When we came to view the house 3 years ago....it was the kitchen that we fell in love with because we could see that it would one day be big enough to have an Island and that was the dream.
But we 'finished' the kitchen 2 years ago without having built the Island because well, we wanted a large one and we didn't have the money. So we had to wait!
It was the bespoke oak top that cost the money...we could find only one company (Norfolk Oak) that would make us the worktop and it had to be driven up here especially from Englandshire....but it was worth it! Euan made the base of course. There are cupboards on both sides, drawers and open storage at each end.
I must apologise for the quality of these photos.....I need to get a decent camera or a steadier hand methinks
A few other things in the kitchen have also changed and been added.
We ended up replacing the oak worktops with granite. We loved the oak but it began to bow and stain, even with regular oiling and I was always paranoid about water around the sink.
We also extended the worktop into the window this time....the granite we choose is a really beautiful warm colour...Giallo Venneziano.
We also found a Welsh Dresser on Gumtree which now sits nicely on the far wall and gives me somewhere to display pretty things! Here it is a few weeks ago at Christmas.
The island is a joy to prepare dinner or do baking on.....sorry bout the mess in this one!
Euan made us a little extra unit to give us more worktop around the sink... he made it a wine rack with oak shelving to match the island.
Euan put in a big drawer and open storage at each end.
And here he is.....the kitchen maker himself!
We/I really mean Euan also got around to building us a proper larder which is wonderful and has really made life a lot easier! No more rummaging through wee cupboards to find things....its all in the same place!
We lived with wiring hanging out of the new floor under the old table for 2 years because we knew we would be putting power into the island when we got round to building it! Its really handy for appliances and for charging phones!
I am sorry I have neglected my blog. I will try to put together a post at some point showing a bit more of the making of the Island, rather than just the end result.