Building the extension and our kitchen renovation: the BIG reveal

Disclaimer: This post may contain gifted items which will be clearly marked. However, all views, experiences and ideas are 100% my own and are not influenced in any way. This post contains It has been a long time coming, the kitchen renovation reveal post is finally here. If you been reading this blog for a while, you know that when we first bought our house, we had huge plans for the kitchen. We started the planning process back in May 2022 and fast forward to February 2024 we finally have a finished kitchen and we couldn’t be happier!!

I actually can’t believe all the planning and our hard work has finally paid off. This has definitely been one of the most difficult and exciting projects we have ever done. I will start from the beginning and hopefully cover everything you need to know about our new kitchen.

The big built

I won’t bore you with the planning stage of this process, as it was quite long and very stressful, but it all worked out in the end.

Following receipt of all approvals and permits, we started the work in May 2022, once we had our planning and building approved. Shaun is a machine operator and works daily on groundworks and drainage, so it was a no brainer for him to do all the groundwork for this built so we could save some money!

We did hire professional bricklayer, the roofer, plasterer, plumber and electrician to help us with the building, but any demolition and work we could do, we did ourselves, including floor insulation, building the timber frames and putting up the plasterboard amongst other things.

The layout

We really wanted to have a decent size kitchen but didn’t want it to be too large and we definitely didn’t want to lose too much of our stunning garden. We decided that for the kitchen we wanted the perfect size would be around 4×8 m so our architect created the plans based on our requirements. We did make some small changes but the layout and size of this space stayed pretty much the same.


Originally, I wanted to have real wood, however, again I had to think practically (and money), so we decided on having laminate in herringbone. We fitted the flooring ourselves and I am not going to lie it was no easy task, but we saved so much money but doing it ourselves. The floors are from the Floor Street called Desert Oak in herringbone.

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Kitchen cabinets

I knew exactly what I wanted when it came to kitchen design but we had a really hard time finding the kitchen company on the island who would be within our budget and who would make our dreams a reality. We had a nightmare experience with a well known brand, who quoted us a ridiculous price which was also with allegedly 50% discount. We ended up going with Howden Kitchen and I am so glad that we did.

The service was amazing and the kitchen was delivered as soon as we were ready for it to be installed! We chose Halesworth in colour “Porcelain“. Shaun’s stepdad from Greggles Property Maintenance Services installed the kitchen cabinets and the appliances for us, so if you are in the Isle of Man, his details are here.

The island

Our island is 2077mm x 950mm and consists of cabinets and small drawers. We didn’t want the overhang, breakfast bar or any seating as we never used the seating area in our old kitchen. All I wanted was a large island with roof light above and enough space for the antique cabinet (see below) and our dining table. The size is perfect for us and there is more than enough space for our furniture. We also absolutely love the induction hob which blends in nicely with the worktop.

The worktop

I always wanted to have a stone worktop in this kitchen. White marble with dramatic black veins was the dream I had, but the practicality definitely made me think of a different worktop pretty much straight from the start. I looked at different options and my heart was set on a dramatic black granite.

I enquired about sourcing it on the island. I got several quotes and was so surprised of the price difference between different suppliers. We went with Laxey Kitchen Company for the worktops and they have been absolutely brilliant, from sourcing our dream worktop to installing it within 3 weeks and coming within budget!! Our worktop is called Cosmic Black and is 30mm thick. It is even more beautiful in real life!

Cabinet hardware [gifted]

We picked these gorgeous cabinet handles by Frelan Hardware in satin brass finish, you can read how we chose these beauties here.

We picked these beautiful Wenlock handles with Fanshaw backplate. The pantry unit, larger drawers, fridge and freezer have the 224mm centres (large handles) and the rest of the cabinets have 96mm centre handles.

The hardware is quite heavy and absolutely beautiful. It was very easy to install and they finish the kitchen beautifully.

Something old, something new

As you know I love upcycling and antiques so brand new kitchen without something old in it would not feel right for us. This gorgeous wooden cabinet came from a solicitors office and was used in their library.

I had this stored for nearly 2 years and I pretty much designed the kitchen around it! It was in great condition so all I did was clean it up and use some danish oil to bring back the grain. It now stores my glassware collection and balances the modern kitchen out nicely.

Rooflights, bifold door and window

I sourced them all online and paid extra for the delivery to the Isle of Man. The roof lights are 2m x 1 m each (slightly different size to the drawing). The anthracite grey aluminium door was from Folding Doors 2 U and were the best quote and quality I could find after extensive research.

The window was custom size and I ordered it online from Modern UPVC windows sister company (for supply only). The service was impeccable.


We have integrated full size fridge and full size freezer, which are hidden nicely away! We are lucky to have space for a pantry (old kitchen) so our washing machine and dryer is situated in another room. We went with double ovens from AEG and their induction hob with vent. I was not going to compromise on the design and definitely didn’t want a big ugly extractor fan anywhere in my perfect kitchen!

The dishwasher is hidden nicely and isn’t an eyesore in this gorgeous kitchen.

Qettle boiling water tap

We had a debate on whether or not to have a boiling water tap in the new kitchen. I really really wanted one but of course we had costs to consider. Our plumber referred to it as a “glorified kettle” but I wholeheartedly disagree! We ordered the Qettle Signature Modern boiling water tap in stainless steel finish and we couldn’t be happier with it. It is so quick and easy to use I don’t know how we lived without one! It is also more budget friendly than other boiling taps and is 100 degree boiling water plus it comes with filtered water as standard and is manufactured by British company.

Lighting and switches

We got the lights above the sink from the Soho Lighting and the brushed brass downlights are from Arrow Electrical.

We used a mixture of switches and sockets by Dowsing and Reynolds and Click Deco in satin brass. We have hidden a double socket in the pantry and also have a double socket in the island, both of which have come in very handy!


Our sink is by Caple and it’s called Axle 50, it is beautiful stainless steel sink which is undermounted. It also comes with a chopping board and colander, which is such great help when prepping vegetables and cooking. Absolutely delighted with it and so glad we went with stainless steel rather than any other material.

Splurge or save?

We definitely had to compromise a little when we were planning this kitchen, but I am so glad we spent a bit extra on these things as they are definitely worth it:-

  • pantry
  • internal bins
  • boiling water tap
  • granite worktops

My best advice would be – decide on the things that are important to you and things that you can live without. Shop around and try to get the best price for everything. I shopped online and used topcashback site when purchasing things online, which allowed me to get some cash back on the purchases we made online! I also got quotes from various places and was shocked at the difference between different suppliers. It is worth shopping around! Granite was non negotiable so we cut back on wine fridge and other things that were not as important for us.

So what do you think? If you have any questions, please let me know!

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2 thoughts on “Building the extension and our kitchen renovation: the BIG reveal

  1. Absolutely beautiful kitchen I’ve been following your journey on instagram it’s so inspiring ! Well done both of you it’s a dream kitchen like in a magazine!!

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