Finally, after five years of struggling in a tiny, badly designed kitchen, I’ve got the builders in to extend it. They arrived as scheduled, on the dot of 7:30 a.m.. Thankfully, the rain held off for the day, and they were able to make good progress. By lunchtime the kitchen had been gutted – poured concrete cabinets reduced to rubble and windows removed.

Kitchen Stripped

Kitchen Stripped

And in the afternoon they removed one of the external walls. This revealed a small hitch: there was a soil pipe which had been embedded in the wall. Its position makes no sense whatsoever – nowhere near any of the upstairs bathrooms. Doubtless it can be diverted.

Kitchen Wall Down

Kitchen Wall Down

Can’t say the dogs were particularly keen on all the strangers outside the house, or the loud sound of power tools as the concrete was ripped up. But then, neither was I.

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