Tuesday, 26 March 2013

we have officially become middle-aged

So I've been finding myself spending a lot of time looking at kitchen designs and pictures of living rooms for inspiration. This is a sure sign that I am no longer "young and hip", although I think that description died a death the day I got really excited about getting a bread machine as a gift.

We've had plans drawn up which are about to go to the council for planning permission, and Nationwide has been positive about re-mortgaging the house. The house, she will be getting bigger - not to fill it with more children, I hasten to add. We just need more space, especially when the kids get older. The new room at the back of the house will be a family den sort of thing, and the current living room at the front of the house will be my TV-free haven. We're also renovating the kitchen, which is something we've talked about since we moved in ten years ago. That melamine paint was supposed to be a temporary measure to cover the ugly 80s cabinets, but there they remain. So long, retro cupboards and lack of counter space! If budget permits, we're also hoping to add a utility room in the garage.

As with all things in my life, I am a little bit worried. The thought of living on a building site with three kids fills me with dread, especially when we will be without a kitchen for a little while. I feel overwhelmed by all the choices out there, and what's the best decision. Do we go for a dark worktop, or will that be impossible to keep clean? Wood flooring through all the rooms downstairs, or ceramic tile in the kitchen? Dark or light cabinets? What kind of cabinets? What colours will we use for the new room and the living room? Gah!

Thanks to bureaucracy, we will have a lot of time to think about all of this. It'll take quite a few weeks to get planning permission and another few weeks for the builders to get started, depending on how busy they are at the moment. I can't imagine anything will get started before August, which is fine. I think that because we're still in the very early stages and we have no idea what we're doing, it's all a bit overwhelming. Exciting, but kind of scary.

Being a grown-up is hard work sometimes.

6 comments:

Lisa S said...

That is exciting! I love a project :)

Lisa Durbin said...

It is! I remember when we started all the DIY when we moved in - the change was amazing. Then we kept having babies and never touched a paintbrush again. *sigh*

laputain said...

my mum and dad have dark, slightly mottled/marbled corian around their sink and comprising about 2/3 of the worksurface in the kitchen. it looks great (we have dark flagstone floors so it ties in with that) and is easy peasy to keep clean- that may be the marbly effect.

i realise it was probably a rhetorical question but I figured I could answer anyway.

yay for getting sh*t done. we are finally making some progress with our cupboard of doom and it feels so good!!

Lisa Durbin said...

Corian is so lovely - but so expensive. :( Would love to have it if we can manage to fit it into our budget, though!

Phillipa Loewen said...

We're doing kitchen renos too....hoping they will be done by the end of summer - it sucks doing everything yourself. We've gone with a nice dark chocolate colour for the cabinets and will be getting concrete counter tops.....I was skeptical at first, but apparently you can do lots of funky things with concrete....

laputain said...

my mum and dad don't have corian the whole way round- they were replacing a worksuface which included the sink and had gone rotten at the back. so they wanted something which would cope with water. the rest of the kitchen is unchanged since it was fully refurbed in ~1987, apart from a switch to some 2000s-friendly brushed chrome handles for the units. you'd think it would look weird only having corian on one work surface, but it works really well. probably a lot to do with the specific layout of that room, i guess.