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.
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.
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….