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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Let the Projects Begin

Two weeks ago today, after what seemed like an interminable drive, we arrived back to our UK home. I have almost, but not quite finished unpacking. This is easily done when the final bit is in the guest room and easily ignored -- but I will get on with it and finish the job before the week is done -- at least that's my plan!!

I have, however, begun my first project -- a new kitchen. And I am a bit  nervous about it . So many decisions and so many limitations, too. My son does a great deal of work with the family firm that is going to do it. The fact that he has had such good experience with them is instrumental in getting on with the project in the first place. I would have no idea how to choose.

So in they came with their tape measures and listened to what we knew we wanted and what we didn't want and discussed various possibilities. I liked hearing that the cost was going to be a lot less that what I probably thought it would be. Let's hope that is true, but then I have no idea how much these endeavours cost! Anyway, a few days later my son delivered the initial plan and we were able to put some ideas together.

The room is not what you would call small. But it does have limitations -- one being a wonderful tiled Victorian fireplace that gives a special charm to the room, but takes up valuable space. And the second being  the door into the room takes away the one remaining corner, which limits where the main section of the kitchen fittings can be located. We are, however, opting for built in features, which will help give the room a less cluttered and more spacious look. For the design of the cabinets, we really like the 'Shaker' look, which also will not clash with the Victorian house, nor overwhelm the room.

One thing about limitations though is that they limit indecision -- needs must, etc. My son and I discussed our options and quickly agreed the necessary changes and went to see the designer. She and her husband, who also own the business, are now away on holiday for two weeks. But she was very helpful and likeable and we are looking forward to seeing what she comes up with upon her return. 

And where is The Man in all this? He has been banned from the planning. Actually, he banned himself! When the time comes he and I will be off to Portugal for three weeks and my youngest son will be in charge of seeing the work done! At least that is the plan at the moment ...

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  1. Actually, you have hit upon a perfect plan. Our last three renovations or major repairs have been smooth as silk, thanks to a trusted contractor who had great ideas to implement as the minor realities of the designer's plan cross paths with real construction. I would liken my general contractor to your son--his diligence is incredible and I could have gone away for a month--except I had children to fetch from school.

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  2. We've undertaken a few restorations/modernizations, and each ended up costing more than anticipated, 10/20% more, even if you stick to the initial plan to the letter. Things can come up, rot here and there under the sink, pipes that are not in code, etc.
    Let it happen, and enjoy the vision in your head of that future kitchen!

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    1. We shall see! Thanks for the warning about costs -- I try to be prepared for that.

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  3. I've done some remodeling and I don't look forward to ever doing it again. But good luck to you.

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    1. Thank you Stephen. So far the planning stages haven't produced any problems. I just hope not being here will be a good ploy!

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  4. A good, honest general contractor is like gold!

    We expect pictures when done.

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    1. Contractor-wise, I think we have lucked out!

      Pictures before and after when done...

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  5. We've been thinking about replacing the kitchen for ages. Then my husband decided to paint it instead. We've had fun - well, mostly he has to be honest - and it really pleases me to see it so bright and fresh looking.

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    1. We have already done the paint thing. Trouble is bits of the cabinets are broken and the paint is peeling off!

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  6. We've been thinking about replacing the kitchen for ages. Then my husband decided to paint it instead. We've had fun - well, mostly he has to be honest - and it really pleases me to see it so bright and fresh looking.

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  7. We really need a new kitchen, but as we are considering downsizing we keep putting it off. in reality I'm not sure I'm ready to leave the home we've shared for 34 years! Good luck as the plans become reality. I'm sure going to Portugal and letting your son project manage for you is an excellent option!!

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    1. We have been in our house 29 years as of November 26th and I share your feeling of not being ready to leave! But it is an old Victorian house and as long as my husband is fit enough to do most of the upkeep we will stay -- it's is too frightening to think of moving this old house full of stuff!!!

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  8. To be away for three weeks while it's all being done sounds like a little bit of heaven to me. Looking forward to the pictures of both holiday and kitchen.

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    1. Now I just have to get the old man to decide on a date for the holiday!!!

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  9. Hope the plans all work out. I must say that going off to Portugal while the work is being done sounds like heaven to me.

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    1. The trip to Portugal should be very interesting -- on many levels. About which I will be having one day to write a post!

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  10. I do look forward to seeing the end result. And being elsewhere while the work is being done seems like a wonderful plan. :-)

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    1. I am not 'just a pretty face' as they say!

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  11. Dear Broad, several years ago--2004--I hired a contractor to work on my 1870 kitchen and I never regretted it--there's mess, true, but you'll miss that while in Portugal and I tell you a new kitchen lifts up the heart and feels it with joy. Peace.

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    1. Dee, how wonderful to hear from you -- and with such a marvelous and positive comment!

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