A Slow Transformation

When we first moved here we wanted a place we could just move into with the minimum of work. What with all the stress of finishing work, leaving the UK, and everything else taking on a construction or renovation project simply was not on our agenda.

What was planned was to upgrade as we went along, and as we had the money to do so. The kitchen was always high on our plans to upgrade.  It started like this.

front house kitchena


The kitchen is now done. It was a two stage process, about 2 years ago part one was done. This was the extractor and the upper cupboards which were hand made to match the lower units. The carpenter did a fantastic job.  So this is the end of stage one.

Davlumbaz-lowered-with-fing Now part two is completed. A somewhat more expensive job given the new hob, oven, sink, taps, and black granite worktops. We spent a lot of time thinking about the worktops, granite or marble to start. Ultimately granite is more durable and far more resistant to lemon juice and other acids. Then came the decision of what granite. The stonemason said it would be impossible to exactly match the existing granite and brought us a catalogue with pictures of different granites we could have. In the end we chose the black and stuck to our decision even when we learned it was a bit more expensive.

Then, a week or so later, came the fitting.

The same carpenter we used 18 months ago came and fitted the unit to house the oven. The stone guys came in the evening, removed the old granite and started to fit the new granite, a task completed the following day. Then the sink was fitted and left unplumbed for the sealant to dry.  So this was the second night we could not cook so had to go out for dinner.  The next day the sink was plumbed and in the early evening the guys came to fit the oven and hob and went away again.  I should have spotted the problem, only one power supply – so eating out again. The next morning an electrician came and fitted a double socket, and later in the day the oven and hob were fitted.

We are sure that other bits will happen, but the big work is now done.  We have the old granite and plan to use it elsewhere. It all took a day longer than we thought, but the quality of work is fantastic and the finished result a vast improvement.



And now we have cake….

10 responses to “A Slow Transformation

  1. . . now that is really nice!

  2. I also chose black granite for my village kitchen. It’s amazing what a difference it makes, isn’t it.

  3. Why not build a coffee table with your old granite. We have a great one upstairs on our rooftop surrounded by chairs. Made by The Turk years ago he kept it until he moved back home and it was the first thing he set up when he arrived here.

    If you are looking for The Turk on a summer night, he can be found on the roof with a Efes and his feet on his marble, self-made, proud as punch coffee table!

    • I suggested that. However, there is rather a lot of non-stone board worktop in the back house. And a couple of windowsills that could do with being more waterproof. Any left over will be considered for coffee table as it would look very good up on the roof.

  4. It’s absolutely beautiful. I want to completely gut my kitchen and re-do it but it’s an expensive task so will have to wait some time. The granite is lovely x

    • Thanks. As you know, the granite we used to have in here was also attractive. But we did want a built in hob and oven (and a grill!). It was a bit over budget, but we kind of fell for the black sparkly granite. The actual appliances were not all that expensive – we don’t have dozens of functions but we do have the ones we need.

  5. Wow, Hilary! Wow, Ashley! Congratulations! Your new kitchen looks absolutely fantastic! I take my hat off to your carpenter but above all to you for having both the vision and the patience to go through with it all! Happy cooking!

    • The carpenter is brilliant and we were fortunate to be introduced to him. He is also a really nice man with a great sense of humour. We had the process managed for us, but I guess it did take some patience. Now we’re learning to cook with the new hob and oven. Having a choice of modes again is quite puzzling but this evening’s celeriac gratin indicates that we’re on top of the learning curve….

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