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Real Costs: A tiny galley kitchen becomes an airy utility room for less than £1k


When I moved into my 1930s semi 18 months ago I knew immediately that I wanted to move the kitchen. The kitchen, like many 1930s buildings, was a small galley that doesn’t suit today’s open plan living ideal. The house came with two connected reception rooms so I decided to change one of them to the new kitchen but then left me with what to do with the old galley kitchen. I decided to use the space as a utility room and a downstairs toilet.

The utility room design was an easy change as the plumbing for the sink and washing machine was already in place. Most of the work involved in this was to remove the old kitchen and install new cabinets and worktop. As a keen DIY household I knew this would be a job to do with my partner.

Removing the old kitchen

Old kitchen

(Image credit: Jo Lemos)

The old galley kitchen from Ikea was looking tired but many of the units were in a perfectly usable condition. I upcycled three of the wall cabinets to make a sideboard in a recent project and, the other cabinets, worktop and appliances we put on Facebook Marketplace to either sell or give away for free to prevent them ending up in landfill.

Everything was stripped back to its bare bones which revealed a lovely red brick wall which we decided to keep exposed on one wall. Again, to keep costs down we reused the hardwood floor from the main bedroom. This also means that the downstairs floors now all match! We had some small structural works to do to split the room into a WC and utility room. We built a stud wall and then plastered the new wall and ceiling. We also added a radiator to the room which previously didn’t have one.

Utility room pre-design

(Image credit: Jo Lemos)

Finalising the design


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