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    Registered Users Posts: 203 ✭✭ misc2013


    Interested in people's thoughts on wish list as this is a once off opportunity to a big refurb and thus improve the functional aspect of existing house.

    family, 2 young kids.

    New kitchen, come dining, come small living area.
    New utility.
    Re-modelling ensuite bedroom and main bathroom and living room.
    Upgrading heating system.

    A couple of things appeal to me at the moment = wish list. Just a top of the head.

    Kitchen - floor to ceiling presses with as much pull out storage as possible and pull out bin drawer. Belfast sink. Island with seating. Waist level oven. Vertical radiator/s. Maybe one of those hot taps with instant hot water.

    I've never had a proper utility room - none or tiny - so would like a counter space with sink, decent storage and possibly a mounted washing machine and dryer to waist level, if have the chance to do this - future proofing!.

    We'll have a new section of hallway so a bench with drawers for the shoes/ kids wellies and the coat stands in a built in unit.

    Bathroom - towel radiators!
    Ensuite. Widest possible shower with reset shelves for shampoos etc rather than familiar rust bucket things that never hold items properly.

    Heating - upgrade and hopefully get the zones for upstairs/downstairs. Maybe change some rads but maybe the new heating system would be enough to make current rads work better?

    Living room - change current open chimney to stove, possibly an inset one but don't know how expensive this is to do. debating this as would lose a mantlepiece but we#d add shelving elsewhere. Mounting TV over fireplace v getting proper TV unit and shelving.

    Bedroom - ensuite will be a nice treat and would also like sliderobe to max storage. Not a v big room.

    Any practical suggestions would be v welcome, that we should consider and havne't thought of. Thanks.


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  • While you are getting the heating done get a bunded tank. You can also get the boiler outside which may save some inside space.
    Definitely get heating zones if your system will allow (we couldn't and its a great loss to easy organisation of heating)

    In order to get recessed shelves you have to sacrifice wall depth - and make sure they are not placed to catch water, including water that drips off bottles.

    Put a large sink in utility - one that will take things like oven trays for washing.

    Don't forget storage for vacuum cleaner, brushes, buckets etc. And ironing board, laundry racks. Storage/place for wellies and mucky shoes.

    Do you really need island seating if you have a dining table in the room? The high seats tend to be junk collectors and repositories for school bags and coats.




  • Exciting times!
    I wouldn't and didn't bother with an island, depending on the size of your kitchen it might end up bugging you.
    Double oven a must.
    Insinkarator, cuts your bin charges hugely.
    Larder press, I love mine.
    USB sockets and speaking of sockets get loads
    Rotary corner press, nothing worse than things getting lost in the corner press
    Integrated appliances, looks so much neater.
    Wide cutlery drawer
    Deep pot press.

    All I can think of for utility is as much storage and see can you get stackable appliances.




  • now online wrote: »
    Exciting times!
    I wouldn't and didn't bother with an island, depending on the size of your kitchen it might end up bugging you.
    Double oven a must.
    Insinkarator, cuts your bin charges hugely.
    Larder press, I love mine.
    USB sockets and speaking of sockets get loads
    Rotary corner press, nothing worse than things getting lost in the corner press
    Integrated appliances, looks so much neater.
    Wide cutlery drawer
    Deep pot press.

    All I can think of for utility is as much storage and see can you get stackable appliances.

    I never thought of an insinkarator. Will look it up. A lot of advice for deep drawers for pots etc. Love that. By larder press do you mean an especially big press with sections that pull out?
    Yes, hoping for stackable appliances.

    And yes, loads of sockets definitely. We have power bars everywhere!




  • looksee wrote: »
    While you are getting the heating done get a bunded tank. You can also get the boiler outside which may save some inside space. "




    What's the advantage of this, sorry? We did consider a slimmer version to save space as we'll lose some garden.




    In order to get recessed shelves you have to sacrifice wall depth - and make sure they are not placed to catch water, including water that drips off bottles.

    We're thinking recessed stove but if so, putting up shelving in the alcove. It's currently dead space on one side with a dodgy TV table in the other alcove. It's tempting to mount the TV on the chimney breast but then it's stove versus mounted TV.


    Put a large sink in utility - one that will take things like oven trays for washing.





    I would LOVE a big sink for that very reason along with fridge shelves!


    Don't forget storage for vacuum cleaner, brushes, buckets etc. And ironing board, laundry racks. Storage/place for wellies and mucky shoes.

    We do already have space under stairs so may cupboard it off at some point. For now it holds kids bikes and scooters but we are getting a decent garden shed.

    Do you really need island seating if you have a dining table in the room? The high seats tend to be junk collectors and repositories for school bags and coats.

    It's partly for counter space and partly as breakfast bar / second table. I'd love a second table as our only table is constantly full of kids stuff. Just for those days when you don't have to clear everything out of the way all of the time.




  • Don't put the tv over the fireplace.
    Its awful looking and awful for viewing.


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  • Lighting is really important. Ambient lighting in kitchen and living areas is nice, however u achieve it. I think loads and loads of spots is a bit harsh.

    Maybe consider panelling in hall/stairs/landing, and low level sensor activated lighting at skirt level, can give a wow factor.




  • Don't put the tv over the fireplace.
    Its awful looking and awful for viewing.
    +1
    perhaps a floating mantle for over the stove instead,

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    and some Milano designer radiators from bestheating.ie recess pipes in to the wall, easier to clean the floor and clean lines on the skirting,

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    also vertical available, im puttong a coat hanger above my vertical radiator in the hall, warm jackets as part of the home heating system. win/win

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    a pop up socket fitted in the kitchen center island would be useful as well as some RJ45 network sockets around the place linked to your wifi router,
    future planning to have one near your heating controls too, maybe hidden for plugin in the controller.




  • Lighting is really important. Ambient lighting in kitchen and living areas is nice, however u achieve it. I think loads and loads of spots is a bit harsh.

    Maybe consider panelling in hall/stairs/landing, and low level sensor activated lighting at skirt level, can give a wow factor.
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  • I'm just finished a big renovation. It took much longer than if was supposed to due to Covid.

    Few things that I'd consider if I were you:

    We got an island and love it. Would not be without. We put a raised bar around it and spend loads of time there. We put our hob on the island so when we cook we're facing into the room. It's brilliant. We also went with an induction hob that has a built in extractor and sucks the air down and out under the floor to the outside. It saves having an ugly extractor hanging down from the roof.

    We got a copper sink and we love it. We got electric blinds from Ikea and they add a bit of wow factor and are super handy, we have Alexa voice control them

    We got Reina Neva designer radiators from the UK and saved a fortune. They were nearly half the price of the same radiators on best heating.ie

    For flooring look at LVT - it's waterproof and durable and not as hard and cold as tiles.

    Good luck and research everything you can. Don't let your builder convince you out of something you really want to do. If you want it stand your ground.




  • Mascher wrote: »
    I'm just finished a big renovation. It took much longer than if was supposed to due to Covid.

    Few things that I'd consider if I were you:

    We got an island and love it. Would not be without. We put a raised bar around it and spend loads of time there. We put our hob on the island so when we cook we're facing into the room. It's brilliant. We also went with an induction hob that has a built in extractor and sucks the air down and out under the floor to the outside. It saves having an ugly extractor hanging down from the roof.
    .

    How expensive is this with built in extractor?


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  • consider that the next time you remodel will be to have a downstairs bedroom and wheelchair accessible bathroom




  • consider that the next time you remodel will be to have a downstairs bedroom and wheelchair accessible bathroom

    We have indeed thought of that and are lucky to have 2 downstairs bedrooms. We are making the shower in new ensuite as wide as possible to allow for a shower stool but it's not big enough for a wet room. My husband thought we should bite the bullet and remodel our main bathroom into a wet room but I like having a bath and am not ready to take it out yet. We've little kids so the bath is great as well as remedially. Hopefully we'll get 20 years before the bath is ripped out. We could make the bathroom an ensuite for the adjoining bedroom down the road but we've recently changed that into a playroom. Again, hopefully the bathroom doesn't need a radical remodel for a while!




  • if budget allows, employ an architect. one who'll take your requests on board.




  • misc2013 wrote: »
    How expensive is this with built in extractor?

    It's a bit more expensive alrite. There's labour to build a trench to pipe the extractor out (I did that myself) but you can get recirculating extractor hob and save on that. And the hob was more expensive but not much more than a hob and separate extractor, think our hob was about 2k. I was going to get a pop up extractor that raised up out of the island, theres a highly rated one you can get from Amazon for too much, but ended up getting one with the built in extractor instead.

    Also, make sure you join the Self Build Renovations Ireland Facebook page. So much info there. In fact I searched that whenever I wasn't sure on something




  • attached pics may help.
    1. is of power and LAN port below the counter. LAN may not be possible, but at least go with the sockets.
    2. is the end of the island, where we have double doors to access spice shelves. its only a few cms deep - only the thickness of the corner posts.
    3. is the spice shelves inside those double doors - my favourite "gimmick" in the kitchen as all can be seen!
    4. is our bench outside the utility, inside the back door for shoes, coats, school bags etc - you mentioned you'd like and it may give you some ideas.




  • This is great, I'm at the same stage as yourself so I'll keep following and adding as we go along. We have a lot of the same requirements. Island, waist high oven.

    We have tall narrow pull out spice drawers. They save so much space for the pantry cupboard.

    We're going to have a drop down clothes horse from the utility ceiling.

    Pull out ironing board and iron for the bedroom instead of going downstairs and up for one thing.




  • Forgot to add yesterday, we hung our TV high years ago, never again. It was just so uncomfortable.

    I'll always have it eye level with the couch from now on.




  • hero25 wrote: »
    attached pics may help.
    1. is of power and LAN port below the counter. LAN may not be possible, but at least go with the sockets.
    2. is the end of the island, where we have double doors to access spice shelves. its only a few cms deep - only the thickness of the corner posts.
    3. is the spice shelves inside those double doors - my favourite "gimmick" in the kitchen as all can be seen!
    4. is our bench outside the utility, inside the back door for shoes, coats, school bags etc - you mentioned you'd like and it may give you some ideas.

    Great ideas. Thanks for the photos!




  • This is great, I'm at the same stage as yourself so I'll keep following and adding as we go along. We have a lot of the same requirements. Island, waist high oven.

    We have tall narrow pull out spice drawers. They save so much space for the pantry cupboard.

    We're going to have a drop down clothes horse from the utility ceiling.

    Pull out ironing board and iron for the bedroom instead of going downstairs and up for one thing.

    Love the idea of drop down clothes horse! Going to Google. Utility is long and narrow, 10ft x 5.
    I wondered about a drop down ironing board there but don't think we'd have the space.




  • These are a few pics of our kitchen, which was fitted before Christmas.

    Our kitchen wish list would have been similar enough to yours. I’m delighted with the way it turned out, it was a massive effort over three weeks, now it just needs the finishing touches, and I’m going to be changing the wall colour over the weekend.


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  • [quote="atilladehun;115885454"

    We're going to have a drop down clothes horse from the utility ceiling.


    Curios. Have you picked one out?




  • ratracer wrote: »
    These are a few pics of our kitchen, which was fitted before Christmas.

    Our kitchen wish list would have been similar enough to yours. I’m delighted with the way it turned out, it was a massive effort over three weeks, now it just needs the finishing touches, and I’m going to be changing the wall colour over the weekend.

    Looks fantastic. Thanks for sharing. We're going for the 2 waist level ovens too. Is your fridge integrated too? Is the pantry press ( I am excited about getting one of those) on a third wall?




  • The fridge and freezer are integrated in the the two tall units. The pantry/ larder is in a recess, this was designed into our original kitchen 16/17!years ago, but never had drawers in it, just shelves. It is on the wall directly opposite the ovens.
    It’s probably my favourite part of the project.
    The back kitchen/ utility is the same material also.




  • misc2013 wrote: »
    Love the idea of drop down clothes horse! Going to Google. Utility is long and narrow, 10ft x 5.
    I wondered about a drop down ironing board there but don't think we'd have the space.

    I have 3 of these in a laundry room with a MHRV draw and return on opposite sides of the ceiling, a great job, stuff drys in under a day no trouble, check out "Cast in Style" Highly recommended getting these




  • Is there any value in putting in MHRV or some sort of mechanical ventilation in oart of the house. We're looking at 2 storey extension, large open plan living space ground floor. Open plan to other parts of house that it would be difficult to put ventilation ducts into. Would it be worth putting doing it just in the extension?




  • JimmyMW wrote: »
    I have 3 of these in a laundry room with a MHRV draw and return on opposite sides of the ceiling, a great job, stuff drys in under a day no trouble, check out "Cast in Style" Highly recommended getting these

    Did you use Cast in Style yourself?
    Googling something similar in Ireland.




  • misc2013 wrote: »
    [quote="atilladehun;115885454"

    We're going to have a drop down clothes horse from the utility ceiling.


    Curios. Have you picked one out?

    Not yet. Lots of work to do before then!




  • misc2013 wrote: »
    Did you use Cast in Style yourself?
    Googling something similar in Ireland.

    yeah i got those ones as i could not find anything similar here at the time




  • now online wrote: »
    Insinkarator, cuts your bin charges hugely.

    Surely anything that can go in the insinkarator can just go in the brown bin which is free anyway.

    Also I think their use can lead to a increase in sewer blockages.


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  • cruizer101 wrote: »
    Surely anything that can go in the insinkarator can just go in the brown bin which is free anyway.

    Also I think their use can lead to a increase in sewer blockages.

    I have 3 bins already, definitely didn't want another one.
    I'm using the insinkorator for 5 years now, never an issue with blockages


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