Kitchen renovations are in a category of their own. While a functional, comfortable kitchen can make the difference between loving your home and just living in it, remodeling a kitchen is a complete upheaval of every day life. So, when our expert contributor was forced to complete the kitchen makeover that she had wanted for years due to a leaky dishwasher hose, she was much more pleased with the end result than ever imagined and learned the hassle was 100% worth it in the end.
We renovated our kitchen in 2010, after water damage was identified from a leaking dishwasher hose. The previous kitchen was installed in 1970 and the original photo (with the people dressed in 70s gear!) shows what it looked like when we moved in. We did a quick makeover initially by painting everything and laying new vinyl flooring to tide us over until we were in a position to renovate.
The leaking hose was the impetus but, after 41 years, a new kitchen was well overdue! While we left the layout largely the same, the kitchen now not only looks great, it also functions much better through the use of large drawers, large central island with storage, placement of bins, and lighting.
The materials are Caesarstone Nougat benchtop, Laminex Oyster Linea and Formica Char Blue cabinetry, Laminex Brushed Aluminium Splashback and Expona Treadplate commercial vinyl floor tiles. The appliances are Miele (fridges and dishwasher), Electrolux oven, F&P induction cooktop, Smeg microwave and Zip instantaneous hot/cold filter tap. All internals are Blum hardware. I completed the design and the manufacture and installation was done by Grand Design Kitchens.