Images of my current kitchen.
After nearly 20 years of good use, my kitchen is in dire need of a makeover. What you can’t see are the broken drawers, broken handles, pan scorch marks, inside cupboard backs falling away and rusty cupboard hinges. Over the years I’ve used at least 3 types of cookers, all-electric. All have been good, but with wear and tear, they are bound to give out eventually. The last one simply blew up mid Crumble baking. The door on my current oven only lasted a year and literally started to hang off its hinges, but with it being in warranty I managed to get it replaced. 2 years later and it’s doing fine.
I’ve been offered a new, built-in steam oven, more about that later. This means that our daughter, who has just bought her first house and has moved in with her BF, can have my current oven, which has plenty of life left in it for cooking and cake baking.
My wish list for a new kitchen are as follows
- More work space
- More storage space
- A bit more shelving
- A little breakfast bar for quick snack and mid morning Coffee drinking, with the Gent, to be placed just under the Clock in the above picture.
- Oh and more work space and storage – isn’t that aways the case.
We have a budget, that we must stick to, but it’s easy to get carried away when it comes to choosing what you would like, rather than what you can afford.
So far things seem to be going well. The designer came to measure the kitchen and we chatted about what we wanted. No pushy sales talk, he listened to what we had to say, and made suggestions. We received the quote early last week, and although it’s over our budget, I’m confident that with a little bit of tweaking here and there, we can bring it within our reach.
A good clear out of junk will be needed, my collection of pots, pans, and mixing bowls will need a good shakedown, with me being firm about what I need to keep and let go.
What are the things I need to look out for when choosing a kitchen? My best friend Jane says, at our age ( thanks Jane) we need to think about a built-in oven to reduce the amount of bending needed to pop things in and out of the oven. She has a point that I agree with. However, bending does keep the knees supple.
If you have advise or hints and tips when choosing a new kitchen, be it a new cooker, cupboards, storage space, gadgets. I’d love to hear from you. Please leave a comment.
I’ll update you as my kitchen journey unfolds.