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For those who might be wondering. We got the new window put in last Thursday. Now we just have to get the splashback tiling done and anything else (like the painting) is up to us. So close to being finished - but not. At least it's fully functional, but I'd really like it to be actually finished! Completely!
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Just a quick update - more later.

Last night I cooked the first real meal in our new kitchen (warming things up in the microwave doesn't count - nor do toasted sangers).

There's still lots to do - we decided we want to replace the window before we get the tiler to do the splashback and we still have lots of painting and stuff to do, but it's functional!!!

I have pics, but need to get them organised into before and after shots.
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as to what's happening with the kitchen.

We have floor. The tiler laid the tiles on Saturday and we're doing the grouting. We did about half last night and should finish tonight.

We also have walls - most of them anyway. Xavier and [livejournal.com profile] little_foxy came along last Sunday and helped put most of the wall lining in place. Well, Styvyn and Xavier did the work. Little_foxy and I spent most of the time talking and watching a DVD. There's really not a lot of room in that kitchen when two guys are wielding hammers. We all went out to dinner afterwards.

We have dates for the actual installation of the kitchen. It's being delivered next Monday, installed on Tuesday & Wednesday with final trades on Thursday. Then I'll habe my kitchen back!

Mind you, I hope they send a better electrician than they did to do the roughing. He really made a mess of the walls and left wires where they'll be plastered into the wall if we don't do something. In addition, he managed to almost electrocute himself! I think we'll go for our own electrician to put lights etc in.

As everything is happening next week, it was definitely time to organise the final few items - the canopy range hood, the sink and the tap. The range hood was organised - only delivery to be sorted out. The sink and tap have since been sorted with a little help from Xavier. All should be ready to go when the installers get here.

Yes, I have been taking photos. I'll probably put some of them up on Friday - assuming I can get to my computer.
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For some time I've been really frustrated by the bad design of my kitchen. Now that I'm doing more cooking, it's become a renovation priority (as opposed to maintenance priority). So we decided at a few weeks ago that we'd work towards getting it done this year.

It's something that requires a lot of decisions and research and so we thought we'd start looking at things fairly early on. This weekend, we thought we'd go out and look at flooring options and major appliances.

Now, the only major kitchen appliances that I want to buy new are the oven, cook-top and range hood. We spent a pleasant few hours wandering around various places. By the time we got to Harvey Norman we had a pretty good idea of prices. I knew what I'd really like (pyrolytic oven, ceramic cook-top with touch-control etc) and I knew that this was outside our budget.

We were only doing a price comparison at HN when we discovered that they had pretty much exactly what we wanted for not much more than we would pay for something much lower down the scale. The reasons why were complicated, but understandable. I won't go into details - suffice it to say that I thought the reductions were valid. A case of being in the right place at the right time - assuming that my credit card could take the damage (just).

As I'm not prepared to waste a significant portion of the warranty period with them sitting in a box, we've come up with a satisfactory interim option - so maybe in a few weeks, I'll have at least part of my new kitchen. Preparation space will still be at a premium, but at least the actual cooking and cleanup should be more satisfactory.

This is the second time that the 'right place and time' thing has happened to me regarding a major purchase. The last one was the car. That's worked out really well, so I'm hoping this one does as well.

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