Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Our New House and Some Kitchen Renovations

You may have realised that I have gone a little M.I.A again..

..This is because, for the months of June, July and August, Jason and I have been busy doing up and moving into our new house!
Our house
The term "new house" is slightly misleading because this is actually the house I grew up in from the age of 8 to 21. This home was also the first step into New Zealand for many of our extended family members and friends. It carries a lot happy memories for me and we were very fortunate to be able to buy it off my parents.

Our old cosy kitchen
Prior to us moving in, the house had been rented out for two years and, as a result, suffered a bit of a bashing from the tenants. While the broken windows and holes in the walls were quickly fixed, the kitchen had to be completely taken out and rebuilt. The kitchen was flooded and the moisture had travelled up the cupboards and even halfway up the wall!

Gross moldy kitchen. It all had to go!
The renovations set our moving date back by a month and a half but it did give us an chance to update the kitchen area -after all, that's where I like to spend my time. 

No walls and no floor
With the help of our parents, the water soaked walls came down and the floor came out..

Walls go up
..Then the new floor and gib went up

Kitchen and dining area
We took the opportunity to knock down a wall which allowed us to combine the small kitchen and dining areas into one, open space. This easy flow was a huge improvement as I love being able to talk to my guests while cooking -and be able to watch TV! 

New Kitchen!
We've been here for about one month now and cooked many a meal. We've had our families and friends over for dinner and are learning a lot about living on our own.

There are many more boxes to unpack, so I hope these renovation photos will suffice until I can get some food photos together for you!


  1. How exciting! Your kitchen looks great :D It makes such a difference having a nice kitchen :D

  2. Congratulations on your new house and kitchen!

    In reply to your gnocchi question:
    Boil two potatoes, one peeled and one unpeeled (then peel it). Then you will understand :-).

  3. Must be strange having your new home in your old home - but a new kitchen is always cause for great excitement. Congratulations!