What to get for new kitchen
We have lived in this house for 30 years and after of putting up with a 7ft by 8 ft kitchen for that time my hubby and I are finally in a position to do something about it thanks to two lump sums from our retirement pensions.
So at a point in life where most people would be downsizing we are planning to extend the house to the side by 14 feet which will amongst other things give us an 11ft by 13ft internal space that can become my new kitchen with the existing kitchen leading off from it as a utility room role housing the washing machine, some storage while providing somewhere to put hats, coats, scarves and boots etc.
Hubby is good with his hands so may make the kitchen units himself but we have a want list of things we would like to incorporate in the new kitchen like a breakfast bar style islet with a Corian or granite worktop so that I will have space to make bread etc but what I could do with during this planning stage are some recommendations or pointers towards choosing the right hob, oven and cooker hood for my bread making that will be fine for rest of my baking and general cooking.
I should add I am in the UK where houses are quite small and the expense of having the extension built plus a new boiler and new kitchen cabinets will take most of our money and on a pension we won’t be able to raise any more so I won’t be able to afford a top of the range Meile unit as much as I might like one.
I would like a built in split level set up as I am only 5ft and I find my current oven is a pain when I have to sit on the floor to get to my stone etc especially as I am in my 60’s so not getting any younger so ideally I would prefer a gas hob on one side of the kitchen and, if we can afford it, I was thinking perhaps something like a Neff Aqua-assist oven on the other but I don’t know if that is the right choice so I would really appreciate your input.
Any advice would be gratefully accepted but if anyone has bought a new oven that is a reasonable size as I will need it for all my cooking, and is perfect for domestic bread making can you tell me the make, model and why you chose it so that I can see if it would be right for our situation and pocket.
I hope someone has done something similar and will get back to me, Many thanks Jean.