I have bought an apartment and I'm starting work on it in September. I'm going to completely refurbish it. It hasn't been properly worked on since the 1970's so it's a state. Everything is coming out, kitchen, bathrooms, second fix (trim carpentry) and even floorboards are being replaced. The heating system is a storage heater which is less than desirable so I'll be changing that too and all the electrics are being replaced.
The first thing I'm going to replace is the kitchen because more than anything else I like good food haha! I'm not going to buy a kitchen from some hardware store, I'm going to build my own. I know how I'm going to build it but what I'm not sure about is what materials to use... They all have pros and cons so I'm looking purely at how they're going to look!
I've seen some really nice 18mm 8x4 sheets of birch ply which would make good strong carcasses and I can't imagine there being much movement after I've fixed them. Or I could make the cabinets out of 18mm pine furniture board. I wish I could use hardwoods but in England hardwood is so expensive you can't even buy it in normal hardware stores, I have to buy mine online.
The problem with caracasses out of Ply is that I don't want the Ply's end to be on show, it reminds me of shuttering carpentry so I want to put some sort of 1/8 of an inch batton over it to cover it but then I'm thinking that might not look great once you open the door so I'm torn between Ply or Pine.
The doors are going to be pine for sure. and the worktop is going to be a nice slab of Oak.
What are you guys ideas and tips? I've been doing it for years now but if there's one thing I've learnt is that I can always learn some more! =]