Progress report :: the kitchen
Apart from the view, the kitchen was the big selling point in this house for me. We'd seen so many houses and most of them had hardly a kitchen at all. Cooking is not really a big deal here, obviously.
The kitchen is located outside the main house, connected to the porch. I love that layout, because we spent most of our days outside on that porch anyway (working on laptops).
Since we're still (always) on a very tight budget, we chose to use what was there, being a concrete (really!) base with wooden doors. Built for eternity so we're planning to keep it, though I want to paint those doors (make them white or stain them darker) and replace those tiles one day. The sink was leaking, but we repaired it.
I have a gas stove and chose one that has a gas oven too because we're on solar power. That's also the reason we searched high and low for a big, but energy-efficient fridge. This one is just the right size for the two of us.
I "built" the shelves next to it, because I had too little storage, but I wasn't sure if I'd like open shelving, so I didn't want to invest in buying something yet. So I just stacked some concrete blocks and old shelves to see how it would work. I like it. Since temporary solutions tend to stick around in our houses, I guess it will be here for a long time...
The table was one of the things we brought from Holland (it used to be my parents' table) and we love how it looks here. We put a little bookcase with our record player in that corner because we don't really have a living room (and we don't know if we'll ever have one, we're always outside).
I just realized I already posted about the kitchen a while ago (you can find that post here). We've made a lot of progress since then. That's good, since for me it's clearly the heart of my home.
Just for fun: let's go back to the beginning, before we even closed on the house.
Oh yes, that's what I call progress.