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April has been a month of renovation action in my kitchen, out with the old and in with the new.
In just 8 working days the old kitchen was dismantled and removed, the electricity and plumbing roughed in, a raised platform floor built and tiled and the installation of the new cabinetry 90% completed.
Looking at my photos you may be wondering what’s wrong with the old kitchen, why build a platform? The kitchen we removed was developers cookie cutter style flat-pack kitchen that had simply got to the end of it’s life. It was difficult to open one drawer without three opening, the shelves were sagging and the appliances were on there last legs.
Our building is a Heritage Listed Woolstore that was built in 1924. Our apartment was home was admin offices and still has the original hardwood floors. While it’s permitted to sand and re-polish the boards, we are not allowed to remove them or make holes in them. The “old” kitchen stood on the floorboards in a corner where there are quite large gaps between the boards which are considered impossible to fill. It is neither hygienic or practical in a messy space.
Creating a raised area also enabled us to move the gas, electricity and plumbing away from the back wall. Believe me when I say it’s no fun cooking with your back to the room, your family and the natural light. The back wall of the new kitchens is dedicated to fridge/freezer, wine cabinet and floor to ceiling cabinets, the sink has been moved to the L shaped island bench and the cooker will be on the previously unused wall, opposite the sink.
We are now waiting for the engineered stone bench to be templated, cut and installed. Another flurry of activity will follow when that’s done, tiling the splash back, installing the cooker and range hood, then the plumbing and electrical fit off.
Hopefully next month, if all goes according to plan, I’ll be able to show off my completed new kitchen.
Meanwhile, this is my current kitchen.