Epic kitchen renovation – getting somewhere finally

It appears that our kitchen is starting to come together. Most of the cabinets are in place and attached to walls. They even have doors and drawer fronts (but the handles have not been put on yet, d’oh). The replacements for the broken ones should be here tomorrow so our contractor can get them constructed tomorrow and have the carpenter in on Monday to install them, put up crown moulding and do other important stuff.

We remain hopeful that there will be counter-top by the middle of the week.

When all that has been done, the sink, dishwasher, cook-top, wall-oven and range hood/microwave can be installed. There is a tiny possibility that we’ll have usable appliances and a sink by the end of next week.

Then there is still flooring to put down, under-cabinet lighting to install, lighting rail and toe kicks to put in and tiles to choose and put up. So it won’t be done or anything, but we may be able to use some of it and that would make me so happy.

This is week 9 of the epic kitchen refit, thus it is two months since our kitchen was taken out. Since then, we’ve been using a two-ring stove-top, a toaster oven and a small, low-power microwave as our kitchen facilities. Due to the way the house is wired, the only place we can plug those in is the kitchen. This means that we have to carry a table, heat-proof mats and whatever appliances we need into the kitchen each time we want to prepare a meal and carry them out again before any workmen arrive. Our sink (for washing up, washing veggies, filling kettles etc.) is downstairs in the laundry room so every meal involves multiple trips up and down the stairs carrying stuff. We also only have one small counter in the craft room to do all of our preparation on. Basically, it’s hard work creating a meal and what we can do has to be pretty basic due to the lack of facilities.

Even BBQ isn’t exactly easy because of the lack of prep facilities, the location of the sink and the need to clamber over stuff to get to the back deck.

We’re feeling pretty proud that over the last two months we have ordered pizza twice and gone out for four meals. That’s it. We’ve given up on cooking six meals out of around 60. Most of our meals out have even been fairly healthy! There’s another couple of weeks of this and I’m already planning for sushi take-out on Saturday, but I think we’re going to get through it.

The good thing is that we’re finally getting a picture of what it’s going to look like and it’s going to look gorgeous. Can’t wait to play with the lovely new appliances that were the big reason we’ve done all this.

ETA: So excited, the counter top arrived early so I arrived home from work to find counters! In my kitchen! It looks really gorgeous 🙂

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