slowly breaking.  The most recent was the freezer which was actually a blessing in disguise as it made us realise there was a fault.  The wall it backed onto was randomly home to the old water tank which we have always found odd.  We couldn’t find it when we first moved in but after discovering that wine in the cupboard in front was always warm we tracked it down!  We had it disconnected when we put the new boiler in but it can’t have been done well and must have been dripping for months and months.  The shower room at the end of the house has always been horrible and damp but had got much worse and so we were lucky to discover it when we did.  I can’t wait to knock the wall down and get it out completely.

The Husband has had his graph paper out again and has planned out the whole space and we’ve recently had two kitchen designers draw it all out for us and add in a few small builds.  We’re going to knock down the wall between the kitchen and the dining room, build into the fireplace in the dining room and knock down the fake wall in the kitchen and get rid of that fireplace.

The structural engineer has been and we think we have found the units we want so all we need now is some dates as to when the builder can start.  We had hoped to get it done this year but didn’t want to be worrying about whether or not it would be done in time for Christmas so have decided to put it on hold until the New Year….apart from the awful mess and disruption I can’t wait!

About katerenovates

Hello and welcome to Kate Renovates - a blog about my attempts at renovation. The Husband and I have now been living in our house for four years and changes are being made slowly. It's an unloved Victorian townhouse that had been converted into two flats. Armed with a little bit of know-how and bags of enthusiasm, we have turned it back into one house and are transforming it into our home. Many of the original features remain but the flats had been rented out and so none of the rooms were in great shape. Luckily, it has a fully functioning kitchen and we recently finished the new bathroom and so things are getting more and more comfortable all the time. We're learning as we go and sharing our ups (and downs) on here as we try (fingers crossed) to bring the house back to life. I'd love to hear your thoughts on my blog or any tips you may have on our house project, so to contact me, please email
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