The finishing touches and varnishes have been done and the kitchen is back in operation.
I’ve had a little shifty around but not sure if it’s going to work yet, but overall, everything is finished and we are really pleased with the end result.
I was introduced to Neff cookers many years ago and they were one of the best available at the time, though out of my price range.
Electric fan ovens were just coming into their own, but I was cooking on a Flavel gas stove with an eye level grill at the time and very happy with it.
I’ve had a variety of electric and gas ovens in my adult life, and have always liked the gas hob and electric fan oven combination. The last full gas cooker I had was a bad purchase as the jets ran along the centre at the bottom from back to front and I burnt everything.
Looking at gas alternatives, this seemed to be common practice so I wasn’t interested.
I have to admit we really pushed the boat out as regards cost though, which is why we decided to make an all in one unit that can be removed and taken with us should we move.
The oven is lovely and spacious, with two shelves and a shelf pan which doubles up as the grill. It also has a slide and hide door which tucks neatly under the cooker so no banging your legs! In some of the dual fuel free standing cookers we’d seen, you only had the one shelf which is pretty pointless if you wanted to cook a full roast dinner or a sponge cake!
One had a double oven but still only one shelf was supplied. I asked about that as the cooker was over £600, and extra shelves were available as an add on at additional cost.
We were restricted as regards the depth of the oven, something that varied surprisingly model to model and manufacturer. Everything was measured and remeasured, and our gas fitter moved the stop cock to a better position so as it didn’t foul the back of the oven.
The cooker housing cabinets are still not in stock anywhere, but Hubby’s improvisation has worked perfectly.
We are now in two minds as to whether to replace all the cabinet and drawer fronts. The carcasses are good but the doors are looking a little tired. We priced them once before and it was expensive, plus we could not get a wood finish, only white, unless we wanted to put in a special order and pay up front, with no promise of a delivery date. If we go ahead now, it will be at a later date to give the bank manager a chance to get over the shock of us spending our money!