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Our new kitchen is done!
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Dear friends and family,
At long last our 11-year-old kitchen has been renovated!
When we started to build our house 13 years ago, we were on a super tight budget. We couldn’t afford a professional kitchen manufacturer, so we had a carpenter-made kitchen, designed by Ed Calma nonetheless.
Since Jeroen is a chef, we wanted an open kitchen (at right) so he would not be left out while a party was going on.

Big Ass Fan at home

This was our kitchen in 2005

Our kitchen in 2005

and in 2007

Jeroen cooking

From the onset, our kitchen had many problems (mainly due to budget constraints)—like a leak that warped the wooden cabinets when it rained, to a Fisher & Paykel dishwasher that worked maybe 20 times until it conked out (don’t buy this brand!!), and an exhaust fan that didn’t work.
The counter top we chose chipped everywhere and was taped until we could renovate. The Insinkerator broke many times and the Fisher & Paykel refrigerator door just fell off after 13 years.
We’re lucky that we’re able to afford a new kitchen more than ten years later.
After consulting with architects Kellyn See and Rex Gapuz (and advice from Liza Crespo), we decided to go for Siematic, which is one of the best in Manila.
Prior to demolition, I asked Jeroen to have the open kitchen boarded up so that debris wouldn’t spill out onto the rest of the house.

Kitchen renovation

Jeroen, Kellyn and Rex have a kitchen meeting within the barricade

Kitchen renovation

Six months later, it’s done!

New kitchen

The exhaust fan works!!

New kitchen

We have lots of cupboards  and a handsome black Fedders chiller and freezer I found at S&R

New kitchen

The hallway is now boarded up as we change all the flooring from Ondoy vinyl* to tile.
The kids helped us pick out the new tile from five samples. Next we’ll be fixing the dining area.

Living room

Thank you Kellyn & Rex, Mr. Puyat, painter Noel, Siematic, Kuysen, all the workers, our house help who clean, and most especially to God for giving us the resources to fix our house.

*Typhoon Ondoy ruined our laminates so we had a temporary vinyl installed for five years!!

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Genesis Imperial

Hi. I really like you kitchen. It’s so spacious. Anyway, does you place/kitchen is still available to rent for 1 day only? We would like to have a videoshoot and photoshoot there. Please do contact me 09957882277 via my email address: angeloinfante.office@gmail.com thank you.

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CVS Reply:

hi sorry we don’t allow shoots. thank you for your interest

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Mon Yadao

Noice!

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Vicky

What a lovely kitchen! If I had your kitchen, id probably cook everyday.

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Eric

Hi Ms. C, What brand is your big ass fan?

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CVS Reply:

Big Ass Fan
http://www.philgeogreen.com/big-ass-fans

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PJ Reply:

like the ceiling fan in SM Hypermarkets.

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Noelle

Ms C, that’s Jeroen’s kitchen lang and not for everyday use? Kasi our kitchen has oil splatters sa walls because of the all the frying that we do.

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CVS Reply:

we have a 2nd kitchen for the maids 🙂

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Guest

Yay! Looks great. Congratulations CVS 🙂 Thanks for showing the Big Ass Fan 🙂

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CVS Reply:

thank you Liza!!

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JD

Love the clean lines! How to open the cupboards, by the way?☺️ May I ask who your contractor is? Thanks! Enjoy your new kitch, Ms. C!

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somewhat kitchen related question..

How does Jeroen like cooking on an electric stove? I’ve never tried it but I’ve seen a lot of opinions from both sides.

and that fan…. damn!

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CVS Reply:

we chose electric mainly because we’re scared of gas accidents. The induction cooker takes a while to heat up but it does the job. Just needs a little patience 🙂

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Carlos P. Celdran

I have big ass fan envy.

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CVS Reply:

hahaha

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KUMAGCOW

Ang ganda… less is more pero super dami ng storage.. 😀 I can cover the kitchen blessing event Ms C! LOL

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CVS Reply:

lol!! puede

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CVS Reply:

i should’ve asked you to cover my birthday too! hehe

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KUMAGCOW Reply:

Haha sayang nga Ms. C! I was just a tweet away LOL 🙂

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The ceiling fan is LOVE and good decision for choosing Siematic.
Is that marble countertop? LOVE it too!

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CVS Reply:

yes it’s marble 🙂

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