Life in Oz goes well for us all.
Our house is 28 years old which is old by Perth standards, the trade off with an older house is living in an established suburb with lots of tall trees, parks and larger block sizes.
The downside is property maintenance.
The "New Kitchen" in our house when we moved in turned out to be new doors on the original tailor made Jarrah framed cupboards. We had planned to change the kitchen anyway but the more we looked at it the more I wanted to put a sledgehammer through it.
The main winner in the initial stages was Bunnings (Read B&Q if you are in the UK), we had many a trip to collect base units and grout and all things necessary to make the old new.
Like all of our grand plans they seem to add up to much more than we can afford, the style of our house has the kitchen as a centre piece so if we were going to do it we needed to do it well.
Ally was dead against having a traditional compressed wood Formica faced top and after a trip to the home exhibition in Perth and seeing lots of beautiful stone tops we were stuck on the expensive route.
Lots more looking and pricing and comparing until we decided on "THE" top from a top line supplier and stonemason. The supplier turned out to be pretty useless but after 6 months of bad service I sent 3 page dossier of mistakes to the MD of the company telling him to get lost and that we would pay no more than the 50% we had paid. We didn't get a reply either way but we saved enough to move the project on.
After some work to the surrounding walls the tiles were put up and the floor was patched up, fortunately I found some spare floor tiles in the shed to help cover the area that was taken up by the odd size old base units.
Next was the big bit where I was to make all the door and panel components, lots of work went into the garage (now known as the workshop) where all the new kitchen shiny bits would come from.
After a bit of research I decided on a sawmill that would allow me to select each length of timber rather than being given what they've got, the timber in question is Tasmanian oak.
Tassie oak is not a real oak as in an English oak but is a cost effective hardwood that is pretty evenly grained and can be nicely figured.
After cutting, planing, jointing, joining, sanding and finishing with 3 coats of varnish about 40+ Metres of 6" boards along with 2 x 8' x 4' sheets of veneered board we have a finished (almost some minor trim to be done).
I am happy with the results, I learned a hell of a lot from Del Armstrong about kitchen design and function and my woodworking skills have hopefully moved on a bit over the last few years.