When we moved into our house about 18 months ago we had a tiny little kitchen with a prehistoric stove and non-functioning rangehood. The sink was jammed up against the stove, and there was no dishwasher (and no room to put one in).
The only way to access the back yard was through the narrow laundry
After six months I couldn’t stand it any longer and ripped out the old kitchen cabinets, reconfigured the kitchen and put in a new sink, dishwasher, oven and rangehood.
Nearly a year later and I’m finally getting around to having the wall taken out between the kitchen and laundry (so we can have better indoor-outdoor flow). I also want to take out the wall between the kitchen and dining room, so we can have an island bench (and more light in the kitchen-dining area). Because our house is two storeys, this is going to involve an architectural draftsman, structural engineer and building surveyor (to get a building permit).
Today we had the architectural draftsman come out to measure up the house and confirm my brief. He had a neat infra-red device that electronically measured the distances between the walls – no tape measure! From here he will draw up the existing conditions and proposed design for me to sign off on. Am looking forward to seeing it!