For the past 10 weeks, we’ve been living in chaos whilst we’ve had a new kitchen extension built. Before it started, I don’t think we had any idea about how much the work would affect us all, we set up a make-shift kitchen in our dining room and luckily had a spare fridge in our garage. We started out trying to eat quite healthily, but the novelty quickly wore off and we ended up eating microwave meals for the last month. With kids, it’s much harder to deal with. Especially fussy kids that don’t eat much other than pizza, sausages and pasta; the options without an oven or hob were severely limiting!!
We are all thrilled with the results. But here’s some other reasons why I’m happy that the workmen have now left our house:
- We finally get our kitchen back. The extension started in mid July just before the kids broke up for school holidays. I won’t lie, it has been very difficult to live without a washing machine, oven or dishwasher for most of the summer holidays with the kids around all day! I missed the washing machine the most and had to rely on friends and family to help me out with the laundry. I also spent most of the summer washing up crockery and cutlery in the bath. It’s true what they say that you don’t appreciate what you have until it’s gone. Now that we have our new kitchen complete with new appliances, I can say that I definitely appreciate having the use of a washing machine, cooker and dishwasher again!
2. The house is ours again. Our builders were very conscientious, turning up at 7am most days and not going home until 6.30pm. This is all good in theory, but in reality it means you’re spending a LOT of time with other people in your house. Nothing at all against our builders, they all seemed like nice enough blokes, but for 10 weeks, it’s hard to share your house with anyone else, especially near strangers. I seem to have spent a fair amount of time apologising to them for the fact that every morning they could hear me shouting at the kids to get ready and out the door for school and it was embarrassing to think they could hear all my rants as well as hearing the kids fighting.
3. The Mess. Whether they were knocking down walls, plastering, tiling or installing the new kitchen, there seemed to be a permanent layer of dust throughout the house for the entire 10 weeks. I tried not to let it get to me as I’m not the most house proud of people in the first place, but it is pretty annoying to constantly be walking around in dirt. I’m so happy to have my house back to being (relatively) clean and tidy!
4. Being the tea lady. I won’t miss being on a never-ending tea run for our workmen! Yes, they spent almost 12 hours a day with us, but they did get through a lot of tea and sugar! It took me almost 10 weeks to remember their individual requests for how they took their tea and if I ever left them with a tin of biscuits they would be devoured in minutes. I’m pleased not to have to order an extra two hundred bag of teabags each week from the supermarket!
5. Language and conversation. I won’t miss the builders singing along to the radio or having their little chats about football, girlfriends or pubs. They were nice blokes, but typical geezers so there was quite a bit of swearing going on. I won’t miss hearing them eff and jeff front of the kids about how they’ve been let down by their suppliers!
6. The Toilet. How can I put this? I won’t miss the builders having a dump in my toilet! Yes, I know it’s only a natural bodily function, but having them stink out my toilet for the past 10 weeks is definitely something I will no longer miss.
Ten weeks feels like a long slog when you can’t wash up, cook or do the laundry, and it’s even more panful when the kids are on summer holidays, but I can’t complain too much as we’ve now got a fantastic new kitchen which is almost double the original size. I’m pleased to be rid of the builders though and for all of these reasons it will be a long time before we have any more work like this done on the house again!