Win A Kitchen Makeover & Furniture
A lot of readers entered our “Win a $30,000 kitchen makeover from Ikea and Whirlpool” competition from the April 2010 issue – thousands of you, in fact. After an agonising and lengthy judging session – so many great entries! – the winners were decided upon: Emma Simmons and John Debono-Cullen of Ashbury in Sydney, who run their own retail art gallery and graphic design business, Sweets Workshop (Sweetsworkshop. com), in the nearby suburb of Summer Hill.
About Emma and John’s home
Their home, built in 1916, is a traditional workers’ cottage. It’s a great house, but there was one big problem: the kitchen was terrible. “It was very small and dark, with only a tiny work area,” Emma says. “The rest was filled with a large fridge and oven. It didn’t have a pantry or nearly enough storage.”
Their problem with cooking place
One of the biggest problems was that the couple love to cook together but the layout wouldn’t allow them to. The rarely used dining room, however, was three times the size of the kitchen and had a skylight. So when they found out they’d won the competition, they were overjoyed. But put a new kitchen in that tiny space? No way!
“WE LOVE TO COOK BUT THIS KITCHEN AIN’T BIG ENOUGH FOR THE TWO OF US,” WAS THE ENTRY THAT WON THE $30,000 KITCHEN
The solution for their kitchen
The solution: swap the kitchen and dining rooms around. Time to get planning!
“Choosing the kitchen, dining table & chair set, and appliances involved a series of visits to Ikea,” Emma says. “They supported our idea to move the kitchen into the dining area to create a larger cooking space. They also helped us plan our kitchen, and gave us guidance on the fitout.”
So why has it taken so long for real living to feature the new kitchen and dining room? “Working with a 100-year-old house that hadn’t been renovated since the 1950s opened up a can of worms,” Emma explains. First it was a series of no-show tradesmen, which threw their timeline out. “Then, once the plumber had started on moving the pipes, we discovered that half the flooring was rotten. This caused more delays while we got the floors replaced.” Then, once the electrician had positioned the powerpoints, some of the walls started crumbling, and the couple had to call in a plasterer. Groan. So the Ikea installer was continually put on hold.
But it was all worth it, and winning the competition freed up funds for swapping the rooms. “Now we look forward to Sunday, when we can prepare a slow roast together, ” Emma says. “We spend hours in the kitchen and relish our time there.” Congratulations guys!