My son and daughter-in-law had a kitchen that was literally falling apart, with doors falling off and drawer fronts coming away. The laundry was not a user-friendly space and storage room was minimal. The entire layout was atrocious and needed a big tweak.
We decided to change it up to make the whole area a more flowing concept, which was lots and lots of work to even get to a stage where it could be usable. Older houses can be a pain to renovate when you start to think about plumbing and electrical, walls out of square, walls not plumb, and the list goes on...
The kitchen removal took some help from the plumbers, plasterers and electricians.
The whole project has given a complete facelift to their home. The guys that helped with the Kaboodle design were awesome, as is the online app that you can use yourself for designs. With the help of all the local Bunnings staff this project was made easier, but the labour involved was an absolute killer.
This is the original kitchen.
Firstly, the old kitchen had to go, and the adjoining laundry wall had to go, too, as did the entire laundry, which was moved outside.
All the floor tiles had to come up and the concrete floor had to be patched. My son and his wife enjoyed removing all the old floor tiles and then scraping all the old tile glue off the floor. They were impressed to say the least.
This went on to include the hallway and the loungeroom as well.
Then we put in the framework.
Then the plasterboard.
This is the original laundry. The laundry became a butler's pantry, and the linen press that was facing into the old laundry got turned around and now faces into the adjoining bathroom. Part of the old laundry formed a nook for the fridge, which really needed a home as it was sitting in no man's land, and a large bulk storage area was created above it in the pantry, which also included some open storage shelves.
We put the plasterboard in the old laundry area.
Then painted the kitchen.
The window in the old kitchen was removed and a new opening created.
The kitchen is the heart of a home where we spend a lot of time cooking and gathering with family. Renovating offers the opportunity to create a functional and beautiful space for cooking and entertaining. Get advice from experienced renovator Adam in his guide How to plan a kitchen renovation.