I didn’t quite realise how quiet I had been on my blog until now and that’s all thanks to our latest kitchen renovations. I’ve been busy filming clips here and there ready for this Friday’s video upload and since I often get asked how the remodelling is going, I thought, why not share it?
After being given a quote of £9000 from Wickes, including fitting, we were left with some serious questioning on whether we wanted to part with our money and we still hadn’t digested the 2-3k quotes for local builders to knock out a kitchen wall and block up the old doorway. Side note: We’re saving for major work on the existing dorma conversion.
Thankfully my in-laws came to help over the weekend to direct while we did the harder jobs of sourcing hire tools, brick chopping, lifting and in turn, we learnt how to brick lay and mix cement (4 parts sand, 1 part cement, make a well and combine with water); it’s funny how a lot resembles cooking and in this case, like making pasta.
There’s been no time to cook healthy meals whatsoever, nor space in the kitchen; it’s been all manual labour with junk food, so think Dominoes pizza and McDonalds breakfasts. I’ve also learnt that a sausage & egg cheese bagel is far superior with the hash brown inside (something I may no longer donate to my fiance!).
We hired the tools from Travis Perkins, which I admit was not easy. I’d already called several companies for quotes in my area and headed for the cheapest, but once I’d arrived, I was asked to give my card details without an actual definitive price. I threatened to leave unless I knew what I was paying and he ignored me ever since (hiding around their back or not returning calls when needing an ETA for delivery). I didn’t realise I was that scary.
When we took on this job, the main thing that held us back was the fear of the unknown. Will the wall fall down? Is it a load baring wall? (Yes it was). We’d never done it before and although read many guides and watched plenty tutorials, we just didn’t have the confidence.
It was a dusty job that needed doing and hired a stihl saw to get a clean cut once we’d measured it all and once this was done, we were on to the brick laying to block the old door way. Here’s everyone having a giggle while I was filmed during my first attempt applying the mortar.
The new doorway will take some getting used to, but the kitchen now feels bigger to take more cupboard space and lets in more light in to the adjacent living room. And while the work dries, my parents will be trying to source a discounted kitchen from a contact they know, so will keep you updated when I hear anything.
I’m looking forward to this DIY project being as cheap as chips and getting back to eating home cooked healthy meals!
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