After convincing my husband that we had to extend, I was gone in a flash to find builders and kitchen companies to work with my ready made plans (I mean our plans :)). It was only a couple of months from when we agreed with the builder to when it all started.
I was 7 months pregnant when the builders began, it was January 2016 and really the wrong time to extend your house. I remember about a week after it started walking into the house and seeing we had no back wall and no roof. I thought to myself 'why did we start this but there was nothing we could do about it now' - a bit like labour, once it starts its unbearable but the end result is amazing! However, it all worked itself out, the weather held itself together while we needed it to, and Georgia arrived on due date a week after we moved back in. The whole process took 6 weeks, I'm sure the builders felt the pressure when seeing a heavily pregnant, not very patient woman arriving ontop of them everyday :). Needs must inall that!
We extended our kitchen by 8ft on one side and 4ft on the other so the room was squared off, it gave us room to have decent kitchen storage, a large island, table and living/play area.
The kitchen was custom made at Leinster Kitchens in Naas, I had mapped out exactly what I wanted out so it was a simple process, they installed it over 2 days. Colour - Haze Grey, Island colour - Hague Blue, by Farrow and Ball.
The island is quite large measuring 7ft X 4ft, I wanted it deep enough that when people were sitting at it, they weren't ontop of the sink. There's storage on either side of it also.
Silestone for the counter tops is colour Blanco Maple and I purchased this from Granite Concepts in Naas they were amazing to deal with and installation was perfect. Not one flaw.
I went with a herringbone style tiled backsplash (the tiler was thrilled with me!), I chose white subway tiles and picked them up in Nationwide Tiles along with the floor tiles.
My plan is to keep this short, as people just don't have time to read! I have included lots of pictures, if you hover over them it will give you more information.
If your thinking of doing something similar, go for it!
1. Know what you want and when you want it!
2. Do you have items in your kitchen that you need specific storage for? Get a
cupboard adapted for this.
3. Think logically when designing and don't get influenced.
4. Give deadlines (exaggerate them, to give you time)
5. Don't listen to problems, as there is always a solution
Apologies for bad pictures, I never would have thought I would be using them for public viewing.
Good luck :)