Well I finally get to turn my old tired spaces...kitchen, bathroom and ensuite into great places!!!! I am in planning and organising heaven! It`s been a five year wait, but worth it and at least now we know exactly what we want and what will work in each of the spaces.
Our Journey began, 5 years ago when we purchased our home, a 1960 cedar and block two story home. It certainly needed a lot of work, some more immediate than others. In reality everything needed to be updated and or totally renovated, including the garden. Surprisingly we have managed to achieve a lot already, which I`ll share in a later posts. But for today I want to take you through our plans and the planning process for this renovation project.
The Waiting game
Unlike a lot of house make over shows on TV, we did not do all renovations when we first moved in. It was tempting however there were a couple of key reasons, a lot of work was needed and that needed a lot of money. Additionally we didn't want to rush into any changes until we had lived in the house for at least a year or so. It was important for us to focus on the most urgent work first. The kitchen, bathroom and ensuite, although very old and outdated, were still functional and totally liveable. Therefore we set a timeframe of 5 years after which we would renovate. The five years allowed us time to do the priority work and to save and design the big renovations!
I have lost count of the number times I just stood in the kitchen staring at it deciding what would be the perfect kitchen. To be honest the kitchen is a really lovely space as it is now, to work and socialise in. It's open and sunny and spacious so we didn't want to lose that feeling. What is interesting is that my initial ideas for the kitchen when we first moved and those now, are somewhat different, and that applies to the ensuite and bathroom as well. I truly believe that you really need to spend time in a space and even experience all the seasons to really know how that space will work best.
The design journey
So after 5 years of day dreaming and picturing different layouts, colours, etc in the three rooms, Pete and I had a good idea of what we wanted and what we believed would work well. The goal was to have the renovations started at the end of the year so and we wanted to have our initial design concepts ready to go through with the builder by mid year. Many a chat was had standing in the kitchen while drying the dishes....luckily Pete and I are normally on the same wave length when it comes to renovation so there has really been no battle on that front!!! but hey we know who would win anyway!
Once we were pretty confident with the overall designs for each of the rooms we got the builder around to start to go over these. This is a fairly critical time as you learn what is possible and practical and also gauge a sense of the cost.
We have been very fortunate to have had the same excellent builder work with us on the house and he has completed all the other work to date so we are working with him and his team on this project. He has also done a lot of bathroom renovations and recently renovated his own kitchen, so has a lot of experience and tips to give us. There were a number of things that he suggested to change that made the design and practical use of a space so much better. All in all the end designs were very close to what we proposed. The cost however was not what I had budgeted for, in fact building costs have gone up a lot since I struck the renovation budget 5 years ago. Coming to terms with the need of a higher budget has been the biggest challenge so far!.
Last note on the design journey is the Vision, you really do need a vision of how you want the overall space to look at the end, It is so important the builder gets that. Be prepared to make some compromises along the way. One example was in the ensuite and bathrooms, I had in my head the perfect cabinet that I wanted. This was totally different from what the builder suggested. It look me a while to understand that my cabinet style and design was simply not going to fit into the spaces, so I have to compromise for something that worked well in the space but also gave me the look that I wanted. To help give you a sense of our vision just check out my vision board in my Pinterest page
So we are finally at the planning stage, having walked through the designs and plans for each space with the builder here is the Grand Design
The best way to do this is to take you through each room, starting with the Kitchen.
Looking into the kitchen from the dinning room
Looking into to corner behind the wall
- Existing kitchen and area fully cleared- A good demo job
- All new kitchen built and installed.
- Shaker style cabinets - colour Spirits Bay double
- Stone bench top - Babylon collection Phoenician honed
- Kitchen Island bench built and L-shaped return removed
- All flooring in the kitchen and dinning room replaced with tile flooring, Foresta Arizona
- Painting all walls,ceiling and trim
- False wall removed
- Kitchen window replaced
- White Subway tile for splash back and under window
- Coffee station with second sink
- Bench top pantry
- All new stainless steel appliances - including French door fridge freezer
- Internal drawer organisers - spice holders, oils and sauces with drip tray, utensil and cutlery trays
Looking into the bathroom from the hallway
The bathroom and toilet are currently two separate rooms
Looking in from the bedroom to the wardrobe
Looking from the wardrobe to the window and shower
- Existing ensuite cleared - full demo job
- Remove wardrobe
- Tiling on floor and wall, Bibulca Grey Matt
- Wall to wall tiled shower with glass shower screen
- Wall hung cabinet, Modena 2 draw in white
- New toilet
- New double Wardrobe built into master bedroom - Silent Glide triple doors
- All new carpet throughout the lounge, hall way, stairs and bedrooms - Wattle Bay range, colour Anchovy
- Tiles in the entrance to match the kitchen
- Painting through out the whole of the upstairs in Avalon and St Clair
Wow I feel exhausted just going through this list. The builder and his crew are going to start with the bathroom and ensuite first which is expected to take about 6 weeks. Once that is done they will move onto the Kitchen. He warned us that the house will be a bit of a demolition zone for a while
During the renovation Pete and I will move in down stairs, using the laundry as a Kitchen, bathroom and laundry! I can see an organising blog coming on here! There is already a large lounge/entertainment room downstairs so it will be fine for a chilling space. Plus our home offices are downstairs and there is also a lower deck so really it will not be much of a hardship for us.
I would love to hear your thoughts, suggestions, ideas, tips and renovation experiences. Have a great week everyone.
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