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Interiors | The Hacker Kitchen revealed

Photography: Alex Jeffries www.alexjeffriesphotographygroup.com

It was like giving birth to our fifth child – the whole process and anticipation was the same (ok, maybe those were ambitious choice of words but just for a moment we were very close to that feeling). The joy of meeting for the first time, our new kitchen.

Words simply do not describe how delighted we are with the results. Christmas has come early this year.  The beautiful photography by Alex Jeffries himself, one of the most talented photographers I have had the privilege of watching at his craft, really does say it all.  

In my last post on Hacker Kitchens where we discussed the process, I described how we wanted more than just a kitchen, we wanted a new family space for our family to spend time in.  We have spent the last couple of weeks testing out the new space, appliances and kitchen.  It has certainly lived up to the hype and expectations of the brand.  It was like test driving a brand new car.  I have spent time cooking with the children in the kitchen already feeling more inspired with the space and the light.  Cooking has become more of a joy again. I know, some cynics will say like everything else this new shiny event will wear off.  Perhaps cooking 3 meals a day will return to tediousness but  whilst my enthusiasm reigns, my cookbooks deserve more time again, and we are trying out new recipes all the time as a family.

This new kitchen has also helped us declutter the unnecessary.  How many of you secretly know that at the back of your kitchen cupboard lies a few kitchen relics that are too good to throw out but the truth is they are never used.  Now, everything in the cupboards are only the items we will use time and time again.  That’s my definition of a working kitchen.

The new kitchen has forced us to make choices about appliances; we are much more streamlined as a result, and still we have space in our cupboards.

In my fantasy world of motherhood, I had always dreamt of baking with two children, whilst my other two children sit diligently completing their homework in advance; caption underneath my fantasy photograph would be Motherhood in the 1950s.  Whilst the reality is much more messy, I do get time to do some of that now in our family’s version.  I spend time with the children cooking and baking in the kitchen, having breakfast and dinner as a family, build lego on the countertops, do homework, and work on the blog.  It helps me achieve what I want, which is essentially to spend as much quality time as I can with the children.

I am a firm believer that even if we are blessed with help at home, it is important that our children see us, as parents, cooking, and to have the children interact in the kitchen too.  It gives them early on an understanding of what is healthy and that food should be prepared from scratch and not from bottles, cans or jars if possible.

We have used the steam oven and the regular oven by Miele together, and we have cooked teppanyaki meals inspired by our trip to Japan, and fried Japanese fried rice using the induction wok.  For moments when gas is easier, that is an option in the kitchen too.

One milestone in the kitchen upgrade was when I laid my eyes on the fridge and freezer unit, the highlight for me.

As dramatic as it sounds, the Hacker Family Kitchen has certainly transformed the space in our house but it has also changed our lifestyle as a family to be able to do more together in the home.

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Hacker Kitchens | 6 weeks for our family’s fully renovated kitchen | German design and efficiency at its best

My husband and I at the beginning of the year decided that it was time to give our long and faithful kitchen a makeover.  Our original kitchen was worn down and needed modernisation.  The original floors were slate making them hard to clean, and the cupboards, while large, didn’t allow me to find anything.  Cupboard doors were falling off, and the glass from the cabinets would fall out making it dangerous for the children. Also, with 4 children I just needed a kitchen that would allow me to be more streamlined and organised.

We wanted our kitchen to be more than just a kitchen.  We wanted it to be an informal dining room, a home office as well as an area where the kids could sit around completing homework.  I realised early on that an experienced kitchen designer was going to be worth their weight in gold – I know people hire contractors just to help them with their kitchen but a real kitchen does require more planning than I realised. (I cannot emphasise that enough)


The kitchen, I have to admit, was the room I always dreaded renovating because with a family of 6, it is tough not having a working kitchen especially with young children.  However, our family’s needs had also changed and we needed space that worked better for us.  Most of all, I really wanted to find a company that would be efficient and timely, and would comply with what was promised. (easier said than done here as many of you will probably relate!)

The process started just before the summer when we sat down with Hacker’s Senior Designer, Leigh Ann Steele, and she brings great experience to the table.  She listened to our needs and wants, and in a week, she already had 3 – 4 different layouts.  After choosing the final layout, the next stage was to choose the colours, finishings, flooring and theme.  We felt confident that Leigh Ann was the right designer for us, because she listened and provided incredible input, and educated us so much in the process about the design, and style.

Colours, Finishings and Themes

This was much more difficult because Hacker have such a huge range choices for worktops, styles and cabinets, and drawers with and without lights.  I remember going back and forth with my husband deciding on white or black work tops, natural or quartz, types of splash backs. (Click here for more on Hacker design options) During the process, I remember from all the discussions, I was willing to compromise on everything except for my fridge and freezer.  We had a limited budget so we had to make smart choices about the worktops and appliances.  Some may dream about a Hermes Birkin, and whilst those are lovely too, mine was always to have an extra large ‘American styled’ fridge/freezer that would finally fit all our family’s weekly food shopping in.


Many of you have asked about the process in which my kitchen was redone.  For demolishing work of a relatively good sized kitchen it was pretty painless.  Hacker put forward an incredible British contractor, Roseville, to lay out and prepare the kitchen for installation.  Like Hacker, they were extremely organise, efficient, and delivered as promised.  The summer is probably the best time to renovate because friends who are away might lend you their homes or you can at least cook at a neighbour’s house so you are not displaced for long.

The contractors took 2 days to clean out the kitchen, and then a further week to 10 days to ‘prepare’ for the fittings.  Surprisingly they organised the house so it wouldn’t suffer too much dust damage.  Of course, dust is inevitable but it wasn’t for a sustained period of time either.  It took the contractors another week or so to change pipings, and level the ceilings, before waiting for the delivery of Hacker cabinets from the factories.  There were snags that couldn’t be controlled like the ‘gas man’ taking over 10 – 14 days to show up to change the location of the pipes but I am pretty relax on these things.  We had induction in the meantime to cook with.


From demolition day to having a functioning kitchen took about 6 weeks.  Just as we returned from the summer, Miele appliances went in just after the Hacker cabinets were installed.  Of course, in my next article, I will show you exactly what was installed.  We will also explain why we also chose Miele.

After our return, it took another 3 – 4 weeks to do final touches to flooring and the glass doors.  I don’t mind as long as I can cook for the children.  It was also fantastic to watch the kitchen come together slowly – extremely satisfying and a great investment for our family to have another room to spend time together.

We cannot wait to show you the final reveal of the kitchen, which will be coming soon.

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