Tag: house

July 22, 2010

Tim and Nev have been with me all this week, and all the new units are in now, the sink is installed and plumbed, and all of the worktops are in place. There is still plenty to do (including tiling and painting), but already the…

July 19, 2010

Tim and Nev arrived first thing this morning, and quickly set to work ripping out the old kitchen. Good stuff!

July 3, 2010

I have been doing stuff around the house today – essentially packing all my books away, so the kitchen cupboards and shelves can be transferred onto the lounge bookshelves, in preparation for the great kitchen tear-down. However, I then need to put the books (and…

June 26, 2010

Back in May, I was complaining about the various companies I had asked to quote for my kitchen not listening to my actual requirements. Or perhaps I should say listening to my requirements, but then completely ignoring them. The fact that what I was asking…

June 20, 2010

My kitchen units are to be delivered next weekend, and I need to store them until they are fitted. As a result I spent all of yesterday in the garage, sorting it out. A couple of years ago, I bought some racking to go out…

June 4, 2010

Before I got the boiler moved to the loft, I had a new hatch and ladder installed by the Attic and Loft Company. Now they have just finished stage 2 of the job, having reinsulated and boarded the entire loft. As a result, I now…

May 25, 2010

Further to my earlier comments about the various folk I’ve had quoting my kitchen, and how they don’t seem to be able to listen to what I say. As I mentioned earlier, I had a visit yesterday from yet another chap to measure up and…

May 24, 2010

Not a post about MP’s expenses, nor beach footwear. It’s about my plans for my kitchen. Ever since my boiler got moved out of the kitchen, I have been planning a kitchen refit. My first decision was whether to do it myself, after some fashion,…

April 26, 2010

As part of my kitchen project, I have mostly had local people quoting. However, while googling for ideas, I came across the Tesco Kitchens website. I was surprised that Tescos were doing this kind of thing, but thought I would let them quote, to see…

April 19, 2010

Now the boiler has gone from my kitchen, I am getting quotes for fitting the kitchen out anew. Initially, I was thinking of just putting up three new wall cupboards where the boiler was, but I’ll never match the existing units. I then considered changing the doors and draw-fronts so everything matches, but while the existing units are functionally ok, they were a bit old and tatty when I moved in! I’ve lived with them for 10 years, but I don’t want to spend money on the kitchen, and then be disappointed with the result.

So it is all coming out. I had my first chap in to quote today, and it all went well. None of my bright ideas were shot down, and it all seems good. However, there was one question I wasn’t prepared for – how did I want the kitchen to look?

I know what I like, but I was so intent on working out the practicalities – how many units do we need, can we utilise that wasted corner, can we bung a worktop in the (little used) larder to house my kitchen gadgets – that I hadn’t actually specified things like colour and finish. Pretty important stuff.

Anyway, since that visit, 3 hours ago, I have been googling, and have come up with a style guide for the chap to quote against (and for the other companies). Then I thought I would post it here too.

September 21, 2009

For some time, I have been talking about moving my office into the smallest bedroom of the house. When I moved here, I made the largest bedroom my office, with the plan that it would be a joint office and music room. This eventually failed…