I have been going on (and on) about a new kitchen for a while now.
Since we moved here, in fact.
And every time my boy and I discuss our plans, the ideas are very much limited by the space that we’ve inherited and the fact that we have a gigantic AGA sitting in the middle of the only decent run of worktop space in the kitchen.
Extending to create a larger space has never, ever been on our radar because — as I’ve mentioned before (on more than one occasion) — our house is Grade 2 listed and our council is not particularly forward thinking or receptive when it comes to change.
Amazingly, the cottage that we rented when we first moved up here (also Grade 2 listed) has just been granted planning permission for a double story extension!!! Not one but TWO stories — imagine that?!
To say I’m excited is an understatement.
Finally, there’s a glimmer of hope and a more than faint chance that we too may be granted planning to extend our own space.
Particularly as we would only be asking for a single storey extension.
We already have a conservatory running halfway across the back of the house. I’d like to knock it down and create a double width structure, that houses both our sitting room and an extension to our current kitchen.
I’ve been poring over Pinterest and have a very clear idea of what I’d like. Finding the exact reference is pretty hard though.
So this is how it is currently.
I had a little play on photoshop earlier and have cobbled together a vague impression of how I’d like it to look.
In the future
I’d actually like the the space split into two separate rooms, with two lots of doors opening onto the garden, rather than an open plan space as in the picture above. One set of bi-fold doors for the kitchen and another for the sitting room. And I’d like a roof lantern over each space.
Not too much to ask eh? ;)
If we do manage to persuade the council that this is a good idea we may even have room for a small utility room and *whispers* an actual downstairs loo!!! Be still my beating heart.
It’s so clear in my head — I’ve drawn a few little sketches — and I think the next step is to speak to an architect and get some actual plans drawn up.
I’ve created a Pinterest board and have been merrily pinning. I haven’t found exactly what I want but I’m sure that with a little bit of careful planning and a lot of persuasion to our very strict council, we may *possibly* be a little closer to the kitchen of our dreams.
Watch this space.