Our kitchen hasn’t been remodelled since I was about 6 years old (for those that don’t know, Dean and I rented the house I grew up in off of my parents for the past 7 or so years and then bought it in Feb 2021). When we moved in we gave the kitchen walls a lick of magnolia paint and also painted all the cupboards to brighten it up a bit. That helped to make it look a bit more modern and light but it still looks like a kitchen that was installed in the mid 90’s.
The kitchen is the next big house project we are looking to work towards and we have finally settled on an idea for it that we both like.
We want…a jungle kitchen! Ok, now hear me out, it’s not as crazy as it sounds.
Our kitchen is a pretty big area, it’s something like 18 x 12ft with the majority of the useable space being one end of it which leaves us with a blank wall that you wouldn’t really put cabinets on as it’s too far away from the rest of the kitchen area. We’ve always wondered what to do with that wall and then last year it occurred to us – I’d been using that wall to house a lot of my plants and there was plenty of room so why not turn the whole thing into a plant wall!
We’re thinking a nice bright and modern kitchen but because of the size of the room and where the bulk of the kitchen would be placed, it could look a bit clinical so we want to turn the sidewall into a feature and make it like our own jungle-like living wall! I’m thinking maybe a dark olive green wall with bamboo furniture, rustic dark wood shelves and, if Dean can work out how to do it, maybe a fishtank or vivarium!
The only issue with having a lot of plants in a room is that you need adequate light, a lot of people are putting folding doors across the back of modern kitchens at the moment which works fine if the room has been built for that BUT I find that, in a pre-existing kitchen where you are working around a current layout, they can often take up a bit too much space (they have to fold to away to somewhere and have enough clearance when folding into the room which loses a lot of floor space if the room hasn’t been designed around it). If we put in bifold doors we’d lose the wall that the sink, dishwasher and a few cabinets are on which wouldn’t make sense to do.
Instead, we plan to have an aluminium lantern roof installed!
This would be the biggest part of the whole kitchen project as it would mean not only installing a roof lantern but we’d also want recessed spotlights so it’d involve switching out the current cold deck roof for a warm deck roof. It’s not going to be cheap but we’re of frame of mind that we won’t be moving out of this house any time soon, if we’re going to do the kitchen we might as well do it properly and add in exactly what we want.
We’d like to go for full height cupboards (at the moment ours stop about a foot short of the ceiling and it’s just a place for dust and spider to hang out) gas hob, install an island, American style fridge freezer, granite worktops and also redo the utility room/pantry.
We’d also like to install underfloor heating so we’re essentially going to gut the extension that the kitchen is currently in and leave it with just the walls standing so that we can completely transform it. It’s not going to be a small job but it will most definitely be worth it!