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Our new kitchen design from VERY BEGINNING: for remodel and renovation
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Hello, welcome back to the channel.
I have wanted to make this video for 2 years now.
I want to show you how we changed this kitchen, which we appreciated but which was broken and out of date and not at all energy efficient.
It was cold, dirty in a way that could never be cleaned properly, and someone else's kitchen design.
We wanted to remove the wall that runs down the middle, splitting up the space into two dark, small rooms that don't work because the width is not big enough for either room.
And we wanted to renovate it into something that looks more like this!
An open plan modern kitchen that follows the hot trends in kitchen design, a spacious living area that regains the space taken up by the supporting wall.
It allows energy and light to flow.
With stylish radiators in the right places that actually work.
With two double patio doors which are double glazed, two light wells: skylights in the ceiling that allow natural light to flood into the room.
New windows and doors down the side of the house.
I thought, how can I show you this project that took months to build?
How can I tell a story this big?
Well, every day this month I will release a video that shows the progress each day so you can follow our trendy kitchen design renovation construction in real-time.
All of the videos each day appear in the playlist that's in the description below so you can jump forward at whatever speed you want to get to the end.
So, let's take a look at how things look right at the very start.
And this isn't my voice by the way!
So the idea is: a shower room accessible from the hallway door which covers about half of that wall there.
And then the rest of it is a utility (room). This, yeah, fireplace is being knocked out.
Kitchen units will begin about halfway along the fireplace.
All the way pretty much to the end where this table is will be an island.
And we're still uncertain where we're going to put dining and where we're going to put, hopefully, some kind of chair seating sofa area.
This wall, just a small thing to mention, is completely coming out, including pillars.
So there'll be no wall, so all of those cabinets will go.
Basically, the kitchen is being relocated to the other side of the room.
What were you going to say?
Well, it's just really funny seeing it now!
So, this was how the kitchen looked and we're going to give you a tour.
I think this was 2 days before the builders arrived and, yeah, we're going to see a lot of this.
Just to give you a full tour, let's go into the nooks and crannies.
I mean, we had no storage space, did we?
No, not much, as you can see.
But I don't think I tidied it up for the filming either.
Yeah, well, I think this is actually probably better than it looked.
And look there's the... not only did this not work, we had a little heater there next to the cooker
because only two of the rings worked,
And this was the sink area and this, this is the best bit.
Look, this is actually a huge chasm that had opened up.
We filled it with filler so many times and gave up because we knew the kitchen was going to happen.
And it's called the sink because your heart sinks when you stand next to this.
And look, we got some healthy fruits here among the profanity of junk.
Obviously some baking, and obviously you've got the scales out,
yeah, yeah. And we've got a nice toaster
- a working kitchen. - Yeah, and look at that, we got this really nice... toaster in the middle of this just kind of bomb site of awfulness from the 1990s.
But I like that we dual used it, you know, for clothes hanging.
Some of that colour is coming back.
I don't think it will last, but it's just making a very brief comeback right now.
Great, so now we've ripped it out.
We've ripped it out, it's gone.
It's now coming back in again.
But we didn't do it for trendiness, it wasn't to be a hot trendy kitchen, was it?
Look, talk about the dual-purposing.
You can see the, um, what the dungarees--
dungarees, but there's like a lesson for the kids behind the dungarees,
and I think you talk about the bread maker later.
But you can see on the left-hand side that the water is actually coming through the walls.
You can see the paintwork is bubbling up.
There was mould on the ceiling as well.
I don't if there's any sound, there's no sound.
Our son points out what's on the ceiling in a minute.
Um, but we're just giving you a full 360-degree “before” and hopefully you'll understand why the “after” was such a big transformation.
So that's the wall we're going to knock out, isn't it?
Yeah, and how did we get the idea to knock the wall out?
I don't know, I can't remember.
Well, we did have some plans drawn up, didn't we?
Yeah, to start with.
Um, some grand plans, yeah, which we scaled back a bit.
Yeah, and we did say we wanted, you know, the dream open plan dining kitchen area.
And originally we were only going to knock the wall out partway, weren't we?
We were going to keep some of the wall in to keep it, yeah, to make it, um, cheaper.
We actually spent money on an architect, and that's why there were holes in the ceiling there because a structural engineer came around just to see what was there underneath just at the top of the picture.
I think just skipped it there.
And this is my favourite part of the whole kitchen, it's the place we're sitting right now.
Where I love that window, I love sitting next to that window.
So, we wanted to turn that into a seating area, didn't we?
Yeah, that seemed to work best for dining, even though our table is a bit too wide for it.
We could do with a slimmer 80 cm slim table.
But yeah, it's fine, it was the best spot for it.
And this is the lounge area, this is where we'd watch all of our TV in this really dark corner of the house.
It's the darkest area of the house, yeah.
I heard that you should turn the darkest area into a utility and that was the lightbulb moment on what to do, how to lay it out.
That's a really good tip, the darkest area, think of a utility room.
So this is a walk-through again, and this really demonstrates the Berlin wall that we had, uh, on the left-hand side:
The kitchen from Circa early 1990s and it had been built up over the years so it was like two extensions that’d been badly done next to each other.
And then on the other side, you’ve got this room where we couldn't ever do anything.
So we tried having the TV here and it never worked, did it?
No, there was always a No Man's Land bit wasn't there that wasn't really good for anything.
And you can see Casper was a puppy then so the floor just got worse and worse, didn't it?
Yeah, and it, we could never get anything in here, could we?
It was just never wide enough for any furniture to go in without it feeling like a corridor, yeah, and then over here.
So we got a lovely big picture window and then we got this frosted window and we knew we could do something with that.
And we, we had so many different combinations, didn't we? We were going to put the kitchen there.
Um, it would have been cheaper to keep the kitchen in the place it currently was, so it was more expensive to move it over... but it definitely made sense having it along this side and then being able to look out and keep the windows where they were.
Now we've got French doors here.
These doors didn't work, they were so warped that they wouldn't close properly, and this is what the back of the house looks like.
I don't think we worried that much about how the back of the house looks, it was how it looked from the inside.
But it gives you an idea that we thought we could put two double doors in there rather than the bi-fold doors, and that's probably going to come up over the days where we're commentating.
But are you happy we went for French doors?
Well also, it was sort of a budget decision, um, obviously it's cheaper to do French doors than a whole bi-fold all the way across but also we were running out of wall space and places we could put a radiator so another budget decision was not having underfloor heating, um, so we needed some wall space for radiators, um, so that meant we could have the radiator in the middle and then I just like the um, you know how the French doors were kind of in symmetry, yeah.
So this window is going to get replaced by a pair of French doors and then the bricks between them will stay... um as this kind of central pillar that we can put the radiator on but I just had we just had a close-up there of the all the pipes and the tap there that's just where all the utilities are for the kitchen at the moment, so we're going to move the kitchen over to the left hand side of the... of the room you'll see that as the days progress but the first job is to knock out all of this and see what's left standing.
And the architect plans originally that's... that was the idea for the roof lights wasn't it and where we positioned the roof lights as well,
Yeah we actually uh paid for an architect and didn't follow the plan because we're going to knock out the whole wall but uh...
We've kept some of the elements of his design so it was it was money well spent wasn't it in the end I think, ‘cause it kick-started everything.
It did Kickstart everything but then it was years before we finally landed on a plan of where we were going to put yeah everything
yeah we were talking about it for years so yeah this is probably four years after we moved in and I think three and 3/4 of that was spent discussing the different options. We just couldn't work out how to... where to put the kitchen
Because... because we weren't um building an extension on the side it was a very long room wasn't it - Long and narrow...
Two long narrow rooms and it just wasn't quite wide enough um it just looked too long.
But when we... when we sort of bisected the room with the um wall for the utility...
yeah when we... when we did that then suddenly the... the room becomes more of a nice rectangular shape rather than long... too long and too - yeah - not so wide. Knocking out that middle wall that I'm pointing to is... it really freed up some space didn't it?
I mean it's like 3/4 of a metre-squared running the full length so that actually gave us more floor space.
It did but it also meant we lost all of that... all of those cupboards and all of that cupboard space
yeah so this is some footage of…
Attempt at cleaning
This was earlier in the year just to show you what it was like as if you couldn't picture it anyway!
This is what it was this was what life was like in this kitchen.
I think you’re probably cleaning up some Casper something.
Oh, now you took so many photos.
This is a photo of your scrapbook, so I've only found four of these, but you had like dozens of pictures for inspiration, kitchen inspiration, kitchen inspo.
And this is-- it was funny that the four that I put into this video are this one, this one showed the skylights and showed the effects of the skylights and hanging lamps which is good. But we didn't know what to do with the kitchen island, did we?
No, well, we needed to just play around with it, didn't we, and see where it would fit, yeah, and how big it was going to be.
So that kitchen island didn't seem right. And then, but having a table in the middle looked good but it felt like we needed to use the middle of the room for space.
We needed the island to be cupboards that would keep stuff in because we lost a whole wall of cupboards by knocking the wall down so we had to have the island to put everything in.
Otherwise we wouldn't have had enough storage. So it would have been nice to have like a big Cook’s table and just you know, yeah that would have been lovely but then we probably would have had to have considered having cabinets down this side as well.
And it was nice to Zone it wasn't it and just have cabinets on the one side and that is the kitchen area and then this side is the dining area and then there's a little sit down area as well.
It was so hard because it was a blank canvas it was completely an empty shape and it was really hard talking to the designers about what we wanted because we could have had the kitchen on any wall and in any corner so it took a while to land the kitchen in where we've got it now... which is down... down this side.
This picture here illustrates my problem with kitchen islands.
I... I... to me that just looks ugly because it's a thin... right!
Because it's a thin top um there's just something sharp and angular about it that it just it depresses me - it doesn't spark Joy
It's just a bit cold isn't it?
Yeah both the colour and the shape and the stools!
I don't like those stools as well
The idea of this breakfast bar - is the thing that you see.
So you spend all that money on the kitchen but all you see is this really ugly lip and backs of ugly chairs after you spent - you know - five figures?
Doesn't seem right.
Yeah we needed it to look more homely didn't we
yeah but... and it was really difficult working out how that Island would... would work.
I can't remember how we decided on... I know you... I know it was you who were... you were quite insistent you didn't want you know four stools all the way along
So I think that was your idea wasn't it to put um to put the cabinets in one end and just have a couple of stools
yeah you'll see on... on the later videos
You'll see what we went for with the island and how we actually got there because we actually filmed ourselves trying to work out how to do the island.
So this is after the building work started and we're still working out where exactly the island is!
And... and what it was as well, so it's uh pretty much like when we moved in.
But this is what the room looks like on our last night before the builders come.
So this is a “before”
We can get into the corner now the telly’s gone
And this is what the kitchen looks like.
Well, this will be the area where hopefully we'll get some kind of seats and a table.
And over here this is what the kitchen looks like currently
Let's put some light on - get that shot again
I'm going to go right into the corner there we go.
I am calling this a dad delivers success!
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