Chris 'n' Steffie

Gaming, adventuring, DIY



Extractor fan

Some of these updates might be a little bit out of order. We were narrowly focusing on completing the job, so if you spot something that looks finished that we haven’t mentioned, then we are probably going to post about it soon.

Our first ‘meal’ in the new oven – nachos!


The extractor fan which we picked out vents to the outside of the building. It has a larger than normal diameter of hose (150mm vs 100mm) – we could have used an adapter, but thought that it might increase noise and reduce performance. We don’t really have any use for a 150mm core drill, so we hired one:


It’s almost bigger than the drill! Unlike regular masonry drilling, you don’t use the hammer action with a core drill. The hole took over an hour to drill – it was right between the joists, and access was exceptionally tight, especially up the ladder!

This was all done before the plastering work took place – we never would have managed it otherwise! We had to move one of the waste pipes from the bathroom out of the way for clearance, but it fitted back again (not pictured). The cover has a fine mesh inside to prevent insects from getting in.


The next part was hard. We had fixed some pieces of wood to the ceiling joists near the beginning of the project, but there were no reference points, we just had to make an educated guess as to where they were going to go – not helped by the fact that we weren’t allowed to have the extractor fan delivered before the rest of the kitchen.

Here is the frame, which we’ve put in the room directly upstairs of the kitchen to make sure that it lines up with the bracing. It’s close. Not too bad for a guess at all! We attached another piece to one of the sides to give us something to attach the frame to through the ceiling. The unit just uses a standard 3-pin plug.norIt wasn’t helped by the fact that this space was occupied by the wardrobe in the bedroom! The build was tiring, I was recovering from being ill:


Did I mention I was tired?

Again, no easy reference points to ensure that it was going to be square. We ended up doing it by eye! The work scaffolding platform was really handy for this.


The lower section was easy enough. We could use spirit levels to make sure that it was level. The entire unit is height adjustable, so we made another educated guess!


We put the ducting in. It simply clips with big Jubilee clamps, we also added some foil tape to ensure that it has the best seal possible. There was a slight problem, the hose wasn’t flexible enough to make the corner under the floorboards, so we added in a 90 degree elbow. We need to come back to this at a later stage and add in a backdraught flap – so it’ll be in pieces again soon!

And here is the completed extractor fan – prior to it’s first clean. We think it looks level and square. And yes, the glass section is going to be a pain to clean!



The ovens are in!

Once the other units were placed, getting the tall unit for the oven fitted was a little bit easier. On the sides, were some finishing pieces: first, a cut was made at the bottom to make is square to the floor and walls; then the top was cut. It was slightly too deep, but rather than risk another cut, it was decided to move the tall cabinet out slightly with some packing pieces.


And here it is with the ovens fitted! It is not quite complete, we received the wrong colour decorative pieces which fill the gaps in-between the ovens. These simply stick into place, so fitting them at a later date should be easy enough (Update: 2019 – turns out they don’t make ones in the correct colour!)


The top oven is a microwave convection oven grill. It can do all the normal things an oven can do – it can even use the microwave and oven at the same time to reduce cooking time. Another nice feature is that it can automatically cook food – tell it what you’ve put inside, press “pizza”, and walk away!

The bottom oven has the automatic cooking too, it also has a meat thermometer for more accurate roasts! It can also be remote controlled via our phones (OK, you still have to put the food in at some point, but it’s useful for pre-heating) – on, off, or any of the cooking modes. Going a step further, it also integrates with our Google Home voice assistant, so we can operate it by speaking to it. Nest also integrates with it, so, should a fire be detected, the ovens (as well as the boiler) will be shut off.  The integration does open up some interesting possibilities – currently, the lights are set to quickly blink once the food has finished cooking – time will tell if it is going to be a blessing or a curse!

Breakfast bar paneling complete!

We had no idea that cutting two panels would take so long!


We took our time with them though, and it really paid off – we couldn’t be more happy with the finish that we have on the breakfast bar side of the kitchen.

The oven unit was fairly easy to get flat to the wall – once we had decided on it’s location! The oven shelves got screwed in, and the ovens placed in for now, just to check everything is level and fits correctly.


They are only loosely in place for now, because we still need to work on the side panels for the unit – they are slightly proud of the tall cupboard itself, so, the easiest thing to do is to bring the whole unit back away from the wall – we have been lucky with our cuts so far, so don’t want to push our good fortune any further!

The end is in sight!


More panels and final units

With the side panels fixed next to the dishwasher and the corner paneling complete, we could finish off the corner.


It was a bit difficult to reach at times, but we still got it attached!


The other two units simply screwed into one another once at the correct level:


Now that the units are in place, we could start putting the side pieces on. It looks simple, but there is a lot of measuring, cutting and packing that needs to be done. There are little to no reference points to work from: the walls aren’t straight; the floor isn’t straight; etc… But in the end, we got most of the way there!

The drawers and doors still need some work, but we’ll tackle that job last.

Tomorrow’s task is to finish the paneling, and get the tall oven cupboard fitted.

The other floor units

It looks more done than it actually is!


The units on the side are just placed there to line everything up, we now have to make sure the other corner unit is lined up with everything else – height and square. Difficult, as it isn’t placed against any wall, so there aren’t many reference points to work from.

Once these are roughly in place, we can attach the packing pieces to the sides of the dishwasher before doing final placement of the corner unit.

Thankfully, it is looking like the sockets we placed are in the correct position!

Second unit – sink

With the sink unit offered up to the corner unit, we could clamp the sink on top of it and place the hole for the new waste. Eventually, it’ll run into the waste stack near the side of the house, but for now it’s going to run into the outside drain as it used to do. The hole was hard work, but the core drill gave a neat finish inside and out.

This unit has a lot of cutouts for the pipes – the stopcock, the hot and cold feeds, the dishwasher, etc… The holes were easy enough to place, and you won’t see them when the kitchen is finished.


And just like that, the second unit is fitted!


Again, another whole day, but it paid off. In the above picture, you can see where we needed to adjust the outside tap connection to add more copper between the joints to prevent leaking. This meant moving the tap down slightly.

First unit

And the first unit is in! (ignore the tape on the walls, it’s blocking the cold air coming through from the outside).

The first unit took a long time to fit, a whole day to be exact – all of the other units are based off of this one with regards to height and being square, so it was important to take our time. We are happy with it, and hoping the others go just as smoothly!

The installation process was straight forward enough, all of the fittings are included, although the fixings are not.


Before we could get started on the kitchen units, we had to finish off the pipework. There is a lot going on in a small space, but the push-fit connections made it really easy to fit. There will be some tweaks once the units and sink are fitted, so, hopefully the push-fit connections offer the flexibility for changes down the line!

And a new outside tap!

(We did have two small leaks – one with the interior pipework on the exterior tap – we just needed a bit more copper between the connections than we had; and the other with the dishwasher – the push fit connections don’t like being put at an angle, so we straightened out the pipework to allow it to be straight)

Kitchen arrival!

The day has come! Our kitchen has arrived, the delivery came at 7:30AM! In total, the kitchen and utility room things took up most of the space we had in the kitchen – and we still had a coat of paint left to go!

We spent the day sorting through the items, ensuring that nothing was damaged, and that everything that we were expecting had arrived. We moved the utility room items into storage to forget about them (for now, at least) – this way we can really focus getting the kitchen finished.


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