Chris 'n' Steffie

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Some paint!

After the lights were installed (easy enough to do, and, as it turns out, we only made one mistake when trying to find the wiring again after plastering!), we put the mist coat onto the fresh plaster…


…then we got to work giving our kitchen it’s first coat of paint!




The kitchen units arrive tomorrow… we are ready!


Tiles are down!

Our measurements were pretty spot on, only three tiles left over! They are very similar to the ones that we put in the bathroom, but a little bit bigger. We decided to do the entire downstairs, minus the lounge. Hopefully, we’ve gotten it done in time so that we can use our underfloor heating before it gets cold outside! It needs 6 weeks or so to set before we can gradually start to use the heating system.

Underneath the tiles is a special matting which helps to prevent damage to the tiles with the expansion and contraction of the floating concrete floor beneath.


And a quick walkthrough:



So, we can’t use the underfloor heating for six weeks or so. But it’s so much better than what we had before:

And it was certainly better than ‘the hole’:


Before ‘the hole’, we had:


It has taken a long time to get to this stage. But, finally, the flooring is finished in the kitchen refit!

Tile preparation

With the plastering out of the way, we can prepare for the tiling.

No before photos unfortunately, but the green carpet will certainly not be missed. Underneath the green carpet were some small plastic(?) tiles, the adhesive had lost it’s stick long ago, so they were easy to scrape up and remove.


The photos speak for themselves, it looks so much better:

Here are some before photos, for comparison:

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We are finally starting to look at something that looks more like a room!




The ceiling and various boxing-ins are now boarded and ready to be plastered!

Boxing in

Just before plastering, we wanted to make sure that we covered up as much pipework as we could. Our house has lots of exposed pipework as it is, but for the kitchen, we really wanted a clean look. So, we decided to box them in.

The pipes here: supply the boiler with gas from the meter; the flow and return for the underfloor heating; and the cold supply for the plumbed in fridge (need to remember where that is for later!)


The wood was attached to the wall, this will give the plasterboard something to attach to. The same will need to be done to the underside of the stairs to make sure that they can be covered in a similar way.

Even more holes!

The next task was to tackle part of the extractor fan installation. It’s going to look something like this once complete:neff_i89eh52n0b_ssg_01_l

It’s an island type, which means it hangs from the ceiling. Unfortunately, our entire kitchen all appliances arrive all at the same time. This is a problem, because we have to put the support structure in without really knowing exactly how or even where it attaches. We managed to find a copy of the installation manual online, but it’s not quite the same as being able to see it firsthand. Plus, it’s a bit of a guess where to even mount it in the first place – without the units in place, we are heavily relying on our measurements from the kitchen diagram being accurate. Although, that being said, we are at the mercy of our joists – they ultimately decide where the ducting will go.

We decided to hire the core drill bit for this task. We already have a drill that will handle it, and it should give a much cleaner hole than we could make with a hammer and chisel. Here’s the hole setup, a 150mm core drill:


Slow and steady was the pace for the hole, after drilling a pilot hole for the auger, the core drill eventually pushed through the other side (after drilling through the interior and exterior brickwork):

We were worried about blowout to begin with, but it turns out that we didn’t need to. We did have to remove a drainpipe, but it was a simple cut and join back together job.

Externally, we had to get a vent cover without draught covers:


This was because a waste pipe from the bathroom is almost touching the vent as it is. We are going to install an internal draught flap, hopefully this will still prevent cool air from the outside blowing in.

Attached to the vent cover is a piece of pipe to clear the exterior wall, cavity, and interior wall. In the future, the draught flap and pipework will be added – this will be completed from the room above. Due to the extractor and pipework not arriving until the rest of the kitchen, there is nothing more we can do to it at this time – but we must have the ceiling installed and plastered before everything arrives, as it will be impossible to plaster around it.

The support structure was also added to the joists, it is oversized to compensate for any movement that we might need to make to ensure that it lines up with the hob when it’s time for installation. More can be added from above if needed.


Fingers crossed!

Making more holes

With the floor in place and (mostly) set, we can get back to work! First job was adding a couple of holes. The stubby wood bits were really useful here, as was the laser level.


Next, we added some channels into the walls. We were lucky enough to borrow a wall chaser for this – it’s kind of like two disc-cutters joined together. It was dusty though…

very dusty!


We had covered doorways inside our house, opened exterior doors, and placed our fans in them to help remove dust quickly.

There was still a small amount of chiseling work to be done, but the chaser made it a bit easier at least:


Whilst we had the marking tools out, we used them to mark where our new sockets were going to be installed. Again, the laser level was really useful for this – we could line them up across the entire room. There was an element of guesswork involved – as detailed as our kitchen plans are, we expect everything will fit a bit differently when we do the final installation!


This is the original flue from the old, freestanding boiler, and next to it is was the old wall between the kitchen and dining room. There was a bit of a step which we needed to tackle before the plasterer arrives. All that needed doing was knocking off some of the existing material.


The hole will be filled at the same time as the room is plastered.

And a screed!

It took a long time to get this bit done. But, finally, we have a floor!

IMG_20180831_090352.jpgEarly morning concrete drop – a fairly dry mix. Left over sheet underneath to avoid contamination.

First, the sides were made level to the hallway and lounge. This means that when we put the tiles down, the floor will be level throughout.

But, the biggest change here is this:

After 6 long months, we can temporarily reinstate we dishwasher and washing machine! That’ll certainly save some time!

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