The Design Process

I’m pleased to say that the kitchen design is well underway. We’re a month into the twelve-month schedule, which means there’s just one more month of planning to go until we can knock down my kitchen and complete a full-scale kitchen replacement. For many people, the prospect of this would be daunting. If the money didn’t throw them off, they’d certainly be thrown off by the fact that I have tradespeople, renovators, designers and builders at my home twenty-four seven for two to three months a year. That’s a long time to have people in your space. I personally love it, but I definitely understand how/why people wouldn’t. They’re just not as into kitchen design as I am. I doubt anyone could be, really.

I truly love kitchen renovations. I love forgetting about everything else in my life and just completely throwing myself into a renovation. It’s the perfect distraction from everything – the good, the bad and the ugly. It doesn’t matter what’s going on in my life, I can escape it. But that’s not what this blog post is about. It’s about how the kitchen design is going!

Based on the concept we’ve come up with so far, I think it’s safe to say that once this renovation is done, I will have the best kitchen design in Melbourne. The design will be featured in magazines across Australia and will be spoken about for the years to come. I might not even want to renovate a new kitchen this time next year. Maybe for the first time since I’ve had the funds to pay for a kitchen renovation every year, I will actively choose not to change it.

I can’t wait to see what my new kitchen looks like in the next couple of months. It would be incredible to be able to do some sort of big reveal with a few magazine journalists there as well. 


Another Kitchen Remodel

Nothing makes me feel happier than when I’m redoing my kitchen. I redo it once a year for a number of reasons, with the first and foremost being that I love how it makes me feel. I love the chaos of it. The feeling that after a couple of months everything will be completely different. I get a rush from the power I have over the design and the people who are completing the kitchen renovations. Melbourne renovators are top class and I get to work with them every year.

From what I’ve heard, I’ve actually garnered a reputation amongst the kitchen renovators in Melbourne and it’s a very good one. Everyone wants to be the next company to renovate my kitchen because I then spend the next ten months of the year showing it off to as many people as I can. It’s like free advertising except I’m paying them to design and build my kitchen. It doesn’t really get much better than that for them. I’d like free advertising any day of the week. I’d like a new kitchen every week, too, but that’s just not feasible because they take so long to build.

It’s about time again for me to start designing my next kitchen. I’ve had my current kitchen for about six months now and I absolutely love it, but it’s time for a change. My schedule is as follows:

  • Plan my kitchen with the best kitchen designers in Melbourne (2 months)
  • Build my kitchen (2-3 months)
  • Enjoy my kitchen (6-7 months)
  • Any leftover time is spent interviewing potential designers to see who the best fit for my next design and build will be.

I know the next few months of designing are going to be absolutely awesome. I’ve chosen the kitchen designers that I’ll be working with and we’re ready to really get into the nitty-gritty. I can’t wait to see what 2022’s kitchen design looks like.


Lost Among Renovators

Memories flashed through Maphira’s head as she walked through the offices of a renovation business. Moments throughout her life that should have been obvious signs, completely missed. 

How once, her first girlfriend had wanted to get to know her better, while Maphira simply wanted to keep playing video games with her. That time someone had been apparently flirting with her all night, then when she said she wasn’t interested in them, they stormed off, claiming she had been leading them on. How when she’d got to high school she’d assessed all the students and decided that none of them was her type, so she’d just be single until she became an adult, and that was totally okay with her.

It makes so much sense. I don’t want a relationship, I just want someone to hang out with and be my best friend.

“Excuse me, miss? Can I help you?”

Maphira found herself standing in front of a man, having almost walked into him. For a moment, she thought he’d seen through her disguise, before remembering that they’d changed out of those disguises before heading to the renovation business.

“Uh, I was just looking into disabled bathroom design. It’s for my brother, you see. We need a major bathroom renovation. He fell out of a tree six months ago and has been recovering ever since. He’s finally ready to come home, but we need to make things more accessible. Wheelchair, you know.”

The man put his hands together. “You’ve come to the right place. We offer some of the best bathroom and laundry renovations Melbourne has around, both for people with disabilities and otherwise. Come with me – I’ll help you get sorted.”

As he turned away, Maphira looked around. Somehow, she’d lost Rylee and Vai. 

She really had to get her head in the game before it was too late. The conveyancing firm was coming up soon, and after that: Bender. It was time to finish this, once and for all. Her identity crisis would have to wait.