Ground Floor Transformation

I think we can all agree that 2020 has been a challenging year, what with one thing and another. I had aimed at the start of the year to update my blog regularly to attempt to catch up with the work we have been doing for the past three and a half years. However, as my maternity leave transformed into furlough, the joy of homeschooling with a baby in tow zapped my enthusiasm, I found it to be an additional burden. It’s almost a year since I first started this blog, and I’m determined to move it forward.

Edit: Ironically now it’s 2022 and the blog has been at the bottom of the list! Needless to say 2021 did not live up to the new year expectations. Needless to say for me it was a lot worse. Anyway I will get this out of draft!

Obviously we decided to do more demolition and DIY at a time where everywhere had shut down, you had to join a virtual queue just to browse a DIY website, and due to the first Lockdown building materials were few a far between. Well, we Gordons like a challenge! I liked the idea of having the ground floor finished. This year we have transformed the old kitchen into a utility area with a knock through to the new kitchen to create a beautiful, yet practical family kitchen.

As with all things in this renovation, there have been many stages – budgets, children and other priorities halting progress. But we have finally got there (albeit without the finishing touches – but they can come later). You can see our journey through photos below.

Kitchen, dining and utility transformation

I must make sure that I take photos of a tidy finished house!









  • Flooring – Polyflor Endgrain Woodblock
  • Wallpaper – Emma Bridgewater Splatter
  • Kitchen cabinets – Handleless bespoke colour from DIY Kitchens
  • Worktops – Leathered Ivory Wave Granite. Supplied and installed by Phoenix Granite
  • Wall colour – Dulux [TBC]
  • Red architave – Dulux [TBC]
  • Back door – supplied and installed by Pope and Parr
  • External wall lights – Screwfix
  • Opaline glass pendant lights – Vinterior
  • Fireplace – Gumtree find
  • Artwork – local Sherwood artists Hannah Sawtell
Inserting concrete lintel – November 2017

Thanks for reading. Plenty more projects to share!

Published by Kirsty Gordon

A retail interior designer blogging about my home renovation

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