An insight into our latest kitchen project

Hello everyone, after what seems like a very busy 8-10 weeks, I finally have the time to do what I have been wanting to do for a very long time, and that is to publish a step by step guide of not only how we build a kitchen, but also the work that goes on in your home to create the perfect room for your new kitchen.

In this project, we started off with a very small kitchen alongside a reasonable sized dining room separated by a non retaining block wall. The first job we wanted to do was to rip out this wall to create a larger open kitchen/diner. roughly 6meters by 3 meters.

Once the wall was down, we then set about closing off the current doorway into the kitchen, adding new electric points and moving old ones. we also put a brand new fuse board in, and changed the lighting positions in the ceiling.

after that, we then re plastered the entire room including a new ceiling, new covings and skirting boards.

Then came the decoration, firstly we gave the entire room, ceiling, covings and skirting boards a thin coat of white emulsion, as we always do when painting on new plaster. After that came a primer coat, then 2 top coats, including Eggshell for the skirting boards. Once the painting was complete, we then set about fitting high gloss polished Walnut window sills.

Then came the job of the floor, as usual, this was not straightforward, because the kitchen floor was 6mm higher than the dining room floor at one end, yet completely flush at the other end. So what we did first was lay a screed of latex self leveling compound over the dining room floor in order to bring everything to a flat and level surface. Once that was done, we then fixed a layer of 4mm plywood over the entire floor and sika-flexed all of the joints. creating a perfectly flat level and smooth floor ready for the carpet fitters to come in and lay their flooring.

This then left us with a completely finished room, with a new perfectly flat floor, flat and crisp walls all decorated. new skirting boards also decorated, new covings, new ceiling with new lighting, and new Walnut window sills. The room is now ready for the new kitchen.

Follow our blog to read about the kitchen side of this story and to see more images.

 

Thanks for reading

Best wishes

Chris

knocking down the dividing wall

knocking down the dividing wall

door blocked up, newly plastered walls & ceiling. New fuse board, coving and skirting

door blocked up, newly plastered walls & ceiling. New fuse board, coving and skirting

new ply sub floor, latex self leveling compound underneath

new ply sub floor, latex self leveling compound underneath

 

Vinyl flooring fitted and walls, ceiling, skirtings painted

Vinyl flooring fitted and walls, ceiling, skirtings painted

 

new lighting in the dining room end

new lighting in the dining room end

 

New lighting in the kitchen end

New lighting in the kitchen end