Almost a year ago we sold our four bedroom modern house and bought a 3 bedroom house built in the early 1900’s. As soon as we walked into the house, we knew exactly what we were going to do with it, the main thing being a new country kitchen. We were quite lucky that we could move straight in and didn’t really have to do any renovations straight away because the previous owners had done some work, so although it’s nearly 100 years old, it’s in good nick.
I’ve never had a great ability to imagine things when it comes to design, I am always amazed at interior designers and contestants on shows like the block that seem to be able to imagine things from absolutely nothing. But amazingly in our house, I was able to imagine things with such great clarity, probably because I love the house so much, it completely suits my style and taste of country living.
Our priority is renovating the kitchen and putting a deck on the back of the house. This will involve pulling the current kitchen out (below) and swapping it to the other side of the room. The wall the kitchen is currently on as shown, faces to the back yard and will be ripped out and replaced with bi-fold doors which will open onto the new deck (also part of the renos).
I’m all for keeping the colonial and country feel of our house when we renovate. I’m not a fan of putting ultra modern kitchens in a house of this age and want to keep with the country look. I’m also a fan of shabby vintage and so have a few little things around the place to give it character.
This is what I would imagine the bi-fold doors to look like.
This is the side of the room which we will be installing the new kitchen. The IKEA kitchen below
is the one we love. Can you just imagine it in that space? As I mention on the photo, we will be removing the window (it’s an odd size and won’t work) and we will put the oven, stove & range hood on that wall with gorgeous pressed metal splashbacks .
Image Source: IKEA
Considering the space, we’re definitely going for a galley style kitchen with the bench that will face the dining area and out to the deck. I love the breakfast stools at the bench. I’m imagining a butlers sink and hanging pots too.
The pressed metal splash backs which we would like behind the stove will mirror the look that we have in the front of our house with the traditional pressed metal ceilings in the lounge room and front bedroom, a typical feature of the era.
|Image credit: Pressed Tin Panels|
And lastly, we came up with an idea to make our house a 3 bedroom + study. When we decide to have baby number 2, I will be left with no office space so we have decided to convert the back patio which is currently off the kitchen area, in to an office!
This country kitchen is my dream kitchen! It is still a dream and soon to be a reality. I can’t wait! What do you think? Do you have any home renovation tips I should know about?