Have you built, did you have dramas, if not why not. When we built a year ago I was very fussy and particular about what I wanted (still am). I had visions of the kitchen being the central hub of the home. Well we are nearly there, and My Beautiful Kitchen is nearly beautiful.
I invested a lot of research into the look I wanted, spent many hours looking through magazines and visiting show homes as you do. Unfortunately, show homes left me cold as the majority of them are very contemporary, which just isn’t our style. I have learnt thanks to Brittany, to stand firm on my style. (hence I fired a designer we were given by the builder, she was pretty clueless and didn’t know how to listen)
A few people have commented on our kitchen so I thought I had better share, here is how it all began.
You know how when you first visit a show home and they make all the promises in the world and you get sucked in! Yep!!!. Though to be fair the salesman did say this and that would be extra. We are talking about a small boutique builder here, mid to upper price range, so we thought it can’t be that bad can it (Residential Attitudes)
We liked the feel and the layout of the home and made a fair few changes as the main bedroom suite was upstairs and we needed to be down stairs so the bedrooms were swapped around. Any way as I said the kitchen was important, I wanted the house to have a modern French Provincial feel. What started me on the kitchen journey was the tap that I fell in love with. Looks a bit ordinary now.
|I don’t love it as much as I used to, but I daren’t change it.|
|You can get pretty gold ones now!!|
The tap at the time retailed for $900.00. I am serious when I say Michael went and stood over in a corner when I asked about the price. The builder I think got it for $700.00.
Well the next step in the design process was the tops, the original show home had Corinthian made made stone tops as well as what they call waterfall walls. Meaning the tops of the bench cover either end of the bench in one continuous loop, the bonus here was that I didn’t want that look. A saving right, well you would think so, more on that later $$$$$$$.
For a bench top such as mine which is granite they send you to a factory to select the colour and piece you want. I went to a few places, one they recommended was no longer in business, that was a great start, I rang them; then was sent to another. A very helpful woman, who was pregnant with her fourth child, explained everything to us, so we could be more informed about our choice, and the look I wanted. Such as the colour and the grain, we were going to go light but everything I looked at, my heart screamed and wandered to the black. You could have black with silver through it, which reminded me of a disco, or with a hint of gold, lots of streaks etc etc. Not an easy decision especially as the top alone was costing $10 thousand dollars. So the decision and piece was selected, the edging was decided upon, a lambs tongue edge.. Simple right, well no!
|I love the reflection of the lights in the counter tops|
We get a call from the builder a few weeks from the kitchen bench being cut that the top we had selected was a problem, the supplier said the stock that has come in is a different colour, came in as a greeny black. Bless them (the supplier) for realising that isn’t what we wanted. So of yet again to select another piece from a different supplier. The new crowd were equally as good and helpful, so we are now back on track.
We had been sent to laminex by the builder to select our doors and handles, that didn’t go well as nothing sat right with us and was once again very contemporary.
I asked that I meet the cabinet maker to discuss the look I wanted and help in achieving what we wanted at a reasonable cost. The handles were not right either. I wanted to see what the kitchen cabinet maker could do for us. So off I go again and sat with a builder, took my magazine pictures, showed him the look and got plenty of advice. He advised not to go laminex but to go with a I think a German brand of doors that gave me the profile I wanted and he would paint them the white I wanted not that bright white, in a paint that is very hardy, I believe they call it two pack paint. He suggested the mouldings as the original ones I wanted were going to be too costly so here is what I ended up with.
Now I have to tell you that many months after I had sat with this cabinet maker the builder rang me to let me know that they had changed cabinet makers and I would have the new cabinet maker. What about the work I had done with him was it transferred to the new cabinet makers? They had no idea, they that is Residential Attitudes are clueless. So I did my block as you do and trotted off to see these very nice cabinet makers in Kenwick. He looked after me well. They also did the bathrooms which is another story for another time.
|Simple but still easy to clean|
|The power point you can just see on the end is very handy|
I ran around town and bought the handles my self, which the cabinet maker was only to happy to install (well not really but what else are you going to do when I beg) The handles were from Brass Decor in Nedlands Perth Western Australia) The doors are all soft closers, so no more slamming. (damn) So it costs extra to have all drawers instead of cupboards, and the extras added up quite significantly!!!!!!!!!
They gave me the brochure to make my selection for the range hood and stove, from Bosch. They very proudly displayed the standard available in the package, but of course you guessed it, we were having none of that, it was just standard. When you build a home like this you are not first homebuyers and want to upgrade, this they rely on I am sure. So off I trot, yet again, to make my selection and of course that was extra !!!!!!!!
I had to decide on the fridge and dishwasher before the build, so the space could be made. My only disappointment is that they didn’t finish the cupboard above the fridge properly, how I am supposed to clean up there is anyones guess.
|There’s a gap up there.|
|When selected the range hood wasn’t available in the country yet, well they shouldn’t have given me the book to select from then should they, they are crap communicators.|
|The French fridge, the salesman promised me it was finger proof free, I didn’t believe him
but I do now. The fingermarks only show up on the handles. The door on the right is to the laundry.
The floor tiles were a drama as well. The saleswoman was great, I told her the look I wanted showed her a picture and Ta Daaaaa, there you have it. The have a grey streak through them so are not plain and are very easy to clean, however still not a smooth run as they didn’t supply enough of the black tiles. Same thing for the splash back tiles, luckily we could get more of both several months later. I don’t know why they get you to choose so much in advance, as you are then filled, with drama fixing all their mistakes. The black dado tile on the splash back also created drama as the ones on the left are slightly different to the ones on the right. You would never know if it wasn’t pointed out to you, but that is neither here nor there, creates a talking point, by this stage I am so over it.
The lights were the second ones I bought and I am still not happy with them, I want some of those 1930’s style that I have seen in many magazines, that you can’t get here, you know the most isolated city in the world. (that excuse is wearing thin)
|Those lights were from Trilogy in Claremont|
Next is to add a couple of prints for the wall either side of the range hood, I have some in mind but have to go online as they are not available in wait a while, where we live (Perth). Also we need to find something to finish the edge of the tiles down the side, we have made enquiries but alas no nothing available here. I don’t want to just paint the edges, tacky people just tacky, when you have gone to all of this effort
By the way extra’s for the builder cost a grand total of over $20,000, could we have not built a whole new kitchen for that. The price was over and above what was already allocated
Or am I just too fussy?