Monday, February 04, 2008

Dust...and my kitchen.

This is what my kitchen used to look like, about a year ago. Small, but it had shelves, walls, was pretty scruffy though and doors had a habit of falling off. Plus it was a home-made job and some of the unit constuction was, frankly, weird.

Last year about this time we had the nasty plastic windows throughout replaced with traditional sash and case ones, but double glazed this time. In the case of the kitchen windows this meant we ended up with at least twice the glass area, but the downside was that the upper level cabinets had to come off the walls to allow this. ?? Well, remember what I said about weird units? The person who constructed these had decided to use the window frames as an integral method of support. So when the frames came down, so did the units, plus a considerable quantity of wall.

And so it remained for about a year, while we did other things like put in new central heating. I didn't really mine because there's plenty of storage space out in my magnificent pantry, plus the light was so good it made the whole room a pleasure to be in.

All this changed on Monday, when the builders tore out the upper (obsolete) water tank, ripped out the units and removed yet more wall.

This was, I have to say, a low point, because everything just looked horrible. Looking back though at least we hadn't got to the really dusty part. I was just contending with ordinary dust. We had managed to confine that to the kitchen and adjoining dining room. Bit after the destruction came the replastering. And plaster is very dusty stuff to mix. It's everywhere in the house...and I do mean that.

However the good point about replastering was that we got some walls back again.

Though it still looked pretty terrible.

We're onto the second week now and the utilities have been moved, so things are improving. I even saw a kitchen unit going past the study door this morning so perhaps it's going to start looking less like a very narrow corridor and more like a kitchen soon. It is a small space, have to admit. It's only five feet wide and twelve feet long so an L-shaped galley kitchen is the only option. But if you look at my "before" photo at the start of this post, you'll see a lot can be squeezed into this area.

It's never going to have the same views as my trailer tent kitchen though...


Jean said...

Oh, Fishwife, all love and sympathy. How do you DO it?

Love, Jean

Dawn in NL said...

Just to commiserate with you. You will love it when it is finished though!

I will be going through something similar later in the year, a bit less destructive, perhaps.

All the best,

KSee said...

Oh, it is so going to be worth it when all is said and done. can't wait to see it all done. Keep posting pictures as it moves along. In another year this will all be a distant memory.

rho said...

I have this to look forward to still - ugh...

isn't it amazing that it looked bigger with the stuff in it than it does empty.

yvette said...

Oh, poor you, hang on in there it will be worth it in the end.

Annie said...

Thank you for sharing the before and during photos. I can't wait to see the after photos. I bet you can't wait either!