Kitchen Journeys: Christmas with the Kitchen
Last year Celia and David found themselves managing a Christmas gathering whilst their extension was being built. Their kitchen was not yet complete, the roof had only just been made watertight in time and they had the concrete floor poured the week before Christmas day. They hoped this would dry in time. Luckily, it did! The family all spent the day with Celia and David and overall fourteen guests filled the new space. Their Christmas was rustic, entertaining, and certainly a cheerful event the family would remember. The extra space made a huge difference.
Now, a year on, they get to enjoy the holidays with a newly fitted kitchen, slate floors and plenty of warm space. It was wonderful to see Celia again after following her story over the year. We sat down to a hot cup of tea (with some delicious biscuits included) and reminisced over the dramatic changes that occurred since our last visit at Christmas. A lot has changed over the year in Celia’s home, not just the building of the extension, but they welcome a new addition to the family in the form of a joy filled new dog called Bonzo; who bounced over and greeted us with a friendly wag of the tail.
Having just returned from a bucket list holiday in India, and after the whirlwind of the extension, Celia and David decided to have a calm and relaxed Christmas this year. Celia decorated her new living room with a simple and elegant tree; with a few small decorations around the kitchen and living space. She didn’t wish for it to feel crowded with too much “stuff”. She planned to have a larger party and family gathering in the new year.
Small details had now been finished. The Space Tower had been fitted and was being used as a larder space. The garage had been completed and trees had been planted in the garden. There was still decorating to do but given the holidays the next steps with the extension could wait until the next year!
I asked Celia how she felt looking back over the last year and asked if she had any advice for people looking to improve their living space by having a new kitchen or extension. She said that she had no regrets about her extension and that the builders had done a great job. Celia recommends learning from experience and that one way of doing things isn’t necessarily the right way. It’s about finding out what you really want and not being afraid to ask for it. Make sure you like the supplier you are working with and feel confident that they will deliver your dream kitchen. Be aware that the journey requires compromises and don’t be afraid of making changes to your initial idea.
Celia and David wish you all a very happy holiday!