Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Kitchen confidential - 4

1. I have a week off. When I applied for the week it was because I am in desperate need of winter additions to my wardrobe. Not because the kitchen was on the plan.

2. Coincidentally it has turned out that this IS the week the builders plan to start work. My intention has always been that I would take 1 day off is to give the builders the keys, show them where all the electric and water mains are, where the kettle, mugs, tea, coffee, sugar and milk are, and then leave.

3. I fully intend to go into central London and buy a new overcoat (winter is coming despite all my mental powers to avert its path) and some proper winter office clothes (I have been a bum in jeans too long)

4. Over the weekend of shoving all our furniture into the tiny room that doubles as guest room and kid’s room it has become apparent that living in the flat is going to be a chore while the work is continuing. Possible dust aside, it seems that we will have to confine all our activities to our bedroom. This is not much bigger than a postage stamp, especially now that kid's cot and playmat and all his toys also live in it.

5. We decide that it is worth our sanity to move out for a week. Of course it’s Monday morning by the time we come this decision.

6. So on this, the first day of my week of leave for relaxing and shopping, I am on the phone calling every estate agent and rental service apartment in the vicinity to see if anything at all affordable is available at such short notice.

7. Of course there isn’t. What’s affordable isn’t available and what’s available isn’t affordable. I begin to use contacts I have to suss out any deals. Monday has flashed by in the blink of an eye and I have not yet one new item in my winter wardrobe. And no place to move to. Damn.

8. It’s Tuesday. The builders are here. Today and tomorrow they will remove the kitchen, unit by unit, appliance by appliance and tile by tile. They will disconnect electric points, bring down walls and begin to put up new walls and re-plaster.

9. I spend the evening entertaining my son by showing him ducks and staying out of the house till bath and bed time. And then perched on some very dusty dining chairs late that evening, eating microwave dinners off our laps, we have a breakthrough for a place to stay. From Thursday.

10. When I said ‘possible dust’ (pt.4) I clearly had no idea. It’s like the Sahara in here. All that's missing is an oasis.


  1. Oh I really feel for you. We are having our bathroom gutted and replaced with a new one. Our house is big so we have room to live and move, but no one could have prepared me for the dust - even our living room, which is furthest away from the bathroom and the door closed has a thin film of plaster dust over everything. I hoover and dust my daughter's room every day after the builders are gone to ensure it's the only room in the house that relatively dust free. Also, what was meant to be a week's work has turned into 2. Oh well.

  2. Do take some pictures! Oh, I guess the camera must be packed away too!

  3. my whole house looks like Sahara.. The only saving grace is, I am not living there right now..

  4. It is so tough to get any major work done while you are in residence, and the kitchen being re-done is horrendous.
    But this too shall pass, and soon, I hope!
    And you'll have a spanking new kitchen to enjoy. All the best.

  5. Great info here. Have an enjoyable holiday shopping season.