Today we will get a usable kitchen again, everything is ready to be installed, the walls have dried out and that wonderful smell of damp has all but disappeared.
The room is like a new box which makes it very easy to install a kitchen, this is a big tip if you plan to do something like this, if you can live without the room for a few days it makes life very easy, luckily the sun is still shining so our outdoor kitchen is going well. (next big tip is to always do this in the summer, unlike our last house where we froze for a year!)
We still have the old sink unit in place, but this takes only a matter of minutes to remove.
First thing is to place the appliances in the correct positions.
John then can make sure that all the measurements are correct, and they are perfect!
There is exactly enough room for a cupboard, the sink unit, another cupboard, the cooker, one more unit and the fridge.
The wooden worktop is exactly the right size to be cut up to into 3 pieces with no waste, and because it is solid wood, little finishing is required, we had hoped to buy 2 metal end pieces to go either side of the cooker, but we were unable to find these in the shops we used.
John builds the cupboards from 18 millimetre thick melamine wood, this means that every cupboard fits exactly and because he is building the doors again from floor boards, there is no problem with sizes.
As I said before, if you have the skills to do this, it is easier and far less expensive than buying what are considered to be cheap off the shelf units and look a hundred times better.
It also means I don't have to listen to John curse because things don't fit or they don't go together well.
The kitchen appears in no time, and it is hard to imagine it is the same kitchen!