When we first moved into our house on the farmlet you could say the decor was quite outdated.  It was quite a dark space with the kitchen situated in the middle of the house. The 80’s timber doors and blue laminate helped the dark gloomy feeling.  The light always had to be on.  We wondered why the kitchen was in the middle of the house when there was such amazing views at the back across the hills.  In fact the best views were in the laundry of all places.  We hatched a plan and mulled over it for 2 years while our first baby grew and decided to jump into the farmhouse kitchen renovation this year.

Old Kitchen

First we decided to switch the laundry and kitchen.  Phase 1 was to move the kitchen, add a butlers pantry and reconfigure the current main bathroom. This involved removing walls and gutting the laundry/kitchen and rebuilding new walls.  I project managed the entire thing and we bought in trades when needed.  Hubby is a gifted DIYer so completed a lot of the work himself including the ceiling and the entire butlers pantry (walls, cabinets, shelving).  The kitchen cabinetry was by Yarra Valley Cabinet Makers and we were very happy with the result.  My favourite part of the kitchen is our servery.  The gas lift window was sourced from QLD as there didn’t seem to be any stockists in Melbourne and the recycled timber bench was created by Kenney Pearce timber in Healesville.