We (sort of) have a kitchen!

Hello friends! It’s time for another update on the building site that is our home. I was going to write one at the weekend but then we returned home on Friday to a note on the door requesting access at 8 the next morning. That’s 8 a.m. on a Saturday! So I decided to wait until that was done and then ended up not having time to post, so you get an extra two days of progress… and what progress it is. This is how our kitchen looks now:

Above the long drawers at the back there is a hob (for my American friends that would be hotplates), the doors to the right of the oven house a fridge and a freezer and the “cupboard” beside the sink is actually home to a dishwasher. Also, that squareish mark on the ceiling above the cupboards/shelf part? That’s actually where the fridge used to be, so from that you can see where the kitchen has been extended slightly into the dining area giving us a little more kitchen space.

The bathrooms, on the other hand, haven’t progressed a great deal. Here they are:

Without referring to last week’s post you probably won’t even be able to tell what’s been done. An additional frame has been added on top of the one that was previously fitted and there are a few more pipes/hoses back there. I’m interested to see what will be happening next…

Apart from that, work has now started in the next door part of the building, so there are no longer empty flats with bathrooms over there. Instead, a temporary shower/toilet/sink unit have been set up downstairs. Things actually worked pretty well with the bathroom next door – having to go over there was slightly annoying, but nothing I couldn’t deal with and it was always free when I needed it (there were two flats each with two bathrooms, which meant a total of four toilets and two showers available (plus two bathtubs)). Now there is one shower/toilet for everyone who is left in the building and today, on the very first day of having to use it, our upstairs neighbour went in there right as I was about to go downstairs. So tomorrow I’ll be getting up even earlier. (Jan, meanwhile, opted to get up a little earlier this morning and use the showers at his work.) Surprisingly though, the shower situation isn’t what annoys me most. The most annoying thing – apart from having to be up early on Saturday – is the dust. It’s everywhere! The dust sheets on the doors do a reasonable job of keeping most of it out, but they can’t stop it from being tracked in on our feet. And given that we have to walk through the dusty corridor no matter which room we want to enter the dust always follows. The second most annoying thing is that they’ve done something to the electricity so even though the trip switch is on there is no electricity in our bedroom. Getting ready for bed by the light of my phone torch is not my idea of fun…

Only this week and next week to get through and then we’re on holiday. We can do this! (She said, hopefully.)

12 thoughts on “We (sort of) have a kitchen!

  1. Yay for the kitchen progress! The dust and bathroom/shower situation sounds kinda rough though. Hope you can hang in there the next couple of weeks!

  2. It’s going to look wonderful when it’s all finished, but I do sympathise, major building works are a nightmare to live through. We put extensions on this and our previous house (we should have learned our lesson…), both of which included putting in new kitchens in new rooms/extensions, so we were (or rather I was) cooking on a camping hotplate and microwave for weeks in the last house as the gas had to be disconnected, and not much easier in this house, all with two/three small children. We too put in new bathrooms, so I share your pain. It will be worth it in the end.

  3. The kitchen is looking great! It going to be so nice when it’s all said & done! The dust would annoy me, too, but I think that shower situation might drive me over the edge. LOL. Good luck!!

  4. There’s *nothing* like construction dust. Years ago when I owned a place, I had tile put in- even from just that simple change, the dust was everywhere. Blergh.

    On the bright side, this post is nearly a month old so by now hopefully it’s better!

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