In 2015 we moved into a house that needed a whole-house renovation.
This is how the kitchen looked:
We started by ripping out most of the wall leading into the kitchen and closing up the door on the other side. This used to be a washroom, but is now our newly renovated bathroom. Everything that we could do ourselves we did. We ripped out the old kitchen, removed the vinyl floor, plastered the walls, sanded down the floorboards, oiled them and then protected them with varnish.
When it came to installing the new kitchen we left this to professionals. Plumbers changed out all of the pipes, electricians put in new electrical wiring, the kitchen was installed for us and we hired a man to do the tiling on the wall. It had to look absolutely perfect. The tiles are from Modena Fliser and they are called Bisel blanco (we choose the smallest size of tiles – this is much more flattering). It is easy to tell when those kind of things aren’t done professionally, and it would bother me forever, as I am a bit of a perfectionist – so here I wasn’t willing to save.
This is the room that became our new bathroom! That door doesn’t exist any more.
Opening up the wall has done a lot for the kitchen as it flows beautifully into the dining area and and looks straight out to the garden.
This was the dining room before:
When it comes to renovating, we have one golden rule: save where you can, but don’t scrimp on the important stuff. Understand when to hire professionals.
When it comes to renovating, we have one golden rule: save where you can, but don’t scrimp on materials or craftsmanship. We chose quality materials and understood when we had to hire professionals.
This was the dining room when we had just finished the kitchen! It is styled a little bit differently now. The next few week I am going to start going through the fine details of the kitchen to get them just right. This is something that I have been looking forward to this whole renovation process. It includes throwing out things that I don’t need, organizing, styling and doing some small paint jobs (like the inside of the pantry). I will show pictures when it is all done!