Choice of material for the kitchen units

Today we went to the big kitchen materials store to try and choose all the boards and mechanisms. While we managed to select the cupboard and drawer mechanisms and the face detail for the doors there was a conflict of opinion on the colour and finish for the kitchen units themselves. There was also quite a wide selection of handles to choose from, but we’ll leave that until we decide on the material.

We did manage to get it down to a shortlist of about three. The type of material we went looking for was laminated MDF and the stock in the store was mainly the EGGER brand which, on checking them out more thoroughly, seems to be the most reliable brand we could see there. Another brand we looked at was CLEAF but this turned out to be laminated particle board (chipboard) so they didn’t make the shortlist.

With all manufactured materials like this there is a safety element to consider, which is the slow release of formaldehyde which is used in the bonding agent. I did find a safety data sheet for the EGGER material which says it meets Emission class E1 of EN120, which means that it just meets it or it greatly betters it - I suspect the former but I think we’ll be safe with it being laminated too.


This was Lana’s favourite but my first impression of this one was that it would look terrible - a really fake wood effect… and the colour just isn’t something I could get used to, ever. We’d decided against getting a real wood kitchen so I don’t see the point in trying to emulate the effect we’ve already decided against.

Having now seen their catalogue I’m somewhat relieved to find that this is not laminated MDF - it’s laminated chipboard so that rules this one out.image


I suppose this was my alternative choice if we HAD to go for a wood effect - against all logic (see my reasoning above). This is laminated MDF and ,while it looks a rather good and less expensive alternative to real wood I’m not sure it would look so great once we’d had the full kitchen built out of it - it would make good office furniture.

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Lana quite liked this one. I thought it looked ok but, perhaps, a bit too cold (a grey beige instead of a warmer shade). Again this is laminated MDF - I think this one makes the shortlist.


This one caught my eye because of the warmer tone and it may go well with the floor and the dark brown quartz countertop we want, but it may actually be a little too dark.


In conclusion from what we actually saw in stock it seems to be a choice between the EGGER F425 (Beige Linen) and F427 (Beige Leather). If, as I suspect, the Beige Leather is a bit too dark then I am leaning towards the Beige Linen - particularly when you compare this to the full range of similar materials. They do have a Grey Linen there which is distinctly grey, and the Beige Linen does seem to have a hint of beige about it.

If we don’t like it we can re-model the kitchen in a few years!

As far as the style of door we liked these two styles - the rounded top version particularly so:


Spaghetti Junction

We’ve finally had the consumer unit fitted in the wall behind the front door. It was a job made more difficult because it need to be recessed into the wall due to the front door frame being right up against the wall. We still needed to leave a bit sticking out otherwise there was a danger of knocking a hole right through to the apartment next door, but we can fit a door stop to prevent the door from hitting it. The door should still open about 90 degrees, even with the door stop in place.

The panel should have been screwed in, really, but the recess was a real honeycomb once we’d made it - with nothing to get a good fix to - so it’s basically been plastered in place… but it seems pretty solidly fixed in there.

Now all we need to do is fit all the breakers and connect it to the mains when we the electrician is free to come back to the house (he’s busy on another job for the time being) but we can feed all those cables through the top of the panel now, and get the ceiling and the wall finished and painted.

The ceiling will be coffered which will make it easier to hide the cables where they go from the ceiling down the wall - there’ll be a 250mm lowered ceiling height border around the entrance lobby.

Consumer Unit

Our new doorway

We have our new doorway between the entrance lobby and the hallway. There’s storage space behind the facing wall - plenty of room for shoes and stuff!

The door will hinge on the right hand side of this photo and swing towards the front door - more for emergency exit reasons but there’s also no obstructions swinging it wide open that way.

For the uninitiated this would make it a left hand reverse swing door - doors are “handed” according to which side the hinges are on, and from the side of the door you would be on if you were entering the room.

It’s about a metre wide at the moment but we need to add about 100mm to the left hand side to allow room for the door frame… it wouldn’t look good if the door closed right against the wall. It’ll still be wide enough to get a wheelchair through it.

Inner door at entrance

More thoughts on colours

This is NOT our apartment (wish it was) but I posted it not simply because I like the colours, but also the glazed doors in the corridor as well as the big arch. I like the floor too - I think this colour of floor tile would have been my first choice had we not decided to emulate a wooden floor.

Maybe this is something for the future - it we’d decided to combine the two apartments and turned the living room in the big apartment into a dining room then I think this would have worked well… we could have put double doors like those at the entrance to the dining room and kept the dining and sleeping areas beyond quite separate from the rest of the apartment.

Nice colours and doors

Bedroom Curtain Pelmet

The picture below shows the pelmet in the bedroom, with three variations.

The middle example is how it has been installed (just for show). Our first thought was to make it a little wider (top example) but we’ve decided to make it the full width of the room because, once it’s painted, it’ll look much less conspicuous… it will blend in much better with the ceiling and look less like… a pelmet (or “cornice” as they call it round these parts).

Bedroom Curtain Pelmet

Here’s how the ceiling in the living room is coming along… we’ve had a bit of a break in the works, for one reason or another, but we’re moving along again now.

Living Room Ceiling