Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Kitchen Improvements

Having finished creating and tiling the roof on the Goat House the Handyman has turned his attention and skills to the changes required inside our house.  The first and most major changes will be to the kitchen.  This will have a huge impact on the way we live at HG and once we get through the disruption it will be fantastic to have the kitchen that we've always wanted.  At the moment the work has meant that cooking activities are being kept to a minimum whilst the dust settles - literally!

Handyman and Apprentice


The next stage, replacing the windows, is underway with time being spent on selection of installer, colour, shape, materials etc.  Then it will be on to changing the boiler so that we can remove the Aga Rayburn which currently provides our heating and hot water.  Yes, I did say remove the Aga! 

Romantic Notion
When we first moved here one of the attractions was the Aga, but I've found it to be a romantic notion.  It takes up a lot of space and, certainly for me working full time, takes a long time to heat up for cooking.  I have used it on about 5 occasions, Christmas and winter family gatherings and it does make fantastic pastry cases and provide a warm and welcoming spot to gather, but I'd prefer to use the space for a cooker that I can use every day.  So the plan is to replace it with a large electric range cooker - we don't have gas here only oil and electricity.  I've found one with a mix of 6 induction and ceramic heat zones and 3 ovens and I think I'm in love!  My sister cooks on induction and has found it as controllable as gas, can't wait to try it myself.
Dream Cooker
So once the heating boiler is replaced and all the plumbing completed we can move the Aga, raise the chimney breast where it currently resides, alter the positions of the cupboards and supplement with some new ones, get the electrics done - new lighting, more sockets and my dream cooker - have all the plastering done and finally...decorate, phew!

Quite a time consuming piece of home improvement and the reason for telling you all of this is that my recipe posts may be fewer and further between whilst the kitchen is decommissioned - unless I can sneak in between the Handyman and the various tradesmen to rustle up a little something...hmm!


Kevin Beamer said...

Wow. That is a very nice cooker. I'm sure my wife would love to have this on our kitchen. We've been contemplating on renovating our kitchen to create more space. All that is left for us to do is to find the best home contractor. An advice taken from a friend said that a good contractor leads the homeowners to an excellent renovation project. Hope we'll find the best one soon so we can start the project!

Susan said...

Hi Kevin,
We're doing most of the building work ourselves - well I say we, I really mean the Handyman! I'm very lucky that he is so capable and practical. Good luck with your project.

Kevin Beamer said...

Thanks, Susan! Seems Handyman have very good carpentry skills! I think you are both lucky to have each other!

GWS said...

Can't wait to see how you have progressed when I come home at the end of the month.

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Woooooooooooooooooooooooooooooow /Hey thanks man!! you are so good. I think this the perfect work.

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