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Kitchen renovation: what all had to be done + cost

(English version here)

We moved into our house about 1,5 years ago, after our move from Germany to England. When we moved in we knew immediately that we had to renovate the kitchen. What had to be done:

  • new floor – the old wooden floor was completely destroyed by water damage and mold. Moreover, the old floor was not completely tight, we found holes and slugs could crawl through these holes
  • new kitchen cabinets – the old ones were very cheaply made, almost fell apart and were destroyed in many corners by water damage
  • new patio door – the old one was just not that nice, so this was more cosmetic
  • new roof on the annex – unfortunately it was not completely leak-proof
  • new wall on the extension (the wall bordering the neighbor) – we didn’t know that before, but the builders found out that the bordering wall was just a garden wall, not a real insulated wall
  • new longitudinal steel beam: we were going to put that in anyway, but luckily we did. Because longitudinally there was no steel beam installed at all, although it was a bearing wall before. Just a metal box…luckily we replaced that, I don’t know how long that would have lasted otherwise (that metal box lasted an entire bathroom and roof since the old load bearing wall was removed years ago)
  • New plaster, primer & paint: there was mold in one corner, of course it had to be removed. There was a coat of primer to go with it, which works as a moisture barrier. In addition, a special paint that helps against moisture. As a wall paint, we chose a paint that is especially suitable for kitchens.

Here are a few before photos. All around the sink was actually unusable, the countertop, the floor, the joints, the sink:

The extension and the door to the patio look nice and open and bright at a glance. But the roof leaked, the wall to the left was not a true insulated wall, and we just didn’t like the white plastic doors.

After removing the cabinets, we saw again well that a renovation was needed. Mold, water damage, etc:

Then our design ideas came in:

  • we wanted to change the access to the kitchen: the kitchen had two doors because of the addition, so we could close one. To do this, we wanted to widen the other access. That meant inserting steel beams. So in addition to the longitudinal steel beam, we also had to put in a transverse one. Imagine a T on the extension!
  • Underfloor heating: we wanted to have tiles installed and of course they are very cold. In addition, we wanted to avoid a heater in the kitchen and with underfloor heating it gets warm enough very quickly (the room is not so big).
  • New windows and new skylight: we chose anthracite, because it usually looks more high quality than white, especially because we wanted to have glass all over the roof
  • The washing machine went in the bathroom, which is super atypical for the UK. I think all the locals here are always very surprised when they see the washing machine in the bathroom. You can’t just put the washing machine in the bathroom. The washing machine must always be built in here and the switch for the plug must be outside the bathroom. We found a washing machine in the kitchen simply impractical (our laundry basket is in the bathroom anyway) and so we now have more room in the kitchen for storage space

A few photos from the renovation phase:

In the demolition part, we tried to do as much as we could ourselves to save money.

This door up here should be locked. Two doors in such a small space is unnecessary.

By the way, this up here was the newly dug trench for the new toilet access. But more about that another time! Below, you can see the steel beam being installed (the bricks below are from the old door on the left, which was extended). The new wall is also in the background:

By the way, this is what our cooking setup looked like for a few weeks, absolutely camping vibes:

What actually cost the most money and nerves: The new skylight, but it was worth it:

The underfloor heating is installed:

Tile selection was not so easy:

We decided on wood-look tiles. Never thought I would choose those. But for Jesse and I, they were the perfect compromise. Jesse wanted a nice wood tone, I preferred white, so we went with this light-colored option:

Speaking of tiles: I can’t link you guys to ours directly. But I have rummaged around a bit and actually found on toom really many beautiful tiles. I list you here times my favorites (all affiliate links, what that means, see below):

Renovation Expenses

There was really a lot to do! I think now you understand why it took so long, is still ongoing, and why it was pretty expensive. I don’t have the exact budget because we also did the bathroom at the same time and that was also very expensive and overlapped costs. However, I estimate that the kitchen cost something like £25,000 all in, not including new kitchen cabinets (don’t forget, steel is not cheap, neither are new aluminum doors and windows instead of 100% plastic). For us, that’s a lot of money.

Broken down:

  • Circa 7,500 pounds for windows, doors, skylights and installation.
  • 5-6,009 pounds for the steel
  • Electrical circa 2.000 pounds
  • Plumping circa 2.000 pounds
  • The rest went for the completely new interior (demolition, new floor, new wall, repairing water damage, new plaster, tiling, etc.).

So we tried to do or save as much as we could ourselves. One step that saved us money was to do the demolition of the old kitchen ourselves. We gave away the old kitchen cabinets for free on Facebook Marketplace. But to dismantle and pick up ourselves. We helped, but still it was convenient that the pickup people also helped dismantle. To do this, we also took down the tiles on the wall, well more like tore them down as well as took out everything else that wasn’t nailed down (same in the bathroom).

If you are wondering if the effort was worth it: Yes! In two respects. We have achieved a significant increase in the value of the house and of course we feel much more comfortable here. A renovation project

ect is often cheaper to buy, but you have to put a lot into it. But it can be worth it!

Here’s a taste of the (preliminary) final result, but details on the installation of the new or secondhand kitchen I share in a separate blog post

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